- Arts and Design
Plein Air Painting on Paros: Our Greek Island
Enhance Your Art and Have Fun
All that Greece has to offer combined with expert instruction. Workshops in oil and watercolour in the sun and atmosphere of a Greek isle--at affordable prices.
We paint at different locations around the island as well as Antiparos.
Non-painting partners will love to accompany you to Paros.
Air and Light
The Big Picture and Choosing Your Subject
The air and light of Greece has attracted artists for a longer time than any other place known to mankind. It is a European country like no other. You can not turn a corner without seeing remnants of the ancient civilization.
"The feature which most distinguishes the Greek from any other Mediterranean landscape is its clear spirituality."
Some Aspects of Modern Greek Art by Manolis Hadjidakis
The history of the Cyclades predates even that of Athens with the added attraction to artists of crisp air and brilliant colors. Included in this group are dramatic Santorini and posh Mykonos. Paros is the hospitable island with just the right proportions of culture, people, shops and other activities and an over generous supply of fine beaches with warm water and charming tavernas.
The incomparable beauty of this enchanting island offers painters a symphony of blues and golds to inspire their work. Today there is a strong and vibrant artist's community on the island. Many are Greeks but even more are of other nationalities. Some are world renown, most are content to live and work in such a conducive environment that they care not for the lure of marketing to a larger population. Many tutors from the US and the UK bring their classes here to stretch their students to a new level of expression.
The potential painting locations are endless. Here are but a few examples.
Lefkes is a village favored by the artistic minded (right brain). It is physically impossible to contort yourself to not see a painting, photo or pleasant view.
Piso Livadi equals beach = boats = active fishing pier = mountain with monastery -- oh yes, and the sea. Aliki is a small, very calm and peaceful village yet full of Cycladic architecture. Naoussa, the in place with a colorful touristy faÃ§ade, is both quaint and active. Painters find it difficult to choose from the incredible variety of images.
While blues and golds dominate the color palate everything takes on a new hue in this atmosphere.
Everywhere and anywhere through out the island workshop students are encouraged to find their own creative voice and develop their personal visual language to both communicate and be fed by the beauty that they see. Generally there is a specific agenda filling each day but structured to facilitate and enhance each participant's individual experience. Days are a combination of painting and leisure time; evenings provide a mix of socialising with fellow artists and free time--and great Greek food!
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And The Dates
Update: We are quite flexible for dates in May, June and September-the best months!
Please let us know what works best for you so we can take that into account in our scheduling.
We also host Yoga, Cooking, Photography, Wind Surfing
Create your own combination to suit your interests.
---With 10 students, the instructor is free!---
Paros hoteliers are well experienced in providing trouble-free accommodations that automatically induce relaxation. Accommodations have the plain Cycladic architecture that you see everywhere and offer the same clean private bathrooms and balconies that you find elsewhere. The difference is provided by hosts who have traveled through-out the world and have specialize in creating an environment that allows artists to enhance their own art.
In summary our Greek isle life style is a work of art in which you are invited to share.