Dates: APRIL 20-29, 2024
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-profits. 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
Prices starting at $3850 USD
You will be greeted at the airport by your private guide and driver. They will transport you to your hotel in Casablanca (the largest city in Morocco), where you will be offered a complimentary meal. Today will depend on your arrival time. If there is time we will visit the Hassan II Mosque, and the area along the beach of the Atlantic Ocean.
After breakfast we will take the dazzling journey towards Rabat , the current Imperial City (capital) of Morocco.
We will visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower Mosque where you will have time to sketch and paint, have lunch, and then transport to the International city of Tangier, where we will spend the night. In Tangier we can view the Strait of Gibraltar where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea and see the Hotel Continental (1st hotel in Morocco).
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 pottery that will offer fabulous painting inspiration. We will spend the afternoon sketching and painting and share dinner in the 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. Your time can be spent relaxing and strolling through the town or have the option of a hike into the Rif Mountains where you can discover the “Bridge of God”, where eroded rock has formed this natural work of art forming a bridge between the two sides of a gorge. 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 the scent of olives fills the air, to Morocco’s second largest city, Fes. We will enjoy some lunch and then our afternoon will be spent visiting the tanneries where we will paint the colors of this incredible site. We will walk through the longest pedestrian only alleyway in the world (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), viewing the amazing arts and crafts all around you! Then we will check into our lodging, relax and have dinner that evening.
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. We will then take the half hour drive to the Imperial City of Meknes, home to the widest rampart and the famous Bab el Mansour gate that 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.
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. We will gather for a lovely dinner that evening.
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 ambience represented in the movie.
Depart Morocco with your travel journals filled with artistic memories!