Walking & Painting Week

 

This holiday week contains :

  1. Five mornings of leisurely paced walks of light to medium difficulty lasting from 2.5 to 4 hours. These will take place along the beaches, in the hills, the valleys, the town of Kissamos and the surrounding area, as well as going through traditional villages and little-known Ancient sites. They are particularly beautiful in the Spring and Autumn with an abundance of flowers and plants. Each expedition starts at 9:00 am at the hotel and ends between 13:00 and 14:00 pm at the hotel. Each walk has regular rest stops.
  2. Four afternoons of painting workshops for beginners and more advanced artists, sketching with either the medium you have brought with you (for example pastels, oils or watercolour) or the medium we provide (pencils, pastels and acrylics). Each workshop starts at 17:30 and ends at 19:00. The painting sessions will take place either at the Studio or out in the landscape; if the group wishes, the sketching workshop can be combined with the walk, instead of the afternoon session, freeing up the evening and giving you the chance to paint interesting aspects of the walk.On Saturdays in the late afternoon we exhibit our paintings and have a party.

There is the freedom to opt out from either the walks (one or more or all), the painting workshops or the communal meals.

Detailed Programme

Monday
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-13:30 : Walk : ’1. Nopigia – Panagia Myrtidiotisa – Agios Vasilios’. Starting from the hotel we will walk past the open air theater to the little chapel  of  Panagia Myrtidiotisa in Nopigia and then along a rough path over stones and rocks towards the little medieval chapel of Agios Vasilios on the Spatha peninsula. The blue sea is always beside us. We will encounter only a few sheep and goats and enjoy great views towards the  Gramvousa peninsula  across  Kissamos bay, with the Spatha mountain on our right. We walk along Nopigia beach back to our hotel.
    Walking part of the expedition: about 3.5 hours.  Difficulty : medium.
  • Return at 13:30 to the hotel.
  • 13:30-17:00 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 17:30-19:00 : First painting workshop. At the studio to discuss the painting programme, try pencils and pastels and do some warm up exercises in drawing/sketching eg: still lives/views of the sea/painting from sketches or photographs taken on the first walk. Beginners will be introduced to drawing materials and encouraged to start sketching.
  • 19:00 - ... : Free time for further painting and enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.
Tuesday
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-13:30 : Walk : ’2. Ancient Mythimna – Agios Georgios – Villa Trevizan’. From the hotel we walk to ancient Mythimna’s archaeological site. We continue our walk through the olive groves in order to reach the medieval church of Agios Georgios which was built on the ruins of an ancient roman temple, which can still be seen today. We walk further across the southern end of the village of Drapanias on soil tracks to the ruins of the 16th century Villa Trevizan, named after a Venetian feudal family governing the area. After a short break in the center of Drapanias village we visit the Pnevmatikakis winery . We can choose to taste from more than 25 different wines and drinks made of local grapes. Our hotel is not far away.
    Walking part of the expedition: about 2.5 hours.  Difficulty : light
  • Return at 13:30 to the hotel.
  • 13:30-17:00 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 17:30-19:00 : Second painting workshop. Meet at the Studio to collect paints and materials and then walk east along the bay to find a shady spot from which to sketch the rocks, trees and sea. For beginners this second workshop is the chance to try painting in colour, using shading to add depth. The receding rocky coastline is an excellent subject for the study of perspective and tone to create distance and for all artists it is a chance to paint ‘en plein air’.
  • 19:00 - ... : Free time for further painting and enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.
Wednesday
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-14:00 : Walk : ’3. Platanaki – Korfalonas - City of Kissamos’.  From our hotel we walk to the sea and then along the beach to the Platanaki  and Korfalonas areas. We cross the little river of Korfalonas and continue further until we cross the little river of Kissamos and reach Kissamos town, where we can visit the local archaeological museum, the old fishing port and local traditional shops selling honey, wine, tsikoudia, herbs etc. We return by the regular bus service.
    Walking part of the expedition: about 2.5 hours.  Difficulty : light
  • Return at 14:00 to the hotel.
  • 14:00-17:00 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 17:30-19:00 : Third painting workshop. Having found a subject to draw or paint on our walks, either from photos or from sketching on the spot, subjects maybe churches, doorways, colourful gardens, ancient olive trees, strange stones, seascapes, landscapes, whatever you like. By now beginners will have found the confidence to tackle more varied subjects. Help is at hand from the resident artist, Camille Marquand.
  • 19:00 - ... : Free time for further painting and enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.
Thursday

A free day to rest or do further walking 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
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-14:00 : Walk : ’4.  Drapanias - Potamida’. After a 20 minute walk from our hotel, we reach the village of  Drapanias which we skirt round. Going uphill we find an old track leading through the olive groves to the little chapel above us built into a cave... Michael the Archangel. We continue on this track over a small river bed and a magnificent mulberry tree until we reach a country road and more old tracks. At the sides of the path is a rare kind of mint and a lot of caper flowers amongst many other plants. Now coming downhill we reach another cave chapel ... another Michael the Archangel, nestling under the shade of a plane tree from which the old church bell is hanging. From here we take the road to Potamida in the valley and turn back towards the sea, passing on our right the famous natural clay marls which tower above the fields. We will visit the mill museum and have a break there before we return to the hotel.
    Walking part of the expedition: about 4 hours.  Difficulty : light
  • Return at 14:00 to the hotel.
  • 14:00-17:00 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 17:30-19:00 : Fourth painting workshop.  Either at the studio or on location: street scenes/café scenes or anything you want to do.
  • 19:00 - ... : Free time for further painting and enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.
Saturday
  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-14:00 : Walk : ’5. Kotsiana - Rokka’. Our  path leads us to Ano Drapanias where we walk past a medieval Venetian tower through the countryside over the hill to Kotsiana. Walking through the village we find the old track towards the giant rock which dominates the landscape. Just below its crown or dome as the locals call it is the picturesque village of Rokka. Above the 18th/19th century houses is the site of the remains of an ancient village, whose rooms, streets, steps and tombs were cut into the stone. From there the views are staggering: South across  the Rokka gorge and North to the blue sea in the distance. We return home down a kalderimi (old stone road) passing an ancient wall, peach, plum and mulberry trees amongst the olives.
    Walking part of the expedition: about 4 hours.  Difficulty : light
  • Return at 14:00 to the hotel.
  • 14:00-18:00 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 18:00- ... : ‘Painting Exhibition’ of your work and party to review, discuss and appreciate the week’s work and developments in a relaxed way...
Sunday

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

 

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