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Painting in The Peloponnese with Hazel Soan

3rd - 13th May 2018

An exceptional watercolour painting holiday to a remote part of Greece and staying in very special places


  • Tutorial watercolour painting holiday
  • 1 night in Athens and 9 nights in Monemvassia
  • Sketch the ancient Acropolis in Athens & remote villages in The Peloponnese
  • Capture the special atmosphere of Monemvassia’s Kástro
  • Paint the wild Mani Peninsular and Aphrodite’s Isle
  • Landscapes, architecture, seascapes, sunsets and sunrises ……
  • Ideal for intermediate and confident beginner students
  • 10 – 14 students

Painting in The Peloponnese with Hazel Soan

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Everything about The Peloponnese is special. It is a mountainous peninsular, linked to the mainland by the Corinth Canal, and studded with medieval castles and monasteries. Tucked away in the valleys and hanging precipitously from the mountainsides are hundreds of villages and many of Greece’s most famous ancient sites including Epidaurus & Mycenae.




Monemvassía is a Byzantine Kástro (fortified castle) perched on a rock in the Aegean Sea on the easternmost tip of the Peloponnese. It is connected by a 400m causeway to the mainland and is known as ‘the Gibraltar’ of Greece. Once you step through the West Gate, Monemvassía’s only entrance, you enter The Kástro (old town). The main street is lined with ancient houses and leads into Platía Damíou, with the Church of Christ in Chains and the local museum. From the southern ramparts are extensive views out to sea.


Monemvassía is a maze of winding cobbled lanes that climb up to the Akropolis (citadel) and Agia Sofia,from where there are fine views over the roofs of the Kástro. Many of the former dwellings have been converted into restaurants, shops and hotel accommodation, including the Malvazia Hotel. You’ll find that the traditional Greek hospitality hasn’t been eroded in the Peloponnese by too many tourists and once the sunsets you’ll have this peaceful haven more or less to yourselves.






Hazel is a very talented and versatile artist. She is a hugely popular guest artist because of the relentless enthusiasm and energy she puts in to helping you improve your techniques and overcome obstacles. Hazel will be working alongside you every day and will help you select suitable painting subjects and provide invaluable group demonstrations. Hazel Soan is well known as one of the professional artists featured in the Watercolour Challenge TV series and through her many instructional books including, Watercolour Rainbow, Watercolour Landscape Techniques, African Watercolours. Hazel will be working in watercolour, but all mediums are welcome.



We hope you will be able to do some small sketches whilst visiting the Acropolis in Athens and then you will have 8 full days painting in the Peloponnese.

Most days will be spent painting Monemvassia, but there will also be a day trip to the wild Mani peninsular and to the nearby Kythera; Aphrodite’s Isle, to vary the subject matter.



Direct scheduled flights to Athens. The first night will be spent in Athens and the following morning there will be a visit to The Acropolis before driving to the Peloponnese. Accommodation in Monemvassia is at the Traditional Hotel Malvazia. The hotel is formed of three renovated buildings inside the Kástro. The Traditional Hotel consists of 15 bedrooms all of which reflect the special atmosphere of ancient Monemvassia, with stone floors and walls. There are terraces with splendid views out to sea, a sitting room, breakfast room and popular bar.


Dinners are included in local restaurants. An accompanying travel escort will be looking after you and all the arrangements.

PRICE:  fully inclusive except for lunches                       

Per person in a twin room:      GBP 3,795.00

Single room supplement:        GBP 450.00

Number of students:                10 – 14

This holiday is operated on behalf of The Artist magazine, which has been offering overseas painting holidays since 1990 with renowned tutors.

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