An Intention-filled, Heart-led Art Adventure
Dates: May 14-26, 2024 SOLD OUT, WAITING LIST
Duration: 13 days / 12 Nights
Location: Greece: Athens, Amorgos, Naxos, and Santorini
Cost: from $4595 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $695
Maximum Class Size: 14
All prices in US dollars. Land only. Program subject to change.
Watercolor Workshop in Greece
Angela Fehr is so excited to share her watercolor workshop in Greece with a group of fellow watercolor lovers. Regardless of your skill level, together we will savor the beauty of the Greek isles through the belief in three basic ideas. First: beautiful process creates beautiful paintings. Second: every painting is growing our skills. And Third: there is freedom in painting from the heart.
Angela knows the challenges artists face often start in the mind. Together we’ll encourage each other to be brave and let go of self-criticism. Importantly, we’ll set the intention to use our brushes and sketchbooks to enrich our travel experience together.
Watercolor Workshop in Greece
A plein air painting course is a full-immersion learning experience. Here artists challenge themselves to learn how to observe, edit and capture the essence of a scene quickly. You don’t need to feel overwhelmed. The simple act of pausing to paint is the best place to begin. Evenmore, the company of other artists brings camaraderie, community, and a spirit of adventure. The process is not only transformative. It can be incredibly joyful and fun.
This watercolor workshop in Greece is infused with equal parts travel and art. Our learning together will happen informally and as we go. We will explore beautiful Greece, stopping to paint, and take in the vistas provided by this amazing country. Each day Angela will demonstrate how to use what you have – the view, the tools, and the skills you’ve developed. From there you will build on what you’re seeing and learning day by day. As you learn to trust your instincts, you’ll find your balance between skill and intuition, which falls differently for every artist.
While touring, Angela will guide you in taking “visual notes” in watercolor with short sketches to sharpen your observation skills. We’ll document vignettes of our travels. When time and location allow, we’ll work to develop our studies further and plan how to paint the scene even more intentionally.
From Angela Fehr’s watercolor workshop in Greece, you’ll come home with more than photos. Your sketchbook travel journal will be full of explorations that will remind you of your days in Greece and our time together. Each day will include time to explore independently. Non-painting partners are welcome. There’s always enough adventure for everyone!
Travel and Touring
Athens (1 night)
Our Art Walk watercolor workshop in Greece begins in Athens with a stroll through the famous Plaka and Monastiraki areas. As evening falls we will watch the Acropolis light up from a nearby rooftop bar and enjoy a welcome beverage. Next day, some may start the morning early with an option to visit the Acropolis with a local guide. Later, the group will gather for class with Angela and explore capturing this historic, exciting city. In the afternoon we transfer to Port of Piraeus for our ferry to the Island of Amorgos.
Amorgos (6 nights)
Upon arrival in Amorgos, your watercolor workshop in Greece will transfer to our family-operated beach front hotel for 6 days of seaside relaxation. Your room, only steps from the Aegean Sea, awaits. Amorgos is a little-developed island with ancient towns spilling down the mountainside and an 11th century monastery offering a special destination. Our resort amenities include an outdoor pool, a casual restaurant overlooking the sea, free snorkel gear, and beach towels and lounges.
Highlights of our morning walks and daily excursions include the villages of Chora, Lagada, Tholaria and Aegiali. Each day we will have an on-site class inspired by the location we visit. Afternoons are free to wander the towns, swim or lay out at the beach. There will also be casual sketchbook sessions to further develop your travel journal.
A virtual tour of Amorgos we created for Travel+Leisure may be viewed here.)
Naxos (2 nights)
After Amorgos, a ferry carries us to Naxos for two nights at our hotel in the historic center. There Angela will lead a class within the ancient walls of the Venetian castle. Afterward, you have time to wander the old town and harbor filled with shops and restaurants. Naxos is the greenest island in the Cyclades with impressively high mountains and fertile valleys. Here there are beaches that are among the most beautiful in Greece.
The next day we visit the charming inland village of Chalki. Formerly the capital of the island, it hosts wonderful artisan shops and a kitron distillery (if you’d like to try the local spirit). After class, join our countryside walk along cobbled lanes and stacked-stone walls, through ancient olive orchards and verdant open fields.
Santorini (3 nights)
If your vision of Greece includes whitewashed buildings adorned with graceful blue domes, nestled atop sheer cliffs, and overlooking the bluest blue of the Aegean – you have dreamed of Santorini. Famous for remarkable views, sunsets over its flooded caldera, and world class restaurants and galleries, Santorini has a unique and stunning beauty. Each day brings new inspiration for Angela’s on-site classes.
On our watercolor workshop in Greece we will explore the cities of Fira and Oia. For the ambitious, there is an option to traverse the island’s caldera ridge to the charming village of Firostefani. On another day we’ll tour the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri, an ancient city frozen in time by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Then, see the island from a new point of view from our private catamaran. This optional cruise through the caldera is a vacation highlight for many guests.
Finally, it will be time to say goodbye. We will gather for our farewell dinner in a taverna that has been handed down through generations of family. As we recall the best moments of our watercolor workshop in Greece, we will toast to safe travels and adventures to come. The final day is departures.
What You’ll Love
1. Planning with Care
We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation.
2. Small group classes
With a maximum class size of 14, you can expect quality time during art classes. Additionally, we travel to small, local places large tour groups can’t.
3. Movable Studio
Develop plein air skills and techniques to use whenever you travel. Specifically, learn to pack light and create as you go.
4. Capture your experience
Your watercolor sketchbook will evolve into a personal travel journal filled with memories to last a lifetime.
Watercolor Workshop in Greece
Art Walk Greece:
- Friendly and fun, fourteen student maximum (non-student companions are welcome for a special rate)
- Daily watercolor classes with Angela Fehr
- Itineraries exclusive to The Blue Walk
- Carefully selected hotels
- All ferries between the islands
- Transfers to and from all ferries
- Hearty buffet breakfasts daily
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Two lunches
- Optional guided morning walks
- Fully escorted and hosted throughout
- All hotel taxes and service fees included
- Suitable for most fitness levels – daily guided walks are included, but optional. Guests should be able to comfortably walk at a leisurely pace for at least an hour over mixed terraine including stairs
- Program begins and ends at our hotels. Onward travel not included
Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation
Athens (1 night):
- One night at our wonderful 4-star hotel near Syntagma Square, in the heart of the city
- Orientation walk through Athens’ famous Plaka and Monastiraki areas
- Morning guided walk by the Acropolis
- Greek rug and textile presentation
- Visit the Changing of the Guards
- Optional guided tour of the Acropolis
Amorgos (6 nights):
- 6 nights at our family owned beach front hotel
- Outdoor pool, and hotel is right by a beautiful white sand beach
- Incredibly peaceful, relaxing island
- Welcome dinner
- Visit an essential oil distillery where all herbs are harvested on the island
- Full program of beautiful island touring including transportation
- Morning guided walks
- Optional hiking on Amorgos’ extensive network of marked hiking trails
- Visit to the cliff-side monastery
- Arrival and departure transfers
Naxos (2 nights):
- Orientation walk of Naxos town and historic center
- Visit to Apollo’s Gate
- Visit the village of Chalki and walk through the countryside
Santorini (3 nights)
- Three nights at our favorite family-run hotel with seaview.
- Orientation and daily walks to discover the island’s hidden gems and spectacular views
- Bus trip to Akrotiri historic site
- Visit and walk in the village of Oia
- Farewell dinner at family run taverna
- Optional guided tour of Akrotiri
- Optional walk from Oia to Fira along the caldera’s edge
- Optional caldera sailing tour
Watercolor Workshop in Greece
Program subject to change. Daily schedule may differ.
Gather at our hotel for a meet and greet and an overview of our time together. After we will set out for an orientation walk of the Plaka neighborhood and a viewing of Athens’ famous changing of the guard. Watercolor workshop in Greece
Our morning walk takes us to the foot of the Acropolis. You may opt for the private guided tour or follow your own path of discovery. After capturing memories of this dynamic city in your watercolor travel journal, we board our ferry to the island of Amorgos. watercolor workshop in Greece
A day to relax and fully enjoy our being in Greece. After a leisurely morning with a tour of the grounds, Angela will lead a class overlooking the sea. Later, we will take a stroll along the beach and into the harbor village of Aegiali. The day ends with a welcome feast of traditional Greek specialties.
We climb the steps to a 12th century monastery built into a cliff high above the sea. The views are literally breathtaking! Afterward our watercolor workshop in Greece will study the winding allies, colorful doorways, and cafes in the island capital of Chora.
The village of Tholaria offers beautiful views to Aegiali Bay and a perfect location for class. Later, we will walk through terraced farmland to a small chapel perched above the sea. An optional cooking class shares the tastes and traditions of the Greek kitchen handed down through generations.
In the village of Langada we will visit a herbal distillery that produces essential oils made only from plants found on the island. Afterward, the walk back to our resort follows the ancient path that once was the island’s main thoroughfare.
An easy morning stroll along the sea offers scenic views – and lots of goats! On our way back to the hotel we may take a break at one of our favorite spots to capture the many shades of blue found all around.
A morning ferry brings us to the island of Naxos. After checking into our hotel Angela will lead a class in the labrynth of the historic center. The remainder of the day is free to explore Naxos’ old town or enjoy its famous beaches. Watercolor workshop in Greece
At the verdant green center of the island, the village of Halki is an artist’s dream. Our walk through the rolling countryside wanders through ancient olive groves and sleepy villages. The town has been beautifully restored and is filled with little galleries, artisian shops, and cafes.
First a fast ferry brings us to the iconic island of Santorini. Then we will check into our boutique hotel with a sweeping view of the sea. After class, the day is free to explore or work on your watercolor travel journal at an open air cafe. Watercolor workshop in Greece
Our morning walk begins with the most picturesque views from the village of Oia perched high on the caldera’s edge. The day ends with an optional private sunset cruise, a guest favorite and highlight of the trip.
A private tour of the ancient ruins of Akrotiri reveal the sophisticated culture that existed before it’s volcanic destruction. At the end of the day we will meet for a farewell dinner after a convivial aperitivo and watercolor travel journal share.
After a delicious breakfast we bid farewell to the magical islands and new artist friends. The hotel will hold your bags if your are departing the island after checkout. Watercolor workshop in Greece
Watercolor Workshop in Greece
Make memories to last a lifetime.
Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation in Greece
Your place on a tour is secured once we have received and confirmed your deposit payment. Before the final payment date, a non-refundable deposit of $500 for walking vacations and $750 for art vacation workshops is required. After the final payment date, the entire tour amount must be received to hold a space on a program.
You may cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure and your non-refundable deposit may be forwarded to a future tour. Any balance on your account will be returned. For complete details please see our Terms and Conditions.
Solo travelers and single supplements
For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.
If you do not request a private room, you will share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be included on your invoice and is due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be removed or refunded.
A single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.
Twin / Double Rooms
Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, for double beds, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.
Walking is a part of this program. It is both a means of visiting locations and a way to immerse yourself in a place. Our scheduled walks are usually 1-2 hours long at a casual pace. We provide a general description of our walks here. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing at least 1 hour of walking several times per week, and a longer walk at least once per week. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)
As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.
Some of our guests find trekking poles helpful on steep or uneven terrain. In Europe they are quite common. Before using them on a vacation, please practice at home. We strongly advise you get comfortable using trekking poles on familiar paths first.
For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.
Where in the World?
Your Art Walk sketchbook travel journal vacation begins in Athens, Greece. We then spend most of our time island hopping through the Cyclades. The Cyclades is a group of Greek islands southeast of the mainland in the Aegean Sea. It is a perfect place for a walking vacation. The islands are known for their beaches, ancient sites, rugged landscapes and traditional blue-and-white stucco towns overlooking the sea.
At the end of the tour, the most convenient departure is from the Santorini Airport. It is located about 10 minutes from our hotel.
All things being equal, for our itinerary it is preferred to book flights into Athens and out of Santorini. Alternatively, if you reserve roundtrip flights between your home airport and Athens, for your departure a separate flight from Santorini to Athens may be booked. If that is the case, we advise leaving at least 3 hours between landing in Athens and departing on your international flight.
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