Stroke, line and game with Adolfo Serra

8-12 May 2025

Throughout this workshop Adolfo Serra propose to explore your path as an artist, your strokes, lines, ideas and ways of narrating. Find other versions of yourself and other ways of telling through drawing and illustration: How to count through the stroke? How to fill our illustrations with concepts, ideas or emotions? What kind of creator am I? Are there other paths within me? Mechanisms and games to once again enjoy the creative process and the art of creating, leaving behind blockages or limiting beliefs about yourself and your art.
 
During this retreat you will learn more about your lines, strokes and brushstrokes, but you will also explore other paths within yourself with other pictorial languages. By playing with the explanation of techniques, materials and proposals, you will find new pictorial possibilities that will also shape your voice as an artist.

Each story demands a language, a style, a voice, we will play with the technique to find it. Through various games, exercises and learning to look again along with an explanation of the use of techniques and concepts, you will create your own images and find other versions or creative paths.

You will learn with:

Adolfo Serra is a distinguished Spanish artist known for his captivating illustrations and unique storytelling through visual art. Born in Teruel, Spain, Serra has made significant contributions to contemporary illustration with his distinct style that blends whimsical elements with profound narratives.

His academic background includes studying Advertising and Public Relations at university before shifting his focus entirely to art and illustration, a transition that has greatly influenced his creative approach.

Serra’s artistic journey has been marked by numerous accolades and international recognition. His illustrations are characterised by a rich use of color, texture, and detail, often evoking a sense of wonder and introspection. In addition to his published works, Adolfo Serra is also an active participant in the global art community. Serra’s dedication to his craft and his ability to inspire others solidify his reputation as  significant figure in contemporary Spanish art.

To know more of Adolfo’s work: Website and Instagram

Dates:

8, 9, 10, 11, 12 May 2025
(5 days and 4 nights)

Price:

Shared Room:
1.800€ PP
(+vat 23%, only 6 rooms available) = total 2.214€

Single Room:
2.000€ PP
 (+vat 23%) = total 2.460€

(Paid 2 times: Reservations Until end December, and Final Payment 5th March 2025)

Paid 2 times:

Reservations:
1st Payment:
  1107€
(shared room)
  1230€
(single room)

2º payment until 5th March 2025:
2nd Payment:
  1107€
(shared room)
  1230€
(single room)

What is Included:

   3 full day Art Classes with Adolfo Serra

  3 Dinners 

  3 Lunches 

  Yoga Class

  Visit old rug factory

  Wine tasting event

  4 Nights Acommodation (with breakfast included)

  Transport from Lisbon Airport to the Hotel (2 hours) and transport in the area.

It is advisable to book the plane after the final confirmation that the retreat will happen, or sooner until we have 10 participants.

• If we cannot gather the minimum participants of 10, the event can be canceled and the payments refund to the participants, less 50€ for cancelation costs.

ITiNERARY:

Day 1

THURSDAY, 8 May 2025

The bus will pick up the participants at Lisbon airport at 4 pm. It is advisable to arrive at Lisbon airport before 3.30 pm. The trip to Monsaraz, to the hotel at Telheiro, lasts 2 hours, so we will arrive at the hotel around 6 pm. A light dinner will be served at the hotel upon arrival.

Day 2

FRIDAY, 9 May 2025

After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a 15 minute walk to the retreat centre “Sofia In Monsaraz” with our teacher around 9am. Once there we will introduce ourselves in a welcome session before starting the first class at 10 am. Adolfo will offer a short introduction into his artistic background and practice. We will also discover the importance of looking to capture our inner world and the way we see the outside world.


After lunch in the garden, we’ll head back to the studio for our second painting session. We will explore how to materialise our ideas and concepts in illustrations by playing with techniques and materials from a different perspective. In the afternoon we will travel to the castle where dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Day 3

SATURDAY, 10 May 2025

Session 3 will be offered in the village of Monsaraz. There we will use the environment, the observation of what surrounds us as inspiration to generate new ideas and create in a free and surprising way. The shapes, geometries, nature and the elements that we will observe will be the beginning of a new story or illustration to accustom your mind to the search for beauty and ideas through the everyday. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will travel to an old rug factory and then we visit the lake,  where you can swim, chat with your new friends or indulge in a relaxed, informal sketching session in nature. Then we will travel back to the hotel where participants make their own dinner arrangements.

Day 4

SUNDAY, 11 May 2025

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll gather again around 9 am for our 15 minute walk to the retreat center “SIM” with Adolfo. Before beginning painting you’re invited (but not required) to enjoy 30 minutes of yoga.

The 4th and final session also involves putting into practice all that you have learnt throughout the previous exercises, Adolfo will guide and demonstrate the process of creating or constructing an illustration by sharing knowledge and advice. Then begins the individual process of each participant to create an illustration that vibrates with your inner world and themes that you like.

After lunch in the garden, we’ll  have an informal “mini group show” to appreciate the original artworks created during the retreat and to reflect on our artistic experiences.  Before ending the day we will appreciate some Portuguese wines, selected by a local sommelier. During our last evening together, you’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with your new friends while reliving the best moments of your experience here in Monsaraz.

Day 5

MONDAY, 12 May  2025

After breakfast, at 9 am, you`ll return to Lisbon. The estimated arrival time is 12.30 pm. 
On the way to Lisbon the bus will stop at a local pottery shop for 45 minutes. There you can have a look around, make a quick sketch of the ceramics displayed and pick up a souvenir to bring home if you like.

WHERE YOU WILL STAY:

Everything is organised to detail so that nothing will prevent you from enjoying all the peace and quiet of the Alentejo.

All the rooms have air conditioning, full and private bathroom, shared or private balcony and outdoor access. 

This accommodation is a 15-minute walk from the workshop venue (SIM) and passes by the Bulhoa menhir (National Monument) and the Alentejo plain, ideal for reflection before starting work.

Shared Room:
1.800€ PP
(+vat 23%, only 6 rooms available) = total 2.214€

Single Room:
2.000€ PP
 (+vat 23%) = total 2.460€

Paid 2 times:

Reservations:
1st Payment:
  1107€
(shared room)
  1230€
(single room)

2º payment until 5th March 2025:
2nd Payment:
  1107€
(shared room)
  1230€
(single room)

If you would like to make a direct booking: info@sofiainmonsaraz.site

Q&A:

Internacional roundtrip airfare, transport to the place, alcoholic drinks, activities not included in the itinery, hotel incidentals including room service, expenses during free time, laundry service and hotel bar, food and beverages not included in the itinerary. COVID-19 test, if applicable.

We require all participantes to have a personal travel insurance that at minimum covers medical emergencies and cancellations. We do not provide travel insurance for the retreat and each participant is required to have their own individual travel insurance. The place, where the retreat happens, has an Insurance that covers accidents. Will not be responsible for refunding any lost trip funds if you have to miss your scheduled trip. 

We cannot guarantee to accommodate vegan, gluten free or dairy/egg free, and some allergies. We are unable to accommodate participants with severe food allergies or food intolerances. Please contact us in advance of registering if you have any dietary questions

It will start when arriving at the hotel, Thursday  evening and finish when you leave the hotel, by Monday morning. We are not responsible for any non-retreat activity that a participant decides to purchase outside of the retreat and such activity will not form part of the participant’s contract with us. The bus transport is insurance secure.

This retreat includes a walking tour where the ground may be uneven. You may be on your feet for several hours at a time and should be comfortable with walking.

The supplies list will be comunicated a few months before the event.

  • Regarding the cancellation we will return the payment (minus 50€) if you make your first payment before the first deadline- December 2024.
  • If you cancel until 60 days before the retreat we will refund all your payments- with the second deadline- (minus 100€).  
  • If you cancel in the period that preceeds the retreat (60 days before) we will refund 75% of the total amount paid.
  • Your payments will be split in two instalments, in addition to an initial deposit to secure your place on the retreat.
  • After you have completed your registration you will be sent an Invoice to complete your deposit payment. Payment can be made by Banktransfer or PayPal in euros.  Additional costs may apply where special accommodations are made available to participants.

In this event we will accept up to 15 people. The event does not include spouses, partners or friends if they are not taking the workshop.Please contact us if you would like to bring a non-participant partner.

If we cannot gather the minimum participants of 10, the event can be cancelled, and the payments refunded to the participants.

Other questions about this retreat please contact: info@sofiainmonsaraz.site  
For more info or questions please consult here our Terms & Conditions.

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