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Paul O'Kane painting course in Granada 2019

Painting in Granada with Paul O'Kane in 2019

We have fallen under the magical spell of Granada and we are returning with Paul O'Kane 4 September 2019

Painter Price £1820

Non-painting partners welcomed at a special price of £1000

An opportunity NOT to be missed! Trust us.

Granada is in the south of Spain and is capital of the province known by the same name, and is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Painting in Granada September 2019 with Paul O'Kane

What the course will offer

There will be 6 days of painting and sketching during this 6 night stay with Paul around different locations in Granada, we will be visiting the stunning Alhambra palace and other beautiful sites. (Tickets included within the price).

We estimate between 8 to 12 painters, plus partners on this course.

You are welcome to spend as much time painting as you desire, or you can take advantage of sightseeing and wander around the local sites and immerse yourself in the local Spanish culture. During the day we will be exploring, quick-sketching, taking photographs, and taking tea and coffee breaks.

The price of £1820 for a painter and £1000 for a non-participating partner sharing a room with a painter, includes all breakfasts and dinners with wine, trips and tours out. To make this trip relaxed for you as we look after everything.

No single person supplement!!!

What is included in the price!

6 nights Bed and Breakfast at the hotel situated in the historical centre of Granada, within walking distance of all major sites and attractions. This area is mainly pedestrianised for safety and pollution free. Perfect for painting!

6 dinners with wine at specially selected restaurants.

Guided tour of the Alhambra Palace.

An authentic Flamenco evening with dinner.

All transports costs within Granada that are course related.

All demonstrations, painting and tuition from Paul O'Kane.

All you need to do is book your flights and we do all the rest and look after you. You just need to concentrate on your painting and enjoying yourselves. You can fly to Granada but it is probably easier to fly to Malaga and we will arrange collection to bring you to the hotel in Granada.

Your tutor and a member of our team will be there every step of the way. We know the city well.

Are you dreaming of the extraordinary? Join us and fulfill your dreams!

Artists materials lists

Paul has listed some items to bring along on this course, click on the links below to view the pdf of each list.

Acrylic materials list

Oil painting materials list

Watercolour materials list


Wednesday 4 September Arrival

Take your flight to Malaga and transfer to Granada by coach where you will be met at our hotel by your hosts to assist with booking in and helping with any other matters. There will be an introduction welcome drink in the hotel bar prior to eating at the hotel restaurant for the first night.

Thursday 5 September

Breakfast is at 9am.

At 10am, Paul and your guide will escort you to your first painting location for a short demonstration and help select locations to suit you.

1pm break for lunch, which is down to your choice for whatever takes your fancy.

2.30pm recommence painting until about 5pm'ish and return to our hotel to freshen up before going to our restaurant for dinner. We will meet up in the bar for an aperitif at 7pm.

Friday 6 September

Breakfast at 9am.

As above but another beautiful location. En-route we will visit the famous Granada Cathedral, Santa Maria de Encarnation. We will be taking our private Guided Tour around the Alhambra Palace late afternoon.

Saturday 7 September

Breakfast is at 9am.

As above but with a new location and restaurant/Flamenco evening in the Sacramento neighbourhood.

Sunday 8 September

Breakfast is at 9am.

As above but, with another new location and different restaurant in the evening. Prior to eating, we recommend a stroll around the Arab/Moorish Spice markets and Souks.

Monday 9 September

Breakfast is at 9am.

Our last full day of painting and sight seeing, but another new restaurant for farewell dinner. Paul will be holding a group 'critique' on the last night.

Tuesday 10 September

Breakfast is at 9am, then depending on your flight a little more painting before you depart.

About the artist

Paul O'Kane 'Plein Air' artist.

Lives in near Belfast in Northern Ireland. Retired architect. A few words from Paul.

"I’m a weather watcher. When there is a forecast for a few good days I plan a painting trip. Somewhere in Ireland is fine in my camper-van. Or further afield on my Harley.

I chose a painting medium depending on my mode of transport. I can pack anything in the camper so I normally chose oils. A motorbike trip is great for gouache, which dries rapidly and uses a very compact kit. If I fly somewhere I usually paint in watercolour. Oils on an airplane are a challenge, but do-able.

I only paint en plein air, except when I do demonstrations or give workshops. If the weather is inclement then tutored trips end up in the studio…which is fine. But site work is where the adrenaline kicks in. Exciting stuff.

My plein air style is to paint as quickly as possible. Not that I’m in any rush, but because I have developed a raft of time saving techniques which are designed to complete a painting to a high standard within an hour. My techniques are all bases on simple ideas…Colour, tone, compositing, pre-preparation ie. minimal kit etc.

I spend most of my teaching time explaining to students the need for and ways to simplify. After an hours standing/painting I need a coffee and a sit down. Then it’s back to the battlefield.

I’ve travelled and painted a lot around Europe, but never yet in Granada. This will be a first. Sierra Nevada mountains, medieval architecture. Eeee. I cant wait. But beware, architecture is not easy to paint. So simplify. I’ll show you how…. Choose a focal point. Focus most of your energy there. Keep the remaining 80% out of focus.

It’s easy but takes practice.

Onward into battle."


We suggest you fly to Malaga, though Granada does have a small airport. Most major airlines fly to Malaga. We will arrange transport to get you to and from the hotel, we will be there to greet you.

Granada's Climate

Painting in Granada in 2017

Granada's climate is friendly and dry, the air clean and healthy, with clear and cheerful skies. In September the temperature averages low to mid 20 degrees, perfect for painting outside.

The Granada region offers Spain's richest variety of climate and landscape, from the alpine vegetation of the Sierra Nevada to the tropical coast of Motril.

Granada's Geography

Granada is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada between two hills, separated by the Darro Valley, which cast their views over the wide vega. The River Darro flows through the centre of the city, dividing the hills of Sacromonte and Albaycin, that of the Alhambra.

Granada's flora comprises a wonderful botanical mix, with tropical plants growing but a short distance from alpine slopes.

We will be staying in a lovely hotel in the center of the city, a few minutes walk to the centre and close to the Alhambra Palace.

Painting and art courses in Granada

Paul O'Kane

Date: 4 September 2019

Place: Granada

Tutor: Paul O'Kane

Duration: 6 night stay


Paul is a superb artist and VERY popular tutor.

Beginners to experienced artists welcomed

Cost: £1820 for a painter

£1000 for a non-participating partner sharing a room with a painter. (BIG DISCOUNT!)

No single supplement!

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Photo Gallery

Here are a few photos of Kevin's work and Granada in Spain, please click on the thumbnail to see a larger picture