TOUR DATES

23-29 October 2017

 

TOUR COSTS

Main tour: 1500 Euros twinshare

Single supplement: 250 Euros

Included:
•    6 nights of accommodation
•    All food
•    Airport transfers (within dates)
•    Guide services

Not included:
•    International flights
•    Travel/Medical Insurance
•    Alcoholic and soft drinks
•    Personal expenses
•    Art materials

GROUP SIZE


Minimum participants: 6

 

Maximum participants: 10

 

 

NOTES

This course is held in association

with the Mediterranean

Garden Society.

A donation will be made to the Society for each

course participant.

 

 

Greek - Autumn Art

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.

 

Day 1        To Monemvasia, Greece

Fly to Athens and then drive to Monemvasia is the far south.

Day 2       Monemvasia

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.

Day 3       Mani Peninsula

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.

Day 4          Foutia

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.

Day 5       Lambokambos

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.

Day 6        Mystra excursion

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.

Day 7        To Athens and flights home

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.


Recommended Material List

1. H, HB, 2B Pencils

2. Eraser

3. Sharpener

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 

info@isikguner.com



 

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Crocus boryi
Cyclamen graecum
Sternbergia sicula
Spiranthes spiralis
Sternbergia lutea
Cyclamen graecum
Cyclamen graecum
Crocus boryi
Sternbergia lutea
Monemvasia old city view
Monemvasia church
Monemvasia
Monemvasia
Galanthus regina-olgae
Galanthus regina-olgae
Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen graecum
Monemvasia bell tower
Vathia view
Sternbergia lutea
Sternbergia lutea
Plane trees
Monemvasia
Cyclamen graecum
Crocus goulymyi
Crocus goulymyi
Crocus goulymyi
Crocus goulymyi
Crocus cancellatus ssp mazziaricus
Crocus cancellatus ssp mazziaricus
Colchicum parlatoris
Crocus goulymyi
Crocus goulymyi
Crocus niveus
Crocus niveus
Crocus niveus
Crocus niveus
Crocus niveus
Crocus laevigatus
Church and tower
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