A watercolour painting week with Arnold Lowrey in 2017

Course title:

Watercolour Techniques for all levels


Arrival day; Sunday June 4th 

Departure day Saturday June 10th                                                                

This painting holiday is organised by Dalvaro Art in conjunction with the painting tutor Arnold Lowrey.


The painting holiday venue is the home of Loli and Harold. The villa “Las Orquideas” overlooks the rural pueblo of Benigànim and the Valle D’Albaida, Valencia, Spain. This area of rural Spain set amidst the orange and olive groves is also an area of vineyards and fine wines. Being almost central between the main airports of Alicante and Valencia it is well situated for visits to many of the ancient Moorish towns, both inland and on the coast, well away from the touristic areas usually associated with the Costa Brava, making for ideal locations for any artist. 


 ‘Las Orquideas’ is a colonial style, white villa with magnificent views across the valley to the mountain range of Benicadell, the sierra de Marriola and several towns in the Valle D’Albaida.

The very well-appointed villa’s accommodation comprises two twin and two double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. With a further three twin bedrooms and two double bedrooms, all private and en suite, in a separate annex. An enclosed naiya, which includes a self-service breakfast/snack bar area, plus an outside summer kitchen, plus, of course, many outside dining areas.


Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, with drinks, are all included within the cost of this painting holiday.

The well-planned and beautifully landscaped gardens surround the villa and cover an area of 5000 square metres or just over 1 acre and offer many shaded and reflective places to sit, paint, read or just relax and take in the tranquil surroundings. For the more athletic, there is the opportunity to play tennis or petanque (boules) as well as the use of the cascade swimming pool.

The villa is well situated for walking, hiking, cycling, photography etc. particularly for any non-painting partners. 


Arnold Lowrey

Arnold Lowrey has been painting for over 40 years. He paints in watercolours, oils, pastels and acrylics and over the last 20 years he has tutored thousands of painting sessions. He regularly demonstrates for Art Societies and runs workshops in all media. He has taught in Workshops in UK, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and America and also on the cruise ships.  All his demonstrations are accompanied by a strong sense of humour and clear explanations. Four books on painting techniques have been published with translations in several languages and over 20 DVDs have been filmed. His latest DVD, “Painting Flowers in Watercolour” is now out. He can be seen regularly on the Painting and Drawing Channel on Sky TV and he recently had an article on flowers in watercolour published in the prestigious magazine “The Art of Watercolour”. He is self taught, and has advanced by studying the techniques of the artists he most admires e.g. William “Skip” Lawrence, John Yardley, Joseph Zbukvic, Robert Wade, Alvaro Castignet etc. Artists from the past who have also influenced his painting direction are Turner, John Singer Sargent, Zorolla and Van Gogh,etc. He has exhibited in The Royal Institute of Watercolours at the mall galleries, London.  Colour and light together with good composition and design are important to him. He likes to paint quickly on adrenaline before his attention span ends. Arnold lives in Cardiff, Wales UK where he regularly holds exhibitions of his paintings. A member of the South Wales Art Society for over 40 years, he has recently been honoured with the position of Vice President.  Arnold has been a regular visitor to Dalvaro Art for  the last four years, always having two painting weeks, of which is his first for this year.

On this holiday we will use the trips out as precursors to finalising the work in the studio or the grounds of Las Orquideas. This way Arnold allows the free flowing imagination of the student take over without being too regimented with the detail in view as seen on location. 


Painter single €1445     

2 painters shared €2765     

1 painter + 1 non painter €2500

Our guarantee of NON-CANCELLATION applies to all our holidays. For more information.



This is a guideline only as sometimes matters outside our control force changes to be made.

Sunday June 4th Afternoon/evening transfer from airport, Alicante 85 minute journey time, or Valencia 70 minute journey time. On arrival at Las Orquideas you are shown to your room, followed by a tour of the grounds and facilities, with drinks before the evening meal at about 8:00.

Monday June 5th 

The buffet style breakfast is from 8:00.  Meet in the studio at about 9:30. Presentation of free art pack and “get to know each other” talk from Arnold Lowrey, regarding the week ahead and the expectations of the course, painting, painting and more painting. Arnold will also discuss the way he works and give a short demonstration. A break for tea or coffee will be followed by practicing some of Arnold’s techniques in the studio or the grounds. Lunch at 2:00 is followed by a relaxing time before continuing painting around the villa. Aperitifs are served before the 8:00 evening meal.

Tuesday June 6th 

After breakfast a 20 minute drive to Xativa castle, a popular painting location, to include a visit to the old town centre, followed by lunch in a nearby restaurant. Continuing in or around the town for more painting ideas to formulate in the studio tomorrow, before returning to Las Orquideas for our evening meal.

Wednesday June 7th 

A mornings painting in the studio, capitalising on yesterday’s many sketches, photos and notes from Xativa. After lunch we find areas around the gardens to practice some of the techniques so far learnt.  

Thursday June 8th 

A 50 minute drive, starts the morning, to La Albuferra de Valencia, the rice fields, not yet flooded but the interesting lake and waterways are ideal for painting reflections, shadows, large rowing boats and trees. A picnic style lunch breaks the day before finishing the day’s work and returning to Las Orquideas to prepare for the evening meal.   

Friday June 9th 

Morning spent in Benigánim on market day with a short session painting at the monastery, before lunching in the town. Returning to Las Orquideas for our final session in the studio to complete any unfinished work and review the accomplishments of the week.

Saturday June 10th 

Breakfast followed by morning transfers to the airport for your flights home.


The prices quoted include;

Airport transfers at the stated times. 

Transfers outside these times will incur an extra charge of 50€ per person. 

Six breakfasts, five lunches and six evening meals all with drinks included, anytime snacks and drinks available Monday to Friday.

Extra payments will be asked, per person, for; extra nights stay including breakfast 70€, lunches 12.50€ and evening meals 15.50€  

Sufficient paper and paints will be supplied to complete the course. 

Any extra paper or paints can be purchased from the studio, as can brushes, pencils etc. if required. 

Easels, folding chairs, sunshades, drawing boards and water pots are all freely available for your use during the course.  

Painter single €1445     

2 painters shared €2765     

1 painter + 1 non painter €2500

Our guarantee of NON-CANCELLATION applies to all our holidays. For more information.

            To book this holiday or ask for more information please contact Loli Alvaro lolialvaro@dalvaro.es  or use the form below.