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July 25th-30th
Porto, Portugal

Students will participate in a creative and productive atmosphere for one week under the guidance of our university art tutors and awarded illustrators. Based on a practical approach, students will undergo a personal approach to the creative process, within one of Europe´s most beautiful and oldest cities, in recent years several times awarded Europe´s Best Destination.

Guided by a team of university level tutors, the one week course will appeal to participants who want to develop their personal visual language and want to master the technique of watercolor.

In the one week course you will apply creativity and learn various objective and dynamic mark making techniques.


This course is directed from illustrators, painters or novice designers to students with a medium degree of experience, who wish to expand their experience and deepen their knowledge of this popular painting and illustration technique.


Students will learn about the characteristics of the materials and the various techniques of watercolor painting;

Students will be able to experience the technique of watercolor painting based on the purity of white, the softness of color and the magic of transparencies

Students will acquire classic concepts of proportion, space and volume;

Students will structure a theme from framing, sketching and finishing

Finally, they can develop their own style!

It is designed for practitioners who have an interest in pursuing a career in illustration, either part or full time or a watercolor hobbyist.

A course aimed at art lovers, regardless of your background: illustrator, graphic designer, fine artist, visual art students, architects, designers, tattooists, animators.

During the course the participants will visit the city with the guidance of local experts, knowing the history and cultural past, as well as the traditions of the local people.

What you need to bring

Students need to bring some basic drawing materials (pens, pencils, brushes,...

The Porto Illustration Summer Academy - Watercolor course will provide sketchbooks, watercolours, pencils, inks, papers and all other necessary materials.

Who we are

Porto Illustration Summer Academy is devoted to the study and practical research of illustration and drawing areas. We aim for excellence in class and to help all students to evolve in their personal graphic language.
We also intend for students to have a good summer time and enjoy themselves!

The Porto Illustration School is located in the historic center of the city, near RibeiraWorld Heritage Centre, protected by UNESCO since 1996. This year the classes will take place at Rua de Cedofeita, 122.

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