Bravura Academy
Bravura Academy

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Plein Air Painting

Bravura: Plein Air Painting
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Bravura Academy’s workshop retreats include lodging, complimentary breakfasts, lunches and some dinners, painting equipment and supplies, instruction, models, bilingual guide, and all ground transportation. There is an onsite pool, restaurant, 4000 sq. ft classroom, and art supply store.

Lodging is in a private one bedroom cottage or studio on the 13 acre rural property with views of the historic town center of Arcos. The cottages are spaced out around the property with private patios, while the suites open onto a beautiful courtyard between them.

Transportation with a bilingual guide is offered daily to the nearby lakes, beaches, old village center, wine tasting, plein air painting sites and other local attractions. All necessary painting equipment and supplies are provided, with additional supplies available in our store. We offer a complete package of artist services such as wet canvas storage and art shipping.

The Bravura Academy curriculums teach techniques in plein air oil painting, use of natural lighting in and out of the studio, and painting subjects unique to this province which have influenced the art of many acclaimed artists from past generations. Each workshop is made up of studio instruction and field study varying by instructor. You will have the opportunity to immediately apply your knowledge gained in the studio and plein air sessions while free-painting daily.

Transportation will be provided to take students to plein air sites for instruction and free-painting sessions. Our schedule is designed to create retrievable memory traces and avoid muscle fatigue, providing for optimum performance and education value.

(Each Workshop is Unique and my Include Additional Services) 
Airport transfers to/from Jerez airport, approx. 30 minutes away.
Comfortable quaint lodging in a rural setting.
Daily transportation to painting sites.
Daily transportation to Arcos towncenter and nearby attractions.
All painting tools and supplies as requested by instructor.
Live models and references as requested by instructor.
Breakfast daily. (egg, toast, jam, Andalucian ham, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, juice, milk, etc.)
Lunch daily. (menu varies daily)
Bilingual Guides.
Use of art studio, pool, restaurant.
Wet canvas storage and other services.
World class instruction, service, scenery and attractions.
New friends, wine and a lot of fun!

Wet canvas packaging and shipping.
Guided trips to Madrid, Morocco, Portugal and other desitnations.
Art supply sales and equipment rentals.

Download .pdf with photos and descriptions of the accomodation HERE

(All Meals Stated Below are Complimentary-Actual Itinerary Varies by Instructor)
Students are welcome arly to get aclimated. We can arrange that when booking.
Day 1: Airport Pick-up for Arriving Guests. Relax. Orientation Dinner.
Day 2: Breakfast. Studio Session 10:00am - 1:00pm. Lunch. Plein Air Session 3:00pm - 6:00pm.
Day 3: Breakfast. Studio Session 10:00am - 1:00pm. Lunch. Plein Air Session 3:00pm - 6:00pm.
Day 4: Breakfast. Studio Session 10:00am - 1:00pm. Lunch. Plein Air Session 3:00pm - 6:00pm.
Day 5: Breakfast. Studio Session 10:00am - 1:00pm. Lunch. Plein Air Session 3:00pm - 6:00pm.
Day 6: Breakfast. Final Session & Review 10:00am - 1:00pm. Lunch. Free-Painting/Recreation. Group Dinner.
Day 7: Breakfast. Mid-Day Checkout with Airport Transfers, or extend your stay and continue your travels in Spain and Europe!

Micaiah Hardison founded Bravura Academy to unite the world's best oil painters with earnest students seeking advanced instruction. He strives to inspire students and instructors with an authentic Andalucian experience in these magical landscapes steeped in history. Micaiah lives and paints in Arcos and directs all workshops as your bilingual guide.


The Best Ever Workshop!...I have not attended a workshop where I felt "taken care of" and I just want to express my deep appreciation to you for that. -K.D.

Your attention to your "clients" could not have been more personal, more relaxed & friendly & I came away feeling that a warm bond had been made.-R.F.

You did such an amazing job with everything on the trip. It felt flawless & professional.  You made us all feel comfortable & down-right spoiled!  We always felt very safe...You & Calvin made it a purely positive & memorable experience.  You have my happy endorsement. -M.P

Especially, we thank you for going way beyond your duties to make us comfortable in every way. We had a lot of fun and shall treasure the memories.-I.B.

It was a great experience because of the forethought and care you put into every piece of the trip. We talked art, laughed and had great side trips for entertainment.  We had interesting artists from everywhere, the best and most generous teacher, and wonderful support and help...G.W.

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