Painting Holiday in Cyprus

From £826 pp

Cyprus , Cyprus

8 Days

Small Group up to 14 People

What you'll do

This 7 night mixed media painting holiday is set in the oldest village in Cyprus, Lefkara, amidst cobbled streets, taverns and old architecture all around to inspire you; spend a week in a delightful hotel filled with art, history, amazing fresh food and a fully equipped art studio at your disposal.

This fantastic painting holiday is geared towards every artist, from those at the very beginning to the more advanced painter looking for new inspiration. You’ll be encouraged to try new skills and media, and to focus on new areas, whether it be a new medium, some local characters, architecture, or natural beauty, all of which are abundant in Lefkara.

You won’t need to think about where to find your next subject, as you will be taken to a new location daily to soak up sun and new ideas. As well as the opportunity to paint ‘en-plein air’, you will have a art studio at your disposal throughout your entire stay just over the road from your accommodation. You’ll be free to come and go as you please to making those final touches or get creative when the mood takes you.

You will be joined by two local artists, Anna and Georgina, who have been practicing and refining their art for years, and are always on hand for 1 on 1 guidance or to help you produce art in a new form. Loving a range of mediums, they’ll help you explore everything from pencil to oil, and help you find the best medium for you. You can read more about their work and experience below.

Each morning, after a lovely breakfast, you will head to the studio to discuss the day ahead. You will then be taken to a new location as you prepare to paint ‘en plein air’ using different aspects of the beautiful island for inspiration. While out, you will enjoy either a picnic on site, or head to a local taverna and have lunch with the locals. Each day will bring new places and experiences, sights, tastes, sounds and smells, and it will be your choice what to capture whilst in this slice of heaven.

Your home, during this once in a lifetime holiday, will be in the converted monastery, which is now a 7 room boutique bed and breakfast that caters to creative minds. Don’t miss out on the 10th century chapel still within its walls, or sit in the garden with some local wine to contemplate how to spend your evening. Head to the studio after a 3 course dinner to finish a day’s work, or walk the cobbled alleys to a local taverna to have a few drinks to with the friendly locals and make some new friends.

Your Local Host:

Georgina & Anna

You will be joined by one of two tutors on your painting holiday in Cyprus – Georgina or Anna.

Georgina
Georgina Michalides Saad was born in Limassol, Cyprus. She graduated in Fine Arts with Honours in 1976 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and attained a Higher Diploma in Education (postgraduat.. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival day

Check in and settle into your surroundings before enjoying your first group dinner.

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in one of the 7 rooms in this charming artists’ hotel. The hotel has a restaurant, a lovely garden patio, and a courtyard where you can sip some local wine after a day of painting. The hotel can easily be described as a remote tranquil place in the heart of one of the oldest villages of the island.

Features
– Large comfortable en-suite rooms complete with air conditioning and a television
– Private courtyard for evening drinks
– Restaurant on site for a snack or evening top off
– Right in the midst of the old village near tavernas, cafes and shops
– Art studio at your disposal for whenever you want to use it, right across from the front door of your hotel

A Typical Day

Day 2 – Introduction to Lefkara
Enjoy a walkabout and some work in the studio

Day 3 – Lefkara village
Close to home, you will explore the picturesque alleys and architecture

Day 4 – Troodos foothills
A short trip to a stunning mountain location to paint ‘en plein-air’

Day 5 – Nicosia
Exploring the islands Venetian and Ottoman legacy

Day 6 – Lefkara rooftops
A further appreciation of Lefkara’s breathtaking views

Day 7 – Pervolia
A trip to capture a typical seascape followed by free time, a swim and farewell dinner

A typical daily schedule:
8-9am: Breakfast in the hotel
9-10:30am: Studio time and an introduction to the day ahead
10:30-11am: Coffee break
11am-1pm: Still life exercise on location or in the studio
1-2:00 pm: Lunch in a local tarverna or as a picnic
2-3:30 pm: Tour of Lefkara or other area of interest
3:30-4:15pm: Meet the locals
4:15-5pm: Review the day in studio and make any final touches to your work
5-6:30pm: Free time to relax before dinner
6:30-7pm: Pre-dinner drinks
7-8pm: 3-course group dinner
8pm: Optional evening lecture or free time

Departure

After breakfast, you’ll head to the airport and catch your flight home.

Cyprus

Location Info

Just 35 minutes from Larnaca Airport, you’ll find Lefkara, one of the oldest villages in Cyprus. Your accommodation is in a renovated monastery, complete with a 10th century chapel built in 902 AD, transformed into this delightful hotel. It ..

  • 7 nights accommodation in an ensuite room
  • Please note: prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a room
  • Solo travellers must pay an extra supplement for a private room
  • 5 full days of painting tuition
  • Full time art tutor on hand for guidance and instruction
  • All air-conditioned transport for daily excursions
  • All art materials provided for all mediums
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All lunches and dinners served with a bottle of local wine for 2 people to share
  • Local wine and olive oil tasting
  • Traditional silversmith and lace-making demonstration
  • Return transfer from Larnaca Airport to your accommodation
  • Check in anytime after 4pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 8

Painting Holiday in Cyprus