Art Safari painting holiday and creative adventures in Greece

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Canvas of Gold


10 – 17 June 2020


with Roger Dellar


Spend a golden week painting in Chania on the northwest coast of the Greek Island of Crete with artist tutor Roger Dellar.  We aim to capture the essence of life in Chania in our oil paintings: people chatting in squares, shopping in market places and relaxing in harbour-side cafés. 

We focus our painting time in the pretty narrow streets of the walled old town, and the beautiful 14th-Century Venetian Harbour. 

Our canvases will fill with Cretan scenes; churches, temples, monastery ruins, the aristocratic houses of the Venetian and later Turkish nobles, minarets and domes, archways, Juliet balconies and overflowing terracotta pots in the labyrinth of narrow streets.

Roger’s strong figurative paintings are very immediate and his work contains a raw vibrancy and a real presence.  His portrayal of light is both thoughtful and striking as he spots descriptive highlights and tone, finding angles and curves and describing the wandering shadows with his brush.  Learn from this gentle artist giant about definition and how every brushstroke matters… His encouraging teaching manner suits artists of all standards. 

Chania has so much to offer artists.  It sits atop of the ruins of the Minoan city of Kydonia and the architecture is rich with ancient footprints of Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman cultures.  The 1570 Venetian lighthouse is of the oldest and most beautiful lighthouses in the world, it is approached by a long walkway, and offers us a wonderful spot for sweeping views and reflections of the waterfront, and silhouettes of distant mountains. 

One of the highlights of the week is an excursion to the village of Vatolakkos into the nearby foothills where we paint surrounded by vineyards and olive trees with panoramic views, sampling some superb organic wines with a delicious traditional mezze lunch. 

We stay in a comfortable hotel in the old town which is mostly pedestrianised, walking to nearby painting locations.

Tour cost per person sharing: £1,724

Single Room Supplement £241

Our prices include: All accommodation, all meals, art tuition & hosting, excursion to the winery with wine-tasting/mezze lunch & internal transport as stated on the itinerary, group airport transfers

Our prices exclude: Flights, alcoholic drinks & gratuities, optional activities, art materials, personal expenses,

Joining Airport for group transfers:  Chania International Airport – ask us for timings before booking your flights

Your tutor Roger Dellar

Roger Dellar is a professional figurative artist who works in oils, pastels, mixed media, acrylics, and water based media.  His interest in observing people in their environments influences him to record and interpret them, capturing light effects.

He is a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Pastel Society, and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.  Since 1996 has been an active member of The Wapping Group.  He has won numerous awards – most recently the 2018 Great Art Award at Patchings/Artist Magazine competition for his oil painting ‘Cello Recital at Mall Galleries’.

Further information about what art materials and clothing to take with you, medical and insurance requirements etc will be given to you later.

Crete FAQs

Artistic Aims:  People, boats, seascapes, landscapes and architectural studies from life.

Mediums:  Traditional or water-based Oils, acrylics, pencil (solvents can be purchased in Chania)

Group Size:  Between 8 and 14 guests

What will my non-painting partner do?  We can organise optional activities for non-painters, self-guided or guided walks, wine tasting, cooking and history tours.

Walking:  A reasonable level of fitness will be required for this tour – we will be walking to painting locations in the old town/harbour

Average temperatures September:  27 °C

Suggested tour extensions:  Stay on and explore Crete for a few days – please ask us for details

Book now using the form below. Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)1394 382235