Painting with Claire Warner at Dalvaro Art in 2017

Course title:

Watercolour painting for all levels


Arrival day; Sunday June 11th 

Departure day Saturday June 17th                                                                

This painting holiday is organised by Dalvaro Art in conjunction with the painting tutor Claire Warner.


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 of the Costa Blanca, well away from the touristic areas usually associated with Alicante and Benidorm, 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. 

Claire Warner

Claire Warner is a highly experienced tutor and has been teaching all adult age groups and abilities for over 20 years. As well as organising her own workshops, she tutors for art groups and organisations throughout the UK and abroad on a regular basis.

There is no pre-requisite levels to attend Claire Warner’s workshops at Las Orquideas. Claire's method of organising painting holidays means that starters, experienced artists and indeed all abilities of artists can benefit from the techniques and explanations given, as well as, demonstrated throughout each daily session. With assistance and individual attention being given regularly, as required, throughout the holiday.

Claire believes that everyone is born with a creative ability, which, when developed and used, can bring therapeutic and beneficial results. Her aim is to teach and encourage each student to gradually build knowledge and confidence to create their own style and momentum from any starting point.

She experiences great joy from helping others develop a passion to reproduce a beautiful visual memory in this way and, however experienced (or not) the students are, she likes to tease out their full potential with patience and a sense of fun.

The quality and detail afforded at Las Orquideas with Loli and Harold is impressive. The varying and unpredictable effects of clear bright sunlight on the D’Alvaro house and gardens producing vibrant colours, exciting shadows and reflected light, is inspirational. The excursions to the intertesting and inspirational surrounding areas, in this part of Valencia, will provide even more variations of this ‘theme of light’.

Painter single €1395     

2 painters shared €2665      

1 painter + 1 non painter €2435


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

To enquire about this painting workshop with Claire Warner



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

Sunday June 11th 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 12th 

The buffet style breakfast is from 8:30.  Meet in the studio at about 10:00. Presentation of free art pack and “get to know each other” talk from Claire Warner, regarding the week ahead and the expectations of the course, painting, fun, relax and more painting. Claire will also discuss the way she works and give a short demonstration. A break for tea or coffee will be followed by practicing some of Claire’s techniques in the studio or in the grounds of Las Orquideas. 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 13th 

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 14th 

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 15th 

A 50 minute drive, starts the morning, to Port Sapalya de Valencia, an interesting marina within houses and waterways are ideal for painting reflections, shadows, boats and trees. Lunch in one of the local restaurants breaks the day before finishing the day’s work and returning to Las Orquideas to prepare for the evening meal.   

Friday June 16th 

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 17th 

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 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. 

Painter single €1395     

2 painters shared €2665     

1 painter + 1 non painter €2435

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  or use the form below.