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Travel Program: Greece

Impressions of Greece: Drawing and Painting on site in Athens and on the Island of Kea
June 16-30, 2015

Tport-of-kea.jpghis 14-day intensive drawing and painting workshop will use the distinctive variety of Greek landscapes as inspiration to create individual artistic expressions. Working in the vibrant city of Athens and on the breathtaking Island of Kea, students will work in watercolor, pen and pencil with the goal of developing and sharpening their abilities to see the world around them in new ways. This course is for beginners as well as students with prior art experience.

In Athens, participants will athens-journal.jpgdiscover the rich layers of history from the Ancient, Byzantine, Ottoman and Neoclassical periods by sketching and painting on site at the Temple of Zeus, the Ancient Agora, the Acropolis of Athens, the National Gardens, the Benaki Museum and the new Acropolis Museum.

Seascapes and landscapes will be the focus of work on the Aegean Island of Kea, the northernmost island of the Cyclades. Students will paint along the coastline on beaches and rocky coves, at the yacht port of Voukari and at the ancient site of Agia Irene. A mountain visit to Kea’s capital, Ioulis, will provide a rich variety of subject matter, including the Cycladic style architecture of town, the ancient lion of Kea, an abundance of wildflowers and the rare oak forest on the slopes of the central mountains.

JUDITH ALLEN is a printmaker and mixed media artists whose recent work explores the historical use of drawing before the invention of the camera by botanists and the earlier travelers to Greece on their Grand Tours. She lives half the year in Portland, Maine and spends the other 6 months between her home near the Acropolis in Athens and in her village house on the island of Kea. She has taught drawing on sit in Greece for the past 16 years to students of all ages. She exhibits her work in the USA and Europe and will exhibition at the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece in October and November 2014.

Specifics on programming details, costs, housing and airfare coming soon.

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