Immerse yourself in the splendour of southern Spain at Stephen Zeifman’s next European painting workshop.  Spend six nights in the stunning Sierra Morena Mountains at your home-away-from-home, the historic refuge of Trasierra. This family-run hotel is located in a converted olive mill and it’s owned and operated by artist/interior designer and her family. The 350-acre estate is replete with olive and orange groves and the aromas of the garden suffuse the air.  White-washed walls, terracotta roofs and charming interiors create a rustic chic ambience.  On your first afternoon, take a walk through surrounding gardens and scenic hiking trails, and then spend 5 days working in the inspiring setting of rolling hills and ancient olive groves.  The airy studio is set amidst Trasierra’s lush gardens of citrus trees and aromatic spring blooms. The week combines time for plein air and studio work. Guided cultural excursions include Andalucian cooking, tastings at local wine, cheese and olive oil producers, and a fiery flamenco dance demonstration.  Finish the week with an informal exhibition and banquet dinner with the group and Trasierra’s owners. Such immersion in the rural Spanish lifestyle blended with personalized artistic guidance will no doubt enrich your creative process.

Dates: May 14 - 20, 2017

Price starts from €3,660 per person based on double occupancy.

Single supplement of €660 per person.


  • 6 nights’ accommodation in the small, family-run boutique hotel including breakfast

  • 6 dinners,  6 lunches with wine and soft drinks and tips included

  • Welcome drink on your first evening and nightly aperitif

  • Exclusive use of the art studio at Trasierra

  • Personalized instruction each day with Stephen Zeifman

  • A performance of flamenco guitar and dance

  • Accompaniment of Quench host, Kiloran McRae

Call or e-mail us for more information or to reserve your spot, at, or 416 366 2777

Your Instructor:


Stephen Zeifman is a working artist with 35 years of experience teaching at the adult and secondary school levels. He has spent a lifetime gaining knowledge and understanding of the visual arts and developing ways to impart insights and skills to his students. His approach goes beyond simply teaching technique; it is focused on enhancing each student’s creative experience by improving his or her ability to see, experience and embrace the visual world as an artist. He is the author of The Way of Art a book for art observers and practitioners alike on how becoming visually literate and participating in the visual arts adds dimension to and enhances quality of life.

While teaching at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, he created one of Canada’s most advanced and innovative secondary school art programs. His students were accepted at top art schools world-wide, including Ontario College of Art and Design, NSCAD University, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons, Pratt Institute, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, The Chicago Art Institute, Central St. Martin’s College and Bournemouth University. Stephen has also developed and taught painting, drawing and printmaking courses in Italy, France and Toronto for both adults and adolescents. He is the founder of Mill Road Studio, an adult art school in Port Rexton, Newfoundland where he now lives.

Stephen has exhibited photography and painting in commercial and non-commercial galleries in Canada and the US. His work is in private collections from coast to coast across North America. He is also an accomplished author with four published works of fiction. Stephen graduated from The University of Toronto in 1970 with a double major in English Literature and Art History.