Painting Holiday in Cádiz, Spain  2022 Dates TBD
Oils with Cecilio Chaves

Our one week painting holiday in Spain takes place in the historic Andalusian city of  Cádiz.  The workshop is designed for all levels of painters, from pure beginners to the most experienced plein air artists.  Instructor Cecilio Chaves' 

workshops include demonstrations by the artist, individual instruction and critique, local lore, history, and an insider's introduction to Cádiz.  We will be walking on old cobbled streets with easels and painting supplies -- participants should be comfortable with carrying their gear on uneven surfaces.  Not recommended for people with limited mobility.

Taught in English
and Spanish

The workshop will be held throughout the city, seeking out the most appropriate places for light and color. Each student will receive personalized mentoring, whether they are beginners or accomplished painters, in order to enhance their creativity and bring out their own personality in their painting. Cádiz is a privileged place for landscape painting, its old narrow cobbled streets are perfect for the study of perspective and light. In addition, Cádiz's characteristic rooftops and famous lookout towers add to the uniqueness of its cityscape.

Students will have the opportunity to -- in addition to getting to know the city and its friendly, welcoming inhabitants -- acquire knowledge in terms of composition, texture, and materials while having fun painting without pressure and without the need to create "finished" works. Exercises are aimed at allowing students to acquire the most knowledge in a fun and enjoyable way. Cecilio, a Cádiz local, knows the city, its history and practically every corner -- and paints them with the love of the artist for the place he adores. After 25 years of professional painting he is also a beloved teacher, well respected and known for his generosity when it comes to teaching his students, who are delighted in all his workshops.

Typical Schedule 

Subject to change depending on weather, desires of group, or other unforseen circumstances.


Arrival at hotel in Cádiz' historic center


Saturday night 

Welcome tapas and wine fiesta on roof top terrace 



9:00 - 9:45 am breakfast 

10:00 am painting demo 

10:30 - 1:00 pm plein air painting

1:00 - 2:30 pm picnic lunch

2:30 - 5:30 pm plein air painting

5:30 - 8:30 pm Siesta

8:30 pm Dinner at local restaurant


Monday - Friday

9:00 - 9:45 am breakfast 

Full day painting in Cádiz (see above) 

Optional museum and historical site visits, sherry tastings, etc.

8:30 pm Dinner at local restaurant

Friday night gourmet Farewell Dinner



9:00 - 9:45 am breakfast 

10 - 11 am Check out of accommodation and good-byes!


Painting Instructor Cecilio Chaves

Cecilio Chaves was born in Cadiz, a little town in the south of Spain.  He studied art at the University of Seville, specializing in oil painting.  He paints portraits and landscapes in various media: oil, acrylic, and watercolor.  his speciality is the Urban Landscape.  Light and shadows are particularly special in his pictures -- blues, grays, reds and yellows are mixed to create a unique ambiance. Cecilio has had many solo and group exhibitions in Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden and South America.  The recipient of many painting prizes, he has much experience as a teacher, at the University level, and in private workshops and masterclasses.

Plein Air Painting Workshop Director

Holiday Director Kate Kilbourne

Since 2000, Kate Kilbourne has lived part of the year in San Francisco, California, and part of the year in Troo, France... until 2017 when her partner Robert bought a flat in Cadiz.  Now Kate spends the early spring and late fall in Spain.  She is fluent in French and is learning Spanish as fast as she can!


Historic renovated lodging in Cádiz at

La Posada del Mercado

There is nothing more beautiful than feeling like a local when travelling to a city.

In “La Posada del Mercado” we invite you to explore Cádiz, the oldest city in occidental Europe. Due to its perfect location, right in the city center, next to the Torre Tavira and the central outdoor market and only 9 minutes walking distance from Cádiz's most known beach, the Playa de la Caleta, it will give you a comfortable stay in our apartments.

All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A microwave, a fridge and oven are also featured, as well as an electric tea pot and a coffee machine.

Included in Holiday
  • 6 days of instruction

  • 7 nights lodging in La Posada del Mercado

  • Welcome tapas and wine fiesta Saturday

  • Daily breakfast at hotel 

  • Daily picnic lunch

  • Nightly group dinners at local restaurants

  • Local museums and historical site visits

  • Farewell 3 course gourmet dinner -- wine not included

Not Included
  • Air fare

  • Travel insurance

  • Medical insurance

  • Train fare

  • Painting Materials (we will provide paint thinner)

  • Wine with Farewell dinner


The cost for the 7 night holiday, inclusive of everything listed under "Included in Holiday", varies according to whether you prefer a single room or are planning to share a double.  Accommodation is in the Posada del Mercado. 


Double Room: 2500 euros 

Per person


Single Room: 2850 euros 

Per person


Sign up early for a 20% discount!

20% Discount for non-painting participants