with Artist Michelle Boyle
Olhão, The Algarve Portugal
10-17th April 2019
This unique painting week is an opportunity to develop your painting skills in the beautiful historic seaside town of Olhão. The friendly town has a distinct Cubist architectural style which is unique in Europe . Your accommodation and working studio is in a sensitively renovated original town house a short walk from the seafront with internal courtyards, a rooftop balcony with sun loungers and private pool.
The town has some of the best island beaches in The Algarve which are accessed by a short boat ride. The temperature in April averages at a modest 20 degrees so paddling and swimming is definitely an option in the crystal clear waters
Michelle Boyle has found Olhão to be an inspirational and accessible place to develop her own painting practice and that the clarity of the light and saturated colours bring new visual discoveries and ways of working for her.
A Visual Diary
This art holiday is aimed at painters of amateur and advanced abilities who wish to understand the practicalities and purpose of creating a visual reference diary through direct observational sketching and painting. Different painting locations each day including the harbour/ streetscape/ beach will provide opportunities to develop on techniques such as light and shade, shape, form and composition and capturing essence . Participants will discover how these images can later be explored and developed in the well-equipped house studio. And the atmosphere will be fun and supportive.
Materials- Easily portable materials such as watercolours/pastels are recommended for plein air work with good quality sketchbooks. Participants should bring their own supplies but some painting materials are available locally and available for sale in the studio
Optional traditional Portuguese tile painting morning course (€30)
Michelle is collaborating with local Portuguese Ceramic Artist Cel Mendes to offer participants a unique Portuguese ceramic tile painting session in Cel’s nearby Studio. Using a traditional method participants will paint two tiles which will be fired by Cel and then wrapped ready to transport home on completion of the week. This is a special chance to translate sketchbook work into your own unique wall tile piece and support a local artist.
The School House, Olhão
8 Bedrooms (Twins and Doubles)
The house is being rented from Art in the Algarve – and is a beautifully renovated townhouse which retains authentic features and internal courtyards . The House is full of space and light with a rooftop small pool for use of the guests with sun loungers and beautiful views to the evening sunset.
The welcoming spacious communal kitchen will be stocked daily with fresh bread and supplies from the local bakery and fruit markets. There is a choice of affordable local restaurants to eat together in the evening with fresh fish restaurants lining the harbour front.
There is a well-appointed art studio on the ground floor with easels and painting chairs for plein air.
Bike Rental and Bike path to the renowned salt flats
Harbour and regular boats to beach islands
Train to nearby historic town of Faro
Ria Formosa nature reserve
Sea front outdoor exercise machines
Local drop in yoga classes
Michelle Boyle is an experienced and insightful tutor who is passionate about art . She works with The National Gallery as a Guest Tutor and is founder of Whitethorn Studios in Cavan which provides a range of art courses by herself and visiting artists. Michelle is a full time professional artist and shows internationally most recently in the UN in New York as an invited artist / The Palace of Arts Krakow Poland / Axis Ballymun Dublin and The Irish Embassy London.
(subject to availability).
Return Flight – in conjunction with Virginia Travel Cavan – carry on cabin bag only included.
Departs from Dublin at 07:40, arrive Faro at 10:45 on 10 April 2019. Return from Faro 11:30, arrive Dublin 14:35 on 17th April 2019.
Self-catering en-suite accommodation in historic townhouse
Art Tuition x 5 days
Return Transfers Faro Airport to accommodation at Olhão
Non -painting partners welcome at price €750 (Please arrange your own travel insurance).
In full by Feb 20th
or in two instalments
Deposit €400 by JAN 20th 2019
Balance €450 by FEB 20th 2019
It is important to book by Jan 20th to avail of this fixed price
Please make cheque payable to : Michelle Boyle
By post to :
Flight Reservation / Information
Noreen Monaghan at Virginia Travel 049 8548544
(email noreen.monaghan@virginia travel.ie)
Cel Mendes Ceramic Artist (for optional morning ceramic course)
For any queries please Contact Michelle on 083 8664589
About Olhão, Portugal
Olhão roof tops
Olhão is a coastal town in the Algarve which grew out of the fishing industry in the seventeenth century. Olhão, located just ten kilometres east of Faro, is still one of the Algarve’s main ports. It was here that the first canning factory was established in 1882, sparking a trend that was to spread in both directions along the coast, with canned tuna and sardines quickly becoming the Algarve’s main source of income.
The fish market on the waterfront is still Olhão’s main draw. A quaint and energetic place, the market sells local produce such as fruit, honey and live chickens as well as a huge variety of fresh local fish. If you are up early enough , you can enjoy your morning coffee watching the fishing boats unload at the market.
The old quarter of Olhão has a distinctly Moorish feel, with square whitewashed houses, flat terraced roofs and box-chaped chimneys. The architecture inspired Cubism and Picasso and Braque were visitors to the area.The church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário dates back to the seventeenth century, while the chapel behind it, dedicated to Nossa Senhora dos Afelitos, is still the place where the wives of fishermen gather during stormy weather to pray for the lives of their husbands.
Ilha da Cultura beach – Faro
Some of the quietest and biggest beaches in the Algarve are located a short ferry ride from Olhão, on the sandbank islands of Ilha da Cultura and Ilha da Armona. Cultura and Armona form part of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a vast protected lagoon system that stretches for sixty kilometres along the Algarve coastline and is home to rare migratory birds and shellfish.