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Our first guest teacher for 2023 will be

Jaime Valero Perandones

The FiKVA Foundation is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a painting workshop with the talented and charismatic Spanish painter Jaime Valero in one of the most inspiring cities of Europe – sweet, charming Ghent, Belgium! Come and join us! Learn from the best!

All you need to know about the workshop

This workshop is designed for a small group of students (maximum 15 participants) and is open to all skill levels – everybody’s welcome!
The participation fee is 750€.

Where we’ll meet

Zelda & Zorro
Kompasplein 18, Ghent

The workshop will take place in the historic town of Ghent, one of the famous Flemish art-cities. You might be tempted to extend your stay to take in the many sights of the city or add a day trip to Bruges, Brussels or Antwerp…

The workshop site is “Zelda & Zorro”, a beautiful, light and airy venue near the waterfront of the city’s harbour-district, a hip and upcoming neighbourhood. It’s a lovely working space with a relaxed and homey atmosphere a 15 minutes walk from the historical city centre and 10 minutes from the Dampoort Train Station.

What we’ll learn

Jaime will demonstrate and explain his approach to a realistic portrait, based on a photographic image. During the workshop he will guide us through the whole process:
– choosing the right image
– choosing the right support
– different materials
– mixing colors
– his techniques
– finishing touches
– glazing layers
Jaime will perform live demonstrations in oil and offer one-on-one tuition.

What is included

– 3 1/2 days of learning experience: painting classes, individual tuition and demonstrations by Jaime Valero (Classes start on Tuesday afternoon, through Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
– Spacious art studio with lots of natural light
– All materials: oil paints, solvents, hardboard, glazing and painting mediums, cleaning materials (you are still welcome to bring your own paint if you prefer)
– Painting easel & pallet
– Table to lay on your materials
– Homemade lemonade, water, coffee, tea & biscuits throughout the day
– Healthy lunch buffet (during the three full days of workshop) – bread, cheese, soup, salad…
–  Access to a private WhatsApp group with Jaime Valero and the other workshop participants several weeks before the workshop
– Networking possibilities

What is not included

– Your airfare, airport transfers and accommodation
–  Participants are responsible for their own travel insurance
– Brushes (you can either bring your own brushes or order the same set, which Jaime uses in his studio for about €50 extra)
–  Private touristic excursions, dinner and breakfast

Need more information?

If you have any questions or need extra information about the workshop – please, shoot us an email at:

“Realistic Portraits with Jaime Valero” is supported by AYOO

How to subscribe?

As this is a small group event, to subscribe – just fill in the form below, tell us your name, where you will be traveling from and that you are interested in the workshop. We will provide you with the full description of the workshop and send you payment details.

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