Join Alan for 10 days of plein air painting and sketching on the beautiful island of Crete plus two days in Athens. Along the way, enjoy delicious Greek cuisine, delightful wines and the camaraderie of fellow artists.
Participants will stay at first class hotels in three of Crete’s most historic cities, Agios Nikolas on the northeast side and Rethymnon and Chania on the west side of Crete. The itinerary includes painting the bustling old Venetian harbors of these cities, as well as many other picturesque sites and a tour of Knossos, the famed reconstructed palace of King Minos. The artists will also have a day in Athens to sketch the historic Plaka near the Acropolis.
Crete’s long and legendary history has created an aura about the island. This is where European civilization began with the dazzling Minoans between 3000 and 1400 B.C. and then disappeared in mysterious circumstances. It is the largest of the Greek islands and has everything an artist could wish for with picturesque cities, villages, ports, beaches, rocky shores, mountain ranges, tranquil countryside and people noted for their hospitality and tradition of welcoming visitors.
Agios Nikolaos is a charming small resort town set on Merabello Bay, named for the beautiful view (mira bella) of the sea from the town. Rethymnon and Chania are noted for their 12th -16th century Venetian Harbors, with hotels and cafes ranged around the quays. The old cities have narrow streets and alleys with Venetian houses, Turkish minarets, markets, shops and flower bedecked gardens.
October is an ideal time to visit Crete. The summer crowds have dissipated and the weather is mild and pleasant with mostly sunny days, some occasional rain and temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s.
Accommodations will be at hotels in the historic center of each city–tentatively the Hotel Plaka in Athensfor 2 nights, the Coral Hotel in Agios Nikolaos for 3 nights, the Ideon Hotel in Rethymnon for 2 nights and the Porto Veneziano Hotel in Chania for 5 nights. (hotels in Athens and Agios Nikolaos are subject to possible change due to availability)
The workshop will help beginners and advanced artists conquer the challenges of plein air painting and sketching. Alan will demonstrate pastel, watercolor and drawing techniques with daily critiques and personal help in any medium. Painting sessions are usually mornings and afternoons with plenty of time for lunches and exploring. Non-painting companions are welcome and there will be much for them to do and see while the artists paint.
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