Finca el Cerrillo re-opening (at last) Autumn 2021!

Painting at Finca el Cerrillo

Finca el Cerrillo is a great place for a Painting Holiday. There are many interesting objects and vistas that can be painted in and around the Finca. The 200 year-old building is steeped in charm and character providing a wealth of subjects for those looking for inspiration.

The three nearby villages of Canillas de Albaida, Competa and Archez are all Moorish style 'Pueblos Blancos' (white villages) with colourful, flower-decked balconies and narrow winding streets. In the unspoiled Natural Park there are rock pools with running water and walnut and fig trees provide plenty of natural shade.

The Studio is light and airy and air-conditioning ensures a comfortable temperature year-round: it leads onto a courtyard patio that can be used as extra space for those who want to paint outdoors. There are also mature gardens surrounding the Finca, a swimming pool and lots of shady terrace areas. A treehouse in the olive grove provides another shady spot to sit and paint.

We have portable easels, stools and drawing boards for participants to use. We also have a limited supply of materials to buy but this varies according to each course - please check at the time of booking.

Join a Painting Holiday

Our painting holidays are usually of 7 nights duration. They are sociable, friendly and fun with excellent tuition from experienced teachers. Many guests return year after year! Non painting partners or friends are very welcome and are encouraged to join any excursions, meals out etc.

There is one free day mid-week when guests often choose to join an excursion - others prefer to do their own painting or relax by the pool with a good book from our library.

The price includes:

  • Tuition and some materials.
  • Accommodation in a spacious
    air-conditioned room.
  • Buffet lunch served under the carob
    tree on 5 days.
  • 3 course dinner every evening - some in local village restaurants.
  • Airport transfers from Malaga airport (as long as your flight arrives to meet the standard transfer) Private taxi transfer can be arranged to meet other flight times.

The price does not include flights, insurance, drinks, optional excursions or lunch on the free day.

Painting Courses

Painting and Sketching with Varvara Neiman
15-22 August 2020

For more information or to book a place please contact Varvara or Alastair at artSmartuk Ltd

Varvara Neiman is a professional Artist, who was born into an artistic family in St. Petersburg, Russia, where art and teaching were professions passed on from generation to generation. At the age of 18 she became one of the youngest students admitted to the world-famous Academy of Fine Arts, where she gained her master’s degree. After graduation Varvara specialised in scenography and costume design involving a number of theatre plays in St Petersburg. Her first international exhibition took place in Snape Maltings in 1991 followed by involvement in a number of similar events locally including the Aldeburgh Festival and Suffolk Open Studios.

Varvara moved to the UK permanently in 1999 and began teaching first with East Berkshire College and then with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, achieving a PGCE qualification in 2006. She has demonstrated to many art societies and recently delivered two workshops at the Royal Academy. She has her own studio in Beaconsfield adjacent to artsmart School of Art where she has taught since 2007. Her classes include watercolour, oils and acrylic painting

Varvara is enthusiastic about painting en plein air and passionate about Cezanne's famous quote: "Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realising one's sensation..." Recent work from painting trips to France, Italy and Spain will be included as part of her 2019 Bucks Art Weeks exhibition.

Tel: 01494 670372
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Ali Hargreaves - 27th March to 3rd April 2021
Facebook: ALISART
Tel: 07890 425544

Ali Hargreaves

Ali is both an Artist and qualified teacher. Her enthusiasm for Art comes through very strongly in her colourful and exciting lessons. She is a lively and enthusiastic teacher with lots of energy, using innovative ideas for teaching her students in a fun way. "Alisart" started small, with commissions from friends, which lead to others! Subsequently, she was asked to teach privately and this eventually lead to the thriving classes she runs today. She is a lively and enthusiastic teacher with lots of energy.

Ali teaches regular adult Art classes in Watercolours, Acrylics, Mixed media and Textiles art. Ali also demonstrates and runs workshops for Art groups and societies. She runs day workshops once a month and now tutors for painting holidays as well.


Creative Drawing Retreat with Fraser Taylor
August 22nd to August 29th 2020

With Fraser's guidance and direction, you will explore both traditional and contemporary drawing techniques using location-based observations documented in sketchbook format. You will then develop the drawings into further works and engage in conversation examining the creative process and its relevance to your personal interests.

Late afternoon and evenings can be spent relaxing or continuing your work, before dining together and continuing our conversations. An optional outdoor morning yoga class will be led by Lisa.


Painting and Sketching with Linda Caddy

Linda Caddy offers tuition in all aspects of painting and sketching.

"During the week we will use a variety of monochrome and coloured media - pencil, graphite, pastel, water-soluble charcoal, watercolour pencil, pen and ink as well as Watercolour painting. The emphasis, in both sketching and painting, will be on gaining skills and confidence in techniques and the use of colour."

The course will suit beginners, improvers and beyond.

Linda Caddy is a trained teacher and has been teaching classes and workshops for several years. Her excellence in Teaching was recognised when she was awarded a special Further Education award for her Art tuition. Linda now runs a large number of sketching and painting days in the Cheshire countryside where she lives, as well as being a regular guest demonstrator at local art clubs. She runs several painting holidays each year in France, Spain and Italy.

For more information or to book a place please contact Linda Caddy at


Brigid Collins – TBC

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Brigid Collins is an Irish artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She studied Visual Communication in Dublin and she then went on to study Illustration as a post-graduate student at Edinburgh College of Art. In conjunction with lecturing in Illustration, Spatial Design and Drawing & Painting, she has undertaken commissions for a wide range of clients as well as exhibiting extensively in Scotland, Ireland, Europe and the USA, her work being held in both private and public collections.

The relationship between word – especially poetry – and image is a central concern in Brigid’s work. Intricately combining natural forms with delicate materials, and interweaving these with fragments of text, she crafts paintings, collages and often intimately scaled sculptural book forms and 'Poem-Houses' and also has led workshops with groups of all ages, including groups at a women’s prison. She especially loves to lead mixed-media holidays and workshops which allow for complete immersion in an environment.

For details about here forthcoming painting holiday click on the link below:


For further information you can contact the Tutor of the course that interests you or you can contact Sue Kind at Finca el Cerrillo (0034 952 030 444)