Printmaking Workshop Holiday In Portugal

12th – 19th October 2024 – Last 2 places

10th – 17th May 2025

11th – 18th October 2025

printmaking workshop holiday in portugal

In 2016 I stayed at the Quinta in Portugal at the home of Frank and Daniela McClintock who moved to this beautiful area in the mountains above Faro from the UK in the late 1980’s. The accommodation has been developed to provide a holiday retreat particularly specialising in birdwatching holidays. It truly is Paradise in Portugal. Please take a look at this recent review of the Quinta by Alistair Sawdaw

The Quinta is also featured in The Guardian’s – 25 Best Places To Stay In Portugal May 2021. To read more reviews about this wonderful place in Portugal please check out Frank and Daniela’s fabulous reviews on Trip Advisor

“Just wonderful! Beautiful location and the hotel was fabulous – simple but very comfortable. Food was outstanding. Birdwatching and pottery trip were great and so good to see some of the surrounding countryside to gain inspiration. The other participants were delightful – a great mix of skill levels from total beginner to quite experienced. All enthusiastic and non – judgmental and doing it for enjoyment. What a great learning environment! Lucy was very well prepared, attentive and full of ideas, experimentation encouraged. Lots of patience, great teacher! Overall I couldn’t of enjoyed it more.

Lisa – May 2023

“Overall…I was simply in blissful happiness from start to end! The location is … well … paradise! The landscape, the gardens, the wonderful spotless quirky rooms, amazing food and lovely hosts. But then to add to that, relaxed days of creativity without distraction in a perfect setting with Lucy patiently and happily making sure everyone was comfortable and happy and knew what they were doing…that’s no mean feat with a group of mixed abilities and requirements. I’ve looked forward to this holiday for months and it surpassed all expectations. I’m leaving (sadly) but with a head full of happy memories, new ideas and techniques to try and a bag full of the week’s creations. It’s been an absolute privilege. Thank you x

Miriam – October 2022

“A tremendous delight and unforgettable experience. Thank you for all the work in the background arranging and liasing with Frank and Daniella. The location is perfect and what a wonderful group we made! Such superb accommodation! I’ve enjoyed the laid back feeling of being welcomed into a family home, the flexibility built into all the arrangements and the total care and considerationyou have given to everything and everybody. You are a gifted professional with an endless capacity for coaxing, reassuringly positive encouragement and the art of gentle persuasion. I am very happy with all my prints and experiments. The birdwatching with Frank was extraordinary. The high standards of both the food and the beautiful environment have been quite awesome! The owners share your attention to ‘Lucy Detail’ which pays off in worthwhile creativity. I’ve loved sharing space with the swallows – what a delight to witness their fledging. I’ve renewed my interest in monoprinting, intaglio, lino-cutting (2 plates was new to me). The cyanotype activity was fun and engaging. You did everything you could to allow the smooth running of every day and my hat is off to you for managing it all so thoughtfully. It’s been great to meet new people and share something so special – its a very special repeatable event providing F+D stay!”

Wendy – May 2022

“I had the most wonderful week, it totally surpassed my expectations. The location is just stunning, there couldn’t be a more perfect spot to try and get the creative juices going (even though it still took me a while!). I feel that you must have handpicked the group of ladies as everyone “Gelled” (ha ha) really well and I have made many new friends that I hope to keep and see again in the future.

I don’t think anyone could come on the holiday and be disappointed. The hard work, knowledge and enthusiasm, and most importantly love and care you put into making it such a memorable experience is amazing and I thank you very much for that. Thank you again.”

Maggie – May 2022

“My overall experience of the holiday was very positive. The location ambience, landscape and natural beauty of the Quinta more than lived up to my expectations as did the hospitality of Frank and Daniella. Frank is a very entertaining, welcoming host and Daniella’s culinary skills and the variety of meals she provided were superb but I think we were all aware of the sheer amount of effort and labour she has to maintain to achieve this.

I loved the ‘family’ atmosphere of lunch and dinner with both staff and guests and the relaxed ambience. Excellent accommodation and unexpectedly brilliant WiFi!

I really appreciate the effort, hard work and planning that has gone into organising this holiday and the stress it can cause. I enjoyed the relaxed start to the week before the printmaking just familiarising ourselves with the environment. I thought the sequence of types of printmaking worked well in terms of easiest to more complex so that initially we were able to work more independantly. Doing the lino prints later and over 2 days meant that some confidence had been built up and that we had time to overcome initial difficulties.”

Suzanne – May 2022

“If I had expectations of what my forthcoming printing holiday in Portugal would provide me with, the reality when I arrived was surpassed over and over again. I had already met, albeit briefly, our delightful tutor for the week, Lucy Gell (pronounced Jell!) at a craft fair; liked her work and really liked her. I wasn’t to be disappointed Lucy is professional, cheerful and a joy to be around. Her choice of venue – well what can one say, except that it was easy to see why Lucy fell in love with Paradise in Portugal, it is truly captivating.

A beautiful setting, no traffic or aircraft noise, no light pollution, just lovely gardens, flowers, bird song and a beautiful spot for a daily swim, and the most hospitable hosts I have encountered at any ‘hotel’ I have stayed at thus far. The printing course was well planned and resourced, and Lucy was patient and dedicated to the ‘enth’ degree. I was a complete novice, but I came away with some printing I was happy with (with a little extra help and encouragement from Lucy) and a very good feeling about the whole experience. Thank you Lucy”

Pat – Sept 2019

“I had a lovely time on the printmaking holiday and am proud if what I managed to achieve there thanks to your patience ! I think I am hooked on lino cuts now and have already sent off one of the cards I made for a friends birthday. The atmosphere at the Quinta is just right for relaxing and getting inspired and of course the gorgeous weather helps.I really enjoyed the birdwatching with Frank and feel very lucky that you have found such a great place to host your holidays; the whole team there from Frank and Daniela to the pets are second to none!”

Jane – June 2019

“The week at the Quinta went so fast! The location is fabulous…the 12 acre estate is the result of decades of careful care and planting. No passing cars, so tranquil. Great hosts and staff. Solar energy and sustainable water supply. Birds, frogs, lizards, and dogs to hang out with. We loved the little seated balcony area of our room. The bird trips with Frank were excellent. Due to his keen expertise we saw a huge range of birds in short space of time. Bee-eater, kingfishers, flamingos, spoonbills and of course the famous Golden Orioles. 

 The art sessions were great, with the patient help of Lucy I produced some beautiful prints and cards using techniques that i can build on at home. The home cooked food was excellent. All in all a great balance of relaxation and engaging things to do and see. Would go again tomorrow! Thank you all xx”

Debs – June 2019

“We really loved our week with you learning the three printing techniques. You set high standards for us and then gently encouraged us to achieve them. We covered monoprinting, drypoint and linocuts with up to two colours. All this was done outside to the sounds of lots of beautiful birdsong, including Orioles and nightingales. The grounds of the quinta hold beautiful plants to provide inspiration. We produced quality pictures that we never believed we could particularly with the use of colour.”

June & Peter – June 2018 

“Lucy, your friendly, knowledgeable and caring approach to teaching us was very much appreciated. You were patient, kind and supported us, each with our individual needs.  Your organisation and planning of the whole week meant we could really relax and concentrate on our prints. Even during our ‘time off’ we were looking around us for things to draw, a completely new experience and one we hope we can maintain.”

June 2018

“There are so many positives about Frank, Daniela and the quinta. Franks knowledge, enthusiasm and love of Portugal and it’s wildlife was an added bonus. Daniela’s meals were excellent. Sitting round their table chatting will long be remembered. Good wine selection. The accommodation was beautifully clean. Fatima and Dulce were so friendly. Fraser was lovely too.”

June & Peter 2018

“I was really looking forward to my ‘Printmaking in Portugal’ holiday and it didn’t disappoint. As I was travelling alone, I was a little apprehensive, but having participated in a workshop with Lucy some years ago, I was impressed by her warm and friendly manner and professionalism and I felt I would be in safe hands. I had very little experience of printmaking prior to the holiday and enjoyed learning a variety of techniques throughout the week, taking inspiration from the surrounding gardens. Lucy was always calm, encouraging, and sensitive to our individual needs. She handled each of our prints with care and respect as if they were masterpieces which made the process even more pleasurable. I’m now keen to put these newly acquired skills into further practice. It felt a real privilege to spend the week with Lucy and the other lovely members of the group. They were a brimming pool of knowledge and inspiration and I’m sure we’ll keep in touch via the WhatsApp group now we’re back home.”

Jane Parker – October 2023

When I stayed there I too fell in love with the place and decided to host my first printmaking holiday there in June 2018 offering a week of printmaking, birdwatching and relaxation for up to 8 people in this wonderful home of Frank and Daniela. This has been a great success and I ran two holidays in 2022 and another two in 2023 with a further two holidays booked for 2024.

Our Accommodation

The essence of the Quinta is a small, intimate holiday retreat for peace and relaxation. It boasts a blend of traditional hospitality, International home-cooking cuisine which is prepared daily by Daniela McClintock and a friendly atmosphere with excellent service.

The Quinta has many en-suite rooms, a family suite and a honeymoon suite. It has 2 large drawing rooms with log fires, sauna, a roofed terrace, a vine covered terrace and various lawns within the 2 acre beautifully planted tiered garden that drops down towards the lake. The landscaped terrace garden offers many places to relax and find inspiration for creativity during the holiday, or to just read quietly without interruption. All the meals are beautifully freshly prepared each day by Daniela in plentyful amounts. A buffet style breakfast offering a continental selection of bread, cheese, yogurts and cereals are available followed at lunch time with the most amazing choice of homemade salads and two hot dishes, with the addition of desert. Every evening we gather together for a three course meal with our hosts Frank and Daniela. The food offered at the Quinta is definitely one of the highlights of the holiday!

The Grounds & Surrounding Area

The surrounding countryside is a patchwork of Cork Oak forests, (“Montados”), and self-sufficient homesteads and small farms. It is in a wonderful birdwatching area and the Quinta’s owner, Frank is a professional Birdwatching Guide who has been running guided birdwatching and photography trips throughout the whole of Southern Portugal for over 25 years. 

During the holiday there will be lots of free time for you to relax in the beautiful waterside gardens around the property, you will be able to walk some of the local tracks around the area discovering many types of birds, insects and wildlife that inhabit this wonderful location.

You will be able to swim in the warm water in the lake. Canoes and paddle boards are available and there is a sauna on site. Shiatsu massage with Daniela is also available on request.

Our Printmaking Holiday

Inspiration for printmaking surrounds the Quinta – it really is a fantastic opportunity for true creative relaxation. The week will include 5 half day sessions of printmaking (9.30am – 1pm and an extra 2 hours in the afternoon) and 1 optional guided birdwatching walk with bird expert Frank McClintock. Whether you are a bird watcher or not, these are not to be missed. I guarantee that you will not fail to be interested by what Frank has to show you with his entertaining delivery and knowledge.

During the printmaking I will be covering techniques including drypoint etching, monoprint printmaking and linocut printmaking giving you the opportunity to produce a large number of prints as you learn to improve your knowledge and confidence in these exciting mediums. All creative abilities are welcome and I am there to give you a relaxed and gentle, yet productive week of printmaking.

Printmaking Holiday In Portugal Cost

I have secured great prices for this holiday with Daniela and Frank so places are sure to sell quickly. I have 2 prices – one based on sole occupancy of a room and the second based on a couple or friends sharing. 

DatesSingle PersonCouple / Twin
12th Oct – 19th Oct 2024£1745£2795
10th May – 17th May 2025£1745£2795
11th May – 118th Oct 2025£1745£2795

Included In The Holiday Price

The following items are all included in the cost of the holiday

  • transfers to and from Faro airport with Frank McClintock (set times only)*
  • 5 half days of printmaking tuition (5 hrs per day) including etching, linocut, mono printing and cyanotype
  • all printmaking materials
  • all home cooked meals throughout the week
  • all tea and coffee throughout each day
  • 1 optional birdwatching walk with Frank McClintock
  • swimming in the reservoir
  • free use of sauna
  • free access to canoes and SUP paddle boards to explore up to 250km of coastline!

* Note a transfer surcharge may be incurred if you choose to travel outside of recommended travel times.


1The following items are not included in the cost of the holiday

  • you will need to arrange your own flights to and from Faro airport
  • transfer to / from Faro airport to our accommodation if you are unable to make the recommended flights
  • day trip to Odermira to visit a local pottery with a little extra bird watching.
  • all alcoholic drinks must be purchased
  • a shiatsu massage is available with Daniella McClintock at €60 per hour
  • additional birding sessions over and above the 1 included are available, price is demand dependant

How To Book The Holiday

Please contact me to book this holiday and to obtain a booking form, deposit and balance payment details. 

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Holiday Location

Further Reading / Viewing

The following sites are available for more detailed information about the Quinta https://www.paradise-in-portugal.com and https://www.birdinginportugal.com. A selection of videos are also available below for further information along with a selection of frequently asked questions.

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