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DATES 2024
Do you dream of painting by the Mediterranean? We offer different painting vacations with amazing and experienced painters from Scandinavia. In this workshop you will meet Kari Nordnes, who is an experienced artist and teacher. The workshop is a perfect opportunity to gain inspiration and develop your painting skills in a unique and peaceful atmosphere. The lessons takes place in the mornings and the afternoons and during the course we will visit the villages, go on excursions and enjoy organic cuisine with local food made by our private chef. Join in and experience the magic of this painting workshop!


We invite you to a painting vacation with the visual artist Kari Nordnes. Kari is a figurative artist inspired by Odd Nerdrum, with whom she has been a student. The artist has studied at the figurative art school the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, among Europe's most prestigious art academies. Between a number of exhibitions and assignments in Norway, Nordnes teaches both portrait, landscape mainly in oil. She has many years of experience as a painting teacher, and is a great inspiration for her students.

Maybe you are curious to learn some of the secrets of the old masters? Then this is a workshop for you! The main focus in this workshop is portraits and how to paint "skin." The students will paint according to photos that they bring with them. The photos are portraits of someone you know, or it could be a photo of a painting by an artist you are inspired by. You can choose to paint a portrait, a nude, or a full figure in a landscape or interior. You can also be inspired by the surroundings of the fantastic garden at Finca Parilla, if you want to paint motifs around you, such as houses, flowers, trees, etc... The course includes color theory, theory on both body and portrait and you will get practice in the most important color mixtures. The course teacher will also review the equipment used in oil painting and you will learn the whole process of painting a picture with oil paint. We will work with perspective and depth.

Kari will provide individual guidance along the way and the day ends with a joint review of the participants' work. The course is based on the level of everyone, both beginners and experienced are welcome. A 5 hour painting class is given every day.


One of the days is set for excursion for those who want to explore this beautiful region. Or maybe just spend a relaxing day on one of the small Mediterranean beaches?

• Join us on an excursion to Granada and Alhambra. Starting off visiting Alhambra, the 13th century old palace and gardens are among the finest Islamic constructions in the world. Set on the footsteps of the Sierra Nevada peaks, it is a true jewel. Next up, we explore the old Arabic architecture and narrow streets of Granada (Albaicín), filled with tapas bars and Spanish/Moorish culture. Finishing off with a delicious lunch overlooking the beautiful views of Alhambra and the old city of Granada, it will leave you wanting to come back again and again.

• Price: 180€ per person, 10 hours, minimum 4 people.

• This is a guided hiking tour in the Alhama Natural Park, walking in spectacular landscape with breathtaking views along the way. Our end destination is a small, white village which is hidden in a valley on the other side of the mountain range. Here we enjoy a local meal made by the owners of the village. It is also a great chance to learn about the rich history of this secret village, especially during the Spanish Civil War.

• Price: 95€ per person, 4-5 hours duration, minimum 4 people.

The excursions are not included in the price and are paid separately upon registration.


9:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - 13:30 - Painting classes
14:00 - Lunch

16:00 - Painting classes
17:30- Free time
20:00 - Evening meal


Peacefully located at the foot of the Teida and Alhama Mountains, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Finca Parrilla provides the perfect setting for tranquility. The Finca is a property, offering a combination of elegant accommodation and beautiful surroundings. It consists of two houses, lovely rooms, a swimming pool, yoga facilities and a small Maria Chapel for silence and meditation.
Finca Parrilla is surrounded by a large "Alhambra Garden" with small fountains, orange trees, apricots, mangoes, figs, olives and a small vineyard. The Finca has its own large swimming pool. A morning swim is fresh and gives a wonderful start to the day! The Finca is without TV, only surrounded by tranquility, fantastic views and nature.

The property has six large, airy bright bedrooms. These spacious rooms have four-poster beds, double beds or single beds in each room. Accommodation is based on two people sharing a room and two rooms sharing delicate bathrooms. We always have nice guests who are happy to share a room, if you are traveling alone.


The packing list will be sent to you 2 weeks before the workshop starts.
• One full body picture of a person in clothing (the photo must be sent to course leader for approval in advance (
• Pre-drawn canvas for the figure painting (largest you get in your suitcase)
• Ev. pre-stretched canvas for landscape painting (optional size)
• Mini canvas for colour study (linen / cotton plate approx. 20x30cm)
• Medium and large brushes, long flats or filbert (size width 0.5 cm-2cm)
• Medium-sized pallet knife
• Paint (acrylic or oil, recommends oil) Raw umbra- Titanium white- Cadmium yellow- Ocher yellow- Cadmium red- Alizarin Crimson- Ultramarine blue- Viridian green- Black

• A white A4 sketch sheet
• Palette cup for linseed oil
• A pure wooden palette
• Soft charcoal pins (ex soft willow charcoal / B-Nitram charcoal)
• Pencil- Kneading rubber (type eraser)
• Light linseed oil
• Brush cleaner
• Pen and paper for notes
• Sun hat
• Suncream
• Pool towel


A culinary experience of Spanish cuisine!
Inspired by nature, our organic, plant-based cuisine is a highlight for our guests and a key component of our approach to health and wellness. With this in mind, our Spanish chef has developed Mediterranean specialties with ingredients from local organic producers in the area. Our chef has been working for us for several years and she is really passionate about vegetarian food. These healthy meals fuels your active days and builds a healthier mind and body. The menu is seasonal, combined with fruits and herbs from our own garden which is a great inspiration.


1 WEEK RATE: 1580€

The Finca Parrilla rate includes 7 DAYS

Accommodation for each guest
Daily painting classes (morning and afternoon)
Plant-based meals designed to nourish & energise you during the week
• Village walk sightseeing
• Cleaning service

Pickup and return airport transfer to Malaga Airport (by predetermined arrival and departure)
Checkout at 10:00 AM
Free high speed Wifi

(Not included in the price: Airline tickets, alcohol, excursions and three dinners)