About us .....
Why Heart and Art Andalucia? We chose the name for many reasons... firstly we want our courses to be a home from home, a place where guests can feel comfortable, valued and part of a group of friends. Secondly our love of the arts in all forms. And lastly our love of this part of Spain. Although from Madrid Jose's family herald from Andalucia, and the deep love of all of us for the countryside, the old fashioned steady style of life, the warmth of the people, the exquisite food and wine, the diverse nature, flora and fauna ...and the fascinating history of this area makes this a place of our hearts.
We are an Anglo Spanish family, all working professionally within our respective artist's fields and with a diverse range of skills each. Jewellery making in many forms, painting in many genres and techniques, textile collage art, vintage Boho style papercrafts and character doll sculpture, all of these are skills we can teach and we try and bring a little of each skill into the different courses so guests are always learning something new. We have over 40 years experience of looking after people as clients, on courses and as individual students.
For years we have created many different types of art and artisan crafts in our studios, they have been used in historic & fantasy film, theatre & TV, & have been internationally collected & exhibited for many years, sculpted into giftware and printed onto products. We exhibit widely across the globe, and are collected internationally, and it is this diverse experience we want to bring to our guests. Over the years we have been asked many times if we would teach some of our skills, & with these holidays this is our opportunity to welcome you to our courses where you can learn something a little different.
Our art & craft courses are structured so you will work on your individual projects as part of a like minded group with encouragement from ourselves as teachers, make friends and have a huge amount of fun while learning. Although we want you to return home with beautiful artworks and skills you can continue to develop we also want you to have a wonderful where happiness and relaxation is huge part of your holiday. And we are here to look after you as hosts as well as teachers. Our courses have been expertly developed for all ages and levels from complete beginners to those with experience of the subjects. Our aim with arts & crafts is that at the end of one of our course weeks you will have created professional quality pieces to take home & treasure.
Food is a shared experience, sometimes picnics or buffets always wonderful fresh local produce available that is in season, and the most delicious local wines and juices. Evenings are your own in the pretty seaside town of Almunecar, full of lovely restaurants and great food!
We live and work in a veritable 'garden of Eden' with fantastic foods available from small farms and growers, vineyards and specialist producers. Our accommodation from 2019 is within beautiful hotels in Almunecar. We organise airport transfers, we will pick you up at the airport on your arrival so you don't have to worry about getting to us, we are your hosts and we are here to look after you. We hope all of these things will help you relax and enjoy your holiday, especially solo travellers, we have all been solo travellers at some point and know how it can sometimes feel... we are here to help with all of that.
AND we also organise some really wonderful surprises during each holiday for all our guests... but that would be telling!
From the moment you arrive in Spain you will be able to relax and be looked after, learn in an encouraging and beautiful, inspiring environment, make friends and create beautiful art.