Art Holidays

Greek art holiday 2009-2013 Kefalonia

For 4 years I ran a select art holiday with a friend who is living on Kefalonia, one of the most stunning Greek islands. Together we put together an art course that included staying in apartments near the coast at Koumaros Lassi. One of the many amazing locations on the island is the renowned beach of Makris Gialos in Kefalonia where the film, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was shot. The area is of outstanding beauty with a variety of interesting features such as castles, caves and underground lakes that will stimulate your creative taste-buds. The many places of interest appealed to the artists which made excellent sketching trips. Evenings were spent relaxing and, eating and dancing in the local restaurants and tavernas

The course consited of full step-by-step demonstrations

One-to-one tutoring which focused on topics such as perspective, composition, texture, creativity, tone

A flexible programme where the students worked in as many mediums as they wished, from oil and watercolour, to charcoal and pastels

Excursions for painting and sight-seeing

A variety of subjects from landscapes, seascapes to village and harbour scenes, ruins and markets

Expert, professional tuition during the course

Free welcome pack

Exhibition of paintings in our online gallery

Included all transfers on Kefalonia

The artwork produced was at a fantastic high standard that offered a relaxing and productive holiday as the reviews below testify:-

Reviews... 2010 - 2011.

"I had one of the best holidays of my life. We had so much fun, laughed a great deal and in general had a ball! At the same time I learnt such a lot, my painting improved, my confidence in both sketching and painting grew, and Gavin's demonstrations were both extremely useful and inspiring."
Kefalonia June, 2010

"I felt like an 18 year old again."
Kefalonia June, 2010

"Kefalonia was an inspirational location for sketching and painting. I picked up good painting techniques to carry on improving my painting at home. Thoroughly enjoyable, fun and sociable holiday - highly recommended"
Kefalonia June, 2010

"I laughed so much that I felt like I'd had a face-lift."
Kefalonia June, 2010

"Fantastic painting holiday, I achieved more than I had hoped for. This was made possible by Gavin's highly entertaining, but effective teaching and I would highly recommend this course."

And from the photographer in the group:-
"Kefalonia is a very welcoming island with friendly hospitable people and good food and drink. We were taken all over the island which provided endless and varied opportunities for creative photography covering a wide range of subjects - village and town life, landscape, people, nature, architecture etc."

Kefalonia 2011
"We had a wonderful week at Raymondos, in a beautiful setting. Gavin and Jeff took us to some great locations to sketch and photograph. We enjoyed excellent tutorials from Gavin in the outdoor studio. All this was carried out in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The welcome meze and subsequent breakfast provided by Jeff and Sue were delicious. Highly recommended. Thank you all."
Sheila, Hartlepool

"Gavin encouraged everyone to try and move away from the familar and try something new. The results surprised us all and we went away determined to be more adventurous with our art. It was fun, relaxing and productive. The hospitality shown by the team was outstanding. Will definitely be returning."
Denise, York

"Once again I had a wonderful time; having been for a week in 2010 I stayed for 12 days in 2011! My painting and sketching improved a lot under Gavin's positive tuition and at the same time I had enormous fun. Count me in again for next year."
Leslie, Tow Law, Co. Durham

"This was my second time with Hellas Art Holidays and it was just as enjoyable as the first time."
Catherine, Wolsingham, Co. Durham

"What a fabulous experience. Sue, Jeff and Gavin, are great people who made the art holiday fun. I felt welcomed as soon as I arrived at the airport. I booked the holiday as a recently bereaved woman, somewhat needing a bit of time and space. I found the week to be very therapeutic. We soon bonded as a group, coming from different backgrounds, with different life experiences, and with the love of splashing a bit of paint around. I learnt a lot not only about different painting techniques, but how great it is to be able to talk and laugh about stuff .........I would recommend this week to any one. If you love to paint and feel like you could do with recharging your batteries, this is the holiday for you. I will most definitely be back."
Nicky Hatton, Deal in Kent

"If it is a holiday with painting you want then this is for you.
Enjoyable company, great painting and brilliant hosts and teacher in Jeff & Sue & Gavin."
Carole. Hartlepool

"Good company, good food, beautiful surroundings - the perfect
environment for a complete beginner to 'have a go'. The Hellas Art
Experience has given me the confidence to consider starting a class and
to see where it might take me.
Thank you Gavin for being a patient tutor and to Jeff and Sue for being
wonderful hosts."
Chris Tennick, Wolsingham

group 2

I have had over 30 years experience of teaching art as well as being a professional artist. I teach many techniques using most mediums and I firmly believe in giving constructive advice where necessary as well as encouraging artists to improve and progress with their art using stimuli from life and nature as well as promoting creativity in a relaxed and enjoyable way.

Below are some of the paintings from the art course.

fishing boats

mountain road



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