Improve your drawing workshop – Thursday 1st March

The Society is organising a  workshop on Thursday March 1st entitled “Improve your drawing skills” the workshop will be run by Stephen Pierce Smith an art tutor who has just moved to the area having run similar workshops in Kent.
The workshop will be held at Bishops Cannings village hall and will run from 10a.m. -3.30pm the cost will be cost £20, I will need 10 people to be able to run it.
Please let me know if you are interested but do not send any money yet. My e mail is
Happy painting!
Margaret Hanson

Annual AGM

Great turnout for our annual AGM. Thanks to everyone that bought in their art work for the competition. Well done to Caroline for the winning picture. the £15 arts voucher was well  deserved


Paul Arnott watercolour workshop held on 12th January

In January, Paul bravely made his journey over the Severn bridge in very wintry conditions to bring us an excellent watercolour workshop.
Paul is the present chairman of the South Wales Art Society.  An experienced tutor, he often leads art classes on cruise ships. 
The workshop began with Paul showing us photographs and asking us to choose the one we would most like to paint.  Our favourite was a wintry landscape that we then drew on paper.  After Paul had demonstrated various techniques he uses with brushes, credit cards etc., we set to work and under his expert guidance we all produced pleasing results.
Paul then showed us some quick techniques for painting figures – a very useful exercise.  Lastly, he coached us through painting a Wild West scene.  Although most of us felt that this was more of a challenge than the first task, good results were achieved by the end of the session.
We all agreed that the day had been a great success, and we hope Paul will return next year.


Dalvaro Art Painting Holidays

Las Orquideas:
The venue for Dalvaro Art Painting Holidays

Dalvaro Art Painting Holidays and Art School are able to offer all tutors the opportunity to bring their own groups of students to “Las Orquideas”, our painting holiday venue in Benigánim, Valencia, Spain.

Your students will soon discover the most relaxing and enjoyable way to learn the true meaning of a painting holiday.
This is a painting vacation venue on an intimate scale with the individual personal exclusivity your group deserves.
While wandering around the magnificently landscaped gardens everyones senses will be immediately aroused and any hidden artistic talents will be stimulated and impassioned. Add to this the chance to completely relax within the beautiful terraces and intricate pathways. The gardens, which were professionally designed with the artist in mind, include many small shaded areas to paint or sketch as well incorporating wide open vistas across the local rooftops and the valley towards the Sierra Mariolas.

The fully air conditioned art studio can easily accommodate up to twelve artists and is available at all times.

For those who wish to relax between painting times there is the swimming pool and sun patio area with an array of sun loungers plus tables and chairs. Swimming pool towels are provided. For the more energetic there is the chance to play petanque (boules) and a tennis court with rackets and balls provided.

Over the years we have fine-tuned the art of improving participants experience in painting within the comfort of a “home from home” style of accommodation and service. Our expertise in hospitality allows you to concentrate on your group and their painting. Having smaller groups, eight is our ideal number, affirms our desire to give individuality to each participant, whether this is from the hosts themselves, Loli and Harold, or from our professional staff, we will afford you the intimate care and attention to detail you and your group deserve.

Private rooms, all en suite have been designed for everyones ultimate comfort and relaxation. A restful night’s sleep will always inspire and refresh you, prepped, primed and ready for a wonderful day’s painting. We’ve designed our rooms down to the minutest detail, your own private sanctuary in a wonderful location. Dalvaro’s innovative thinking and organisation provides you with more options and a more enriching overall experience than you will find anywhere else. Whichever room you are in your comfortable bed, dressed with quality eco-friendly linens and a choice of pillow type, provides the perfect place to return to after a full day of painting in the gardens or in Valencia’s stimulating rural towns and countryside. You will feel pampered by rooms equipped with coffee/tea making facilities, bathrooms with quality towels, linen and hairdryers. The rooms, which are all cleaned on a daily basis, are all en suite, include heating, which is provided for any early or late season bookings, as are extra blankets and bed covers.

What is included:

Group airport transfers from Alicante or Valencia airports. Sunday pm arrival and Saturday am departure. Six nights stay. (Other days may be possible). Lunch is not included on arrival or departure days. Evening meal is included on arrival day, as is breakfast on departure day, plus up to three meals per day, taken at Las Orquideas, on five course days. Meal times are flexible according to the needs of each group, generally we would have breakfast from 8:30, lunch about 2:00 and the evening meal at about 8:00. We would need to be made aware of any preferred changes to these times the day before. We do not have any restrictions on drinking (bottled) water, beer, wine, soft drinks, tea or coffee which are all provided free if taken at Las Orquideas. Liquors are not included.

You will have use of the studio as required. Field easels, chairs, sunshades, drawing boards, water pots and pallets are also available.
Use of the garden, swimming pool, tennis court and petanque terrain.

We would require a minimum of five people, including the tutor, with a maximum of twelve. This is defined by room occupation, single or shared. We have: Three rooms with double beds and five with twin beds, all rooms are en-suite. Each room is equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers, toiletries, towels and a choice of pillow type. Five of the rooms are individually air conditioned the remainder are provided with fans, which is the preference of some people.

Therefore if everyone is single we can accommodate eight people. Although we can actually sleep a maximum of sixteen we prefer to keep the numbers to an absolute maximum of twelve, which is manageable for us. If we have any more than this and we cannot give everyone the attention we like to provide.

Our rates:
5 people @ 850 Euros per person.
6 people @ 810 Euros per person
7 people @ 770 Euros per person
8+ people @ 730 Euros per person
Trips out will be charged extra at:
These prices include transportation to and from each location and the use of our driver for assistance during the day. Lunch at Las Orchideas is not included on trips out days, apart from Benigánim, Sempere and Cova Negra. The prices below reflect this. Trips out can be booked one day in advance.

To Benigánim 16€ See page 9 for some views.
Sempere 37.50€ See page 10 for some views.
Cova Negra 42.50€ See page 11 for some views.
Xativa castle 62.50€ See page 12 for some views.
Bocairent 132.50€ See page 13 for some views.
Anna 95€ See page 14 for some views.
Montesa 95€ See page 14 for some views.
Valencia City 220€ See page 15 for some views.
Port Saplaya 235€ See page 16 for some views.
Albuferra 175€ See page 17 for some views.
Gandía 112.50€ See page 18 for some views.
Denia 195€ See page 19 for some views.

If you would like to book a week, please understand that a non-refundable deposit of 500 Euros will be required to confirm the week. Please ensure that you have a sufficient number of definite subscribers before making a deposit. A pencil booking may be made prior to confirmation to allow you time to generate enough interest within our minimum number requirement. A pencil booking will be held for at least one calendar month, after which, it will be held until other interest is shown in that week, at which point you will be asked to confirm or decline.

Contact details:

Loli Alvaro
Las Orquideas
Camino Azagador 89
Benigánim 46830
Valencia, Spain


Landline: 0034 96221 7226
Mobile: 0034 61085 7136
If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting me, if you prefer to speak directly to me please send a contact telephone number with a best to call time and I will get back to you.
We look forward to hearing from you. Loli & Harold