“Painter, paint!” (Salvador Dalí) is a rallying cry for anyone interested in fulfilling a subconscious or tentatively expressed desire to someday, somehow, lay paint on canvas, or anyone who has already drawn or painted, but has felt somehow disappointed or disillusioned with the outcome. We hope to instil the artist mindset fundamental to overcoming creative blocks – and to do so in the most congenial of rural settings, as Barberà has many inspiring subjects for the artist: ancient buildings of ochre-yellow stone, narrow streets and houses, arched doorways, nooks and crannies with fountains and olive trees, vineyards, wheat fields and pine-strewn trails, not to mention fabulous Tarragona sunsets silhouetting the castle, church or wine cooperative.
The activity, specifically designed for would-be and amateur artists, consists of daily tutored sessions, a number of art-related and cultural activities, and free time to go walking with or without your sketch book.
Mary Finn is an Irish professional artist, whose lifelong passion for art led her, as a mature student, to take a Degree in Visual Art (Honours) from the Dublin Institute of Technology (2014). She has shown her work in numerous exhibitions in Ireland and the UK and has work in collections in the UK, USA, Austria, Italy, Germany and South Africa. She annually attends the Slade Summer School at University College London and, on the strength of her track record, artistic achievements and reputation, has also been awarded residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a workplace for artists funded by the Irish Arts Council. Read more about Mary and her "Dear Miss O'Connell" exhibition at Changing Spaces, Cambridge, UK (2016).
Programme, 5 night, 6 days
Minimum and maximum group sizes: 10 -15
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Montblanc train station at times to be determined
Local transport as necessary for people/materials for activities included in the programme
Five nights’ accommodation in a shared room (supplement payable for single-use room)
Welcome dinner and drinks
Breakfast supplies for the remaining days
Four main meals (inc. “vintage” farewell dinner)
At least 3 hours of art tuition daily
Basic art supplies
Two art/architectural visits
A wine/cava tasting activity
What’s not included?
Pick-ups/drop-offs from/to Reus Airport, Tarragona or Barcelona Airport
Main meals not listed above
Tourist tax (€0.90 per person >16 years per night)
One of your local hosts, Ailish, was inspired to organize this activity after a winter 2018-2019 tutorship with Mary, whose impact on her attitude and approach to art she describes as follows: “Meeting Mary Finn was like stepping out of a dark tunnel into light. Although I’d drawn and painted sporadically for the last few years, I felt lost, aimless and frequently frustrated with my apparent lack of technique, which led me all too often to allow months to go by without doing any art. I was especially frustrated with colour and was finding the transition from shades of grey intimidating. Looking back, I could say that I was overly obsessed with my fails. But Mary changed my attitude, helped me become more open and more inquiring and taught me how to fail again, fail better! Looking back over work done over the two months that she was my tutor, I feel like a straitjacket has been removed from my brain”.
Painter, paint! is designed as a 5-day activity (with options for extension) that includes 5 nights' accommodation (Tues-Sat) in self-catering apartments in Barberà, all with a similar charm and of a similar quality. The base prices of €765 and €790 are per person using a single room or per person sharing a room in an apartment in which there is at least one bathroom per 2 rooms. Options are available for exclusive use of apartments or single use of a double room, or for the activity without accommodation. You will be asked to state your preferences when filling in the booking form and your choices will be confirmed according to availability at the time of booking. We will do our utmost to ensure that everybody's needs are catered for. If you would like an option that is not covered in the list, please contact us.
NB! If you want a single room, be sure to book early, as there is a limited number of these rooms!
Prices per person (21% VAT included)
Please contact us if you would like to extend your stay in the village.
Select activities only
If places remain available closer to the date, we will offer the option of participating in specific activities from the programme. If you are interested in this option, please drop us a line. The activities available are:
1. Painter, paint! weekend option
2. Art sessions only
3. Art sessions + your choice of art visits/main meals