Igor Sava watercolour masterclass in Spain

A painting week at Dalvaro Art with Igor Sava in 2017


Course title:

Watercolour Landscape Techniques


Arrival day; Sunday May 14th 

Departure day Saturday May 20th                                                                

This painting holiday is organised by Dalvaro Art in conjunction with the painting tutor Igor Sava.


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. 


Igor Sava

Igor Sava was born May 16, 1973 in Kotovsk, a small town in Moldova. In 1993 he attended the School of Arts “Ilya Repin” in Chisinau, the current capital of the Republic of Moldova. In 1999, after graduating in Graphic Design at the University of Timisoara, he moved to Rome. He attended the School of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Igor now lives and works in Rome participating regularly in solo and group exhibitions.

Igor Sava was born May 16, 1973 in Kotovsk, a small town in Moldova. In 1993 he attended the School of Arts “Ilya Repin” in Chisinau, the current capital of the Republic of Moldova. In 1999, after graduating in Graphic Design at the University of Timisoara, he moved to Rome. He attended the School of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, now he primarily lives and works in Rome participating regularly in solo and group exhibitions. Dalvaro Art feel immensely privileged that Igor has become a regular visitor to our venue.

Igor Sava is considered one of the best watercolourists of the present time. He participates in, and gives lectures and workshops in some of the world’s most respected central classes. Igor Sava paints with great ease; his paintings of landscapes flow from his brush as if by magic, and his paintings of nude figures are admired by a large number of followers. Igor has been awarded in several prestigious events and is frequently invited to perform demonstrations of his watercolour techniques around the world.

This will be Igor’s fourth visit to Dalvaro, his previous painting holidays at Dalvaro have been filled quite quickly, therefore early booking is advisable. This holiday is suited to the more advanced student who is familiar with and comfortable with the basic uses of watercolour paints and techniques but wishes to advance their understanding even further with one of the present day masters of watercolour.


Painter single €1445   /   2 painters shared €2765   /   1 painter + 1 non painter €2555

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


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

Sunday May 14th    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 May 15th    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 Igor Sava, regarding the week ahead and the expectations of the course, painting, painting and more painting!!! Igor 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 Igor’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 May 16th    After breakfast a 60 minute drive to Port Soplaya, with a visit to the marina for a mornings painting followed by lunch in a nearby restaurant. Continuing in the marina for more painting before returning to Las Orquideas for our evening meal.

Wednesday May 17th     A 40 minute drive to the ancient town of Bocairent (pictured above) for a full days painting, split by a picnic style lunch before returning to Las Orquideas to prepare for tomorrows trip out.

Thursday May 18th    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 May 19th    Morning spent either in the town, it is market day, or in the studio finalising any unfinished work from the previous four days.  Lunch is followed by an early evening trip to the local pueblo of Guadasséquis to paint the village of Sempere on a distant hilltop.

Saturday May 20th    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.