29 April - 4 May 2018

For between 8 and 12 participants


The retreat will be arranged into five workshops, one every morning. Each workshop will offer you guidance on different aspects of drawing and provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills. The course is suitable for complete beginners as well those with more experience who would like to reflect on their own practice in an inspiring and peaceful environment.  

We will cover the use of line, proportion and perspective, as well as an understanding of colour, shadow and tone. You will also be able to experiment with choosing and constructing a view, thinking about what to include and what to leave out, and perhaps also working on a smaller or larger scale.

The workshops will take place indoors, although you will also have the chance to work outdoors. We will be drawing a variety of subjects: portraits and nudes from life, or still life (flowers, bottles, fruit, etc.), found objects collected from nature like branches, leaves, animal skulls or anything else you find that may be of interest. Landscapes as such will not be core element of the course.

Some materials will be provided (charcoal, pencil, ink and coloured pastels), but if you have a preferred medium, please do bring along your own materials to work with as well. Paper will also be provided, but we suggest you bring along a sketchbook and particular style of paper you like working on.

The course is designed to help you experiment in a supportive environment. We want you to feel you can be playful and enjoy yourself without the pressure of expectations.  

Please get in touch and let us know if there are any areas of your work that you would particularly like to focus on.  We will try and include your interests if we can.  



Arrival is in the evening of 29 April and we will start with dinner. The course will end with lunch on the 4 May.

Classes will be from 10 am to 1 pm in Senterada, 10 min from Cérvoles. Your remaining time will be free to explore the area or to rest. For more information on things to do in the area, please check here. 


Accommodation, Food & Rates

You will be staying at Casa Pep.

FOOD: Check here for more info

550 euros


Classes, accommodation and food and some basic materials:

Not included: one meal out (not for weekend visitors), transport to Cérvoles.

For full booking terms and conditions please click here.

Book early! Registrations close one month before the start date.

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your teacher

Shani Rousso is an artist living and working in London and Devon.  She has exhibited and sold her work in Mall Galleries in London and several exhibitions in Devon. Having attained a BA in Drama and Fine Art, and a PhD in English Literature, she now works full-time as an artist.

She paints portraits and nudes from life rather than from photographs, which she feels can make artwork two-dimensional and lifeless. Instead, she focuses on portraying the character and vitality of the person, as well as the likeness. Working quite quickly using oils, soft pastel, charcoal or ink, her fleshy figures and portraits are usually life size or larger and often are not contained within the picture, reminding us they live outside the frame.