• Corfu
  • Greece

MYTHS AND LEGENDS WITH GRACEANN WARN AND GEOFFREY GORMAN

With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess.
— Lonely Planet

Athens will be a great beginning to our Art Escape with Graceann Warn and Geoffrey Gorman, both lovers of Greek mythology and archaeology. Graceann’s master’s degree included Greek Archaeology as a field of study. She is well informed for this trip and will help guide us in our journey of gathering information in Athens and then interpreting this knowledge into our art while in Corfu.

Geoffrey is influenced by the surroundings and stories of the animals he observes and encounters in his travels throughout the world. He is a master of creating creatures both real and imagined that captures our sense of play.

Together, Graceann and Geoffrey are going to challenge us to make our own mythological characters influenced by the history of Greek myths and legends.

Graceann will teach how to make the structures and Geoffrey, the mythological creatures.

Boat by Graceann Warn

Boat by Graceann Warn

Geoffrey received the above boat and frame from Graceann, then he used the two images below to make his contributions to the projects.

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Goat by Geoffrey Gorman

Goat by Geoffrey Gorman

You will have the opportunity to build both the structure and the animal whether it is real or imagined. Think of the possibilities!

ITINERARY 

Day 1, Thursday, Sept. 26 We meet in Athens at the Electra Palace. Geoffrey and Morgan will go over the schedule and give a short presentation. We will have our first dinner together.                                                 

Day 2, Friday, Sept. 27. Breakfast is on your own at the hotel. We will meet at 9:30 for our Mythology Tour that will explore major landmarks of ancient Athens. We will learn about the Greek Gods and Heroes and discover what really hides behind the universal myths. There will be free time after the tour and perhaps a visit to the flea market at Avissynias Square. This evening’s meal will be at the Acropolis where it is Jazz night. L, D

Day 3 Saturday, Sept. 28. You may want to just have a coffee this morning and a light snack. We will meet at 9:30 for a Food and Market tour where there will be plenty of tastings. Free time after the tour until dinner this evening. D

The Erectheion at the stunning Acropolis Museum

The Erectheion at the stunning Acropolis Museum

Day 4, Sunday, Sept. 29. Breakfast is on your own. Bags will need to be in the lobby. We will leave at 9:30 to spend time in the Acropolis Museum where we will also have lunch. Then we will gather our bags from the hotel and head out to the airport for our 4:35 flight to Corfu. After the short 1-hour flight, we will drive to the Pelecas Country Club where we will check in, drop our bags off, then head over to Elena’s Villa Inspirante that she has so lovingly renovated (see right). You will agree that she has great taste! We will have a toast then walk next door for our welcoming dinner. We will return to Pelecas after dinner. L, D

Day 5, Monday, Sept. 30. Breakfast at Pelecas then we will leave at 9:15 for the Villa. Graceann will demonstrate how to create a niche using plaster. We will break for lunch and then Geoffery will introduce the foam and how to carve it for armatures. Class is over at 4:30 when we will return to Pelecas for some free time and maybe a swim before we leave for town to visit a book binder shop with dinner nearby. B, L, D

Day 6, Tuesday, Oct. 1. Breakfast at Pelecas, leave at 9:15 for the Villa. Class this morning starts with Geoffrey demonstrating how to cover the foam with a variety of materials. Break for lunch then continue working. There will be a cooking class tonight at the Villa with Chef Niko. B,L,D

Corfu harbor

Corfu harbor

Day 7, Wednesday, Oct. 2. Breakfast at Pelecas, leave at 9:15 for the Villa. This morning Geoffrey will demonstrate how to make appendages/parts: wings, legs, arms, hands, nose, ears, etc. Graceann will demonstrate wax and encaustic. Geoffrey will also talk about glues, adding ephemera, and rusting your piece to make it look like it has the “passage of time.” Geoffrey has a great video of how he “aged” the goat on Facebook. After a late lunch, the afternoon will be free to do as you wish. You can return to Pelecas to relax by the pool, or if there is interest, drive to Paleokasitsa beach. Dinner will be on your own this evening with suggestions by Elena. B, L

Day 8, Thursday, Oct. 3. Breakfast at Pelecas, leave at 9:15 for the Villa. It’s a full day of working on projects with assistance by Geoffrey and Graceann. Dinner this evening will be at Taverna Gerekos at 7:30. B,L,D

Day 9, Friday, Oct. 4. Breakfast at Pelecas, leave at 8:45 for the Villa. Geoffrey and Graceann will discuss how to finish your work including ideas on how to display your work. At 11:00 we will have an olive oil tasting with lunch. Then we will return to class and this evening’s special meal will be at the Venetian Well. B,L,D

Day 10, Saturday, Oct. 5. Breakfast at Pelecas. Check out, have bags ready at 9:15 for our ride to the Villa. We will wrap up our projects, clean up and have a show and tell followed by our last lunch. After lunch, you will say farewell to Elena and we will head to the airport for the 3:30 flight to Athens.

You will have reservations at the airport Holiday Inn for your final night in Athens. Dinner is on your own. You can leave anytime on the 8th. B,L

Day 11, Sunday, Oct. 6 Everyone departs or stays on to further explore Greece

This itinerary may change due to weather, new opportunities of the whim of the group.


Combined project, Graceann Warn and Geoffrey Gorman

Combined project, Graceann Warn and Geoffrey Gorman

THIS ESCAPE INCLUDES

  • Three nights accommodation in Athens

  • Mythology Tour - Athens

  • Athens Food and Market Tour

  • Visit to Acropolis Museum

  • Round trip airfare Corfu/Athens

  • Six days of instruction with Graceann Warn and Geoffrey Gorman

  • Six nights accommodation in Corfu

  • Transportation in Corfu

  • Greek Cooking Class

  • Olive Oil Tasting

  • Farewell Celebration

  • Some art supplies

  • New Art Tribe

The price for this workshop is $5100

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. The final deposit is due May 16, 2019.   

Price does not include airfare to/from Athens. Price is based on shared accommodations. Limited single rooms are available for an additional price of $1300. 

Accommodation

Electra Palace Athens Hotel

Located in the Plaka neighborhood, the hotel’s elegant luxury is complemented by the majestic views of the Acropolis that can be enjoyed from the rooftop restaurant, pool, rooms and suites.

In Corfu - The Pelecas Country Club

A mere 8 km from Corfu town lies the Velianiti family mansion, enveloped by lush green hills. A beautiful 18th century stone-built house on a 20 hectare land, complete with an olive press and stables, which was very lovingly refurbished into a bespoke, luxury private retreat.

Athens Airport - Holiday Inn

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Our studio in Corfu - Villa Inspirante, Our Host - Elena Korakianitou

Be sure to check the feed to see more stunning photos of Villa Inspirante.


Although Graceann Warn’s academic background is in urban design and classical archaeology, she decided to take a leap of faith in 1985 to become a full time artist.  She started out as an oil painter but throughout the 1990s became best known for her assemblages. In 2,000, a 16-month long commission to design sets for a major opera production led to a shift in medium and scale in her studio work.  Since that time, she has primarily been painting on wood panels using oils and encaustic. The present work reflects the structural logic of her architectural beginnings as well as her abiding interest in archaeology and science. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collections of Yale University, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY,  US Embassies in Nairobi and Sarajevo, Pew Charitable Trusts and many others. 

 
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Geoffrey Gorman breathes life into what might be considered to be the detritus of our culture. He constructs both real and fanciful animals using sticks, rusted screws, washers, bicycle tires, old tools, bailing wire, discarded canvas, and other things that are housed in cluttered garages or the backs of closets suffering from neglect. An intense physical process goes into making each work as Gorman builds from a series of elements layer upon layer. He explores the shared identity between animals and humans. 

Gorman shows his work at the Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico along with other galleries around the country. Gorman's work is in numerous public and private collections around the United States.