16th-30th September 2017
with Jenny Wheatley RWS NEAC and Mike Chaplin RWS RE
Jenny and Mike will be retrurning to Droushia in the sleepy north west corner of the Greek part of Cyprus again this autumn. We have stayed at the Droushia Heights hotel before with great success. It is a modern hotel on the edge of the ancient village of Droushis where jenny lived for some time in the 1980s. The village has hardly changed at all and still has a smattering of local cafes and tavernas as well as a small local museum and church in the main square. Freshly made cheeses can be seen hanging to dry outside the older houses, and small scale farming and self sufficiency are the staple trades. The hotel looks out over the rocky outcrops of the deserted Akamas peninsula, once bustling with churches and inhabitants from the end of the Trojan wars, but now uninhabited save for the protected wildlife. Although only 6 miles from the coast, and affording wonderful views down over Polis Bay, the hotel stands at about 2000 feet above sea level and affords splendid views also over towards the troodos mountains. There is a large swimming pool and small balconies to every room. The hoytel also has a lift and airy en suite rooms.
Painting subject matter varies from the local village streets and alleyways to harbour scenes, lush vallies, parched hillsides and hill-top villages, as well as hidden Byzantine churches, goat herds and ancient sites.
We will follow our usual style of tuition, Mike offering the voice of reason with technical pearls of wisdom and sound tonal and traditional techniques, and Jenny will immerse you in colour and emotive responses to your environment. The area and subject matter are perfect for experimenting and loosening up in your approach as well as encompassing the vital basics of drawing and painting. There will be number of critiques during the fortnight and painting topics provided as well as individual tuition as always.
Evening meals will be taken in the local village tavernas where we can sample traditional Greek food, and are within easy walking distance from the hotel. We will have transport available throughout the hliday so that we can explore forgotten bays and vallies as well as visit some of the ancient sites/
The price includes tuition, accommodation in single occupancy en suite rooms, breakfast and dinner, flights an transport throughout the holiday. . Non painting partners are welcome to join us but there is not a reduction for this. For anyone wishing to share a room there is a £100 reduction per person. Course price. £2495 for 2 weeks.