The IRIS ART CENTRE: artistic development for all, on a wide range of levels.
At the IRIS ART CENTRE Summer Art Workshops in Greece, established and emerging artists, art students, art lovers and creatives have the opportunity to devote themselves exclusively to making new discoveries in their artistic practice and to reflect on new art-making strategies. Using collage and mixed media techniques, the workshops Collage and Developing Artistic Voice are accessible for artists of all levels of experience and competence. The free use of media in the Painting Techniques workshop gives artists the possibility to learn and explore new techniques according to their own personal artistic vision.
The international atmosphere and the opportunity for professional and emerging artists, art students, and art educators to participate in workshops together provides plenty of learning opportunities. As an adult art education center, The IRIS ART CENTRE offers artistic development for all, on a wide range of levels.
The centre of Athens, the Acropolis and the museums are close by.
In the summer, the city of Athens is a buzzing beehive; the Athens Festival presents dance, theatre and music and there are concerts in the streets in the evening. Taverns are open until late at night. The IRIS ART CENTRE is 5 minute drive away from the suburban train station, where a 25 minute train ride (departing every 2 hours) brings you to the center of Athens; the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Archeological Museum, the ancient Agora, cosy old Plaka and Monastiraki Flea Market, and the museums of Contemporary Art, Cycladic Art, Benaki, Byzantine Art etc can be reached swiftly.
For students who like to be more independent and free to travel during evenings and weekends, it is advised to rent a car. Alternatively, you can make use of our partnered taxi driver, Argiris. You may choose to go to the beach near Marathon, (a 30 minute drive to the East from the IRIS ART CENTRE), or to visit Delphi, Mycenae, Nauplion or Epidaurus for day trips. For a more adventurous weekend trip, you may choose to visit islands such as Aegina, Mykonos, Andros, Hydra or Spetses by taking a fast ferry from Rafina or Piraeus, the ports of Athens.
Collage: 6 – 13 June
Developing Artistic Voice: 20 - 27 June, 18 - 25 July
Painting Techniques (all levels): 13 - 20 June
If you book two workshops together you get a 10% discount on the second workshop.
What we offer
an en suite air-conditioned private room with balcony or garden view
full board stay, all meals and drinks are included
Tuition 6 days, 3 hours a day, Sunday - Friday
use of the studio 24/7
a shared studio space
pick-up/drop off at Metamorfosi train station (where trains from the airport arrive every 30 minutes)
pick-up/drop off at Afidnes train station (where trains to Athens or Halkida depart every 2 hours)
Prices of the workshops can be found here.
You should book your flight to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos. All workshops start on Saturday evening with a welcoming dinner at 8 p.m. You are welcome to arrive at any time (depending on your flight) but your room will only be available after lunch at 1 p.m. Workshops finish on Saturday morning after breakfast. You may leave any time before lunch (1 p.m.).
Please fill in the application form. Upon confirmation of the availability of the requested week(s), please send your deposit of €250 via bank transfer or PayPal (€265) within three weeks. Reservation is only confirmed after we receive your booking deposit of €250. The remaining amount is due four weeks before your workshop or residency starts.