Painting Week

 

This holiday week contains :

Five days of opportunities to enjoy painting and sketching a variety of subjects in the beautiful Cretan landscape. This is a chance to share insights, see things afresh and above all to have a wonderful and relaxing holiday. All activities are of course optional and flexible.  Artist Camille Marquand (camillemarquand.com) will be on hand to help out if desired.

Materials: Basic materials are provided, including a board, pencils, pastels and a wetbox with acrylic colours but artists are encouraged to bring their own mediums and also a collapsible stool if wished, to sit on.

Philosophy: To offer opportunities to enjoy painting and sketching a variety of subjects, among like-minded people. This is not a course with a diploma at the end but a chance to share insights, see things afresh and above all to have a wonderful and relaxing holiday. All activities are of course optional and flexible. Taking a break for a delicious coffee or fresh orange juice highly recommended. Artist Camille Marquand (camillemarquand.com) will be on hand to help out if desired.

Detailed Programme

 

Monday - Kastelli/Kissamos
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00-10:00: Meet at the hotel/Studio – Introduction to /Materials/Preparation for excursion.
  • 10:00-13:00 : Bus to Kastelli/Kissamos. We will have a look at the little country town, selecting views to paint or sketch eg.: drawing objects at the Archaeological Museum (Roman mosaics/Ancient Greek jewellery/decorated pots/statues). In the town, the Venetian water tower/houses/doorways/ café/street scenes.
  • 13:00-14:30 : Chance to drink a beer or have a snack in one of the attractive nearby tavernas.
  • 14:30-16:00 : Continue sketching or go shopping.
  • 16:30 : Bus back to our hotel in Nopigia.
  • 17:00- …: Free evening to relax, meet up with friends, have a swim, have dinner in your apartment/on your balcony or in the nearby tavernas etc.

 

Tuesday - Seascapes/Rocks/Trees
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel/Studio
  • 9:00-12:30 : Walk east about 10 – 30 minutes along Kissamos Bay to find views and shade. There are amazing rock formations along the coastline, great for perspective and shading/tonal exercises. Orange cliffs meet blue sea; a small white church with icons to look at; also goats and trees and maybe boats as subjects.
  • 13:00-17:30 : Free time to relax, swim, have lunch in your apartment/on your balcony or in the nearby tavernas etc.
  • 17:30-19:00 : Meet at the Studio for discussion and further painting/changing adding/reviewing work.
  • 19:00- …: Free evening to relax, meet up with friends, have a swim, have dinner in your apartment/on your balcony or in the nearby tavernas etc.
 

 

Wednesday - Introduction to Icon painting
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00-12:30 : At the Studio we will look at reproductions of ancient and modern icon painting and discuss features and ethos. Remembering that this flourishing tradition is believed to be a kind of prayer that is properly executed by artist-priests, we will approach the subject respectfully as novices, copying the Masters. Anybody willing to try to copy or reinvent an old topic will be given an introduction to tempera paint (egg yolk mixed with pigment) which can be used on top of dry acrylic. You may go home with your own icon (on paper) as a souvenir of Crete, which was home for centuries to a renowned school of icon painters, of which El Greco is the most famous.
  • 12:30-17:30 : Free time to relax, swim, have lunch in your apartment/on your balcony or in the nearby tavernas etc.
  • 17:30-19:00 : Further painting/ discussion at the Studio.
  • 19:00- …: Free evening to relax, meet up with friends, have a swim, have dinner in your apartment/on your balcony or in the nearby tavernas etc.

 

Thursday

A free day to rest or do further painting or sightseeing on your own. You could enjoy the many attractions of Chania, or visit the famous Balos beach by a short boat trip or hire a car to explore further a-field or …

 

Friday - Drapanias village scenes
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00-10:00 : Meet at the hotel. We take the bus or we walk to Drapanias (it is a 45 minutes walk).
  • 10:00-12:30 : Find a view to sketch with shade such as pretty Ag. Nikolas church as viewed from the garden (seating and shade there) old doorways/colourful garden/old walls/ street scenes/ the golden coloured stone Venetian tower a ten minute walk north.
  • 12:30-14:00 : Lunch locally.
  • 14:00-16:00 : Continue painting/try a different subject/ walk around/sit in café.
  • 16:30-18:30 : We take the bus or we walk back (it is a 15 minutes walk) to Koleni for WINE TASTING AT THE LOCAL WINERY.
  • 18:30- …: Free evening to relax, meet up with friends, have a swim, have dinner in your apartment/on your balcony or in the nearby tavernas etc.

 

Saturday - Churches/Olive Trees
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00-12:30 : Meet at the hotel. Take a 5 minute walk to local chapel  Analipsi (stone seating and shade) AND/OR walk ten minutes towards Koleni to Ag. Panteleimon church (stone seating and shade) to paint a simple Byzantine church with its courtyard and trees. AND/OR walk five minutes from the hotel into the olive groves to see ancient gnarled trunks and twisting branches near the Byzantine church Ag. Georgios built on Roman remains.
  • 12:30-17:30 : Free time to relax, swim, have lunch in your apartment/on your balcony or in the nearby tavernas etc.
  • 17:30-19:00 : Exhibition Party at the Studio- a chance to review/discuss/appreciate the week’s work with a glass of wine.
  • 19:00- …: Free evening to relax, meet up with friends, have a swim, have dinner in your apartment/on your balcony or in the nearby tavernas etc.
 
Sunday

Arrival/Departure day. Transfer from/to Chania airport.

 

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