While you might take a vacation, your creativity never does! This 6 day art holiday will keep your inspiration flowing with painting and drawing classes held in famous Marathon, a seaside rustic community in the northeast of Athens. Artists of every level, from beginner to advanced, are encouraged to explore their creativity while gaining a holistic view on painting and drawing techniques, as well as insight on the historical importance of Marathon.
A wide range of painting techniques and themes are explored during this art holiday, though artists are free to follow their own rules. The only prerequisite is that artists focus on the theme they wish to work on. Indoor painting takes place during the day while outdoor painting, swimming and cultural routs take place during the evening. Heated artistic debates will be reserved for the idyllic Marathon nights when you'll be enjoying dinner, music and drinks.
You'll be staying in a villa less than five minutes walk from the art studio itself - both are situated on a hill affording an exceptional view of the Aegean. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom as well as unique decoration and character - this makes it perfect for families as well as groups of people. You're far enough from Athens to vacation yet close enough to visit - Athens' historical center is only an hour away. Guests can also take time off to relax on the villa's magnificent terrace or to enjoy its multi-tier garden full of Mediterranean plants.
Your art holiday's breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be prepared using fresh local ingredients. You'll enjoy a wide range of Greek recipes with several choices on offer by the open buffet. The special dietary needs of guests can also be taken into account, while you may always cook yourself!
Welcome to Athens! Upon arrival, expect a warm welcome from us. We will picky you up from the center of Athens, airport or port. This is going to be a free day for you – lounge in your hotel or explore the city – whatever you wish.
The course officially starts today. We'll begin by focusing on the classical sculpture of the “Marathon Boy”. From form and line, perspective to measuring and tone – we will dissect the artistry behind this magnificent artifact.
Today, our hands will be the channel of our imagination. We will have drawing and composition sessions. You will be surprised at how you can create stunning abstract paintings and sketches. We are all born with some sort of artistry – just let it out!
We’ll have an entire day of going around and gazing through Athens’ treasures inside museums and learning the amazing stories behind every display.
If you feel that our painting and drawing sessions were shortlived, we will have enough time to enjoy playing with colors today. As we continue to study the ancient sculpture of “Marathon Boy”, we will also be taught techniques on how to paint, draw and mix colors. Afterwards, we will be given the liberty to create our own masterpiece.
Greek mythology is perhaps one of the strongest pillars of the culture and heritage of Greece. Today, we will uncover the mysteries behind the local cultural routes through painting. We will use the gods and goddesses as our inspiration.
The final day of our portraiture escapade is the highlight of our trip. We will tread the path of Ancient Marathon. Thereafter, we will venture in contemporary painting inspired by our walks along the history.
Parting time can be difficult, as we have made quite a number of friends over the course of our holidays. However, the memories we have cultivated together will be with us forever.
We wish you well if you plan on continuing with other Grecian tours and safe travels if you are going home.
If you feel that you still need a day or two in Athens, we can accommodate you for an extra cost. This is also subject to availability of our rooms.
The price quoted is per person for a 6-day holiday package based on double occupancy during low season. Feel free to inquire on single occupancy availability and rate.
- Low Season: April, May, September and October
- Peak season: June, July and August
- Peak season price: 1400 EUR
We also have a 10-DAY PACKAGE available. If this sounds exciting, feel free to contact us to further discuss.
- Accommodation for 5 nights
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Arrival Day: Pick up from the center of Athens, airport or port
- Departure Day: Drop off to the center of Athens, airport or port
- All lessons and materials as specified in the itinerary
- Visits to museums and archaeological sites in Marathon
- Routes and excursions in Marathon
- Free Wi-Fi
- Central Heating
- Air Conditioning
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Special attention has been given to bedding and linen.
- All sheets, duvets, pillows, covers and towels consist of natural materials.
What are the techniques and courses offered?
Painting and drawing sessions can be done indoor or outdoor, depending on weather condition.
- Ancient sculpture painting or drawing – study of the statue of “Marathon Boy”
- Landscape – paintings of the sea and the ancient forest of Marathon
- Flowers – painting and study of the rare flowers that thrive in the area
- Contemporary art techniques and mixed media – creation of an art masterpiece based on a Greek myth
- Study and analysis of ancient and contemporary styles in paintings and drawings
Painting Techniques and Medium:
- Powder Color
Drawing Techniques and Medium:
- Dry pastel
What is the accommodation like?
The Villa boasts an impeccable location that gives every guest an uninterrupted view of the spectacular Aegean Sea. It is perched on top of the Schinias hill and is 50-minute drive away from the historical center of Athens (around 50 kilometers).
The overall architecture and design of the villa is Mediterranean. The use of white marbles and local grey-blue stone, together with the dramatic effect of Greek light, gives the structure a very charming vibe.
The luxurious house has a garden and is a stones throw away from the art studio. The breathtaking view of the deep blue Aegean and mountainous landscape can be an infinite source of inspiration. Your veranda will provide you with the best seat in the house to watch the sunset or the full moon over the gleaming sea.
Each bedroom is spacious and has bathroom through the corridor. Each carries a unique flavor and character.
The garden is a spectacle on it own. It is home to several kinds of Mediterranean plants, most of these being natural herbs that are rare. Any guest can take pleasure in relaxing while being serenaded by the chirping birds or the blowing wind. You can also lie down on a nearby beach and gaze at the clear blue sky and the sea. The starry nights will continue to inspire.
This is painting holidays at their finest!