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BOTANICAL Painting Course – 2017-2

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THE MEDITERRANEAN CENTRE

for Art, Gardens, Plants and Design

BOTANICAL PAINTING HOLIDAY COURSES

“Mediterranean plants from the hills and shores of South Pelion”

Course tutor:   MAGGIE NIAGASSAS  DipAD DipSBA

Silver Medallist RHS February 2016

“The plant world with all its splendid diversity has always been an inspiration for me. Having been brought up in Africa, I was exposed to the many vivid colours and forms which would have a lasting impression and influence on my artistic career.

My diploma in Art and Design – General illustration was a natural consequence of these experiences which I completed in the UK. This encounter with mediterranean nature motivated me to study botanical illustration, and in 2007 I acquired my diploma from the Society of Botanical Illustration.

Since then, I have exhibited several times with the SBA at their annual exhibition which is held in Westminster, London. I have taught watercolour painting lessons in Athens and in Limassol, Cyprus. Currently I am living in London, England.”

2017 Dates

Greek language course : 12 to 19 May 2017

English language course : 19  to 26 May 2017  &   22 to 29 September 2017

Courses May & September PROGRAMME to download in .pdf in english

All Sessions at Lagou Raxi Country Hotel unless stated and  include six hours tuition per day

Friday Arrival of participants – Meet & Greet – Short slide show – Introduction to the history of botanical painting – Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Saturday What is contemporary botanical art – the materials, both for painting and the plants. Explanation of the ‘mediterranean’ painting project. Practice some painting techniques. Afternoon walk on the kalderimia to collect painting specimens.

Sunday Pencil work, continuous tone of chosen plant (leaf, stalk, bud). Starting a watercolour study.

Monday Visit AGIOS ATHANASSIOS (a monastery hidden in a green valley, opens only once a year, but we get the key to go to paint there!). The hotel will prepare for a picnic on the spot. Pencil work on material found.

Tuesday More watercolour painting – spotlight on flowers.

Wednesday Inspiration from the sea shore (Pencil studies at a beach taverna). Lunch facing Skiathos Island and a visit to remote cove with Byzantine ruins, hillside sages and a fisherman’s chapel.

Thursday Finishing off work and prepare for exhibition in seminar room of the hotel Exhibition and Farewell Dinner in the evening.

Friday Departure of participants, or a rest over the weekend*

*please ask if you would like to stay for extra nights