Watercolor Journal Workshop in Spain

Join artist Ohn Mar Win for a weeklong vacation visiting lively Barcelona and Costa Brava's coastlines and backroads
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Live it up in Barcelona. Relax on the Costa Brava.

Dates: June 30 – July 6, 2025  SOLD OUT (waiting list available)
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start: Barcelona, Spain
End: Barcelona, Spain
Visit: Barcelona, Palamós, Pals, Peratallada, Calella de Palafrugell
Cost: from $3445 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $595
All prices in US dollars, land only. Solo traveler roomshares available.

Watercolor Journal Workshop in Spain

Join Ohn Mar Win’s joy-filled watercolor journal workshop in Spain. Spontaneous and fun, experience travel while cultivating your creative side. Capture it all in your personal travel journal. Laugh and adventure with friends new and old on this leisurely paced, small-group vacation. Enjoy a vacation workshop in Spain with the perfect balance of big city Barcelona and off-the-beaten-path Costa Brava. Each day our small group walks and Ohn Mar’s art classes will show you the best of both.

I can’t say enough about how wonderful Ohn Mar’s teaching style is.  I have attended many in-person and online workshops with her. Her relaxed approach encourages every participant to experiment with their own art practice.  I truly appreciate how she is always experimenting and learning in her own practice and branching out to try new media, subject matter, and style

Eva Ellis

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What to Expect

Watercolor Journal Workshop in Spain

Art Program

On this 6-night watercolor journal workshop in Spain you will be immersed in equal parts travel and art program.

Ohn Mar will encourage you to explore your creativity and improve your sketchbook skills. The art workshop focus will be on sketching and watercolor techniques. Also, there will be a special emphasis on capturing the essence of a scene using mixed media.

A main theme of Ohn Mar’s sketchbook classes is how to overcome the fear of the blank page. Starting a new artwork can be daunting. Inspired by the amazing places we will visit, Ohn Mar will provide tips and techniques to help you approach the page with confidence and enthusiasm. You will learn how to observe, make quick sketches, and overcome any creative blocks that may arise.

Our workshop will also explore watercolor and mixed media techniques. Working intuitively, you’ll create expressive and dynamic sketches. Techniques will include collage and use of brush pens. These will help simplify and aide contrast in your sketches.

Art classes will be primarily on site. You will practice interpreting and simplifying complicated scenes using line, shape, and contrast. In addition, your art workshop will discuss how to gather and work from photographic references. During our time together you will learn how to capture the essence of a scene and distill it down to its essential elements. By the end of the tour you will have a travel journal full of dynamic and expressive sketches that are both visually compelling and evocative of your time in Spain.

Touring

Barcelona

First, you’ll arrive in beautiful Barcelona, Spain. Ohn Mar’s art workshop begins with two nights exploring food, culture, and the historic center of Barcelona. Our urban strolls will introduce you to lesser known destinations off the usual tourist map.

Together, we will travel by metro to the district of El Poblenou. Caught in the flux between aging workmens’ housing and grandiose re-gentrification projects, El Poblenou is Barcelona epitomized. There you can treasure hunt at the Encants Vells Flea Market – one of the oldest flea markets in Europe. Another day we will tour the impressive Sant Pau. A former hospital, it has been beautifully restored and is now a spectacular Art Nouveau site.

There will also be opportunities to visit La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece, or experience the passion of traditional flamenco so close you will feel the heat. In the heart of historic Barcelona, from our hotel you can easily explore the unique neighborhoods and nearby attractions such as the La Rambla or any of Gaudi’s Art Nouveau buildings.

Costa Brava

Next, it’s off to the coast. The Costa Brava extends northeast from Barcelona to the French border. It is known for its charming fishing villages and dramatic coastlines with stunning beaches, bays, and inlets. Here we spend five nights at Calella de Palafrugell. Still a small fishing village, it hosts an array of family run restaurants, cafes, and interesting  galleries. Each day, private transfers to our half-day walks will explore pristine coastlines and nearby towns. Our program will end the morning of the last day with a return to Barcelona.

What You’ll Love

Watercolor Journal Workshop in Spain

1. Small group classes

With no more than 14 guests, expect a friendly intimate feel and quality time during art classes

2. Movable Studio

Develop skills and techniques to use whenever you travel. Specifically, learn to pack light and create as you go.

3. Capture Your Experience

Your sketchbook will evolve into a personal travel journal filled with memories to last a lifetime.

4. Planning with Care

We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation!

Barcelona historic center people walking vacation in Spain

What’s Included

Watercolor Journal Workshop in Spain

  • The assistance of your Art Walk tour directors throughout the week
  • Daily watercolor journal art classes with Ohn Mar Win
  • All transfers per the itinerary
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

Barcelona:

  • Two nights at our select, centrally located, 4-star hotel
  • Orientation meeting and walk
  • Welcome dinner
  • Admission to the Art Nouveau site Hospital de Sant Pau
  • Walk through El Poblenou District
  • Visit the Encants Vells Flea Market
  • Option to experience a traditional flamenco show in an intimate taverna

Costa Brava:

  • Private group transfer from Barcelona hotel to Calella de Palafrugell
  • Four nights at our waterfront, family-owned hotel
  • Orientation walk
  • Guided daily walking itineraries unique to The Blue Walk. (Walks are optional)
    • Calella de Palafrugell to Llafranc. (5K)
    • Cap Roig to Palamos (8K)
    • Pals to Peretallada (6.5K)
  • Farewell dinner
  • Private group transfer from Calella de Palafrugell to Barcelona Airport arriving by 10:00am.
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

Example Itinerary…

Watercolor Journal Workshop in Spain

Actual daily schedules may differ.

 

Barcelona gothic quarter walking tour vacation art workshop in Spain

Day 1

Start our art workshop at our centrally located hotel in historic Barcelona, Spain. It’s in a quiet location and situated just blocks from La Rambla. After a meet-and-greet and program overview, we will set out for an orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood. Then finish the evening with an abundant welcome dinner at our favorite tapas restaurant. Mixed media art workshop in Spain

Spain walking vacation Lapin Sketchbook, Water color, travel journal, Barcelona, Spain

Day 2

Begin the day in an art class with Ohn Mar. Afterward our small group will set off via metro to Sant Pau. A former hospital, it has been beautifully restored and is now a foremost Art Nouveau site. Next, a short stroll will bring our art workshop in Spain to the imposing La Sagrada Familia cathedral. In the evening there is an option to see a traditional flamenco show in an intimate cantina.

Art workshop in Spain students in Poblenou art store

Day 3

After breakfast our small group of artists will visit the Encants Vells Flea Market. After a little retail therapy, enjoy lunch at a family-run farm-to-table restaurant. In the afternoon we will transfer to the Costa Brava. After checking into our waterfront hotel, Ohn Mar will teach art class on the sea-view terrace. Then, an orientation walk will introduce you to Calella de Palafrugell.

Walking vacation in Spain Pals Peratallada

Day 4

Today your art workshop in Spain will be inspired by medieval towns and rolling countryside. Start in Pals, with its winding stone alleyways and many artisan shops. From there walk country lanes to the town of Peretallada. This is a beautiful walk through olive groves, oak forests, vineyards, and rolling fields. After lunch and free time return to the hotel for art class. mixed media art workshop in Spain

Costa Brava walking vacation through fishing village

Day 5

Today is all about coastal views and trails. Join us for a walk through pine forests and along sandy beaches. We will pass fishing villages and Roman ruins before reaching our destination of Palamós. There, we will enjoy lunch at a family-run, Catalonian restaurant before meeting our return transfer. In the afternoon Ohn Mar will teach another mixed media workshop class.

Woman walking on path by the sea Costa Brava Spain walking tour vacation.

Day 6

After a leisurely breakfast, Ohn Mar will teach her final class. The afternoon is free to enjoy beautiful Spain. For those who would like to join us, we will walk the coastal path to the nearby village of Llafranc. The colors of sunset will lead us home on our return. Later, as we watch the moon rise over the sea, we will celebrate our art workshop in Spain with a farewell dinner.

Stepped walking path Costa Brava Spain walking vacation Walk Level 2

Day 7

Finally it is time to say adiós to your art workshop friends. After breakfast a private transfer will deliver our group to the Barcelona International Airport by 10am. There we will bid farewell until the next time.

Ohn Mar Win teaching artist with gelato Portrait

Leisurely Walks, Inspired Art Classes, and Copious Creativity

Where in the World?

Barcelona, known for its art, architecture, and cuisine, is located at the Mediterranean sea in the very north of the Spanish coast. It is certainly the most cosmopolitan and economically most active city in Spain. The Costa Brava is located to the north of Barcelona, and stretches for more than 200 km from Blanes to Portbou. It is renowned for the diverse landscape of its beaches and coves, the quality of its waters, its excellent cuisine and centuries-old cultural legacy. We are excited to introduce this region through our Spain walking vacation.

Spain map walking vacation art workshop

Airport

There is one international airport in Barcelona, El Prat (BCN), located about eight miles southwest of the city center. It has two terminals: Terminal 1 is the arrival point for international flights, as well as the Spanish carrier Vueling; Terminal 2 serves mainly low-cost European carriers, such as Ryanair and easyJet.

If you’re flying from the US, even if you’ve passed through customs in another European airport, you’ll likely be landing in Terminal 1.

There are a variety of transportation options from Barcelona’s airport to the city center including private driver, taxi, bus, train, and metro. No matter which you choose, you can get from the airport to the center in about a half hour.

Important Notes

Mixed Media Art Workshop in Spain

Deposits

Your place on a tour is secured once we have received and confirmed your deposit payment. Before the final payment date, a non-refundable deposit of $500 for walking vacations and $750 for art vacation workshops is required. After the final payment date, the entire tour amount must be received to hold a space on a program. 

You may cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure and your non-refundable deposit may be forwarded to a future tour. Any balance on your account will be returned. For complete details please see our Terms and Conditions.

Solo travelers and single supplements

For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.

If you do not request a private room, you will share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be included on your invoice and is due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be removed or refunded.

A single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.

Twin / Double Rooms

Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, for double beds, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.

Fitness

Walking is a part of this program. It is both a means of visiting locations and a way to immerse yourself in a place. Our scheduled walks are usually 1-2 hours long at a casual pace. We provide a general description of our walks here. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing at least 1 hour of walking several times per week, and a longer walk at least once per week. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)

As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.

Some of our guests find trekking poles helpful on steep or uneven terrain. In Europe they are quite common. Before using them on a vacation, please practice at home. We strongly advise you get comfortable using trekking  poles on familiar paths first.

 

For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.

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