FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Breakfast    7:30 - 8:30

Pantry items for light lunches, snacks: coffee and tea (in Travanca )

Dinner - 4 dinners in Travanca

Lunch and Dinner in Obidos is not included

Rooms with private bath

If traveling independently to Travanca, pick up at Amarante bus station.

Transportation to Obidos from Lisbon and from Obidos to Travanca

Wifi

 

ARE ANY DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE?

Returning artists get a 10% discount, if taking a single room.

Shared room –  10% discount, per person

 

IS INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE?

Yes – instruction in either drawing, painting or photography is available for

an additional fee of $300 for both locations, $200 for Travanca only.

Basic drawing supplies included

Macbook  available for viewing digital images.

WHAT IS THE TERRAIN LIKE?

WALKING IS RIGOROUS IN BOTH LOCATIONS. We strongly recommend bringing good walking shoes and/or sandals.

Travanca do Monte is a hilly farming hamlet.  Obidos is a medieval town with cobbled streets.

Main roads are hilly, narrow and winding.

WHAT KIND OF WEATHER SHOULD I EXPECT?

The weather can be quite variable:  Layers work best. Bring your bathing suit.

A warm sweater, light down or rain jacket is recommended.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM GET TO LOCATIONS?:

We will be using local taxis.  5 Program trips are included in the Fee (3 in Travanca, 2 in Obidos).  Additional taxi trips are shared by all who use them.
 

DO I NEED A CAR?

For independent side trips and convenient personal travel during the workshop a rental car is advisable.

The Euro-car rental agency is in Amarante, about 20 minutes from Travanca, and of course many car rental opportunities are at both airports. Travanca do Monte is about 4 hours by car from Lisbon airport and 50 minutes from the airport in Porto.

Taxi hire is available for independent travel into Amarante, or for regional travel.

HOW DO I GET TO  OBIDOS AND TRAVANCA DO MONTE?

Air Travel:

The nearest major airport is Porto (OPO).

Train and Bus to Travanca do Monte:

From Lisbon: Bus and Train both leave from Oriente Station

Train to Porto – Campanha Station- takes about 2.5 -3 hours. http://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/

Bus to Amarante – takes about 4 – 4.5 hours.  http://www.rodonorte.pt

Pick up and return to Amarante is provided.  Pick up and return to Porto can be arranged through a local taxi.  Approximate cost of the taxi to/from the Porto airport or train station is € 75 each way

 

WHERE IS OBIDOS AND TRAVANCA DO MONTE?

Located on the Atlantic coast, in the Oeste region of Portugal, Obidos is 87 km northwest of Lisbon.

Travanca do Monte is in the northern mountains of Portugal near the Douro River Valley region, about 70 km east of Porto.

The distance to Amarante is about 25km

ARE THERE ANY SHOPS NEARBY?

There is one very small general store that is open irregularly in the hamlet of Travanca do Monte.

Amarante, (about 15 -20 minutes by car) provides comprehensive shopping and services. It is a lovely historic city with nice shops, a museum, cafes, restaurants, etc.

 

            Testimonials

"This trip was a wonderful experience in so many ways.  My painting practice grew; I found myself using more color, able to absorb and concentrate for longer periods of time.  Paintings became more playful and joyful.  I also made great friends, and returning to my normal life in NYC, I felt relaxed and rejuvenated.  I hope to do Plein Air Portugal again someday."

                                           - KB Jones

"I looked at my hundreds of photos, short films and then my sketches and paintings when I arrved home.  They stirred up so much emotion.  Made me instantly want to go back!  Perhaps that is your secret weapon, in choosing Travanca do Monte, a most special place for a workshop.

What I loved:

The school house; Dale’s art history lesson - It was helpful for me to really dig more into composition issues;  Karen’s cultural, anthropological, personal portraits, animal encounters and, and, and, were all enriching and a special treat as a slide show; the crits  - were constructive and inspiring, full of personal empathy."

                                       - Diane Sorg 

 

"This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I had never traveled abroad before so this was a great way to get a little "guided" tour of Portugal, but still have the freedom to go off and explore these amazingly inspiring places. I was able to focus on my art for the first time in years and connect with other phenomenal artists that inspired me to be a better painter. I walked away from this trip with a fresh view of my work and a larger appreciation for new adventures. It was the most relaxing, fun, engaging and awe-inspiring trip of my life and I hope I can do it again with this wonderful group of ladies in the future. This should be on every artist's bucket list!"

                                    - Jesse Hashagen

"The sky surrounds you, the hills call you. Dale inspires, instructs, and is tireless for you. Karen's photos reveal her inimitable view of this most beautiful and incomparable landscape. Our hosts feed and share their food and their history in their family's 15 th century villa with you. Enough? There's so much more... Dale won't let you leave without a work that is yours and yours alone. Yeah, it was pretty good! Thank you both

                                       -  Gail Kinn  

 

"What a wonderful week I had participating in the photo workshop at Casa da Levada!  From the moment I arrived at this mountaintop aerie, I was embraced by its solicitous hosts, Luis and Maria, whose main goal was to ensure that their guests appreciate and enjoy to the utmost their beautiful home and the hamlet it’s nestled in. As a novice photographer I delighted in the guidance offered by Karen Bell as we availed ourselves of the infinite amount of photo ops either in the immediate environs of the posada (amazing vistas every which way you looked) or in the surrounding countryside that we explored on our side trips, which Dale had mapped out with an eye to their aesthetic value. Most of all, the experience of being part of an artistic community in a place that offered both sensory excitement and, at the same time a feeling of serenity, was one that has left its imprint on me."

                                 - Deborah Kane Millan 

"An artistic aerie, with marvelous views, rivers, mountains, fields.  Isolated but with amenities includeing restaurants, bars and an art supply store.  Costs are the most reasonable in all of western Europe.   I enjoyed every second I was there."

                                    - Arthur Levine 

"Casa de Levada is a magical place out of time.  Maria and Luis, the hosts, are everything one would ask for in terms of welcoming, providing comfort and delicious food, as well as helping with every little need that may arise.

The site is magnificent and inspiring.  I loved everything about being there, painting the landscape and meeting local folks in an environment unchanged for centuries; a unique European adventure.  Dale’s guidance was the cherry on top."

                                      - Petey Brown 

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