Pattern printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter, June 2019. Join us us in Lisbon, Portugal for a tile and pattern filled adventure. Click here to learn more



About the trip:

This 5 day Ace Camp will offer you the opportunity to explore the world of tiles and patterns of Lisbon, Portugal with Print + Pattern Designer Lotta Jansdotter. When someone mentions Portugal, a few things come to mind: Port wine, Seafood, Lisbon, Surfing, and … Azulejos!

Tiles (called azulejos) are everywhere in Portugal. They decorate everything from walls of churches and monasteries, to palaces, ordinary houses, park seats, fountains, shops, and railway stations. They often portray scenes from the history of the country, show its most ravishing sights, or simply serve as street signs, nameplates, or house numbers. Make sure to observe the incredible Portuguese pavement tile or calcada portuguesa, which come in many mosaic patterns. Even today they’re painstakingly laid down by hand, following a process created hundreds of years ago. 

There’s no other country in the world that uses azulejos as prolifically as Portugal, which is one reason that the tiles are virtually unique in Portuguese culture and the main reason a visit to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, a museum dedicated to preserving tile art from around the country and across the centuries, will be part of our itinerary. Modern and contemporary architecture and artwork display them in a rainbow of hues, but white and blue continue to be the main color scheme. It is believed that these two tones represented (and continue to represent) Portugal’s maritime history. 

Lotta Jansdotter will take you on a journey to discover how tile works as a powerful pattern generator. Together, we'll explore different aspects of patterns and tiles, from very traditional to more modern printing on different surfaces such as paper, fabric and tiles themselves.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • Pattern printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter

  • 5 nights*

  • 3 dinners

  • 3 lunches

  • 5 breakfasts

  • Walking tour of Lisbon

  • Tile painting workshop with local artisan

  • Guided tour of the National Tile Museum

  • All workshop supplies

  • An Ace Camps Cotton Tote Bag


*Rooms are shared with one other guest. Each room will have two twin beds. Please note beds in Lisbon may be located very close to one another. 

Group Size: Minimum 8 guests and maximum 10 guests.

Airfare to Lisbon, Portugal is not included.

We’re sorry this trip has sold out. If you like the sound of this trip, we think you will like our summer adventure in Porto, Portugal with Heather Moore.

Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 7.41.29 PM.png

lotta jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotter’s designs are like little plants working their way through cracks in the sidewalk. Things of simple beauty that bring relief to the urban landscape. Lotta’s work is about her life, and life is her inspiration. Her genius lies in exploring the beauty of everyday things.

Her look is sleek and urban and her products are created for a busy city life. Her awareness, substance and instinctual sense of style are perfectly suited for contemporary lifestyles. Learn more about Lotta Jansdotter by visiting her website


Set in a magnificent house in Lisbon's São Bento Arts district, the property is a seamless blend of lively creative spaces on the one hand, and a quirky bed and breakfast on the other. The creative hub boasts a sun terrace, a cool library, cafe bar and individually decorated rooms. The surrounding area provides a variety of alternatives for guests to taste the rich Portuguese cuisine. Travel the iconic yellow funicular and 28 tram across the snakes-and-ladders city of seven hills or simply saunter around the cobbled streets from cafe to curiosity shop to restaurant to art gallery. Lisbon is a city humming with life and our hotel fits well into the mix.



Presenting five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles, or azulejos, tracing the history and production of the art form. 

Its collection is the only of its kind in the world, and contains a splendid array of tiles from as early as the 15th century, along with displays on how they're made. It's housed in the monastic buildings of the Madre de Deus Convent, which, after renovation following the Great Earthquake, had its interior turned into one of the city's most magnificent buildings. 


Beautifully retro-packaged tins of sardines from the Conserveira de Lisboa, gloves, hats and riding boots, embroidered bed linen and monogrammed towels, all at bargain prices, cork accessories and ceramics (in particular, the characteristic for Portugal symbolically resembles a “cabbage leaf”).

The streets of the city are filled with old-fashioned shops with wooden counters and antique glass display cabinets; shopkeepers who wrap your purchases in brown paper tied with ribbon or twine, as English shopkeepers did in the 1940s.

eatING in lisbon

Some people consider Portugal as the best-kept culinary secret in all of Europe. Take a stroll through Mercado da Ribeira -  Food stalls and great local wine with some of the city’s best restaurants and chefs.

A “must” try is a pastel de nata, Lisbon’s famous egg tart.

Other must try specialties include: Piri Piri Chicken (yup, it was invented here first), Sardines, Bacalhau à brás (salted cod), Ginja (porteguese liquer) + Queijo de Azeitão (sheep’s cheese).


Make a stop at São Vicente de Fora, the location of the National Pantheon and the weekly Feira da Ladra market. Both landmarks are among the best in the city, and this is also home to the city’s largest piece of street art, made up of precisely 52,738 azulejo tiles.

Listen to Fado Vadio at Tasca do Jaime - an version of the typical melancholic Portuguese music sung by aspiring professionals.

Visit to Belém – certainly worth a visit given its historical importance. Here is where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage site Torre de Belém as well as the Jerónimos Monastery.

Pick up a copy of PHILIP KENNEDY’ - the best + must see's of LISBON - HERE


ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to organize your airfare. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. 

There will be no refunds for this Ace Camp due to the planning and logistics involved. 


June is extremely warm in Lisbon and is the perfect time to visit and see all that the city has to offer. The average temperature during the day reaches 20°C or about 60°F, but average highs are 23°C (that's about 74°F). At night the lows average 16°C (about 61°F). At least 25 out of 30 days the temperature will be above 21°C and you can expect at least 7 days when the thermometer reaches above 30°C.


The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.


AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MOBILITY: You should be comfortable walking or standing for extended periods. Excursions include navigating uneven terrain such as hilly and cobblestoned streets.

DAY ONE - Arrival Day

Arrival in Lisbon, Portugal. Make your own way to our hotel. Have a rest, walk the city, head for a beverage or explore the neighbourhood.

This evening we have a meet + greet welcome dinner with Lotta.

DAY TWO - The tiles of Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel

This morning we will have our first session with Lotta. She will introduce her work and process and discuss the basics of patterns, using the inspiration around us. We will do

Lunch at a local cafe

This Afternoon we meet up with our local guide who will take us on a walking tour of her favorite neighbourhoods featuring beautiful tiles! We start with a guided tour of the National Tile museum and from there learn more about tiles through history, understanding why they are such a vulnerable art piece and getting inspired by the most unique designs around the city.

Dinner this evening is TBD

DAY THREE - Patterns on Paper

Breakfast at the hotel

Today we have an all day workshop session with Lotta, we will take inspiration from our tile tour and city walks. We will be carving and printing with our own blocks, learning about how to create tiled motifs, repeating patterns and border designs.

Lunch at a local cafe + Dinner this evening is on your own to explore all the amazing flavours of Lisbon!

DAY FOUR - Printing on fabric and tiles

Breakfast at the hotel

We start this morning with our final session with Lotta. We will be working on a new pattern printing technique using stencils to create our own hair wrap bandanas.

Lunch at a local cafe

This afternoon we head to the studio of a local tile maker. She will lead the group through the process for painting and stencilling your own tiles. You will learn the traditional way of stencilling and draw inspiration from the past few days to create your own set of tiles. Try to create a repeat! (The tiles will be fired in a kiln tomorrow so you’ll get to bring them home!) Dinner this evening is on your own.

DAY FIVE - A day to explore

Breakfast at the hotel

Today is a free day to explore this incredible city together or on your own. You might take a day trip to Belem or Sintra, a walking food tour, go shopping in the markets, or learn more about Fado.

This evening we have a our final group dinner together to celebrate our week together!

DAY SIX - Departure Day

Breakfast at the hotel

This morning we say our goodbyes and head on our own way. We can help you arrange airport transfers together if possible.

We’re sorry this trip has sold out. If you like the sound of this trip, we think you will like our summer adventure in Porto, Portugal with Heather Moore.

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.