Art has been a prevalent source of expression in Greece since as early as 500 BC, when Greek artists were first to paint the human form in 3-dimensions.
An art holiday in Greece is the perfect way to come to a greater appreciation of the beauty that embodies this mediterranean dream destination. Get inspired by its dramatic landscapes, beautiful Mediterranean Sea, islands, culture and history.
Taking an art holiday in Greece is nothing new. Actually, artists for around the world have found themselves drawn to the charm of the mainland and islands for centuries. Nowadays, one can find many programs promoting local communities and organizations available through a selected group of travel agencies, as part of an effort to promote tourism in Greece. These programs enable art lovers who crave an alternative aspect to the typical vacation the opportunity to explore expressions of the Greek culture and tradition such as Byzantine iconography, pottery, sculpture, landscape drawing, mural painting, and creative writing. Also the programs often include seminars, courses and workshops under the guidance of local specialists and professionals throughout Greece, who teach and guide enthusiastic art students along the way.
Many art holidays take place in ideal, inspirational locals, such as neo-classic restored villas, houses and gardens, or traditional residences indigenous to the area of Greece in which the program is located. Many times artists find themselves surrounded in tranquillity in quaint olive tree groves and olive press buildings. Of course, there is more to the art holidays than just creating visual masterpieces. Art holidays in Greece are a perfect balance between entertainment, relaxation and learning, as well as the unforgettable experience of the newfound understanding and respect one gains from the people who come from different places and cultures of the world to participate in the program.
It is no surprise that the beauty and wonder of the Greek islands is the number one destination for art holiday seekers. From the dreamy island breeze to the sun drenched beaches with their blue sparkling waters, there is never a shortage of inspiration for artists. Some of the more popular destinations include Rhodes, Paros, Patmos, Ithaca and Lesvos. Also on the mainland one can find offerings in art holidays from Ancient Olympia and Methana.
Painting & Landscape Drawing
For those who desire to study watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oils, mixed media and drawing Ithaca, Olympia or Methana is the perfect destination. Professional and experienced teachers have a variety of courses to choose from. The duration of lessons depends on the program chosen, but they usually last for a total of 6-8 hours per day. Of course, you can take as many breaks as you feel you need. After all, you are on holiday. For these classes much focus is on natural landscapes, also offering Bio-Art courses and workshops that are designed for people of all ages to help individuals in exploring and expressing their connection with the natural environment. Also various seminars on “healing arts and healing workshops” and bio-dynamic agriculture are incorporated into the programs.
Pottery & Ceramics
One of the most popular destinations for art holidays is a pottery holiday such as the one in Lesvos. During these programs, one learns how to create, fire and decorate various Mycenaean clay vessels such as plates, cups or small statues. Also there are opportunities to visit other potteries and their exhibitions.
The rich culture of Eastern Orthodox Christianity has created an art culture in iconography. This type of art holiday destination focuses on the Byzantine icons found in churches and monasteries all over Greece. The most popular destination is the island of Patmos, where Saint John wrote the Apocalypse. These courses teach the entire process of creating a Byzantine icon. It begins with the steps necessary to prepare the wood to be painted to the correct writing of the saint’s name. Also completing the Patmos experience, artists are encouraged to participate in fishing trips, visits to monasteries and churches, and mythology seminars.