Watercolor Workshop Morocco

The wonderful Morocco

2nd – 10th of November 2021

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Experts in the field: Morocco watercolor 

The watercolor workshop is open to beginners and also professional artist. It takes place over 9 days. The group is limited: 15 people (maximum). It is held either indoor (in a guesthouses and riads) or  outdoors in the surrounding natural environment,( the desert dunes and green fields of palm trees). In general, it consist of both theoretical and practical approaches to watercolor. The course happens in a friendly atmosphere which take place in the morning and in the afternoon, 6 hours of lessons per day except the desert day 1h.

Beginning with simple watercolor sketches you can move further and further to more and more difficult paintings. Every painting is a special adventure although it is not neccessary to produce high sophisticated pictures. The art of watercolor lives from soft impressions and strong expressions. Both is important and both can be improved.
Painting plein air – especially during a painting trip – has the main goal to catch the impression of an item. It is not important to produce paintings with all details and everything that could be seen. Small items may be more important than panorama images.My goal: Let imagination flow! Not the perfect painting is important, the special feeling should be brought to the paper.

Your door towards Moroccan Watercolor Adventures and Workshops

When people use the word „exoticism“, they are probably referring to places like Morocco.

Travel to the heart of Morocco is to travel differently to the  great south of Morocco. Immersion into the incredible sites of this region. Historical circuits allow you to discover the valleys of Dades, Toudgha as well as the superb region of Tafilalet and Draa (Zagora). Besides, an intoxicating afternoon and night in the desert where you ride a camel on the dunes while the sun flickers dramatically on the horizon, where you arrive at the camp offering comfortable accommodation, nestled in amongst the dunes and a sense of well-being. 

The tour will also allow us to discover historical, cultural and traditional Morocco without forgetting the Moroccan gastronomy.

A visit to Morocco is essentially the answer to all your Lawrence of Arabia fantasies (including the whirling white djellabas): we will stay in historic riads, camp under the Saharan stars and enjoy Moroccan hospitality.

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2nd November 2021:
Arrival to Morocco – Transfer to the hotel
Arrival in Marrakech at the Marrakech-Menara International Airport. You will be hosted by a professional guide and driver. After the meeting, the departure will take place towards an exotic guest house inside the heart of the high atlas called Ouirgane.
Overnight and dinner at (Chez Momo) or similar

3rd November 2021:
High Atlas
Ouirgane is located in the High Atlas massif, at the confluence of the valleys of Oued N’Fiss and Azzaden, near to the dam of lalla takerkoust you will enjoy nature and art. In the heart of untouched nature and grand in the foothills of the High Atlas you will get a full artistic escapade. While staying, you will dive into a way of life whose harmony places you draw the sweetness of an oriental dream.
Overnight and dinner at (Chez Momo) or similar

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4th November 2021:
The Red-city & Desert (Agafay)
After breakfast you will enjoy the guided city tour of Marrakech. The morning begins with a visit to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque as the landmark of Marrakech which has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace. After lunch break, you continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There’s nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. You will also walk through the souks and view hundreds of handcrafts. In the afternoon you will enjoy a ride on camels to the desert camp while witnessing the sun set. After it will be fun time with music and dance under the stars. 1
Night and dinner at Agafay camp

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5th November 2021:
Hollywood of Africa“Ait-Ben Haddou „
Your day starts early with a picturesque sunrise before enjoying a special breakfast. As the sun begins to rise, this will be a full rocky desertic day sceneary, on the road to Ait Ben-Haddou, (about 200 km from Marrakesh) taking the road which passes through the High Atlas mountain range. On our way we will drive through the Tizin’Tichka pass, at an altitude of more than 2200 m and which links the valley of the Tensift wadi in the north, to the Asif Ounila valley a semi-arid region in the southeast. 
Dinner and overnight will take place in Ait-Ben Haddou (Riad Maktoub or similar)

6th November 2021:
The Oasis (Skoura)
After breakfast, you will enjoy a full day sketching and drawing this Unesco’s world heritage, Ait Ben Haddou, the most spectacular Kasbah in the south of Morocco and the iconic landscape immortalized in such films as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, The Jewel of the Nile, The Living Daylights, The Sheltering Sky, Kundun, The Mummy, Gladiator, and Alexander the great,  Here we will begin our first sketches of  the kasbahs and Ksars buildings. Also, sketch the shaded alleys and along the wadi (river). In the afternoon we will leave Ait-ben-Haddou to arrive at one of the mesmerizing places called Skoura.
Night and dinner (Bassatine Skoura or similar)

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7th November 2021:
Partridge Adventure
Skoura „The Palm Grove“: In the morning we will discover the splendor of the date palms and the sheltered fruit and olive trees that cover over than 27 km square. The local population will warmly welcome you, adding to your feeling of well-being, all this under the heat from the Moroccan sun. The palm grove with its flora and its kasbahs, will provide many subjects for the second page of your travel journal. Among all of this you will have a botanical lesson in the palme-groove.
Dinner and overnight at (Bassatine Skoura or similar)

8th November 2021:
Amridile Kasbah & Potery  
After breakfast, you will start your day with an amazing ride on the Tok-Tok inside the oasis to visit the 17th century kasbah (Amridile) which used to be a fortress and a coranic school of the Naciri family, after lunch you will visit a pottery workshop and go back in time for a while.
Dinner and overnight at (Bassatine Skoura or similar)

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9th November 2021:
The Road of One and Thousand Kasbah
After breakfast, the departure will take place towards Marrakesh. It will be a relaxing day for fun and getting to know each others deeply for more other events.  We will stop for a short visit to see the kasbah of L’eglaoui, located in the Ounila valley and which is the traditional crossing point for caravans connecting Marrakech to the south of the Sahara. We will have a short discover to the place. After lunch we will hit the road again.
Dinner and overnight will take place in Marrakesh.

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10th November 2021:
Farewell 
It is hard to say goodbye. But this is the farewell day, you can take advandage of this day to buy some souvenirs or gifts to remember this exeptional tour.

Experts in the field: Morocco watercolor 

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Terms

Workshop Trip 9 days / 8 nights all inclusive

Highlights:
– More than 40 hours of painting lessons
spread over 9 days for a maximum group of 15 people
– Airport / Hotel transfers
– (air-conditioning) 17-seater vehicle with driver
– Official licensed tourist guides
– Full board accommodation, single room, double room for couples
(all rooms have a private bathroom)
– Entrance fees to monuments
– Tourist taxes to be paid on site
– Cocktails / henna party
-Traditional hamam

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List of materials to use for painters:

Please consider that you have to take your equipment with you during the journey. Therefore it should be easy to handle, which means it should not be too heavy and not too bulky.

√-I suggest a minimum equipment with a watercolor paintbox with at least 12 different colors. If possible take a box with 18 or more colors. It does not matter if you take cups or tubes, but it is important to take watercolors in professional quality from well known companies e. g. Windsor-Newton, Schminke, White-Nights, Sennelier …

√-watercolor blocks with in total appr. 40 sheets (min. weight 300 g/m2, not too tiny – e. g. 25 x 35 cm or larger),

√-four or five brushes with different sizes in good quality (even brushes with artificial hairs could lead to good results) and

√-rather soft pencils and an eraser.

√-To improve details of the plein air sketches take some watercolor or ink pens with you.

√-an aluminium easel

√-Additional utilities: pater towels or cloth rag, water cup, aluminium stool (if you want)

If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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For more informations and registration please see and contact:
morocco-ecoway.com