Gulf Coast College Ceramics and Photography Program – June 6th – 20th
Skopelos is a place that takes the imagination beyond what one thinks is possible if you allow it. It is for the flexible adventurer that wants to create and be engulfed by the Greek culture. This ceramics class will focus on the rich heritage of Greece as well as the student’s travel experience. It will begin with a three-week preparation period in hand building methods at Gulf Coast Community College. After three weeks of ceramic “boot camp” students will leave Panama City to work in Greece. The first stop will be Athens, where students will visit the Acropolis and new Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and more. The group will then travel to the island of Skopelos via the hydrofoil. We will continue with the hands-on part of the class on the island with a periodic field trip to meet local artisans and visit the Folklore Museum. The students will draw on the rich artistic and cultural traditions of Greece, the Island of Skopelos and their experience as a traveler to create work in clay. Students will stay in housing owned by a local to get a taste of island living. Instruction will be offered in the morning and afternoon with an ample mid-day break for lunch and exploration. For more information please use our contact form.
Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Bookmaking with Beth Curren, Carolee Jakes and Cindy Tidler – June 26th – July 7th
Skopelos Books with Beth Curren -In this class students will learn two basic book models from which to work: the concertina fold and the tunnel book structure. The students will then design and create their own books, using prints, paint, crayon, pencil and collage, and mat board. The Skopelos environment is visually stunning, and the island’s flora and fauna can be an inspiration for exploration and intention. All skill levels are welcome!
The Changing Print: Monoprints and Monotypes with Cindy Tidler
This course is designed for students interested in exploring the possibilities of the unique and evolving print. We will work with a wide range of both monotype and monoprint techniques, including reductive, single and multiplate, and pressure printing. This is a versatile printmaking medium that can be combined with other mixed media techniques and book arts. Participants can draw on the unique textures, colors and culture of Skopelos for inspiration, or simply enjoy the opportunity to make prints in a beautiful island studio environment. All skill levels are welcome!
Painting And Drawing toward Abstraction: with Carolee Jakes
This class is designed for artists of all levels who want to explore and develop abstraction as a way to interpret the world around them. Whether you come from a background in realism, abstraction, or somewhere in between, this class will give you an opportunity to develop new skills and broaden your approach. Participants will be assisted in creating an individual learning plan that allows each person to explore the exciting potential of abstract painting.
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Mia Muse Workshop with ceramist Suzy Birstein – September 1st – 15th
Envision your “Inner Muse” with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where “Mama Mia” was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fifth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program “Mia Muse”! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Under the Skopelos sun we will feel embraced by the evocative ambiance of Greece with its’ great music, food, artists, museums, architecture, gorgeous beaches and hikes into nature… Our vision will grow as we make visible the synthesis of Clay, Color, Concept and Culture. All skill levels are welcome!
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We may be adding more programs so please contact us for more information.