The courses are given by Christa Hillekamp, born in Cologne, Germany.
theatre scenery : 1983 - 1991
socialworker: 1992 - 1994, 1995 - 2001
Freelance painter in Competa/Andalucia since 1995. Wallpaintings, Illusionpainting (Trompe lóeil), textil-design.
Our courses will be led by Christa Hillekamp and Albert Meagle as special guest tutor for watercolour painting
. More information about Albert here...
If there is something important that runs through my whole life it is an interest in human social problems and art. For me art encompasses many disciplines including painting, handicrafts and design. There have been phases in my life where one or other profession has dominated, but usually I have combined both interests: e.g. art groups with prisoners during my work as a social worker in a prison or art and therapy with problematic teenagers in a project in Andalusia and Tenerife.
My work as a theatre scenery painter meant working very close to a special theme. That gave me great pleasure. Looking back, I could say, that those years were my easiest and most satisfying professional times.
In January 1993, after looking around for a while, my husband and I decided to move to the little hill town of Cómpeta in Andalusia. Not only because of the warm climate and the wonderful location, but also because of the warmth and friendliness of the people which still exists today.
Whilst living here, I have wanted to express myself freely, independently from any theme, to paint exactly what I feel. One of my aims on this course is to help the students/pupils achieve just that. Not to concentrate on creating an "art work but to allow free individual expression throughout the creative process. I also want the students/pupils to share a little part of the fun I feel while painting and creating.
Finally, I would like to add that I have always been fascinated with the techniques involved in creating murals. e.g. marbling, trompe doeil etc.
1979 Galerie Gertrudenhof, Bremen, Deutschland.
1980 Gruppenaustellung Jahresschau 1980, Bremen, Deutschland.
1982, 1983 Galerie Giacometti, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Südfrankreich.
1986 Kurdistan, Lübeck, Deutschland.
1995 Plakat für Noche del Vino in Cómpeta
1996 Oficina de turismo, Cómpeta, Andalucia
1999 Casa de la Cultura, Cómpeta, Andalucia
2000 Sala de arte, Caja rural, Malaga
2006 Casa de la Cultura, Cómpeta, Andalucia
2008 Molino Hadriano, Competa
2009 Walkabout, Competa
2009 Casa de la Cultura, Frigiliana, Andalucia
2009 Festival Internacional de Arte Marbella
2010 Walkabout Competa, Gallery Hadriano
2010 Festival Internacional de Arte Marbella
2011 Walkabout Competa, Gallery Hadriano
2011 Festival Internacional de Arte Marbella