La Serranía.... Mallorca, Spain

Painting the lush life

Sas Colby

April 22 - 29, 2017


Drawing & Painting Retreat

Engage in the pleasure of making art “on location” in the lushness of Mallorca. We’ll explore experimental drawing and painting techniques here at La Serrania and on several sites around the island.

Sas Colby Lush Life
Painting the Lush Life



We’ll develop a generous description of drawing through the use of cut-outs, tracing, transfer, brush-work and mark-making techniques. Exercises in observation and composition will prepare the way for making larger works. You will be encouraged to freely experiment with your original work, allowing one drawing to morph into another. Feel your confidence and your originality grow as you learn to translate what you see into drawings and paintings.

There will be field trips to the local market and other sites for inspiration. Participants will bring a small art kit (see below), and other basic materials will be provided. Suitable for all levels. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to experience yourself and your surroundings anew.  

Materials fee: $40  

Note: I recommend these books on drawing:


Participants Should Bring: ART KIT

Materials are limited to what you can travel with easily Here are suggestions for what to include in your art kit:


Feel free to add other materials you enjoy working with. I recommend having one sketch book that measures at least 9” x 12”, or you may prefer working on a portfolio of loose papers.  In choosing your supplies, think PORTABLE and think COMPACT, because we will be supplying the basic items.  

Do arrive with your supplies in hand. There may be time for shopping during the week, but you’ll want to be prepared to start on the first day. Only limited art supplies are available locally.  

Materials supplied: Gesso, drawing papers, gels and mediums, charcoal, ink and some paint.

Sas Colby Life Lush
Sas Colby Life Lush


Teacher: Sas Colby

Sas Colby has more than forty years of experience making, exhibiting and teaching art. Her mixed media artwork includes mail art and artist’s books as well as drawing, painting and photography. Her art is in the collection of The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC., and many public and private collections.

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