Granada Vacation Workshop with David Morales

October 24-28, 2023

You are invited to join an exciting 5-day vacation workshop in Granada, Spain taught by Spain-based architect and urban sketcher, David Morales.  David will teach 5 art classes to a small group of 10-15 participants and together we will discover the food, medieval architecture, and culture of this gorgeous city on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We're looking forward to making art in good company. The average temperatures for that week in Granada: high of 70°F (21°C) overnight low of 45°F (8°C)--perfect weather for our sketching workshop! 

David Morales is a Colombian architect and notebook artist who divides his time  between Barcelona and his hometown Ibagué, Colombia.  David feels deeply passionate about capturing the beauty in worldly things in his notebooks. His notebooks are inseparable from his travels and architecture work. David has been drawing daily since 2018 when he started an artistic project called “One Day One Drawing”.

Arrive Monday October 23, 2023

Workshop participants who arrive early are invited to meet in the hotel lobby at 2:00 for a warm up sketch (optional). David will not be teaching. This is just your chance to do a warm up sketch before the first art class. All workshop participants and nonSketcher Companions are invited to a welcome reception at 6pm. Below is our proposed itinerary. 





Day 1--Tourist train to Cartuja + the Sacromonte Caves Museum

Tuesday October 24, 2023

Today we will take a little hop on hop off tourist train to the Sacromonte Caves Museum. Here we will learn more about the life and traditions of its first inhabitants, mainly gypsies and Muslims who made their homes in caves from the 16th century up to the present day. 
After lunch we will take the tourist train to the Monasterio de al Cartuja, one of the most representative works of Spanish Baroque. The ornate decoration of its chapels, outbuildings, and the large church it houses make it one of the must-see attractions in Granada. Here David will teach workshop #1. 

Day 2--Catedral de Granada + Capilla Real

Today we will walk across the street to a spot near the Granada Cathedral where David will teach Workshop #2.
After lunch we will tour the spectacular Cathedral with its circular choir and numerous chapels.

Day 3--Alhambra

Thursday October 26, 2023

Today we will spend the day visiting Alhambra, a monumental complex made up of palaces, towers, gardens and aqueducts. We will explore Alhambra, the Nazrid Palaces and gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba. This medieval walled city was the residence of sultans and kings from the 13th to the 16th century. David will teach Workshop #3 nearby.



Day 4--Frigiliana and Nerja

Friday October 27, 2023

Today we will travel by private coach to Frigiliana, one of the white hilltop villages in southern Spain. Called the prettiest village in Spain, we will spend some time exploring the higher-up Moorish old town. Here David will teach Workshop #4. 

In the afternoon we will visit the seaside town of Nerja on our way back to Granada. Here we will take pix of the view of the Mediterranean, sketch figures on the beach, dip our toes in the sea, or do a little shopping.

Day 5--The Albaicín Quarter + el Bañuelo

Saturday Oct 28, 2023

Today we will visit el Bañuelo, an Islamic public bathhouse with gorgeous star-shaped ceiling cutouts that was in use until the 16th century. Afterwards David will teach Workshop #5 in the Albaicín Quarter. 

In the evening we will enjoy our farewell dinner and take in a Flamenco Dance floorshow.


Sunday October 29, 2023

It's time to say goodbye but you will never forget the friends you made or the skills you learned during this great week! Or extend your stay for a long relaxing holiday!  


Recommended Workshop Supply List

Let’s travel light! 

  1. small set of watercolors
  2. Color pencils
  3. Portable chair
  4. 005, 02, 05 and 08 black Fine liners and pencil
  5. A5 size Sketchbook, horizontal or vertical format, at least 120 gr paper and hard cover
  6. Pencil and Eraser
  7. Refillable Water brushes or watercolor of your preference


Click HERE for answers to frequently asked questions.

For more information about this vacation package contact Brenda Murray

Tour Includes

  • A welcome reception
  • All art classes
  • Admission to the museums and sites mentioned
  • Full-day coach excursion to Frigiliana
  • Farewell dinner

Tour Excludes

  • Flights to/from the area
  • Hotel
  • airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals (except those listed above)
  • Painting supplies
  • City taxes payable by guest at check out
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Porterage/luggage handling
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Items not explicitly specified in the inclusion list

Early Bird Prices in USD. Book now before May 27, 2023 and save $200!

USD $1810.  USD$1610. Workshop Participant

USD $1210. NonSketcher Companion Participant (such as partner or travelling buddy)

NonSketcher Companion tickets include the same attractions and meals as the Workshop Participants with the exception of the art classes.

To reserve your spot in this workshop, a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required for Workshop Participants and a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required for nonSketcher Companions 150 days prior to the start of the workshop. The remaining balance is due 120 days prior to the start of the workshop.

To make a deposit, please scroll to the bottom and click BOOK NOW.


Bring a Friend and Get a Discount

Here's how it works. You and your sketching buddy register for the workshop with your deposits. Then send us an email and tell us you are registering with a sketching buddy. You will each be sent a discount code for $50 that you can apply when you pay the balance of your tickets.

The small print: This discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code and it can only be applied to 2 Workshop participant tickets if the workshop sells out with 15 participants.


The Artist and the Tour Manager will be staying at the Aurea Golden Catedral Hotel, C/ Carcel Baja, 11-13 Granada. It is right across the street from the Granada Cathedral as you can see in the photo above.

The room rate starts at 173€  per night depending on room type with free cancellation up until 24 hours before arrival. Breakfast and VAT is included. 

How to Make a Hotel Reservation

Before you make a hotel reservation, click the red BOOK NOW button below to ensure you have a spot in this workshop.

After you have secured your spot in this workshop, then you can book your room online by clicking HERE

Workshop participants are not obliged to stay in this hotel. You are welcome to stay in another hotel or an Airbnb if you prefer.

If you are travelling alone and wish to share a room, please email and we will try to find a roommate for you among the participants. 

Travel + Medical Insurance

Last minute cancellations for any reason are nonrefundable therefore protect your investment in this vacation by purchasing travel insurance. Click HERE for a list of US travel insurance providers. Some credit card companies may also offer travel insurance if you paid for your trip using that credit card.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

The instructor and tour manager are fully vaccinated against covid-19. This tour will be following all locally recommended protocols. Please check the covid protocols required for Spain by clicking HERE and check back close to the date of departure as the protocols may change. 

Your Tour Manager

Participants will be accompanied by Studio 56 owner, Brenda Murray. Brenda is a Canadian artist and arts advocate, the founder of Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region and a former Urban Sketchers Board member. A seasoned traveler, Brenda has traveled to Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea (resident for 4 years), Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, UK, and the USA (35 states). Brenda will be on hand to assist the instructor and to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Learn more about Brenda HERE. 

For More Information

Email or call Brenda Murray at 519-572-1757.

How to Register for this Workshop

To guarantee your spot in this exciting vacation workshop, participants must pay a deposit by clicking the BOOK NOW button below.