Panagia Kastriani
Vourkari-Agia Irini
The Art House
The Art House
A the Art House
The Art House
The Art House
The Art House
The Art House
The Art House
Ancient Karthea
Ancient Karthea
Panagia Kastriani




7 day Painting Holiday  with the magical inspiration of Kea island    

I've an idea that you may never have heard of my island home, Kea, because it's been a bit of a secret destination, known mainly to travellers who like to venture off the beaten track. Kea has escaped mass tourism and preserved its natural beauty in part because it has no airport and island-hoppers mostly go via Pireaus. The port for Kea, Lavrio is less known but in fact more easily accessible from Athens airport and has regular services taking one hour (see

Kea is the first of the Cycladic islands. It has a brilliant climate and topography and it is this landscape that over the years has drawn Athenian painters to form a summer colony which centred on my art gallery. Here, they would drink wine late into the night and talk about art, philosophy, politics, architecture and food.

Last year I decided to find a new way to share my love of living with artists by offering 'Skolidays' in my beautiful home. Skolidays  - skool + holidays - combine art classes led by professional painters with leisurely pursuits and trips around the magical island of Kea. They give you the chance to experience what professional artists are doing, how they work and  how they think. 

'What’s included


  • Tuition

  • Accommodation

  • Port pick up

  • Excursions

  • Any transport to and from painting locations 

  • Materials and equipments, brushes, paints and paper, easels, boards and water containers,

      portable stools

  • Use of all facilities

  • Wifi access

  • Daily breakfast at the Art House

  • Two meals at local tavernas

  • 5 evening meals (excluding wine) at the Art House

A wonderful opportunity for people with all levels of experience to explore the skills of drawing and life drawing. Throughout the course you will work to a variety of themes to learn fundamental drawing skills, including composition, colour mixing, tonal drawing, measurement and movement. 

The tuition is friendly and informal on a 'one to one' basis, allowing you to develop at your own pace knowing that the tutor is on hand to help you.  Our tutors teach students to develop powers of observation as well as personal vision and to experiment with media, enjoy painting and be creative. 


No part of the holiday is compulsory. The days begin with a lesson highlighting a particular aspect of painting or drawing and incorporating exercises to help participants free up their hand and build confidence. In the afternoon the artists can try out new media or continue with work started in the morning.  We will also set up a longer  painting which can be worked on at the same time each day.

This course encourages experimentation with different materials, offering the chance to learn new skills or build on existing ones. 

As to materials, if you have favourite papers, brushes or paints that you cannot live without bring them please because everyone is different.

I don't want to be your mother but I have made a list of packing essentials . 


Packing list:


  • Trainers or walking shoes, sandals.

  • Swimwear & snorkelling gear

  • Wide brimmed sun hat/cap

  • Beach towels

  • Sun cream

  • Polarised sunglass

  • Light,loose clothes are ideal for April to October but evenings can be cool, so pack pashminas/cardigans/jackets.

  • Out of season (November to March), you may  need light waterproof clothes. Umbrellas are provided.

  •  Light rucksack

  • Camera 

  • Reading book

  • Mobile phone

  • Adapter plugs and chargers

  • I will provide everything you need to deal with mosquitos, but they are not major problem.

  • Hairdryer provided.



Finally dont' forget the passport!!!



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holiday art courses cyclades kea greece

An introduction to the course and the basics will start on the first day on your arrival, followed by a welcome  evening meal at The Art House, whereby you will have a chance to chat to others on the course. Whilst classes are structured at the beginning of each day, 11.00 am., individuals will be encouraged to work as their mood and schedule suits them. Around the house, there is plenty of outdoor space with pergolas where to sit and paint, or simply relax and enjoy al fresco meals on warm summer evenings. 


Painting sessions take place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and beautiful outdoor locations around the island. Aside from the practical aspects of our art holidays, you can explore the local villages, meet the locals, visit unique archaeological sites, learn the history of the island and enjoy time with like-minded people.

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Non painters are welcome too, a good opportunity to

take advantage of the many attractions in the island.

Non-participating partners sharing a room will receive a discounted price.

It is also possible to attend the course on a non-residential basis if preferred. For any of these options, please enquire for prices.


Course space is limited, so early booking is recommended.

For booking or additonal information,

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Cancellation Policy


Our cancellation policy is design to be as friendly as possible.

We will refund in full your deposit if we must cancel the holiday through our fault.

The deposit is not refundable if you cancel your booking

but we will be happy to credit it for a future painting holiday.