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Painting and Artisanal Production of ‘Azulejos’ with Cristina Vilarinho

Painting and Artisanal Production of ‘Azulejos’ with Cristina Vilarinho

Upcoming dates: 23 September 2017 – 29 September 2017

The azulejo is one of Portugal’s most emblematic forms of cultural expression. They have been decorating and giving life to the walls of palaces and churches, public buildings and train stations, houses and apartment blocks, in their own unique way, for many years.


Both history and culture can be seen in the varied techniques and styles used for azulejos, from Hispanic-Arabic styles to geometric motives and coloured glazes, and even sumptuous baroque panels, exuberantly painted in cobalt blue. There are then the classic azulejos, or the ones used for floor tiles, from the 17th century. The azulejo is an unparalleled expression of Portugal’s architectural, cultural, social and economic heritage.


Aware of their important for Portuguese culture, you can also find contemporary examples of buildings or metro stations being clad with azulejos. These designs are conceived by artists, designers, graffiti artists or architectures, and then created in factories or ceramic workshops.

During this Artist week, you will have the opportunity to dive into the deep blue, into the universe of the azulejo (which, despite its name, doesn’t always have to be blue), in the company of someone very special. With the support of Cristina Vilarinho you will be able to create your own azulejos, or small panels, and further your knowledge during the weekend, when your creations are fired in the kiln.

Painting and Artisanal Production of Azulejos

Cristina Vilarinho is a designer and illustrator and one of the few people who are trying to keep the knowledge about the various techniques of painting and artisanal production of azulejos alive today. She is a true ambassador for her country’s culture, and her creative work takes a lot of inspiration from Portuguese culture.

 Total in private house: 1490 €
 Total in a twin room (private house): 990 €
 Total in shared accommodation in our residencies: 780 €
* If you bring companions, there is an additional cost of 380€ per adult and 250€ per child (only for accommodation and welcome dinner)

As well as the course, the following are included in the program:

ARTIST WEEK includes 25 hours of instructions and guided work. You will also have free access to the studios to keep working if you so desire. Portuguese and English are spoken on the course.

The price of ARTIST WEEK includes 6 nights of accommodation in Cerdeira with breakfast, 5 buffet lunches and a daily snack with fruit, coffee and tea. The welcome dinner and the dinner in Coimbra, as well as the Fado concert, are also included.

As well as the course, the following are included in the program:

– A guided walk in the hills to the neighbouring village of Candal. This was the path that the village children would once have taken to school. In Candal, next to a small pool, we will cool down and try a few regional delicacies as part of our picnic.

– A study visit to the historical part of Coimbra, rich in architectural and cultural sights, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2013. We will walk through the narrow streets from the University to the lower part of the city, sit on the terrace of the historic Cafe Santa Crux, enjoy coffee and watch the world go by. We will visit the Machado and Castro museums, and then enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the city's historical taverns. At the end of the day we will attend a Fado concert. Fado was also classfied as Intangible World Heritage in 2011. Hearing Fado is a great way of finding out more about Portugal.

The groups are always small!

The basic materials for the course are also included. However, if you already have your preferred products or brands, feel free to bring them with you.