Painting the Landscape en Plein Air in Santorini with painter/instructor Georgia Mansur September 28-October 5, 2011 Geogria Mansur Santorini, Greece September 28-October 5, 2011
Limited spaces remain for this workshop! Enroll NOW to ensure your participation!
Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Santorini sun in the Greek Cyclades, the legendary site of the lost city of Atlantis!
This intensive workshop is designed to teach the fundamental skills necessary for successful landscape oil painting in the open air [en plein air].Workshop participants will focus on the basic techniques of plein air painting, and learn skills to simplify and organize their compositions from the wealth of material that nature provides.
The workshop will with an introduction to the necessary equipment and supplies needed for working on location, followed by a discussion of the fundamentals of sound painting en plein air.
Subsequent mornings and afternoons will be spent painting on location, and special emphasis will be placed on how to select a motif, and how to organize and simplify the nearly overwhelming amount of information that nature provides.
The instructor will teach the importance of good drawing, composition, value, design, color, and teach workshop participants how to see in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. Emphasis will be put on composition and design in order to understand, simplify and organize value patterns and shapes. Workshop participants will learn how to create atmospheric perspective, and the balance of cool and warm colors outdoors. There will be demonstrations, individual help, and critiques. Although the course is designed to develop the individual's ability, workshop participants are encouraged to develop their own expression and insight into their work.
Through this workshop the student will come to appreciate the importance of outdoor painting, which is the soul of studio work.
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced Medium: Oil & Acrylic, but other media are acceptable.
During the week we will visit the towns and villages of Fira, Imerovigli, Oia (pronounced Eee-ah), Kamari beach, along with a local harbor. We will also explore the inner islands during a day cruise, with optional visits to hot springs & the volcano, as well as the island port of Thirassia. Changes in light throughout each day, local activities and sunsets over the caldera will likely add to the variety of images we will capture.
And, in true Toscana Americana Workshops style, we will explore the local Greek culture, cuisine and wines while dining in local cliff-side restaurants 1000 feet above the water!
This is bound to be a wonderful week with plenty of opportunity to paint in a relaxed and inspirational setting!
Note: Accommodations may change based on availability.
See Itinerary & "What to bring" below...
photographing among the sights and sounds of beautiful Santorini: Crystal blue water, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, narrow winding streets,
bold color and vibrant sunlight.
in the warm ambiance of Santorini, overlooking an ancient volcanic caldera, claimed site of the lost city of Atlantis, originally fortified by the Minoans, claimed by the Romans, touched by the Venicians, almost unchanged for centuries, one of Greece’s jewels.
the joy of learning and gaining plein air skills and confidence with the expert instruction of an acclaimed pleain air painter and the camaraderie of a small group of learners.
great Mediterranean food, delightful Santorini wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Santorini.
Santorini is one of the cycladic islands, created by the eruption of the volcano 1500 B.C. (thought by some to have brought about the end of the Minoan civilization and speculated by some as the famous island of Atlantis). Due to this, the island offers a versatile landscape with on the one hand steep darkish rock formations and on the other hand beaches and small white villages. Besides that, there are several interesting monuments and the active volcano of course. Thira offers, besides remnants from several eras, ruins of the old Roman baths, theatres and markets.
Santorini is a group of islands in a circle about 10 KM across - the rim of a large volcano that is still producing small islands in the center. Steep slopes lead to the central area and gentle slopes lead to the sea that circles the island. It's really a group of islands even though it is usually discussed as if it were one. Settlements are scattered around the island as a series of small villages.
The famous white buildings are huddled close to one another on and over the cliff of the central caldera. Hiking paths and trails lead all over the island, but a charming time can be had walking the paths that interconnect the settlements and exploring the shops. Visitors can take ferry boats to the central island(s) to visit the new land and soak in hot springs.
*All-inclusive plans are Hotel plans only. **Hotel Nissos Thira or equivalent. Based on availability ***Included with "All-inclusive" plans only All guests are responsible for handling their own luggage/baggage... ...we suggest to pack light. Go to Enrollment Form
(Itinerary in progress, subject to change)
26 Saturday– Arrival in Fira, Santorini -Arrival and Check-in in Fira (Participants are responsible for transfers to hotel) -7:00p Welcome to Santorini wine & chocolate tasting at Zafora. -8:00p Dinner at Zafora
30 Wednesday - Full-day Caldera Cruise -11:00a Depart by bus for Athinios Port -5:30p approx. return to Fira -7:00p Wine tasting at Espresso Caffe -7:30p Dinner in Fira at Ouzeoi
1 Thursday - Kamari Beach
-Afternoon session -Wine tasting TBA
-Dinner in Fira at Dionysus
2 Friday - Fira -Morning session -Lunch -Afternoon session -8:00p Farewell Dinner at Zafora 3 Saturday – Departure- Morning Check-out & departure Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary.
All times for all sessions to be deternined. Some days may have early starts and/or late ending times. Evening dining hours to be determined. Taxi to hotel Nissos Thira upono arrival is the responsibilty of each guest. Arrange departure taxi through Hotel front desk.