Courses with a Flavour of Spain

Come on a painting or cookery holiday in beautiful Andalucia, Spain and learn a new skill or develop existing talents! A range of courses and workshops including cookery, watercolour painting, painting with acrylics or oils, creative writing, yoga and pilates are available as part of creative holidays at El Molino del Conde run by A Flavour of Spain.

A Flavour of Spain are British husband and wife team Mike and Hilary Powell who have been running creative holidays, courses and workshops at El Molino del Conde every spring and autumn since May 2005 - bringing internationally renowned artists and writers to teach in these inspiring surroundings. They have now hosted more than 30 successful courses. 

Mike and Hilary ran their own restaurants in Portugal and Spain for 13 years and are passionate about Spanish food and culture. They are wonderful hosts (and great cooks!) and create the perfect comfortable, open, relaxing environment for learning ... and having a great holiday too.

A Flavour of Spain welcome non-painting partners and offer a Spanish Experience: light hearted Spanish Conversation with a tutor for beginners or those wishing to brush up their linguistic skills, a couple of hands-on Cooking sessions in the kitchen, two cooking demos, an olive oil tasting and a sherry tasting as well as participation in the excursions.

Excursions to accompany the 2014/15 workshops included visits to Cordoba, including the Equestrian Show; to Granada, including the Alhambra Palace; to a Flamenco show, Priego de Cordoba, Iznajar and to the Annual Country Feria in Villanueva de Tapia.

Looking for a location to run a course? A Flavour of Spain can also help you with catering and organisation.

Information about some of the recent workshops, courses and holidays is shown below - for more details, please see Painting holidays in Andalucia, Spain with A Flavour of Spain

Without doubt, the best workshop I've ever given was in Spain at El Molino where the surroundings, the food and the learning experience were truly amazing” 
Nick Bantock

Nick Bantock: September 2014

Nick Bantock

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In September 2014, A Flavour of Spain ran the eighth workshop by Nick Bantock at El Molino del Conde.The daily sessions focused on making collage from found material as well as Nick's usual mix of paint and ephemera.

Kindrie Grove: October 2014

Kindrie painting - Andalucian horse


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Kindrie is a professional fine artist and art instructor who mentors everyone on an individual basis - whatever your skill level and subject matter. Landscape painting, still-life, local architecture, or the beautiful horses of southern Spain, you choose what you want to focus on!

Barbara J Daley: October 2014

Barbara Daley


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Barbara Daley is a mixed media artist who loves encouraging creativity in other people, as well as herself. She keeps art journals as a daily practice. Join Barbara for your own creative adventure, filling your sketchbook journal with fresh, lively sketches, or lingering over printmaking and collage at one of the poolside or garden studios.

Linda Muttitt: April-2015

linda muttitt

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Linda says "The culture and beauty of Spain is sure to inspire! My focus for painting at El Molino del Conde and the surrounding area is to have an exhilarating time taking our personal response to what we see and feel, and finding ways to express these experiences using watercolour, pen & ink, and some integrated writing. Participants will be shown specific skills to help them translate these experiences to paper. Emphasis will be on having fun and feeling free within the medium."

Nancy Crawford: April-2015

Nancy Crawford

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In April 2015, we invited a new teacher to El Molino del Conde, Nancy Crawford, with A Flavour of Spain's first Encaustic workshop: combining the ancient technique of painting with melted wax with other drawing and collage skills

Suzanne Northcott: April 2015

Suzanne Northcott


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Suzanne returned to El Molino del Conde in April 2015 for An Intimate Spanish Adventure: Journalling, Pen and Watercolour on paper and Clayboard. Suzanne is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and begins each day with meditation and yoga - you are welcome are to join her!

Gail Short: May 2015

Gail Short

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Gail says “While everyone is welcome to paint in any size and any medium, I love to capture the magic of this corner of the world on small pieces that become treasured souvenirs. When back in your own studio, you can create larger paintings and have fun extending your whole Spanish experience."

"The comfortable accommodation in a centuries old building and the gourmet Spanish food are wonderful. You live in a calm oasis where the painting opportunities are endless."

Amy Melious: May 2015

amy melious painting


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Amy and Gail planned a unique course in May 2015, encompassing sketching, painting and photography. 

"In Spain ... everywhere you look, there is beauty and amazing light. It is inspiration by immersion.” Amy