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Colours of Andalucia - A New Painting Adventure with artist Bettina Schroeder

6 – 13 June 2020


The holiday begins – itinerary and excursions


The painting holiday begins at Casa Ana itself, where the wonderful scenery from the terraces and garden offer many picturesque subjects to inspire the painter. As the week progresses we venture into the village and there will also be a couple of visits to selected locations nearby.


Half way through the week there is an informal non-tuition day, when we offer you an optional day trip (at a reasonable additional cost for transport) to the magnificent historic city of Granada, home to the renowned Alhambra, an ancient citadel and palace. The town has numerous attractive squares, alleys, ancient churches and other historic buildings as well as landscape views to attract the painter.


The painting course


Bettina’s painting courses are suitable for all, from absolute beginners to accomplished painters. They are designed to help you to make the most of your abilities and to find a personal approach. The emphasis is on how to capture the initial excitement on first spotting a subject, without getting too bogged down in technicalities. Tuition will be in watercolour mainly but also in other media as required.


Daily demonstrations (in- or outdoors) are tailored to the particular needs of the students and to help you to get started. The tuition will also deal with general painting problems such as basic perspective, choice of colour, composition, shadows and many other tricks of the trade. Above all, Bettina’s courses aim to enhance the pleasure of painting whilst improving your skills.


Particular attention is given to wet-in-wet technique as well as the ground rules for beginners. Groups are kept small so you can visibly advance within the course duration, irrespective of your ability. For complete beginners Bettina teaches a simple, easy to follow ‘step by step’ approach.


Tuition is normally arranged in day sessions lasting from 10am until 4pm, so there is time for you to relax before dinner and explore the locality. If you are keen to continue painting, you are welcome to make use of the garden and terraces around Casa Ana. Plans might vary a little depending on the needs for the day. Students should bring their own painting materials and easels if wanted. You can also contact Bettina for further advice on what to bring.


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Your tutor, Bettina Schroeder


Bettina works and lives in London and divides her time between watercolour painting in the summer and other media in her London studio during the winter.


She has been teaching and running her renowned painting holidays for more than 20 years. Her enthusiasm and expertise have helped hundreds of painters, beginners and more advanced students alike, to new levels of satisfaction and pleasure in their work.


In a variety of stunning locations Bettina shares her wealth of knowledge, offering tips and professional secrets to help you improve your painting.


Whether in the ancient landscapes of Sicily, the slopes of the Spanish Sierra Nevada, the coastline of the Algarve, the verdant hillsides of Devon or the breathtaking mountains of Scotland, a Bettina Schroeder Painting Holiday is about both, serious creativity and fun.


Born and educated in Germany, Bettina moved to London in the 1980s. It is Bettina’s belief that the making of art has no limits, either in the technical sense or the subject matter. Consequently her work ranges from painting in watercolours and oils to mixed media and sculpture, and covers a wide range of subjects; landscapes, objects, portraits and details of everyday life.


Most recent shows include: Frauenmuseum Bonn in Germany, Anna Göldi Museum in Switzerland, A&D Gallery in London, UK.

Prices and bookings

Prices are given for single occupancy of a room, with private bathroom. Discounts available if you share a room (see below).


Single room with private bathroom €1,025

Standard double or twin room with private bathroom €1,075

Large double room with private bathroom €1,125


Special discounts

€100 is available for non-painting partners and for painting friends sharing a twin room. €50 off if you are willing to share a bathroom with one other person (standard and single rooms only)

Please note these discounts are subject to availability of rooms.


The price (exclusive of air fare and alcoholic drinks) includes tuition, transport to and from painting locations, breakfasts, lunches, 6 dinners and accommoda¬tion (including linen, towels and handmade soap). The transfer fee from and to the airport (approx. €35 each way) and the optional excursion day are not included.


Further information and bookings

To make a booking, or for further information about Casa Ana or the painting holiday, please contact Anne or Nancy from Casa Ana.

Mobile: 0034 678 298 497


Or for queries about art or tuition email Bettina: or call Bettina in the UK on 0044 (0)20 7609 0843

Bettina’s website:


More Reviews: comments from Bettina’s students


"We did enjoy our painting break, the tuition, company, food, venue, and weather could not have been better."


"I learnt from watching your handle the wet-in-wet technique how to keep my colours clear and fresh."


"Superb tuition and excellent subjects to paint."


"We all spurred each other on in a cre¬ative way that produced lots of positive energy and good results all round."


"I achieved so much and had a lovely introduction to painting."


"You are really an inspiration, every¬one was happy with their work. I’m get¬ting withdrawal symptoms already."


"I came back from holiday, enthusias¬tic and inspired."


"We both have gained competence and confidence. We also found your vibrant interpretation of the land-scape invigorating."


"A bit of sparkle in the sun after a long, cold winter!"


"I was really pleased with my work and I’m getting the hang of the techniques at last."


"What a great course! I look forward to joining you next year."


"Wonderful week, both in terms of my learning and also the social side too."


"The painting demonstrations were ever so helpful and inspirational."


"... have bought myself a bright pink trilby hat. When I put it on, I magically see the world in Bettina’s bold and brilliant colours."


"It was an especially fabulous course."


Photograph by Oliver Martin