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Plein Air Painting on Paros: Our Greek Island

Updated on November 20, 2016

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 façade, 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!

More Details and Links below.

Read about the Specifics

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.

Other Art Workshops

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.

Your Comments - Ever been to Paros?

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    • John Dyhouse profile image

      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Never been to Greece but it does sound like a great place to do some plein air painting

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      No I haven't had the good fortune but I can imagine it in my artist's mind. I can even feel the breeze on my cheek and the aroma of the bakery is to die for. Thank you for sharing Plein Air and Greece.

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      Many times, mostly to visit friends there. I think the prettiest village of all is Lefkes.

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      isabella lm 10 years ago

      hey, nice lens! why don't you join our Greece Group?

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      lovemybob 10 years ago

      Great advice and information, welcome to The Painting Group!

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      Margaret Schaut 11 years ago from Detroit

      This is all terrific information for those of us who love Greece and plan to get there as soon as possible! Excellent page. I look forward to more of your work.