Vila Real 2010
The first Drawing Residency inaugurating our brand new Studio at Casa da Levada; we visited Casa de Mateus, who generously opened up their private forest area for us to explore, and we went up the mountain hills with a local shepherd, drawing his goats as they grazed. Several hours each day was spent working together in the studio, giving the participants solid foundational drawing skills.
A long weekend spent in the Caramulo moutain. Contacting with nature and with local culture. Long walks through streams and forest, discovering abandoned villages and always surrounded by luxuriant green and water. Drawing was the main vehicle to contact with the qualities of the surroundings.
Bilbao Guggenheim 2009
For three whole days we immersed ourselves in the retrospective of American Painter Cy Twombly at the Spanish Guggenheim. An intense experience of discovery, reflection, learning and experimentation lived through our sketchbooks, thanks to a very special group of interested participants.
Three sundays spent sketching in the region of Sintra, one day we meandered in and out of the center of Sintra and its surrounding forest, another day we walked along the cliffs of Praia da Adraga, and one sunday we spent around Peninha, a hermitage and amazing viewpoint above Cabo da Roca.
Two main aims were set and were met; to teach the group as much about drawing and observation as we could, and to do one or two beautiful walks each day, experiencing Tuscan landscape and medieval towns on foot…