Art & Photography Holidays

A New Palette of Colours

For any artist the chance to expand the palate as well as the palette is always welcome, so join one of our fantastic leaders to experience our Art Holidays in Morocco. Add some vibrant and ochre tones to your paint box and travel to Morocco where the colour, light and forms will inspire you to experiment with interpretations.  Whether natural or man-made, the colours, shapes and textures of your surroundings are full of vivid contrasts.  Around Taroudant you will be inspired by scenes such as:

  • the palms against the town walls, set against the backdrop of the High Atlas
  • the vibrant colours of the arts and crafts, ceramics and women’s clothes
  • bright light and shadows
  • brilliant displays of fresh produce and spices in the souks 
Bab Khemis, Taroudant by Louise Waugh
High Atlas Scene by Alan Cotton. We sell cards and posters of Alan's work to raise funds for charity.

In the Countryside

The mountain landscapes are stunning, often with vibrant green irrigated terraces. Trees vary from gnarled ancient walnuts and olives contrasting with delicate, spindly almonds.

Goats throng around the simple village houses. Multi-coloured washing is laid out to dry on any available surface.

Observe the exquisite textures of the foothills, where small bushes on smooth hillocks appear like sprigs of parsley garnishing piles of paprika dusted with white pepper. Dramatic rock formations and endless variations in geology make for fascinating opportunities to capture their essence on paper.

I find it inspirational: particularly the shapes and vibrant colours of the people in djellabas, the details of the souks and fruit sellers, the beautiful interior patio garden of an old hotel where we paint and the landscape for all those ochre colours in your paintbox unused in our British greenness!  Painting and drawing is not just about representation; it’s about expressing all the senses whether in colour, texture or figuratively and Morocco will give you all this!  
Louise Waugh, tutor since 2014

Artists in Morocco

Morocco has always attracted artists, a notable example being Claudio Bravo.

We offer an exciting opportunity for artists is a visit to Claudio Bravo’s palace and gardens. Here the famous Chilean artist finally made his home after a longstanding love affair with Morocco. Situated just outside Taroudant, the museum houses a remarkable collection of works of art by a variety of artists including Bravo himself. Our guests who visit are usually stunned. In the grounds you will be served refreshments in “the Menara” (named after a famous Pavilion in Marrakech).

Also Winston Churchill was entranced by the scenery of Morocco after spending the winter of 1935-36 there.  The striking contrast between the arid desert and the backdrop of the imposing Atlas Mountains inspired him to paint some of his finest watercolours. Churchill’s doctor recorded in his diary: “We stood gazing at the purple hills, where the light was changing every minute.” Churchill himself murmured: “It’s the loveliest spot in the world.”

Pigments in the souk
Murals abound in some parts of Taroudant

Folk Art

Wherever you go in Morocco – even in the poorer areas – you see interesting examples of folk art on walls and doors, often created using local pigments.

Traditionally, Islamic art avoided representation of living forms: hence the creation of many geometric patterns, all of which have meaning. Such symbols are richly represented in embroidery, creramics and carpets. However, many paintings and murals depict scenes of people or animals.

Please see our Art holidays below.
January 4-11 2021Art, Sketching, drawing and painting
Mark PageBrochureBookAvailable
March 20 – 27 2021Art
Donna TaylorBrochureBookAvailable
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES as shown on the left
October 5 – 13 2021ArtMark PageBookAvailable
November 16 – 26 2021ArtLouise WaughBookAvailable
November 22 – 29 2022ArtLouise WaughBookAvailable
Please see our Photography holidays below.
January 18 – 25 2021Walking and Photography
Mike Driscoll

Barbara Driscoll
BrochureBookAvailableoptional circle dance
October 5 – 13 2021Photography
Graham ParishBrochureBookAvailableincludes a 4 night tour to the High Atlas & Marrakech
May 3 – 10 2022PhotographyGraham ParishBookAvailable
November 1 – 8 2022PhotographyGraham ParishBookAvailable