I mentioned earlier that Jude Fleming, http://www.judefleming.com who hails form Australia, is in the middle of a six month artist in residence programme at the Art School in Olhao.
Also that Diane Olivier http://www.dianeolivier.com brought a group from San Francisco in June and will return next July.
Olhao – Portugal –
David Clark, who owns the school, is keen on encouraging groups from the United States and Australia to come to Olhao, and at the same time set up corresponding courses in the States and Australia catering to artists of those countries, as well as Europeans.
A different aspect of the 150 year old olive tree that meanders up through the levels of the School.
There is no question that the Art School is one of the better venues of its kind that I have come across and other tutors who I have spoken with concur.
With it’s central location, internal courtyards and excellent working studio space….and now the connecting door between the School House and the Pool House…..people are able to enjoy group activities, and at the same time always find places to be alone.
The working studio
David has nurtured a dedicated team who take care of all the housekeeping – including of course the fantastic meals that Margarida provides with endless good spirits.
The dining room and sitting area. The excellent kitchen facility is adjacent to the dining room and everyone is encouraged to help themselves to drinks and snacks throughout. It is a very relaxed atmosphere.
The storks of Olhao.
The colourful market on Saturdays is minutes from the School, as are the permanent fish and vegetable markets which are open all week.
This week, I have written about the Island of Armona – just a 15 minute boat taxi from Olhao providing beaches and a totally different flavour from Olhao. There are other Islands…Culatra is one that I have visited, and again enjoyed immensely.
A house on the Island of Culatra.
And so along with the Moorish influenced architecture of Olhao and all the other amenities mentioned, the Art School offers great opportunities for artists of all levels to hone their skills and at the same time enjoy a very special place.