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, in North Africa.


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, working with watercolour, gouache and a range of drawing materials. We will 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.

ABOUT Dr Maryanne Coutts

Grounded in a love for painting the figure, a deep curiosity about the world and a lively drawing practice, Maryanne Coutts’ work explores the fleeting and layered qualities of time. She works with watercolour, gouache, textiles, animation and ritualistic daily projects, like Dress Code, where each day since 2013 she has made a drawing of what she wore that day. 

This diverse practice brings a broad knowledge to her teaching. Whether teaching beginners in small workshops, as guest expert on SBS’s Life Drawing Live (2020) or in her role as Head of Drawing at the National Art School, she is committed to nurturing the individual voices, skills and ideas of her students.

Having studied at VCA between 1979 and 1981, the City Art Institute in 1984, in 1999 she completed a PhD at the University of Ballarat. She has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and overseas. In recent years she was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2007 and has been a finalist in awards such as the Dobell Drawing Prize, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and the Kedumba Drawing Prize.

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