If you are looking for an opportunity to be creative; to paint (or to learn to paint) or to learn a new skill or craft, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, in beautiful surroundings, on an idyllic Greek island, look no further, you’ve found the right place!
‘PAINTING SKIATHOS’ is a small friendly art centre situated on the beautiful Greek (‘Mamma Mia!’) island of Skiathos, one of the Sporades group of islands situated in the Northern Aegean.
Since 2008, resident British artist, Yvonne Ayoub, has been welcoming artists and students alike, from all over the globe, to her art studio at Villa Nicara, Kolios – her family summer home for over 40 years.
‘PAINTING SKIATHOS‘ offers many things:
– Primarily it is an idyllic ARTIST RETREAT for the established artist seeking inspiration and an opportunity to let their creativity loose and hone their skills in a peaceful and beautiful environment. It’s also an opportunity to be as reclusive or social as you wish; you can lose yourself for hours in one of the many silent olive groves, ancient forests or any of the many spectacular sandy beaches and ‘hidden’ rocky coves Skiathos has to offer, by day – and meet fellow artists from around the globe, share experiences and ideas, philosophies, techniques etc over a glass or two and a delicious meal at a local taverna, by night. No demands, no expectations, no pressure…..just be…..
– ART COURSES:
‘PAINTING SKIATHOS’ is open to, and welcomes, art students of all levels (including complete beginners) from all around the world. Classes are small, tuition individual and tailor-made. Attendance can be for as much or as little as you like; one/two weeks, one day or even for just a few hours if your’e holidaying on the island and have a few hours to spare. The ART STUDIO is always open to those who’d like to visit to observe or just want to pop in, have a coffee and a chat. Everyone is welcome!
In the GENERAL DRAWING AND PAINTING CLASSES, tutor YVONNE AYOUB offers tuition in drawing and painting in a wide variety of techniques including water colour, acrylics, oils and mixed media. After initial exercises designed to establish your own personal colour palette and identify your individual style, subjects tackled include: Life Drawing, Landscapes Seascapes, Townscapes, Abstracts, Collage, Portraits and Still Life.
Classes are held both in the studio and ‘en plein air’, at various locations around the island (and via boat trips to neighbouring islands). They run throughout the summer months (May – Oct). Materials and transport are provided.
In addition, from time to time, visiting tutors offer a wide variety of short courses and Master Classes in:
BYZANTINE ICON PAINTING with tutor DESPINA MITZELOU
(with excursions to local monasteries and churches):
– BOTANICAL PAINTING with tutor, the renowned Irish artist, MARY DILLON S.B.A and founding member of the I.S.B.A:
– CREATIVE WORKSHOPS include:
CREATIVE WRITING with tutor, SARA RIDGLEY:
SARA also teaches FABRIC & SILK SCARF PAINTING and BEAD JEWELLERY MAKING:
POTTERY AND CLAY SCULPTURE:
and SCREEN PRINTING.
Skiathos itself has much to offer and other activities can be arranged on request.
These include daily BOAT TRIPS and SIGHT-SEEING TOWN WALKS AND TOURS:
FITNESS CLASSES such as ZUMBA, GYM WORKOUTS, AQUA AEROBICS, YOGA & CHI KONG:
EXHIBITIONS of ART & PHOTOGRAPHY and MONASTERIES & MUSEUMS
CULTURAL EVENTS at the open-air theatre, including PLAYS, CONCERTS and DANCE FESTIVALS
SAILING (solo or with charter w/crew)
or enjoy a wide variety of WATER-SPORTS on any of the many spectacular sandy beaches.
If you’re feeling really energetic, how about CYCLING or RAMBLING (freely or on well-marked trails)
or for a more leisurely pace why not go DOG WALKING. Borrow a friendly four-legged friend from the local animal shelter for an hour or so – they’ll love you for it!.
GREEK COOKING LESSONS
and you can always join in the OLIVE PICKING (in season)
Go HORSEBACK-RIDING AND DONKEY TREKKING:
To find out more and if you’d like to receive an info pack, please complete the CONTACT form.
I hope to welcome you you ‘Painting Skiathos’ sometime soon!