Maximum participants: 10
This course is held in association
with the Mediterranean
A donation will be made to the Society for each
Greece in autumn is a delight. The crowds of summer have departed, but there is still warmth, wonderful light and a suite a lovely autumn flowers emerges after the first rains. Crocuses, sternbergia and cyclamen all make perfect choices to paint as do the labyrinthine streets of Byzantine Monemvasia in the Peleponese, the Greek deep south.
We will be doing watercolour sketches in the field and also learning how to complete them from their photographs.
Led by Isik Guner our award-winning botanical artist.
Fly to Athens and then drive to Monemvasia is the far south.
The immaculately restored Byzantine town is nestled at the foot of sheer cliffs with fabulous views out across the Aegean to the rugged hills of the Mani Peninsula. A track leads up to the ruined old city above the town where Colchicum cupanii and Sternbergia sicula flower amid architectural bushes of Euphorbia dendroides.
A longer day trip takes us to the famed Mani Peninsula, a botanical hotspot where we’ll find the wonderful Crocus niveus, Crocus boryi, masses of Cyclamen graecum some with exquisite marbled leaves – an absolute joy to paint, as well as plentiful Sternbergia lutea. The rugged landscape is dotted with old square towers amid olive groves and a tortuous coastline.
Close to Monenvasia little country roads climb into the hills where olive terraces are plastered with Cyclamen hederifolium and grassy areas are awash with white crocuses. The views back to Monemvasia are sublime. If we have time we’ll seek out the rare and lovely Colchicum sfikassianum, a checkered delight.
We focus on the mass displays of floriferous Crocus gouylmyi and species only found in this part of Greece. They gild old threshing circles and olive groves and nearby will be other lovely species including Crocus cancellatus, with delicate fine lines and a subtle bluish colour.
There will be an optional excursion to the fine Byzantine city of Mystra, near Sparti. The extensive site is a pleasure to explore with many well-restored buildings rubbing shoulders with shattered ruins, a classic before and after. Botanical art interest is provided by the refined and delicate autumn snowdrops we find in an area of moss-clad plane tree woodland.
In the morning we’ll drive north to Athens airport. If there is time in our flight schedule we may visit the dramatic ruins at Sounion, whose columns overlook the sea.
1. H, HB, 2B Pencils
4. 2 palletes for each student
5. Watercolour pigments (Our suggested pigments)
6. 0.5 Fibre tip pens
7. Conte Patel Pencils (Brown, Grey, Black)8. Watercolour pencils (A few colour)
*** Sketchpad will supplied for you by us.
If you have any questions about materials please contact