Dates: APRIL 20-29, 2024
Prices start at USD 3,850
Learn from United States artist Margaret Horak how to capture the beauty of Morocco through watercolor. It is the perfect medium to capture the essence of the captivating sights that surround you in several different settings. As you observe the beauty of the exotic visuals around you, Margaret will teach you how to translate them into beautiful sketches and paintings that you can take home with you so you can relive your experience again and again. Your completed travel journal/sketchbook will be a lovely reminder of your trip.
Margaret will teach you artistic techniques that help you simplify the scenes, while you explore the colors of the land and the vibrancy of the markets, people, gardens, and architecture, capturing it all on your paper to treasure forever.
Margaret finds inspiration daily in the natural beauty of the outdoors. Her watercolor works are featured in numerous art shows and can be found in public and private art collections, She has created several event posters and has donated her works to many non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, Urban Sketchers, Anacortes Sketchers group, and The Painted Ladies. She plans to continue her lifelong passion for artistic discovery through painting and music. Look for Margaret on Facebook, Instagram (@marghorak), and online at www.margarethorak.com
You will be greeted at your port of entry by your private guide and driver. We will begin our magical tour with a picturesque drive along the Atlantic Ocean, through an agricultural area, to the current Imperial City (capital) and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rabat.
After breakfast, we will visit the area that includes the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, where he and his son have been laid to rest, and future royalty will be buried there also. We will include touring the Kasbah of the Udayas, a Unesco World Heritage Site This will be a great location to include some sketching and painting.
That afternoon, we will travel to the international city of Tangier, where we will spend the night. We will view the Strait of Gibraltar where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, and see the legendary Cave of Hercules, and the Hotel Continental (1st hotel in Morocco), where Churchill stayed many times. Tangier has been influenced by many civilizations and cultures throughout the years and has been a haven for diplomats, spies, bohemians, writers, and businessmen. In recent years it has become a tourist destination, developed a business district, and added a football stadium.
After breakfast, we will travel approximately 3 hours to the charming and beautiful “Blue City” of Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains and known for its striking blue-washed buildings. The shady cobbled streets are filled with colorful doorways, porches, and roofs as well as weavings, jewelry, and beautiful pottery that will offer fabulous inspiration for painting with watercolors. We will spend the afternoon sketching and painting and share dinner in this enchanting town that evening.
This day can be spent finishing the art you started on day one in Chefchaouen or finding new places and things to sketch and paint. We can discover The Paid Set (a garden area in front of a local home) set up for taking photos or the perfect place to capture with your watercolors. Nearby you could capture The Steps With Colorful Pots with your watercolors.
There is also an easy half-hour hike up to the Spanish Mosque where you can capture a breathtaking view of the town, especially striking at sunset.
After breakfast, we will travel 3 ½ hours through the olive groves where their scent fills the air, to Morocco’s second-largest city, Fes. Our afternoon will be spent walking through Fes-el Bali (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) that serves as a living testament to Morocco’s vast history and vibrant cultural heritage. It is the largest indoor, pedestrian-only alleyway in the world and is filled with a myriad of goods, from spices and textiles to ceramics and tapestries. The visuals will fill you with inspiration for creating the most fabulous watercolor memories! We can stop and watch the renowned artisans creating their intricate tilework, pottery, and brass carvings. After taking in the enticing scents of food cooking, we can enjoy a delectable lunch.
Fes is one of the world’s largest and oldest medieval cities. It is considered the cultural and religious center of Morocco and is thought of as second to Mecca as the holiest city in the Islamic faith. There is amazing architecture to capture with your sketches and watercolors as well, filled with intricate and ornate details. Fes is also home to many tanneries where you could view them working in the dye pits carrying on a craft that has been practiced for centuries. You could shop for some of the most fabulous leather goods in the world! That evening we will enjoy dinner and entertainment.
We will travel to the nearby ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where we will sketch and paint the incredible pillars, archways, and mosaic floors, stepping back in time to when this was the Roman capital and home to 20,000 people.
*Optional: We could take the half-hour drive to the Imperial City of Meknes, home to the widest rampart and the famous Bab el Mansour Gate which will provide another opportunity to sketch and paint. If time allows, options include visiting the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, the Royal Stables, and the Jewish Quarter. We will return to our lodging in Fes that evening, where you can relax and work on your art if desired.
Our final day in Fes can be spent finishing your paintings or shopping to find some treasures to take home. There are so many amazing shops filled with leather, weavings, pottery, jewelry, and colorful remembrances of the magic found in Morocco.
*Optional: 1-hour day trip to Ifrane (Moroccan Switzerland) where we could feed some Barbary macaques right from our hands. You will have the opportunity to capture the distinctive architecture, which resembles a Swiss or Alpine Village. The flowers, parks, and tree-lined avenues contribute to the city’s picturesque appearance and would be a really fun place to capture some of the beauty with watercolor.
After breakfast we will travel to Casablanca (3 ½ hours), stopping for lunch along the way. We will relax and prepare for our travels home and then enjoy dinner at Rick’s Cafe, complete with the music and ambiance represented in the movie.
Depart Morocco with your travel journals filled with artistic memories!
B’sslama till next time!