Seville Sketching Workshop with Stephanie Bower

NEW DATES MAY 1-5, 2021.Workshop Itinerary

Explore stunning Seville while you learn new watercolor skills, tips, and techniques with Seattle-based artist and architect, Stephanie Bower. This one week workshop offers 5 full days of instruction in perspective and watercolor sketching to a small group of 10-15 participants. Together we will discover and sketch the amazing food (yes, we’ll sketch the tapas before we eat them!), architecture, culture, and traditions of Seville, the most beautiful city in Spain. Average temperatures in Seville in May a high of  79° F (26° C) and a low of 55°F (13° C).

Stephanie Bower is an architectural illustrator, teacher, author and avid travelling urban sketcher. In this workshop over the course of the week we will be learning watercolor techniques, how to capture buildings and landscapes and a little about perspective en plein air in the beautiful city of Seville. Beginner artists are welcome. Learn more about Stephanie here: and follow her on Instagram @stephanieabower 

This package includes 5 days of art instruction and demos, including a sketching trip to the stunning hill town of Ronda, dinner and a classic Flamenco floor show, transportation and admission to attractions, and many opportunities to sketch the sights.

Arrival in Seville

Friday April 30, 2021

Welcome to Seville. Participants will arrive at their hotel and will have the rest of the day to settle into their accommodations. We will meet for a tapas and wine welcome reception in the early evening after which those available may wish to enjoy our first meal together.     

Day 1 Orientation bus tour 

Saturday May 1, 2021

After breakfast, we will orient ourselves to the city with a ride on the Hop on Hop Off bus to sketch in different locations in the city. Stephanie will demo her approach to starting a sketch in perspective (it’s easy when you know what to look for), and how to add watercolor to complete the sketch. An intro to perspective sketching will be taught that afternoon. Drink and Draw sketching in the evening.

Day 2 Alcázar

Sunday May 2, 2021

In the morning, we visit the Alcázar, a royal palace built for the Christian King Peter of Castile on the site of an Abbadid Muslim residential fortress. The morning demo will be on using watercolor to sketch in the famous gardens, followed by instruction on how to sketch the palace’s spaces. Parts of Game of Thrones were filmed at the Alcázar.

In the evening, you can stroll the Canal de Alfonso XIII and enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties with your fellow workshop participants.


Day 3 Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda

Monday May 3, 2021


Built in the 16th century, Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the world. La Giralda is the bell tower of the cathedral. It was originally built as the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville. Climb to the top (342ft) and sketch the stunning views of the city. Stephanie will teach at this amazing location.


Day 4 All Day Excursion to Ronda

Tuesday May 4, 2021

We’ll travel to sketch charming streets of the ancient hill town of Ronda, where we will sketch the town’s landmarks and charming whitewashed, narrow streets. Offering unforgettable views over the El Tajo gorge, the Puente Nuevo (new bridge) was completed in 1793. The bridge joins the old Moorish town and the newer, El Mercadillo parts of the city. It is Ronda’s most famous landmark.

From there we will take a short walk to Mondragón Palace, Built originally in 1314 by the Moorish King Abomelik, it was later used as the primary residence for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. 

Finally we will visit the Arab Baths. The baths were more than just a sanitary facility; they were also a place where locals and visitors alike would stop to purify and cleanse their bodies before entering the Mosque to purify their souls.

Stephanie will teach Session #4 on site in Ronda. Stephanie will demonstrate the answer to the question, how do you sketch white?  After lunch we will spend the rest of the day exploring and sketching.

Day 5 Plaza de España + Flamenco Dance

Wednesday May 5, 2021

Today we visit the Plaza de España, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalist Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture. The Plaza was also the backdrop to the filming of Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars episodes I and II, and The Dictator. Here Stephanie will teach Session #5. 

In the evening we will attend a Flamenco dance with live musicians for our Farewell Dinner (included).


Thursday May 6, 2021

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

A list of recommended supplies will be sent to participants after registration.


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Tour Includes

  • A welcome reception
  • All art classes
  • one-day Hop Off Hop On Bus pass
  • round-trip transportation to Ronda 
  • Entrance fees to Alcázar, Seville Cathedral + la Giralda, Mondragón Palace, Arab Baths
  • Farewell dinner + Flamenco Floor Show

Tour Excludes

  • Flights to/from Seville (Spain)
  • hotels
  • meals (except farewell dinner)
  • Painting supplies
  • Porterage/luggage handling
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Items not explicitly specified in the inclusion list

Cost in USD

USD$1499. Workshop Participant

USD$1099. NonWorkshop Participant (such as partner or travelling buddy). NonWorkshop Participant tickets include the same attractions and meals as the Workshop Participants with the exception of the art classes. 

This workshop has been rescheduled due to coronavirus and some participants have already paid nonrefundable deposits and balances in full. However, there are still spots available and the trip will be greenlighted when the minimum number of available Workshop Participant tickets (10) have been sold. To reserve your spot in this workshop a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required for Workshop Participants and a $300 nonrefundable deposit is required for nonWorkshop Participants and is due December 1, 2020. The remaining balance is due January 1, 2021.

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


Please note that the date of this workshop is subject to change in light of the current covid-19 virus. We will be monitoring the situation closely in an effort to ensure everyone's safety.



Accommodations are not included in the ticket price for this Vacation Workshop. Participants will need to book their own accommodations. The artist and the tour manager will be staying at Las Casas de la Juderia, a beautiful, centrally located unique hotel comprised of 27 traditional houses with 134 different rooms linked through 40 patios, gardens and a labyrinth of small passageways and tunnels. This hotel has a pool and a spa. The rate for this hotel for a double room for single use is 125€ including tax and breakfast. These rooms are blocked for the dates of  April 28th 2021 to May 7th 2021 and will be held until January 4, 2021. After that the rooms may become unavailable and the rates may go up.

This hotel has a free cancellation policy up to 7 days prior to arrival. They penalize one night's stay for any cancellations within 7 days of arrival. Which means that participants can book their room as soon as they make their deposit. How to book: guest will need to email with the details (name of guests, dates, room type) and reference "Studio 56 Workshop" and include a credit card number, visa or master card with the expiration date as a guarantee for each room.

Please note: participants are welcome to stay in a different hotel or an Airbnb if they wish but please do not make alternate, nonrefundable hotel or flight arrangements until this Vacation Workshop has been greenlighted. 

Travel + Medical Insurance

Trip cancellation insurance protects the investment you’ve made in your trip and is MANDATORY. Travel medical insurance is mandatory. Travel medical insurance pays for emergency medical services which may be significantly more expensive than expected. Participants will be asked to provide proof of medical insurance after registration.

Your Tour Manager

Participants will be accompanied by Studio 56 owner, Brenda Murray. Brenda is an artist and arts advocate, the founder of Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region and a former Urban Sketchers Board member. A seasoned traveler, 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.