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Boutique Hotel Douro Valley | Traditional Tile Painting

Helena Ferrira Traditional tile painting

Learn Traditional Tile Painting

With acclaimed azulejos artist Helena Ferreira

Six Senses Douro Valley has set up an atelier with workshop where guests can learn and produce personal works of ceramic art to take with them, under the guidance of this celebrated restorer and artist.

Helena Ferreira developed her art skills and learned her craft in Óbidos, a beautiful village with medieval walls north of Lisbon. From there she has ventured all over the world restoring, creating and teaching azulejo art for decades.  

Six Senses Douro Valley is very proud to pay tribute to this fascinating and beautiful art form by bringing on board the internationally renowned artist. Helena creates exciting workshops for guests, making it possible for them to learn and practice the traditional method to paint Portuguese ceramic tile azulejo and take home a personalized souvenir.

Guests can join a 60-minute tile-paining workshop with Helena for EUR 50, which includes tiles and the artist materials. There can be no better way to learn this skill than working side-by-side with the artist herself. 

Azulejos is the famous Portuguese art form expressed in the painted tiles that have become emblematic of Portuguese culture and heritage over the centuries. During the golden age of Portuguese exploration and colonization, these wonderful blue, white and gold panels found their way to adorning churches and public buildings from Goa, to Mozambique, from East Timor to Brazil, and to countless remote island regions.


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