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Johny Vieira


4 Day Watercolour Art Retreat

4 Day Watercolour Art Retreat

From 28th to 31st of March

Max 8 Guests


Regular price €1.195,00 EUR
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  • Subsequent payment due 30 days before the retreat

Join artist Johny Vieira on an unforgettable art retreat in Lanzarote, one of the sunnies Canary Islands in Spain. Elevate your watercolor painting skills surrounded by the wild beauty of the volcanos, wild beaches and atlantic waves. Discover the magic of wet-on-wet techniques in watercolor, learn to catch the sea, waves and surfers movement on paper, and infuse your artwork with vibrancy during 4 days and 3 nights.

This retreat goes beyond an art class. It's a deep dive into your creativity. No matter your skill level, Johny's mentorship will help you unlock new artistic potential, reconnect with your creative essence, and discover your artistic flow.

Enjoy daily classes, spanish cuisine and a surf lesson to feel the sea from inside. Relax at a top-notch spanish villa, with terraces and a luminous art studio, at the middle of Lanzarote.

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We want to share with you what it's like to live in this slice of paradise

Waking up every day to the warmth of a sun that shines bright all year round, so you can capture it on paper.

Lessons will be tailored dynamically to suit the group's needs and interests. We only move forward to the next topic when we finish the previous one.

The goal of this week's art is to provide a place for sharing knowledge in a relaxing environment where you can immerse into painting without worrying about anything else that usually traps us during our daily lives.

All set in the heart of Lanzarote. In a majestic villa surrounded by stunning views that instantly connect us to the island's spirit.

Daily Schedule of Your Artistic Journey

Beyond painting alongside Johny Vieira every day, you'll also have free time to relax, to practice by your own or to discover Lanzarote island and share your experiences with other artists over a tea.

Day 1

Welcome to Lanzarote

Your retreat begins from the airport to the villa, where the beauty of Lanzarote starts to unfold. Settle in your room, then join us for a special dinner to meet everyone.

Day 2

The watercolour art

Greeted by the morning sun, enjoy a buffet breakfast to dive into a morning and afternoon watercolour sessions mastery with Johny Vieira. End the day with a sunset dinner.

Day 3

Famara Half-Day Surf Trip + Watercolourist life

Morning surf lesson at Famara beach, surfers and artist inspiration, followed by free time at Caleta de Famara and an afternoon watercolour class at the villa. A farewell dinner will close the day.

Day 4

Watercolour secrets+ Review + Departure day

Wake up surrounded by the sea for a calm last closure session and goodbyes. Pack your memories and get ready for the transfer to the airport.

Johny Vieira

Johny Vieira is a Portuguese watercolor artist and avid surfer for over 20 years. He has a deep connection with the ocean that vividly shows in his art. It's like he brings the stormy sea's energy right onto the canvas. Painting the ocean with watercolors is his special magic, capturing the sea's spirit with a unique flair and light touch. He sees his art as a way to give back to the ocean that's given him so much.

A natural artist, he delved into painting and drawing techniques at the Technical School of Duran Castaibert, where he was drawn to watercolor process for its no-correction approach and the purity and translucency of its results.

The line that guides his inspiration, comes naturally from inside out, the surf essence itself, the exploration of new spots, the path, the joy, the silence of nature, the connection, the love that we share with the ocean.

He has been lecturing workshops and week camps since 2020, with the same patience and care he puts into each brushstroke. He truly feels excited to share with others the same passion, and to see the progress of their skills happening in real time. Now, he's coming to Lanzarote with his caravan and surfboard to lead his first full program at The Sun Collective, "Watercolor Retreat."

Know Him More

Jump to Jhony's Instagram to see his amazing work

  • What You Get

    • Painting workshops and personal guidance from Johny Vieira.
    • 4-day and 3 nights stay at Villa Fenómena, with full estate access.
    • Art studio with natural light in Lanzarote's nature reserve.
    • Daily meals by our chef (dietary/allergens options available).
    • Filtered water provided with meals and at the venue.
    • Surfing experience at Famara Beach include private transportation.
    • Airport transfers from/to Lanzarote Airport.
    • On-site retreat support.
    • All local taxes and fees included.
    • Pre-retreat WhatsApp group with Johny and participants.
  • What You Don’t

    • Airfare.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Art materials.
    • Alcohol beverages.
    • Extra costs guests might incur on their own.


What can I expect to learn during the retreat?

  • Mastering watercolor techniques for painting waves, surfers, and the ocean with Johny's unique teaching method.
  • Learning to capture the energy of your subject.
  • Improving fundamental techniques like wet on dry, wet on wet, and dry on dry.
  • Applying what you've learned in the first part of the week to a special ocean-themed painting session.
  • Enhancing your skills in color mixing and creating compelling compositions of surf scenes.
  • Experimenting with gradients and a range of tones.
  • A guided approach to monochromatic painting.
  • Crafting realistic water effects such as reflections, shimmers, and waves.
  • Techniques for taking reference photos, sketching on location, and adapting to live painting.
  • Advanced techniques including gravity and drop methods, spray use, and revealing whites.
  • And much more!

Beyond painting alongside Johny Vieira every day, you'll also have free time to relax, to practice by your own or to discover Lanzarote island and share your experiences with other artists over a tea.

Is this artistic retreat available to all levels?

Yes, it is suitable for painters of all levels.

What art supplies do I need for the workshop?

A detailed list of art materials recommended by artist Johny Vieira will be provided upon booking before the retreat. Masking tape, water containers, and paper towels are included.

What features does the rooms have?

The shared double room features two single beds, storage space for personal belongings, and is designed to provide comfort and privacy for both guests.

All our rooms includes cleaning service, sheets, towels and toiletries.

In the villa there is a 24h available well-fitted kitchen, guests will find a refrigerator, kitchenware, a microwave, a toaster, a tea and coffee maker.

Are all meals included during the retreat?

It includes 2 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners, all meticulously prepared by our private chef. We cater to gluten-free diets and other allergies or dietary intolerances upon request.

The only meal not included is lunch at Famara on Tuesday, 30th. Caleta de Famara offers a variety of restaurant options, which we'll share with you once the retreat is confirmed.

Can the retreat cater to specific dietary requirements?

Regular, vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets are catered for. Please get in touch in advance so we can discuss your dietary requirements and plan them with our personal chef.

Is the art retreat available to guests with limited mobility?

Unfortunately, the retreat venue and trips are not well suited to host people with limited mobility.

What language is used during the art workshop and other activities?

This retreat is available in English. We are also fluent in Spanish so don´t worry if English is not your first language.

What should I pack?

The weather in Lanzarote is sunny and warm. You can expect average highs of 20°C during the day that drop to around 12°C at night. Lanzarote enjoys very mild winters and warm summers, and very little rain throughout the year. It is a windy island so bring a coat with you to protect from it.

Please pack appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a swimsuit, a beach towel, flip flops, a coat for evenings and nights, comfortable shoes, a sun hat and sunglasses, personal care items, and any personal medication you might need.

Is transportation included?

The retreat include airport transfers from/to Lanzarote Airport at prearranged times, and excursions trips in private transportation.

Host tip: Given Lanzarote's limited public transportation and costly taxi services, we suggest teaming up with fellow retreat participants for car-sharing if you wish to explore the island during our retreat's free time. We're here to help facilitate these arrangements with you.

How does the payment process work for reserving a spot in the retreat?

To ensure a smooth and transparent reservation process, here's a breakdown of our payment system:

  • Reserving Your Spot: A reservation fee is required to book your place in the retreat. Once you've reserved your spot for The Retreat, we will contact you, and afterwards you can go ahead and book your flights.
  • Retreat payment: We will contact you 30 days before the retreat for the remaining payment.

Will I receive a full refund if the retreat is cancelled?

Yes, absolutely. If the retreat is canceled due to force majeure events or circumstances out of The Sun Collective and/or artist Johny Vieria's control, we will let you know as soon as possible, refund the total cost of the retreat and help you find another great holiday option.

Participants are recommend to purchase travel, medical, and cancellation insurance for protection against any circumstances that might require cancellation or change of travel arrangements.

What happens if I need to cancel?

Once your complete payment is processed, if you need to cancel:

  • Until 30 days before the retreat you will be reimbursement your complete reservation fee.
  • From day 30 to day 15 before the retreat you will be reimbursement 50% from the total price you have paid.
  • From day 15 to day 1 before the retreat you will be reimbursement 0% - cause we live in an island and it is gonna be imposible to fill your spot.

To protect yourself against any potential need for cancellation or changes in travel plans, including no-shows, medical emergencies, or travel disruptions, we recommend to purchase travel, medical, and cancellation insurance.

Please ensure your insurance covers trip cancellation and interruption. We advise carefully reviewing your insurance policy to understand the coverage details and claims process. Remember, securing suitable insurance is your responsibility, as The Sun Collective does not partner with any insurance providers.

If I want to extend my trip to Lanzarote, where can I stay?

We sincerely recommend looking for a room at Pitaya Coliving in Arrecife, a place with unique energy co-livers. If you prefer something on your own, we suggest searching for apartments in Costa Teguise, a well-located town close to the sea.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information.