Ithaca Painting Holidays 2024 took place during early June on the Ionian island of Ithaca – where according to legend, Odysseus resided. With blue skies, sunshine, aquamarine seas, beautiful beaches and wonderful people, Ithaca welcomes learners of all abilities to experience painting out of doors or ‘en plein air’ as it is sometimes known.

Welcome dinner Ithaca Painting Holidays 2024
Welcome dinner

We gathered at a waterside restaurant for a welcome dinner where participants became acquainted with each other and took part in an ‘ice breaker’ drawing game. A warm, balmy evening was complemented by good food, cheer and service from Jimmy at La Familia.

Perahori Alan Dedman Ithaca
Painting at Perahori

Next day we began at Perahori, overlooking Vathi (the main town on the island). We worked from a local cafe, affording shade and other comforts which Abraham Maslow would consider essential to the learning process.

Island views Alan Dedman Ithaca
View from Perahori towards the Greek mainland

Students took in distant views across mountainous terrain to the Greek mainland . Work was pooled at the end of the session so a peer review could take place.

Ithaca Painting Holidays 2024
Sketching at Frikes

At Frikes we worked under similar circumstances, with powerful light adding colour to the scenery. Alan Dedman demonstrated the priciples of making a painting from the landscape/seascape.

Painting from a church looking over Vathi
Overlooking Vathi from the church

On Saturday our group gathered at a church situated above Vathi; the Western aspect of the town. Learners worked on a small scale, using strong colour and painted into an irregular format. A cafe lunch sustained everyone.

Cafe lunch colour pic Ithaca 2024
Cafe lunch

Next we studied oil painting by Skinos beach. It was rewarding to see people get to grips with this medium – then go for a swim afterwards! The streets of Vathi were our subject matter on the final day of studies where perspective was introduced, as was the figure. We met up at ‘Soulatso’ for a debriefing and feedback session in the afternoon.

Oil painting Ithaca Painting Holidays 2024
Oil painting at Skinos

Ithaca Painting Holidays 2024  was  engaging, fun and challenging for all. The enthusiasm of those attending and the generosity and kindness of the citizens of Ithaca helped make it possible. We look forward to Ithaca Painting Holidays 2025 which (all being well) will take place in April/May, providing the stars, airlines, ferries and Greek Easter align.  

Beach at Filiatro

If you are interested in joining us next year, please leave your details on the contact form below.