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Plein Air Santorini with artist/instructor Victoria Brooks New dates coming soon!
Last-minute enrollment! Save US$100.00! a few space remain* *Accommodations at Hotel Nissos Thira
Workshop is open to all levels. Whether you are a novice just learning or a professional needing advanced problem solving, Victoria’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 plein air painting skills and confidence with the expert instruction of a professional instructor 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.
Read more about this workshop below...
During the week we will visit the towns and villages of Fira and Oia (pronounced Eee-ah) and the local museum featuring wall paintings 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 create 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.
All-inclusive* enrollment options include:
Six days of discovery and collage on
the Island of Santorini: Its landscape, people and culture
*All-inclusive plans are Hotel plans only. **Hotel Golden Star or equivalent. Based on availability ***Included with "All-inclusive" plans only Caldera cliffside Hotel Loucas at additional cost. All guests are responsible for handling their own luggage/baggage... ...we suggest to pack light. Go to Enrollment Form
Hotel Golden Star Proud partner of Toscana Americana Workshops
Hotel Golden Star
(Itinerary in progress, subject to change)
Wednesday – Arrival in Fira, Santorini -Arrival and Check-in in Fira (Participants are responsible for transfers to hotel) -6:30p Welcome to Santorini wine & chocolate tasting -7:30p Dinner in Fira
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: Transfers from Fira airport to and from hotels is the responsibility of each guest. Arrange through the hotel front desk. NOTE: No refunds are given for any unused aspects of the itinerary or for any activities outside the above itinerary.
Please bring an array of newer bristle brushes. I use mostly flats and brights, sizes #2 to #12 would be good. One round #2 for drawing. Robert Simmons or Utrecht #409 are good. No stiff or worn out brushes. Bring a canvas brush roll to hold brushes.
Pencil with small sketch pad
Insect spray or repellant
Vaseline (small for brushes)
Spill proof brush cleaner for turpenoid
Hat Paint Scrapper (retractable razor blade) Camera (charger & adaptor)
View finder (old rectangular mat)
Small mirror-make-up compact
Sheets of wax or palette paper to put between wet paintings in luggage.
Rolling backpack that fits everything
Exam gloves (costco)
Stool or folding chair
Daily plastic or paper trash bags
Small cosmetic container of liquin
Umbrella that attaches to easel (the Collapsible Umbrella, DickBlick.com.
Easel: ½ box French Easel OR one that is called a “pochade box” (it attaches to a camera tripod) visit
Workshop will provide: paper towels and turpenoid.
Suggested Book: “Filling your Paintings with Color and Light” by Kevin McPherson.
All paint, palette knifes, paint scrapper plus extra panels and tripod go in the bottom of your clothes luggage. Carry on your rolling backpack with all of your other equipment. Wear dark colored clothing so as not to reflect bright colors onto your paintings.