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8 days
Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE
All levels
Max. 6 people
Wheelchair accessible
Mixed media
Figurative, Abstract

What's included

  1. 7 nights of accommodation
  2. All meals
  3. Beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices)
  4. Painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx
  5. Transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station
  6. Art supplies
  7. Studio space

 

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Additional art supplies
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE ● FREE CANCELLATION ● $100 DEPOSIT
Mixed media retreat

"Developing Artistic Voice" is a program designed by art tutor Annette Luycx to engage you in the artistic process for a better self-expression. Annette’s workshops focus on collage, photo montage, painting and drawing in the studio.


During the art retreat in Greece you will learn valuable notions on how to express yourself through art with daily introductory lectures, individual coaching, independent work in the studio and evaluation, topped with films and group discussions about contemporary art. 

Painting tuition is adapted to suit participants' experience and ability levels. Guests receive individual artistic coaching.

08:30 a.m. – Breakfast

09:30 a.m. – Workshops

01:00 p.m. – Lunch

02:00 p.m. – Individual painting

08:00 p.m. – Dinner

09:30 p.m. – Film projection (optional)

Standard room
Double / twin bed(s)
Private bathroom
Towels
A/C
WiFi
Common areas
Swimming pool

During your art retreat, you will be accommodated at Iris Art Centre, a picturesque house surrounded by olive groves and equipped with four rooms, studio space, and pool. 

Rooms are available for both double and single occupancy.

Over your art retreat you will indulge in authentic Greek dishes carefully prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. All meals are included throughout your stay.

Breakfast optionsCereals, yogurts, breads, hard-boiled eggs, honey, jams, fresh fruits, juice, coffee, tea, milk
Lunch optionsSalads, fresh breads, cheeses, savory pie, grilled vegetables
Dinner optionsGreek dishes, grilled fish with vegetables, salads, Tzatziki, Feta, bread, desserts
Regular / Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free meals
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

The art retreat takes place at the foothills of Parnitha National Park, on the radiant hills of Afidnes, a small village in the Attica region of Greece.


How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). From the airport, take the train with the destination Metamorfosi. The journey lasts 30 minutes and a one-way ticket costs USD $11. Your accommodation is 20-minute car drive from the Metamorfosi train station. Metamorfosi train station transfers are included in the package. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.

Transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station are included in the package, please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
Annette Luycx
Tutor

Annette Luycx has extensive studies in Sociology, Women's Studies, Cultural Management and Art Education and a lengthy experience as artistic coach. Annette supports art enthusiasts to develop personal creative process and expression. During her workshops, Annette devotes time for individual guidance and interactive demonstrations to raise sparks of creativity.

Is this painting vacation available to all levels?

This painting vacation is available to all ages, experience and ability levels, suitable for complete beginners and painting enthusiasts looking to practice and improve their technique. Painting instruction is adapted to suit participants' needs and all guests will receive individual artistic coaching. Guests can bring


When is the painting retreat available?

The painting vacation in Greece is available between June 20 - 27, 2020, July 18 - 25, 2020. Please get in touch to check availability.


Are there any check-in and check-out hours?

Please make your travel arrangements to arrive after 1 p.m. and check out no later than 1 p.m.


How far in advance should I book?

With only two dates a year, the program is in high demand. Please make sure to book well in advance.


Can my non-painting partner join me?

Of course. Please get in touch for a special non-painting quote.


Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi is available.


I am vegetarian / vegan / gluten-intolerant. Can I book this painting vacation?

Yes. Please get in touch to discuss your dietary requirements.


Where should I land? Are transfers included?

Please book your flights to arrive at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). From the airport, take the train with the destination Metamorfosi. The journey lasts 30 minutes and a one-way ticket costs USD $11. Your accommodation is 20-minute car drive from the Metamorfosi train station. Metamorfosi train station transfers are included in the package. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.


What should I pack? 

Please make sure you pack light clothes, a hat, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent.


Is any equipment provided? 

You will be provided with all necessary materials: paper, glue, magazines, cardboard, markers, pencils, scissors, cutters, paint, brushes. Guests can bring their own supplies if they wish.


Is the painting retreat available to people with limited mobility?

Yes, the retreat is well suited to host people with limited mobility.


What’s the weather like in Attica, Greece?

Summer in Greece is hot, with average day temperatures of 27°C / 81°F and minimum temperatures of 16°C / 61°F during June. August records daytime averages of 30°C / 86°F and nighttime temperatures of approximately 20°C / 68°F.


How many people are to be expected in a group painting session?

There is a maximum number of 6 participants.


Are there any age restrictions?

Absolutely not. However, please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.


What language is used during the painting classes and other activities?

The entire experience is available in English. The instructor speaks Greek, Dutch, French, and German as well.

Mona, Australia:

“It gave me so many things I did not expect. As a human, it provided a haven from stress, an opportunity to stop, be surrounded by beauty (the place and its inhabitants both human and otherwise!) and the chance to breathe. I don’t know how to put it into words. IRIS was a much-needed haven for me. I needed isolation, quiet and peace - I’d not realized how exhausted, how weary my soul was, till I got there. I felt nurtured in every way, from the comfort of my room, the stillness and beauty of the surrounding landscape and to my incredible hosts and their furry family. The meals were fantastic - I was completely spoiled with the food and wine and amazing company.”


Samira, Italy:

“I had a room with all comforts for myself and free access to the whole house, to the garden, the swimming pool and to an entire atelier full of supplies at my disposal. The quiet natural surroundings, combined with good music often coming from the house, a huge library with lots of books on different art styles and interesting chats with Annette and her husband, offered me an ideal context to reflect om my artistic development, stimulate new ideas and motivate me in my creative process. Annette was really good at both encouraging me in pursuing my own artistic goals, understanding and following my inspiration and providing me with useful practical advice. Last but not least, I could eat everyday healthy, homemade Greek food with ingredients coming directly from the garden around the house or from the areas nearby!”


Dorien, The Netherlands:

“Annette has the talent to feel what you need and at what time. She is open to suggestions as well. At the same time, she protects the process you are in for. It was a pragmatic way of working. Annette felt what I needed and at what pace. That is very clever. Annette is highly educated and knows what she is talking about. Being an artist herself, she understands the language. The location is isolated. That can be a disadvantage but also an advantage: there is no direct distraction and you are into your work all the time. The house is absolutely beautiful, and they are welcoming. There is a swimming pool and you can always retreat to your own space where there is a fridge and coffee or tea. The meals are healthy. The grapes, salads, olives and wine from their own garden are delicious depending on the time of year of course which one of these are available.”