in Santorini with artists/instructors Laurie Meyer &
Shannon Smith October 15-22, 2013
Cliffside Fira, Santorini
Deluxe Hotel Atlantis
(see large building on top left of photo above)
Private bathrooms, Hairdryers, Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Living room, Breakfast room, Bar, T.V room, Reception & Caldera view
Based on availability
Standard accommodation Plans at Hotel Nissos Thira also available.
Private bathrooms, Hairdryers, Swimming pool, Sitting room, Breakfast room, T.V room, Reception (no Caldera view)
Workshop is open to painters of all levels. Whether you are a novice just learning to mix color, or a professional needing advanced problem solving, Laurie's and Shannon's individualized instruction will address needs at your level and push you to the next step in your personal development.
painting 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 painting skills and confidence the expert instruction of an acclaimed professional painter and the camaraderie of a small group of learners.
great Mediterranean food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Santorini.
About this workshop...
Workshop is open to painters of all levels. Whether you are a novice just learning to mix color, or a professional needing advanced problem solving, Lori’s individualized instruction will address needs at your level and push you to the next step in your personal development.
Participants are required to provide their own art supplies, preffered paints, brushes & tools along with a portable easel.
During the week we will visit the towns and villages of Fira, Oia (pronounced Eee-ah) and Akrotiri, and the local museum featuring wall paintngs from the ancient city of Akrotiri. We will also take a day cruise to explore the inner islands, with optional visits to hot springs, the volcano, as well as the island of Thirasia.
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 "plein air" in a relaxed
and inspirational setting!
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.
Hotel Nissos Thira
All-inclusive* standard enrollment options include:
*All-inclusive standard plans are Hotel Nissos Thira 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.
based on availability. See enrollment page for details!
NOTE: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate. NOTE: Walking is required to all lunches and dinners. No transfers are provided, though guests may pay for taxis and transfers at their own expense. NOTE: No refunds are given for any unused aspects of the itinerary or for any activities outside the above itinerary
All of your supplies should fit comfortably in one bag or backpack and be lightweight enough for you to carry on your own. The following list allows for easy transporting of materials. You will be emailed “packing for the flight” tips upon registration.
Portable painting easel or pochade such as OpenBox M or Soltek. If you do not currently own portable equipment, please email me for more information.
Wooden (or other neutral-toned) mixing palette (Do not use white, disposable palette pages!)
Oil Paints (please pay particular attention to the brands listed):
You may bring any color palette you are comfortable with using. I use a basic palette, limiting my colors to the following specific brands. Using fewer tubes of paint lightens my backpack and provides dependable color mixtures.
Cad Red Deep Hue (Winton #6)
Ultramarine Blue (Winton #21)
Cad Yellow Medium (Gamblin)
Titanium White (Gamblin, Grumbacher, or other)
About half-dozen, high quality, bristle brushes in sizes 4-10. I suggest filberts, flats or a mixture of the two. Do not bring small brushes!!!
My preference is Silver Brush Grand Prix or Escoda Chungking.
Several styles of palette knives
Bring canvas panels (not stretched canvases). Depending on your level of experience and how fast you paint, bring 8x10, 9x12, or 12x16 panels, two or three for each day. Visit www.windriverarts.com or www.raymarart.com for high quality panels.
Small sketchpad and pencil
EMPTY, sealable, non-breakable, spill-proof (clamp-lid) container for mineral spirits (such as the metal Anderson, Holbein, or Martin Universal)
Liquin (optional, makes the paint dry more rapidly for ease in packing)
Wet canvas carrier such as a Panel Roo (email firstname.lastname@example.org), as a part or your pochade box, or disposable, cardboard ones.
Mineral Spirits (MS) will be purchased on location. DO NOT PACK AND BRING. IT IS ILLEGAL TO BRING OMS ON FLIGHTS.
Paper towels and plastic grocery bags (for trash) can be purchased on location.
Sense of humor
LIST OF SUGGESTED READING:
Anything on Sergei Bongart, Joaquín Sorolla, or John Singer Sargent
Fill Your Paintings with Light and Color, Kevin D. Macpherson ISBN 1581800533
Brushwork, Emile A. Gruppe, ISBN 0823005259
Composition of Outdoor Painting, Edgar Payne ISBN 0944699022
Distributed by DeRu's Fine Arts 949-376-3785
Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting, John F. Carlson, ISBN 0844661023