We arrived in the Algarve, by happy chance, on an art course recommended by a friend back in 2014. Reluctantly taking a last minute break from busy work schedules we had a feeling of having made a great discovery. The next step was to start up this project to extend the experience and make it accessible to everybody at an affordable price.
Jane worked in finance in London for 30 years, and always maintained an interest in art since school days. She is now based in the Algarve and has discovered a great variety of inspiring outdoor activities to add to the experience. Jane particularly wants to get people out of their busy lives and reinforce their interest in art, at an affordable price, enjoying the company of others with similar interests.
Negla has been a paediatrician in the NHS for over 30 years, specialising in child development and is hoping to extend this project to families with less able children, providing a safe and comfortable environment in which to express themselves. She is particularly interested in sourcing and providing a creative culinary experience which reflects the local season and culture.
Jude de Berker is a passionate and encouraging teacher (PGCE) with a BA degree from Central Saint Martins. She is Creative Director of the Turpentine, a gallery and workshop space in South London where she teaches and creates their own range of illustrated products and Jewellery. With 10 years of teaching experience, she has taught a wide variety of artistic subjects including fine art, architecture, life drawing, painting and 3D design. On this course, she will guide you in creating beautiful sketches and watercolour paintings, developing your skills for using colour, shape and tone
Kay is a professional teacher and designer, specialising in mixed media, watercolours, acrylics and oils. After graduating she became Art Director of Children’s Books for an international publisher. In 2000, she became a certified teacher in Fine Art and Graphics, teaching students to National Diploma level. Her knowledge and experience of typography, graphics, colour and painting techniques provided for unique art courses for students of all ages. Kay is a talented artist and a natural educator, whose enthusiasm and energy for drawing and painting is both appealing and engaging.
Craig learnt his basic drawing and painting skills at a very early age from his Grandfather who was an accomplished and well respected water colour painter. His love for art grew stronger as he grew up and the art education he received was very organic, developing his techniques as he evolved into a landscape oil painter.
He was lucky enough throughout his diploma and degree to be surrounded by peers who had interests in many different subject matters, creating pieces through all kinds of mediums. This allowed him to appreciate art at a new level and gave him a more advanced understanding of work produced throughout history and, crucially, more recent contemporary art.
He has exhibited in a number of galleries and continues to paint today producing scenes and landscapes of the British countryside around him.
Craig has taught fine art secondary school level during the summer and worked on youth projects in Bristol during his Fine Art degree.