‘Paintcrete’ offers you an opportunity to explore and develop your own ideas as an artist while drawing and painting in some of the most beautiful country in Greece. There will be morning and afternoon sessions during which you will be encouraged to realize some of your own ambitions for your work. Whether you want to move towards abstraction, become more expressive, be more experimental, achieve a greater degree of realism, help will be on hand to support and guide you towards these personal objectives. There will be opportunities to explore other media and methods, drawing in charcoal or oil crayon, paint with acrylics or gouache, doing quick sketches, or colour washes, all devised to help build on a vocabulary of marks, as well as developing a sharper sense of observation.
Our experienced tutors will help you to devise strategies to improve your practical skills as well as encouraging you to develop a constructive critical view of your own work. The sessions will be as formal or informal as you like and will be determined by your aspirations for your work and at a level you feel comfortable with.
For those who wish to, there will be an opportunity to display work produced during your stay for others to see and enjoy, and everyone will be encouraged over a glass of wine to join the informal evenings of discussion and appreciation of the works on show.
Easels, stools and drawing boards will be provided by us here for everyone to use. Some paper, brushes, charcoal, pastels and watercolours will be available for those brave enough to experiment in other media.
When you book with us we can discuss any particular needs you may have with respect to equipment but you are advised to bring your favourite materials with you.
Non Painting partners are welcome of course and will be helped to enjoy Crete’s natural beauty found here at our doorstep. Beaches, gorges, hills, and mountains are all easily accessible from the village and wandering off on ones own will almost always result in a good story to relate over dinner. For the more adventurous, accompanied walks are available on most days. Designed to dovetail in with the painting program, these wanderings will take you into the surrounding hills for a rare experience in the wilds of Western Crete before bringing you back safe and sound to meet the others for a meal and a well deserved drink (or two). Tifany’s morning tutorial duties are often supplemented in the afternoons by a local field trip to points of interest. The museum in Kastelli and sunset at the ancient hilltop settlement of Polyrhinnia are favourites. There is plenty to do if one is that way inclined but just lazing around the village or chilling out on the balcony at Kerash Bey is an attractive option for those who just need to relax for a spell.