Painting Tour with Maryanne Coutts
5 – 19 November 2022
Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Skoura Oasis – Erg Chebbi Dunes – Nkob – Zagora
Renowned Australian artist Maryanne Coutts will share her experience in responding to place through painting and drawing as we travel through the sublime landscape and environment that is Morocco.
Our journey begins in the ancient Imperial city of Marrakech and then takes a route over the High Atlas Mountains, through oasis valleys to the northern edge of the vast Sahara. The ancient geological phenomena that created this unique landscape is ever evident, taking us back through time to the formation of the planet.
The resilience of the local inhabitants of Morocco and their connection to the land is immense. Their traditional life-style, unique culture and history that is deeply embedded with their environment, will provide an abundance of inspiration for painting!
Traveling together we will have opportunities to work ‘en plein air’ in the landscape, both rural and urban, exploring the architectural and interior spaces and intricate details. At other times we can develop portrait studies featuring traditional Moroccan dress which is still widely worn.
Experience the wonderful world of the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) people. Their warmth and good humour is immense and the insights into the Islamic world and Amazigh spirituality and contemporary life fascinating.
Time is given to making art en route as we explore the wealth and beauty of the Moroccan landscape and culture, interspersed with lively discussion, sharing ideas and evening reviews of the work in progress.
We travel together in air-conditioned comfort of a 17 seat Mercedes bus. Accommodation is provided in the most comfortable traditional guesthouses where we enjoy the extraordinary delights of the local cuisine and hospitality.
Traveling with a small group of like-minded people and an experienced team of co-hosts, the program offers an innovative and creative way to explore a new place that is stimulating, supportive and safe.
ABOUT Dr Maryanne Coutts
Based in a lively drawing practice, Maryanne Coutts’ work is increasingly an exploration of the relationship between drawing and time. She has two strands to her practice. One is a series of ritualistic daily projects, like Dress Code, where each day since 2013 she has made a drawing of what she wore that day. The other primarily uses watercolour to focus on imagery that evokes psychological spaces.
Maryanne Coutts studied at VCA between 1979 and 1981, the City Art Institute in 1984, and in 1999 completed a PhD at the University of Ballarat. She has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, Spain and Thailand. In 2008 she held a Survey show at Ballarat Fine Art Gallery followed in 2009 by a solo show at Australian Galleries, Melbourne. The prizes she has won include the Blake Prize, (joint 1982) and the Portia Geach Memorial Award(2007). She is currently Head of Drawing at the National Art School in Sydney.