Plein Air Sketching and Painting in Andalusia, SW Spain with Noelle Griffiths

The beautiful Moorish architecture of Vejer de la Frontera in Andalusia provides the setting for this art course. Noelle is a professional painter and experienced tutor. She will guide you to find your own individual artistic expression and interpret what you see.


We spend each day sketching and painting in Vejer, near the coast and visit the ancient city of Cadiz. The week includes instruction and workshops, with people doing as much or as little painting and drawing as they wish. On Days 2, 3 and 4 I start the day with optional workshops - such as choosing a subject, ways of seeing, perspective, markmaking, colour and tone, composition. The workshops are adapted to the needs of the group or individual requests. Observational drawing is an important part of the week. I also teach a number of creative exercises which are based on art school teaching and aim to be inspirational and challenging. We spend time drawing and painting in and around this famous 'white village'.


I have learned that what I have not drawn I have not really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing - I realise how extraordinary it is" from The Zen of Seeing


Our holidays are perfect for solo travel as well as for couples or friends. Discount for non-painting partners or friends.

Suitable for all levels of experience. All drawing and painting media taught. Small groups of up to six guests. For beginners: Noëlle will teach the basics of observational drawing and painting. For more experienced painters: she will teach how to improve existing skills and discuss how to develop your strengths and direction of your painting. 10.00-14.00 : tutored session sketching and painting. Lunch. Afternoons are free to continue painting or relax.. 18.00-19.30 : sketching with optional creative exercises before dinner....see itinerary. We stay in the heart of the old town surrounded by bustling cafes and small shops....see where we stay.

Single, double or twin accommodation most with ensuite bathrooms. All meals (except 2 lunches & 1 dinner) included. All transport in region, we meet you at Seville airport and return guests to the airport. Costs & Dates

Art boards, easels, sketching stools, basic art materials including a small sketchbook, poster and acrylic paints and A2 paper are provided. I will send you a materials list when you book.



In 2022 we stay in one of Andalusia's finest 'white villages' Vejer de la Frontera. Previous years we have stayed in :



What guests say: ....and see testimonials with students' artwork.

"The course more than lived up to expectations. It was clear that it would from the very first activity: an exercise that required us to look, look and look again!... " Catherine Castro (Trujillo), 2015

"I really enjoyed the Townscape course in Vejer de la Frontera. It's such a beautiful setting and a perfect way to really leave all your cares behind and just enjoy a stimulating but also relaxing week honing your skills, whether a beginner or more experienced. Noelle taught me some very useful tips at how to really see, which I will continue to use. Gisela is a font of local knowledge and history. The evenings were spent setting the world to rights over lovely home cooked food and a glass of wine or two. Only complaint is it all went by too fast!..." Dana Walker (Vejer), 2017

"...this was the second art holiday with Noelle in Spain. My art has so improved because of the work I did on the art course, everything about it was lovely....Altogether a wonderful week which passed all to quickly. Thoroughly recommend Noelle’s art courses." Frances Riddle, UK (Vejer) 2018

TRUJILLO ~ once home to the most powerful Conquistadors, its architecture combines Roman, Moorish (with a splendid castle) and the beautiful mansions and monuments built by the wealthy families of the Conquistadors in the sixteenth century. see Landscape itinerary

CÁCERES ~  The old medieval town is well preserved and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Encircled by 12th-century Moorish walls, it also has around 30 towers built by the returning Conquistadors in the 16th Century.

MÉRIDA ~ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to contain the finest Roman remains in Spain.  It has a Roman theatre which can seat 6000 people, an amphitheatre and temples as well as the National Museum of Roman Art.

VEJER DE LA FRONTERA ~ The town of Vejer de la Frontera is one of the finest white villages of Andulacia.  Vejer is steeped in history, having been used as a fortress town by the Phoenicians, later by the Romans and for five centuries the Moors.  see September 2022 itinerary and where we stay