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PORTUGAL - Art Immersion
in Porto


Dates: 2023 

Medium: Watercolor, also suitable for acrylic painters, travel journaling sketchers.

Price: TBD


Emily Wahl, a Colorado watercolor artist who lives in Breckenridge, will lead this inspiring watercolor workshop to beautiful Porto, Portugal.


Emily enjoys working with students and sharing techniques using this medium. She has studied watercolor as a passionate pastime and works in all water-based mediums (watercolor, acrylics and oils). She enjoys plein air painting and the study of how light and shadows can dramatically impact the emotion and mood of her paintings.


She studied at the Art League of Houston, Glassell School of Art/Fine Arts Museum-Houston and the Watercolor Art Society- Houston. She has also studied with a number of accomplished artists; Alvaro Castagnet, Andy Evansen, Ken Hosmer, Stephen Quiller, Michael Reardon, Charles Reid, John Salminen, Iain Stewart, Mary Whyte and Eric Wiegardt. She is a member of the Summit County Arts Council, Women of Watercolor and the Watercolor Art Society- Houston. 

Emily teaches workshops at the Breckenridge Arts District and provides private art lessons. She has had exhibitions in Houston, Texas and in Colorado and been recognized with several awards both with the Colorado Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Art Society-Houston. 



Journey to Portugal where you will seize the splendor of the villages and countryside with Plein-Air painting,  sample the sumptuous native food and taste world famous port wine from the Douro Valley.

Porto has a perfect setting for a watercolor plein air workshop. The town is located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal and is one of the oldest European cities, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is known for its stately bridges and port wine production and is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, if not in Europe.


The center of the city is the Ribeira, its Old Town, dated from the Middle Ages. Here you will find narrow cobbled streets, Baroque churches, impressive palaces and the Clérigos Tower, a recognizable landmark. Built between 1754 and 1763, the tall bell tower is part of the Baroque-style Clérigos Church and towers above the Old Town. There are beautiful Beaux Arts buildings and tile-adorned facades all around the city. In addition, Porto has some of Europe’s freshest seafood, caught right off the coast. The climate shares many characteristics with the Mediterranean climates of southern Europe with warm summers and mild winters.


On our first day in this beautiful town, we will be painting by the colorful houses by Cais da Ribeira, on the bank of the river. We will enjoy the local cuisine and usurp the atmosphere at one of the restaurants on the square Praça da Ribeira. Later in the week, we will visit Gaia, on the opposite side of the river and paint the panorama over Porto from the Gaia boardwalk.


During the week, our excursions will go to:


Braga: Braga is a pedestrian-friendly city with cafes, beautiful water features, and an old cityscape. We will visit the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte and the garden of Jardim de Santa Bárbara. The sight of the stairway zigzagging up to the church is as much a highlight as the church itself. Walk the 580 steps on foot and check out the statues and gardens along the way - or take the funicular to the top. The views are our reward!


Douro Valley: The Douro Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. The area has a perfect climate and soil for cultivating grapes - port wine has been produced along the Douro River for 2000 years. The vineyards are planted on terraces on the steep hillsides above the riverbanks, which makes for a stunning landscape. Weather permitting, we will take a small boat river cruise along the Douro River, taking in the beautiful vistas of the sloping countryside.


Guimarães: This small town was once Portugal’s capital, and the city center is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colorful buildings line the cobbled streets and outdoor cafes dot the pretty squares. Uphill from the center are the well preserved ruins of the iconic Castelo de Guimarães and nearby is the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which is built in the style of a French chateau, with beautiful grounds. We will take the cable car, Teleférico de Penha, up 1300 feet to get to stunning views over the city.


One day we will focus on Portuguese Food & Wine, and this will also be our Sketch Day: The newly renovated Bolhao Market will be our first stop and here we will sketch fruit, vegetables, and people! In the afternoon we will take a Food Tour to discover the best food that Porto has to offer. We will top off the day with a visit to one of the antique wine cellars and wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia district, where we get to sample port wine.


This workshop is a unique opportunity to explore Portuguese culture, history, food, and wine while capturing it all in our watercolor paintings.


Early Bird Discount $200 by 11/30/22.

See some of Emily's Portugal artwork below:

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Tour: Paint Eat & Port 

Dates: 2023 Dates to be determined

Lodging: Three star lodging

Closest airport: Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Porto

Price: TBD

Price includes:

7 night lodging in shared double room

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Local wine with dinner

5 days art instruction

All excursions, museum entrances and other programs during the week.

All local transportation including pick up at the airport in Porto.

Single supplement: TBD

Not included:

Airline tickets

Transportation to and from your departure airport

Any pre-tour hotel costs

Travel insurance

Meals not listed above

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"Paint, Eat & Port" - A Plein Air Workshop in Porto, Portugal

As an instructor Emily Wahl believes it is important to encourage and expand the individual style and talent each painter brings to the adventure in and around Porto. She will provide demos and guidance on techniques for painting outdoors: how to select the subject, simplify the composition, limit the palette, the importance of light and how to convey emotion in a painting.


The group will be painting old buildings, alleys, the market, and the Douro River and will spend a day sketching and discuss creating a travel journey. This workshop will be a wonderful journey into the magic and charm that is Portugal!

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