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Cadiz, Spain with Tom Hughes 
2023 Dates TBD
Oils with Tom Hughes

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 Tom Hughes' workshops include demonstrations by the artist, individual instruction and critique, universal encouragement, and lots of laughs.  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.

In this workshop, participants will be instructed/coached at each person's individual skill and experience level, from outright beginner to experienced outdoor painter.  The fundamentals (proportion, values, color) will be explained and demonstrated as much and as individually as students desire, with finer points like aerial perspective, color harmony, use of mediums, thin vs. thick paint, washes, scumbles, ways to hold the brush, etc., addressed at any time.


This workshop is meant to be an intensive hands-on learning experience for those who desire it:  it's a chance to build or reinforce skills and try new things without the pressure of having to make "finished" paintings that you have to sign.  Have you always wanted to make painterly pictures with big fat brushstrokes but couldn't quite bring yourself to carry it through?  Would you like to be able to draw a bit better, make things look their proper sizes, but can't always figure out why things don't look quite right?  Maybe practice mixing colors from a limited palette?  We can do any of these things -- the instructor is there to give you ideas, technical advice, moral support, demonstrations -- whatever insight he has accrued from 22 years of full-time painting.

Taught in English

Typical Schedule 

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


Saturday May 16
Arrival at Casa Palacio Veedor in Cádiz' historic center


Saturday night 

Welcome tapas and wine fiesta on the 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


Saturday May 23

9:00 - 9:45 am breakfast 

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


Painting Instructor Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes has been a professional artist for 25 years.  He paints figures, portraits and landscapes in various media: oil, acrylic, watercolor and alkyd.  He has had solo exhibitions at galleries in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, the New England states, and France.  In 2017, Hughes was invited to become a member of the Plein Air Painters of America.  His work has been featured in Plein Air magazine, American Artist Watercolor magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur. Grand prize winner in the 2019 Annual Plein Air Convention competition, Tom is one of the artists whose work is featured in a book about watercolor painting skills, Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffmann, published in 2012 by Watson-Guptill.

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 Casa Palacio Veedor

The Casa Palacio Veedor is a lovingly restored old XVIII century palais in the old town of Cádiz with a vision to create an exquisite and interesting place to be and to discover all secrets about life in the south of Spain. The palais will awaken your curiosity about the magic and secrets Cadiz has to offer, and fascinate you with the elegance and atmosphere of the oldest lived city in Europe.


Our mission is to make the Casa Palacio Veedor an inspirational place to wind down and enrichen your soul.

We look forward to your stay.

The von Borries Barea Family

Included in Holiday
  • 6 days of instruction

  • 7 nights lodging in La Casa Palacio Veerdor

  • 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 exquisite Casa Palacio Veedor.  Visit the Lodging page for more details.


Double Room: 2750 euros 

Per person


Single Room: 3100 euros 

Per person

20% Discount for non-painting participants!

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