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Mon, 27 Mar



OCA Lisbon 2023 Study Event

Join OCA tutors Michele Whiting & Diana Ali in Lisbon.

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OCA Lisbon 2023 Study Event
OCA Lisbon 2023 Study Event

Time & Location

27 Mar 2023, 18:00 – 31 Mar 2023, 18:00

Cascais, 2750 Cascais, Portugal


About the Event


This visit sets a dynamic study space for international and national OCA students across Art and Design to come together to experience and engage with the space and place of Lisbon. A multicultural, multi - faceted unique city, that will appeal to fine artists, creative arts, designers, textile and music students alike at any level of study. Lisbon is culturally very rich with great museums, galleries and places that do span all interests.

Michele Whiting has many years experience of Lisbon and Cascais (both in terms of working and living) Diana has curated two international exhibitions there.

We will be based in Cascais, which is 40 minutes from central Lisbon by train. The seaside town is beautifully situated, and is home to Casa das Historias, a museum dedicated to the work of Paula Rego (and Victor Willing). We will be going to different areas of Lisbon, including across the River Tagus to Barreiro. There will be  organised gallery visits and plein air sketching and visual documentation. There will be optional walks (depending on tiredness and weather) or you can find a place to chill and observe, write and sketch. It is a great way to integrate cultural contexts into your studies as well meeting fellow students, engaging and having organic peer critiques.


Day 1- Monday 27th March

· Students to arrive at Hotel Baia, Cascais (details below). An OCA welcome at 6.30pmwith tutors and fellow students.

· Go through itinerary, H&S, contact numbers (WhatsApp will be set up prior to the trip)

· Transfer via public transport is very good, and taxis from the airport not too expensive (own arrangements and costs). BOLT is cheaper than UBER. Please make sure you download the BOLT app before you travel.

· Make own arrangements for dinner. Dinner is available at the hotel or there are some lovely restuarnts around Cacais area.

DAY 2- Tuesday 28thMarch

· Breakfast at hotel.

· Meet at hotel reception at 9am with fellow students and tutors

· Orientation in Lisbon, walk up by the river, sketchbook work, photography

· Make sure you have your identity cards, art materials, sketchbook and camera

· Visit to The Museu Collecão Berrardo with guided lecture

· Afternoon sketching in the park at Belem. Time for guided reflection and discussion, sketchbook/writing.

· Dinner in a local restaurant. All food, travel etc students own cost.

DAY 3- Wednesday 29th March

· Breakfast at hotel

· Meet at hotel reception 800am

· Ferry trip to PADA residency in Barreiro

· Sketchbook and photography exploration of place

Lunch on the go

· Ferry to Alfama- Sketching in the city from above or alternative hidden city sketching

· 7.30 Drinks and Tapas in a traditional Fado bar with live Fado music

· Train back to Cascais

DAY 4- Thursday 27th March

· Breakfast at hotel

· Meet at hotel reception 900am for briefing

· Guided morning visit to The Casa das Historias

· Sketchbook walk through Parc Marechal Carmona/Estoril (weather permitting)

LUNCH- own arrangements

· Around Cascais- Sketchbook/writing/photography afternoon in a guided walk around Cascais finishing up at the park or Casa de Guia. Guided reflection, share stories.

· Own dinner arrangements OR optional dinner in a typical local restaurant in the old town. (approx. 25-30 euros)

DAY 5- Friday 31st March

· Short gathering after breakfast to think about what we have seen and experienced.

· A day of reflection and making, experiencing Cascais, the coastline or Lisbon.

· Students are free to revisit areas or explore new places on their own.

· Meeting late afternoon for critique/ sketchbook feedback.

· Evening in Lisbon or locally in Cascais

Hotel details

Hotel Baia

Address: Passeio de Dom Luís I, 2754-509 Cascais, Portugal.

Phone: +351 21 483 1033

An extremely good three star family owned business hotel in the centre of town, opposite the town beach and a short walk to the station.

10%  Discount Code use OCA2023

What to bring/ student information

· OCA ID cards

· Sketchbook

· Drawing materials (pens, pencils, charcoal, graphite, paints, pritt stick to stick in any interesting postcards, doing collages etc. Anything else you want to draw with)

· Camera

· The weather can be a little changeable from very warm to a bit rainy. We will take time to stop and do sketchbook work so you may get cold

· Good walking/ flat shoes. There will be quite a bit of walking and some areas are very hilly and have slippery cobbled streets. We will take our time and the walking tours are optional but would love you to take part in as much as you can

· Download the Uber/ BOLT (cheaper)  in case some of you want to get taxis

· Rucksack to carry materials

Estimated individual student costs

· Flights and transfer to Cascais - dependent on departure airport & airline

· HOTEL BAIA: 4 nights. 85- 115 euros per room per night

· Train to Lisbon; 4 euros single per person- travel card average 10 Euros

· Berardo Entry: 5 Euros plus 1 euro visit fee per person.

· Casas Das Historias Cascais: 5 euro entry.

· Dinner is estimated around 25 euros per person

Please note we will require a £10 booking fee which will go towards tutor costs. The accounts team will send a payment link for this.

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