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Painting in Morocco with Adebanji Alade VPROI

10th - 18th October 2020

The Artist Magazine  magazine painting holiday


This exclusive painting programme is currently POSTPONED until further notice. 


Essaouira is a picturesque walled fishing town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. It offers an intoxicating mix of exotic Arab architecture and Mediterranean-style white-washed houses with blue shutters, a working fishing harbour with traditional boats and colourful spice souks.

Painting in Morocco with Adebanji Alade VPROI

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Essaouira is a place where your senses are exposed to exotic colours and exquisite architecture. The mystery behind the knarred faces of nomadic Tuareg men and the call of muezzin adds to the magic of the place. Capture this extraordinary spice of life inside and outside the walls of the medina.

The range of painting subjects inside the walled old town include sun-drenched avenues lined with palm trees, dabbled sunlit squares, meandering alleyways, secretive doorways, elegant minarets, mosques and mosaics, aromatic and colourful souks, donkeys laden with goods and much more.

Time has stood still in Essaouira and men still wear the traditional full-length and hooded burnous and women their floating jellabahs and hijab (veil). The mellah or Jewish quarter of the medina is a little dilapidated but a lovely mellow and serene area in contrast to the colourful souks and café-lined lanes. Outside the walled town are sea fortifications, dramatic rocky seascapes, miles of sandy beaches and a thriving fishing harbour to paint.



Essaouira has been a favoured place for many artists including Ken Howard, Tom Coates and Jenny Wheatley because of its diversity, authenticity, friendliness, compactness and the fact that it is the closest exotic painting location to Europe. In March the weather is normally sunny and warm with a gentle breeze, making it ideal for painting plein air.

Adebanji Alade is Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, ‘artist in residence’ for BBC’s One Show and was winner of Pinto Rapido in 2013. He is known for bringing a lively sketchy feel to his paintings and he has chosen Essaouira for his painting holiday because it is full of colour and sun, and has a buzz in the air.

Adebanji mainly works in oils but also acrylics, watercolour, pastels, coloured pencils, charcoal and graphite. His work is inspired by atmosphere, people and the mood created by a particular light. You’ll receive endless motivation. inspiration and entertainement from his wealth of experience. He will be encourage you to work with a sketch book and help you with your paintings as and when necessary. Adebanji will do demonstrations on alternate days for anyone interested. This is a free-style painting holiday with some tuition, is  suitable for intermediate and experienced students.





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Travel arrangements

Direct scheduled flights on British Airways from London Heathrow. Accommodation is in a modern luxury hotel overlooking the beach and just 5 minutes’ walk from the old town and fishing harbour. Breakfasts and dinners are included. Everything is organised for you and taken care of by an accompanying travel escort from the UK.

Holiday details                                                   The Artist Magazinemagazine painting holiday

Dates: To be advsied

Number of students: 8 – 12 students                                                           

Guideline price : £2,875.00 per person                           

                           £400.00 single supplement

Price includes: Flights, 8 nights hotel, breakfast & dinners daily, host artist, travel escort from the UK. 

We have been the official organiser and tailor-making painting holidays on behalf of The Artist Magazine  magazine since 1990. These are professional organised painting holidays offering the exclusive opportunity to paint alongside well known artists. 

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