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19th - 26th September 2020




19th - 26th September 2020


• Full-board accommodation in private ensuite twin bedroom

• 5 days’ painting tuition (average 4 hours per day)

• A tapas tour in Granada city

• An opportunity to display your work at local exhibition

• Excursions

• Transfers to and from Granada Airport

Flights are NOT included.


Jo Hathaway


Moclín, Granada


In September, Andalucia stands on the cusp of the hot summer and a new, milder season; it is a time of autumn flowers, crystal clear light, glimpses of green grass appearing after early rains, wisps of light cloud hugging the mountainsides.

This painting course will look at what is meant by abstract painting, compared with realistic painting, and the spectrum of abstraction that exists between them – from painting what is seen in an expressive way through to using a bold palette, to presenting a purely representational or emotional response to the landscape. Guests will be guided to: 

  • consider the range of contemporary and traditional landscape painting that fits into the category of ‘abstract’

  • look at and experience the landscape in a more emotionally responsive and abstract way

  • consider composition, palette, painting style and what tools are used in abstract painting, and how they can relate this to their own work

  • undertake short and longer, guided and free exercises and experiments in oil pastels and acrylic paint to free their practice

  • produce informed abstract work of a high quality that sits in the liminal space between real and purely abstract.

The rich colours and the beautiful light of southern Spain in September will provide a superb natural palette for self-expression and emotion through art. Working in acrylic paint and gels enables students to create finished work quickly, bringing a vitality to their work.

The course is suitable for everyone, including complete beginners.


Jo Hathaway is a Brighton-based painter and illustrator. Her work focuses on using colour to express memory and landscape, and is inspired by poetry and prose. 

Jo studied art and illustration at Warwickshire College and graduated in 1990. She has worked professionally, and exhibited, as an artist and illustrator ever since, alongside her work as an editor and writer. 

Over the course of her career, Jo has exhibited in her home of Sussex, including as part of Brighton Festival, Co. Clare in Ireland, Edinburgh and the US, having had small shows in Indiana and Michigan. Her work is shown and sold directly, and through three independent galleries in Sussex.

She is currently working towards a Summer 2020 exhibition ‘In My Mother’s Place’ which will feature paintings of her family home and the countryside around Lough Derg in Co. Tipperary.

In recent years, Jo has continued her study of painting at the Phoenix in Brighton. She also has a CTESOL teaching qualification, an English degree from Bristol University, and a Masters in Child Studies from Kings College London. 

Jo also works as a writer and editor, and these two descriptive and expressive occupations inform each other in the way she approaches and processes her work.  Jo’s paintings are a means of expressing visually what she interprets in poems, prose, and phrases.

‘Proust famously wrote of the surge and detail of memories of his childhood brought back by eating ‘a tiny crumb of madeleine’. To me, landscape has the same impact. Our memories are set in the places we formed them, and often lie in the liminal space between what is real and what is remembered. Landscapes themselves hold their own memories – of individuals, of events, of times, of culture. Our memories of place and time are flawed and subjective and emotional. I try to express this visually, so that people often describe my work as ‘nostalgic’, prompting memories of their own.’



Price per person 1350€ for the week (approximately £1250) to include 5 days’ tuition, full-board accommodation and materials. Participants can, of course, bring their own materials if they wish. 

Flights and Alhambra tickets are not included.

Only 6 participating places available on this course.

Non-participating partners, friends and family are more than welcome, and the price is 950€ per person sharing a twin ensuite room.


Accommodation is on a full-board basis in a charming rural hotel located in the very historic village of Moclín, about 35 minutes’ drive from Granada city and airport. Guests will have private twin ensuite bedrooms, all of which are spacious and very traditionally Andalucian in style. All classes will be held in the large studios in the hotel, and there will be plenty of opportunity to get out and explore the glorious surrounding countryside. The property, which is exclusively ours for the week, is arranged around a central open courtyard, has a roof terrace and is right on the edge of the village with panoramic views over the surrounding landscape.


The nearest airport is Granada. Both EasyJet and British Airways fly direct from London and Manchester.

The dates of the course have been scheduled to coincide with EasyJet flights from London Gatwick Airport direct to Granada Airport.

For more information please contact us