Art Safari creative adventures out of Africa to Greece

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12 – 18 May 2016

with Karen Pearson

This Art Safari in Crete is timed for wild flowers and cooler temperatures. 

Poppies Crete 2015 

Paint white washed villages clinging to rugged hillsides, colourful fishing boats and ancient olive groves with the friendly guidance of art tutor Karen Pearson.  Karen  loves the Greek landscape, architecture and colour, she will guide you with demonstrations, one-to-one tuition and colour workshops on Art Safari at this lovely time of year.

Painters in Crete 2015We visit Crete in May for gentle warmth, flowers and to avoid the sunburnt summer crowds.  The sea is lovely to swim in and plein air painting is de rigeur.

Sketching rugged mountains, white washed villages, monasteries, gorges, olive groves and bobbing fishing boats this is an area full of resonance.  You can expect to paint landscapes filled with flowers while you breathe in the scent of wild herbs on Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands and the southernmost island in Europe.  artists in crete

Satisfying days of painting and exploration will be followed by refelective suppers in good company, relaxing at a Taverna sampling local delicacies, mezzes and freshly caught seafood.

Crete 2015Crete was the cradle of Minoan civilization from 2600-1150 BC, ruined Minoan palaces and sacred sites await discovery, as well as Mosaics and monuments a legacy of the Roman invasion from 69-330 AC.  We have time to reflect on this island steeped in Greek mythology: the birthplace of Zeus is in a mountain cave here and the enormous labyrinth in Knossos the monster Minotaur awaited blood tributes from Athens.


We are based in Makrigialos, a fishing village on the south coast of the Island.Miramare bedroom

Our group will be staying in pretty beach front studios and our accommodation has beachside views of the crystal clear Libyan Sea.

Our stay is on a ‘self-catering’ basis, there are shops within easy reach for provisions, though realistically we eat at cafes and taverns savouring local produce, delicious cheeses, cold cuts, olive oils, herbs, honey, wine and traditional Cretan dishes.

Karen knows the area and has some favorite locations she is looking forward to sharing with you on this tour.

Crete sketchbookWe transfer by taxi for our painting excursions into the surrounding countryside.

This promises to be a fun and relaxing holiday, with plenty of artwork and time for exploration.


Crete cakes

Tour cost per person: from £865 (no single supplement)

Our prices include: Accommodation on self catering basis, art safari tutor, internal transfers.

Our prices exclude: – Airfares from your home country, meals, optional activities, art materials, personal expenses.

We are happy to arrange your flights for you, please call us for a quote.  

Further information about what art materials and clothing to take with you, medical and insurance requirements etc will be given to you later.  Please feel free to discuss your own private safari, with dates to suit you and with an itinerary to suit you.

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