Sketching in Greece
Posted on 1st November 2018 at 20:10
Where to begin?
What an incredible trip, it was an absolute pleasure to bring my students to Greece for this year’s Art Holiday to soak up the amazing scenery including some of the world’s greatest ancient temples and amphitheatres at times it was truly over whelming.
Acropolis of Athens
We flew into Athens airport where we were greeted by Dusan our guide, driver and a fountain of knowledge on all things Greek. We headed off to Tolon about a two hour drive to the coast south of Athens to the Hotel Christine where we would be based for the next five days.
On the way down we stopped off to see the Corinth Canal, a breath-taking feat of engineering completed in 1893 (it was initially planned in 1st Century AD, but what’s the rush). It is 4 miles long and only 70ft wide at the base, and as it turns out not a very practical route for large shipping but it does look incredible.
The Hotel was in a fantastic location with beautiful sea views. The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly and we enjoyed their hospitality throughout our stay. That evening we had dinner in nearby Nafplio.
So what did we get up to?
We had a busy schedule ahead of us and lots of sketching to do.
Day 1. In the morning we sketched on the beach at the foot of the hotel and in the afternoon we returned to Nafplio where we had lunch and took the opportunity to do some more sketching of the beautiful port town.
Day 2. We visited the city of Epidauras and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus which is dedicated to the Greek God of Medicine Asclepius. The theatre itself is considered to be the most perfect ancient Greek theatre in regards to acoustics and aesthetics which made it ideal for our sketching exercise on perspective.
Day 3. And yet another lovely day spent sketching at the ancient Fortress of Acrocorinith which sits above Corinth and has defended the city for centuries.
Day 4. A relaxing day off in the sun
Day 5. We visited the amazing Acropolis of Athens which is the ancient Greek citadel overlooking the City of Athens and contains the famous remains of the Parthenon building. Art, ancient history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site then a bit of shopping, who could ask for more. To top it all off we saw an incredible sunset over Athens, what a holiday.
Day 6. A class on the beach sketching and looking at our references and reviewing our body of work including photos, sketches and all we learned from the week.
What an incredible week and thanks to our fantastic guide Dusan we saw places outside of the main stream tourist attractions, I must say he went out of his way to make our stay so memorable and we will definitely be working with him again.
Looking back at what we did. We went to Greece to observe and learn all the many rules of Perspective, creating three dimension on a two dimension space and that is exactly what we did.
Now the planning starts for next year’s big adventure.
What my fellow travelers and artists thought!
"Our recent trip to Greece was my second art holiday with Catherine and it surpassed all my expectations. From standing in front of the Acropolis, to sitting in the Amphitheatre in Epidaurus and then to finding an artist's studio in a basement in Athens, surrounded by history, I felt we were stepping back in time.
With Catherine's guidance, I sketched memories that will stay with me forever. When you get the opportunity to go on these trips, Catherine opens your eyes and your mind, and so your love and enthusiasm for art grows deeper.
Thank you so much Catherine."
"Imagine having an art class sitting in an ancient amphitheatre or on the sand with the water lapping at your feet…
I've just had an amazing art holiday in Greece with Catherine, probably the best holiday ever! We had the perfect balance of great teaching, fab locations, fun group and great weather. Catherine organised a tour guide to bring us to various locations which took all the hassle out of getting places and he did a great job making our trips adventurous.
I learnt a lot of tips on the holiday and finally got the difference between drawing and sketching! The ability to sketch on site and measure distances in plein air with my pencil will definitely help me to be more accurate and it has given me the confidence to work more on my own and practice plein air sketching and painting.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of going on an art holiday"
"I recently had a wonderful trip to Greece with a group of artists from the Catherine Lawler School of Art which is based in Balgriffin, Dublin. The trip was organized by Catherine who encouraged us to observe, take photos and concentrate on perspective. .We got lots of tips which hopefully will contribute to great future paintings .The trip was a hugh success with great company and lots of fun .
I am looking forward to the next trip already"
"All I can say is most amazing trip. Couldn’t recommend it enough.
The scenery was breathtaking. Perfect art trip for those who like to sketch & take photographs. Greece is a perfect place to study perspective in sketching & Catherine really brought that study to life for us.
Catherine is a fantastic teacher and can’t thank her enough for a trip of a lifetime.
I would also like to add a big thank you to our fantastic guide and driver Dusan who looked after us all so well. Couldn’t do enough for us. Great local knowledge and brought us to some fantastic places we wouldn’t have gotten to see otherwise.
"I enjoyed this holiday as it contained all the essentials, excellent tuition, wonderful opportunities to sketch and photograph archeological sites and winding streets etc., a comfortable hospitable seaside hotel, lovely food and a great group of people to share it all with.
I would do it all again."
"We spent the last day on the beautiful beach where Catherine gave a powerful lesson on Sketching what we had seen in Athens.
It was truly amazing"
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