Retreat in the beautiful countryside of Athens to create your dream collage and photomontage with Annette. When you need a break, enjoy the peaceful nature strolls, bike, swim or feast on Greek cuisine.
Annette is a collage and photomontage artist based in Athens beautiful countryside. Trained in prestigious art schools in United States, France, Austria and Greece, she has been focusing on collage, photomontage and mixed media for three decades. Led by a passion for theatre and the human soul, her photo montages look like "film stills" of human relationships and made with scissors, glue, found photographs or photographs taken by her. She creates collage portraits that are deconstructions of familiar everyday faces, to shed light into the sinews of their being. She strives to merge fantasy and reality in each composition that lead us to the dreamland of human emotions. Dostoyevsky, Ibsen, Bergman and Hitchcock inspire her, including collage artists like Hannah Hoch, Max Ernst, Martha Rosler and John Stezaker. When you meet her, you’ll realize very quickly that teaching art is her passion.
Introduction to the basics of collage, mixed media, abstract art, color theory and composition.
Creating composited images from found, taken, and scanned images.
Learning the techniques of masking, edge treatments, color space, shadows and highlights, texture, perspective, depth of field, harmony, symmetry, and narrative.
Practicing how to make the disparate elements meld seamlessly to create a sense of magic realism.
Going back home with several of your own dream collages or photomontages.
Paper, magazines to cut from, glue and paint for mixed media are included. You can print photos or buy stretched canvas at an additional cost.
Meals and snacks while in the studio.
Stay at Annette's
Stay with Annette on her wonderful 2.5 acres estate, with direct access to her garden, swimming pool, half basketball court, vegetable garden, olive trees and vines. Three bedrooms are available, each with their own bathroom. Two bedrooms have two single beds, one bedroom has a double bed. All rooms include heating/air-conditioning, meals, drinks, and snacks. The property is well protected with a fence and dogs.
Afidnes, where Annette resides, is a peaceful town in Athens surrounding countryside, a 30 min. drive north from Greece’s capital city. While there, enjoy typical Greek dishes like stuffed cabbage leaves, sardines or mezedes at a local tavern. Bike around nearby Lake Marathon with Annette (she’s Dutch!) before you have lunch at the Marathon Dam, quite symbolic to Ancient Greece. Of course, you’ll want to spend some time in the city center of Athens— it is one of world’s oldest cities after all! Visit the Acropolis, the Monastiraki Flea Market and the Hellenic Centre for Photography, and try a real Greek souvlaki-pita. You can also take a train to Halkida, a fishing village by the sea, great for strolling, eating fish or souvlaki, and admiring the bridge that connects the peninsula of Evia with the mainland. Oh, the possibilities!
You will also be around friendly dogs and cats. This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 6 days. Please ask when you send your booking request.