Watercolor Sketching On-Location with Candace Rose Rardon
September 10-16, 2018
Candace Rose Rardon is a professional sketch artist and storyteller with a passion for connecting with the world through art. Originally from the state of Virginia, she has spent the past nine years traveling through more than 50 countries and is currently based in Montevideo, Uruguay.
As a sketch artist and travel writer since 2011, her stories and sketches have appeared in a wide range of publications including Longreads, BBC Travel and National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel site, for whom she even had the chance to sketch Machu Picchu on assignment. And as a professional illustrator, her clients have included Penguin Random House, Yahoo, and Google Thailand, where she once created an 85-foot-long mural in their Bangkok headquarters.
Candace is also the founder of Moment Sketchers, an art and travel blog and global community of artists from more than 20 countries around the world. She is also passionate about sharing her passion for sketching with others and has led sketching workshops internationally – including workshops at Creative Mornings Montevideo, the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference in Northern California and the American Institute of Architecture Students summer leadership conference in Washington D.C.
“Joining Moment Sketchers has opened up a love that I had forgotten and put aside for many years. There is wonderful support within this group of new friends worldwide; this is a magical environment and Candace is very generous with her invaluable knowledge, watercolor advice, and videos.”
— Victoria, designer, Australia
“I struggle to put into words how Moment Sketchers has already impacted my life — because how can one measure the serendipity of human connection? Sixteen pages into my first watercolor journal ever, travel sketching continues to gift me with memorable moments — even after the sketching is complete.”
— Rebecca, writer, USA
“I began traveling with a sketchbook in 2011, on a weekend trip to Porto, Portugal. Immediately, I loved sketching for the way it slowed me down and helped me be more mindful. The second thing I noticed was how sketching makes your whole body pay attention — it brings every one of your senses to life. After years of traveling with my Canon SLR, it was my turn to be the camera. As though my eyes were the aperture and my mind was a square of film to be exposed, I was absorbing each place more deeply than I ever had before. At last, I was living in the here and now.
But even more than a tool for mindfulness, I have since learned what a powerful tool sketching is for connection. There’s just something about art that encourages people to approach you, to peer over your shoulder, to look up at the subject you’re sketching and then back at your drawing to compare likenesses. I’ve been invited into family homes in Bosnia, danced with union workers in a Dublin pub, and befriended young monks in Cambodia, simply because I happened to be sketching on location.
These serendipitous encounters — and the global connections they engender — are now the very reason I travel. Furthermore, they are the reason I love sharing my passion for sketching with others. Join me in Portugal as I share my processes and experiences with you, and we set out to sketch together in this unique workshop that marries creativity, culture, and connection:
1 – Creativity — Develop and hone your sketching skills…or discover them for the first time! Through a series of morning workshops and demonstrations covering drawing, composition, watercolors, and post-processing (i.e. scanning your sketches and creating high-resolution digital versions of your artwork), we’ll take you further on your creative journey.
2 – Culture — Create vivid, rich memories of your time in Portugal. From the northern city of Porto to the historic neighborhoods of Lisbon and lastly to the villages of Sintra, Cascais, and Cabo da Roca — mainland Europe’s westernmost point — we will slowly work our way down the coast of Portugal, keeping our senses on high alert as we discover this beautiful country.
3 – Connection — Grow your courage and comfortability with sketching on-location, discovering the meaningful way in which sketching helps us unlock deeper connections with a place, with others, and ultimately, with ourselves. –Candace
By day, you climb to miradouros – sky-high lookout points – to overlook the turquoise sea and tumbledown rooflines of medieval Porto. You meander down cobbled alleys, hopping from museum to museum, to gaze in awe at canvases touched by the masters. You duck into tiny hole-in-wall art galleries. You poke your head into chilly cellars and sip aged port. By twilight, you stroll through Moorish alleys and medieval hallways – places suspended in time and suffused with memories of centuries past.
In the distance, the mournful notes of fado music dance along the evening breeze. Also carried on the breeze: the scents of freshly baked bread and cataplana (seafood stew), staples of the Portuguese table. Add a flickering candle and glass of vinho verde (young wine) or port, and there’s no place you’d rather be.
Welcome to Portugal.
This is the old country, as it was meant to be experienced: slowly, purposefully – savoring every moment, every flavor, every ancient whisper. Slight in stature but vast in wonders, the tiny sliver that is Portugal – the entire country is not much larger than the state of Maine – sits nestled between the Atlantic and Spain.
From those colorful cityscapes of Porto, to the white-domed cathedrals of Lisbon, to the medieval castles that dot the country, Portugal is a feast for the senses. And for the soul. The ghosts of the Celts, the Moors, the Romans, the Visigoths, and the Christians – all are on display everywhere, in every corner. Their history imbues this place. Their art and architecture transforms it.
And it’s not just ancient history that paints Portugal. The pocked and ancient stones of cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways mark not only our path through charming villages, but the roads once traveled by the likes of royal painters and Renaissance artists – of Cristóvão Lopes and Josefa de Óbidos, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso and José de Almada Negreiros.
This is the old country, as it was meant to be experienced: slowly, purposefully – savoring every moment, every flavor, every ancient whisper.
Group Size| 10-12
Experience| Open to all. Grow your courage and comfortability with sketching on-location, discovering the meaningful way in which sketching helps us unlock deeper connections with a place, with others, and ultimately, with ourselves.
Includes| 2 Nights Accommodations-Porto; 4 Nights Accommodations Lisbon;6 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners; Regional Cooking Lesson; Fado Dinner Club; Guided Tours + Entrance Fee’s; ; Full Time Tour Escort; Private In-Counry Transfers; Complimentary Sketchbook; Art Instruction: Candace Rose Rardon; Candace’s Book: Travel Sketching 101
Travel Information| Arrival Airport: Porto Portugal, (OPO) |Departure Airport: Lisbon, Portugal (LIS) | Travel Time between both arrival + departure airports Appoximately 15 minutes **Please note we will notify you by email when it’s time to book your international flights.
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