Udaipur, India with Grahame Booth - Watercolours October 25th 2017 with Arte Umbria
Following on from our wonderful and successful week in 2016, one of our most popular tutors Grahame Booth is very excited to be leading this 10 day course in Udaipur in 2017 and to show painters its most atmospheric vistas and architecture. Grahame is renowned for his demonstrations which he will be doing each day and he encourages and motivates artists with their painting and technique. You can sample all the delights that India can offer. Grahame is a very experienced tutor in watercolours. Beginners to experienced artists welcomed. Grahame led our full course to Venice in 2016 and he thrives on finding wonderful locations. Grahame's courses also fill very quickly as he is very sought after so EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED - PLACES LIMITED. Only a few places left now! The stunning hotel we stay in is very popular and fills very quickly months in advance. Early booking is really recommended to ensure the best rooms overlooking the lake or with a balcony. You won't regret it.
This 10 day course has the all inclusive price (excluding airfare and insurance) of £2795. There will be lots of subjects and opportunities to paint, tours out to local palaces and temples, breakfast in the hotel and dinner out every night at different local restaurants to sample local (DELICIOUS!) or international cuisine.
Non participating partners sharing the suite are welcomed at a discount of 35%. No single person supplement.
This price includes all your accommodation in a stunningly beautiful hotel on the edge of Lake Pichola with panoramic views out to the Taj Palace and the City Palace, all rooms are double suites (NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!). The stunning hotel is very popular and fills very quickly months in advance. Early booking is really recommended to ensure the best rooms overlooking the lake or with a balcony.
The Amet Haveli, this truly delightful, charming hotel is set on the edge of the Pichola Lake with breathtaking views of Jagdish Temple, Gangaur Ghat, City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and Sajjangarh Fort. Each suite has air conditioning, television with cable, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, mini fridge, hair driver, free Wi-Fi and intercom.
There is a lovely pool at the hotel. There is also a doctor on call (hopefully not needed), travel assistance, parking, laundry and the hotel takes American Express, MasterCard and Visa. We are looked after very well there with kind charming staff who make us feel nothing is too much trouble.
There is a lovely restaurant, the Ambrai, on the edge of the lake serving a choice of cuisines. Pamper your taste buds with the mouthwatering food of Amet Haveli during your stay in Udaipur. This paradise lakeside garden restaurant will tantalize your senses – prepare for gastronomical bliss!
What to expect on this trip
We know this area very well now. It is perfect if you have always wanted to go but prefer to have someone with you who is familiar with the region. Grahame will be going out with you to locations during the day painting and drawing. He will be doing a demonstration each day. He will decide on the time according to the changing light of the day. There will be many opportunities to explore the area and take in its many colourful scenes.
Have an adventure on a Tuk Tuk into the centre, around the colourful spice and vegetable market, a trip to the impressive City Palace, or up to the Monsoon Palace to paint the sunset. There is also an opportunity to take a boat ride around the lake.
During the week we will arrange 3 trips but you are welcome to explore everything Udaipur can offer including wonderful shops, Ayurvedic centres, jewellery and beautiful silk and linen fabrics. We will all be there to guide and help you.
Suggested Materials list
Grahame has created a useful list of suggested materials and some helpful advice which is available for you to download here:
Click here to download the pdf of Suggested Materials
What to bring
You will need to bring your own watercolours and materials. Grahame is currently updating his list of travel equipment for 'Plein Air'. Grahame travels very 'light' but he believes that if you want to paint Plein Air you need to carry everything with you and he has this down to a fine art. There is an art shop in Udaipur that has materials, but not brands that most people are used to, but it works well as a back up if you need anything more during your stay.
Udaipur city, also known as the 'City of Lakes' and the 'Venice of the East', is a very popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, India. The capital of the former princely state of Mewar is considered as one of the most romantic cities of India.
Udaipur is a land of azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. The city is a blend of sights, sounds and experiences. With its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes, the city evokes it’s heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Voted the Best City in the World in 2009!
Lake Pichola, an artificial fresh water lake created in the year 1362 AD, is one of a set of lakes in the city. The lake was built by Banjara, a gypsy and grain merchant during the reign of Maharana Lakha.
Later, Maharana Udai Singh, impressed by the charm of this lake with the backdrop of green hills, founded his palace on its banks. Expect atmospheric dawns and magnificent sunsets.
- Jag Niwas, site of the Lake Palace.
- Jag Mandir, with the palace of the same name.
- Mohan Mandir, from where the king would watch the annual Gangaur festival celebration.
- Arsi Vilas, a small island which has a small palace. It was built by one of the Maharanas of Udaipur to enjoy the sunset on the lake. It is also a sanctuary catering to a variety of birds, including tufted ducks, coots, egrets, terns, cormorants and kingfishers.
Check out a film taken at Udaipur - click on the link : Beautiful film of Udaipur.
TravelAll leading airlines fly to Mumbai or Delhi; an internal connecting flight takes you to Udaipur. You will be collected by taxi and driven straight to our hotel where we will be waiting to greet you. We recommend Air India, or Jet Air who both provide international flights and connecting flights to Udaipur.
You will need a tourist VISA to visit India but this is easily done online, please follow this link for all the information you will need and to receive your Visa online.
Please contact us if you would like any help with travel.
Taj Mahal and Agra
We are more than happy to advise on trips and tours to other parts of India, including the Taj Mahal at the end of this course. Please just contact us if you would like help with travel, hotels or guides. If several guests wish to go it could make a nice group and extension to your trip!
WeatherThis time of year is a comfortable mid to high 20’s, but can vary due to climate change. There will be a full moon on November 4th with stunning photo opportunities across the lake.
"I had a wonderful experience in September when I attended a plein air watercolor workshop by Grahame Booth.
So many events and experiences made this exceptional for me. Grahame himself is a most dynamic man who is absolutely full of his enthusiasm and love for watercolor painting. It is somehow quite magical in the way that he can look at your painting and cut right to the chase and offer guidance on improving your work.
The absolutely wonderful thing about it is, that his advice stays with you. You have learned it for life. He is a master artist in his own right and an excellent teacher as well.
His demonstrations, patience and encouragement are second to none. I have personally found demonstrations dull and boring and like watching grass grow. Not with Grahame. His lively commentary takes you along with him as he progresses through his painting describing his thoughts and reactions to his work as he paints. If things are not working out he will explain how he handles it. He sometimes goes to work on another area and comes back to his problem area later with a fresh eye and ties it all together.
What he has taught me.....aerial perspective, the clarity of his quick observations have helped me to understand and paint the feeling of distance, he has greatly improved my vision of what I see and how to portray it.
Fewer brush stokes to preserve freshness, transparency, brilliance and getting rid of muddy results. Moving features that I see, and improve my compositions, a vastly better feeling of values and their all important role in holding my paintings together. The value of daily use of my sketchbook was very strongly emphasized. Plus all around encouragement and support that makes you feel darned good about yourself, and your painting.
All in one week, just think of what he could do in two weeks! He is ubiquitous, always there when you need him, and very positive about the students' abilities to paint better paintings and, above all, encouraging them.
His critiques at the end of the day are so helpful because you can learn from the other artists' work in a most friendly environment. Whether one is an absolute beginner, intermediate or advanced, his teaching will get you moving in the right direction sooner, and avoid so many of the pitfalls. He will get you painting more to your own satisfaction.
Grahame…. teaches you to see what you want to paint, and he teaches you to paint what you want to see".
Don Read, California
Date: October 25th 2017
Place: Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Artist: Grahame Booth - Watercolour
Duration of the course: Ten days painting in Rajasthan, India
This 10 day course has the all inclusive price (excluding airfare and insurance) of £2795. There will be lots of subjects and opportunities to paint, tours out to local palaces and temples, breakfast in the hotel and dinner out every night at different local restaurants to sample local or international cuisine.
Non participating partners sharing the suite are welcomed at a discount of 35%. No single person supplement.
This price includes all your accommodation in a stunningly beautiful hotel on the lake, all rooms are double suites (no single supplement).The stunning hotel that we stay in is very popular and fills very quickly months in advance. Early booking is really recommended to ensure the best rooms overlooking the lake or with a balcony.
(Locations and times may be subject to change)
25th October Wednesday
You will be met at Udaipur airport by taxi holding a PAINTING IN EUROPE sign who will take you to our Hotel
7pm - welcome drink in the restaurant bar with tutor, hosts and other guests. 8pm - dinner and wine at the restaurant. We have arranged for a selection of Indian food with the chef to avoid confusion in selecting dishes. Their food is never very hot spice wise.
26th October Thursday
Breakfast is from 7am till 9am in the restaurant. You will spend the first day painting from 10am around the hotel to help with recovering from your journey. Grahame will start with a demo. Lunch at 1pm until 2.30pm and is at your expense and leisure. 2.30pm until 5pm - more tutoring from Grahame. Visit the Dharohar folk dance at 6.30pm and return to the hotel for dinner at 8.30pm.
27th October Friday
Breakfast is from 7am till 9am in the restaurant. At 10 am - we meet by the reception for our first painting outing. We will travel by Tuk Tuk to the other side of the lake and paint from under 3 ornate arches, Grahame will do his usual morning demo. Lunch can be taken at a local eatery and I will be booking tables for us. After lunch continue with the same painting or choose another subject in the locality and be collected by Tuk Tuk at 5pm. 6.30pm - if you are interested a local jeweller who we met last year and is very reasonable with prices, will be in the gardens to display some items but will also do bespoke to order. Meet in the bar at 7.30pm and then go to a local restaurant.
28th October Saturday
Breakfast as usual.
A demo by Grahame followed by a different subject either in the grounds or from the restaurant terrace, the lake palace or ghat for example. Lunch in the restaurant from 1pm until 2.30pm. After lunch an optional excursion to a clothing retailers to shop where the cast of The Best Marigold Hotel shopped. You can buy off the shelf or have made to measure. When everyone is finished, back to the hotel to relax as you like before, meeting in the bar at 7.30pm and onto another local restaurant.
29th October Sunday
Breakfast as usual. Free day to explore yourselves or paint locally. 7.30 pm in the bar and eat at the hotel.
30th October Monday
Breakfast as usual. At 10 am - we meet by the reception for a trip to the City Palace. A Grahame demo to start. There are various expos to see and places to paint. There is a restaurant there for lunch which you can go to if you want. After lunch continue painting or leave the palace and stroll the shops. Pick up by Tuk Tuk at the palace entrance or where they dropped you off at 5pm. 7.30pm in the bar for drinks and eat out.
31st October Tuesday
Breakfast as usual. At 10 am - we meet by the reception for a trip out to Gulab Bagh Park for a demo and painting. lunch locally.
5pm pick up back to the hotel and 6pm boat trip out and back from the hotel jetty to watch the sunset over the lake. Straight into the bar for drinks and dinner at the hotel.
1st November Wednesday
Breakfast as usual. Off to the Sahelion Ki Bari(Garden of Maidens) for a demo and after, your own painting. I will source a place for lunch at 1pm. Continue in the gardens until 5pm and return to the hotel by Tuk Tuk. Jeweller returns with more samples or completed orders. 7.30pm in the bar and eat at the hotel.
2nd November Thursday
Breakfast as usual. At 10 am - we meet by the reception for a trip out to the local spice market followed by a trip to the Nagda temple for a demo by Grahame. Lunch at a local restaurant and painting and return to the hotel late afternoon. 7.30pm in the bar for drinks and eat out.
3rd November Friday
Breakfast as usual. At 10 am - we meet by the reception for a trip out to the local craft village and return to the hotel to eat or you can source your own restaurant for lunch. After lunch try to finish off work done and meet in the bar at 6.30pm for a critique and ‘show and tell’ and final dinner, exchanging contact details with new friends.
4th November Saturday
Breakfast as usual. Depart by taxi for the airport.
More Photos of this area
To tempt you to this exciting opportunity to visit this region of India and paint with Grahame here are a few photographs of the area and the hotel. Please click on any of the small images to see a larger picture.