A painting week at Dalvaro Art with Ekaterina Ziuzina in 2017


Course title:

Improving your watercolour techniques


Arrival day; Sunday May 7th 

Departure day Saturday May 13th                                                                

This painting holiday is organised by Dalvaro Art in conjunction with the painting tutor Ekaterina Ziuzina.


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.


Ekaterina Ziuzina


Ekaterina Ziuzina was born in Novorgudok, Belarus. Today Ekaterina is a renowned watercolourist within the art world. She uses her great skill of subtlety and representation within all her many diverse subjects. Particularly in her detailed paintings of animals, which always show a great sense of passion and understanding. One of her great strengths lies in the capacity she has of creating an amazing transparency in her still life and life paintings.

Ekaterina Ziuzina graduated from the Belarusian National Technical University in 2012, majoring in architecture. She is currently head of the Watercolour Society of Belarus. Since 2012 Ekaterina Ziuzina has successfully exhibited in major watercolour exhibitions around the world, including Turkey, China, France, Thailand, Italy, Mexico, The USA, India and Europe.

Enjoy learning to paint with Ekaterina Ziuzina.
A course where you will learn the basic and some advanced concepts of painting still life, animals and landscapes in watercolour.

Ekaterina course is well organized and well timed individually to suit the group. She will fully explain each step of the way so no one will be lost or left wondering “what to do next”. Her enthusiasm and dedication coupled with patience and her sense of humour will encourage you to “enjoy the ride” with fun and laughter. Being sensitive to the individuality of students she will easily adapt to your present level, your aspirations and learning ability.

After this course, your paintings will be much improved and you will have a larger number of resources to address those paintings you’ve always wanted to complete.

Ekaterina's courses are usually studio based, venturing out on location for some plein aire painting with additional sketching and photographing in preparation for the more detailed work in the studio. See the itinerary for this week below. 


Painter single €1360     

2 painters shared €2595      

1 painter + 1 non painter €2400

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



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


Sunday May 7th     Afternoon/evening transfer from airport, Alicante 75 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 May 8th   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 Ekaterina Ziuzina, regarding the week ahead and the expectations of the course, painting, painting and more painting!!! Ekaterina 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 Ekaterina’s techniques in the studio or the grounds. Lunch at 2:00 is followed by a relaxing time before continuing painting in the studio around the villa. Aperitifs are served before the 8:00 evening meal.

Tuesday May 9th    After an earlier breakfast a 60 minute drive to Valencia city, with a visit to La Plaza de Virgen for a mornings painting followed by lunch in a nearby restaurant. Continuing in the old part of the city for more painting before returning to Las Orquideas for our evening meal.

Wednesday May 10th     A  day in the studio as a follow on from yesterdays visit to the city, to add those little touches which make all the difference to city scenes.

Thursday May 10th    A 15 minute drive, starts the morning, to the castle at Xativa. Fantastic distant views as well more detailed drawing of the ancient interior walls. 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 May 12th    Morning spent in the studio finalising any unfinished work from the previous four days.  Lunch is followed by a resume of the past weeks work.

Saturday May 13th    Breakfast followed by morning transfers to the airport for your flights home.   

The prices quoted include;

Airport transfers at the stated times. 

Please note:    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.

Please note: 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 €1360     

2 painters shared €2595      

1 painter + 1 non painter €2400

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.