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EYE OF THE GRAEAE (a Class of the Titans)

Sept. 18th -27th, 2018

Globetrotting artists, Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng, are teaming up for another creative exploit across the Atlantic.  This time they set sail for the Isles of Greece for an adventure filled with exploration, art-making, and mythological inspiration.

If you're up on your Greek mythology or if you've ever seen the film Clash of the Titans, then you probably are familiar with the Graeae...if not by name, you'll certainly recognize them by description. They are three gray, strange and mystical sisters named Deino (dread), Enyo (horror) and Pemphredo (alarm) who share a singular eye and a singular tooth which they would take turns using.  They play a crucial role in defeating the snake-haired Medusa (their sister); the hero, Perseus, steals the sisters' eye, forcing them to reveal the secrets necessary to defeat the sinister gorgon.  Some legends have said that the eye sees the future...some say that it sees the secrets of the gods.  

With this strange trio in mind, Michael and Andrea have concocted a project fit for the gods. In this class students will create an ornate chamber with a large lens on the front which views secret scrolls that are housed inside the mythical box.  The exterior will be created using the process of assemblage.  Michael will facilitate this portion of the workshop as students modify old olive oil tins, magnifying glasses and a plethora of found objects into something fantastical.  Andrea's portion of the workshop will focus on the secret stories that are visible through the large eye on the exterior of the chamber.  Using a combination of collage and painting students will create scenes, images, and/or secrets that only that only soothsaying sisters might know. 

The Places: Athens and the Island of Sifnos

Athens - Athens is equally ancient and modern, historic and edgy, cosmopolitanand inextricably tied to its past at every turn. Iconic monuments, first-rate museums, lively cafes and al fresco dining all define the Athens of today.  The historic city center, where our hotel is located, is known as “Plaka”. It is a living, breathing, populated, open-air museum where much of the city’s cultural and social life unfolds.

Sifnos - If you are looking for a perfect Greek island with a balance of beautiful beaches, low-key nightlife, white Cycladic villages, low-impact tourism and, possibly, the best food in the Cyclades, then look no further than Sifnos. Just two and ½ hours from Athens by high-speed ferry, Sifnos is easy to get to… you may never want to leave. Most people who visit Sifnos return again.

Sifnos is a mountainous island with fertile valleys, beautiful beaches and several towns. It has a long history and has been inhabited since 3000 BC. For people who are looking for the 'real Greece' and yet still wouldn't mind a little nightlife, Sifnos is the place to go.

Sifnos is also known as the island of flavors. The Sifniots are also known throughout Greece as being the finest cooks and the local eateries bear testament.  Traditional Sifniot cooking is baked in the same terracotta casserole dishes that have been produced on the island for centuries.


Per person double occupancy for artists: $3550
Per person double occupancy non-art participants: $2500
Per person single occupancy artists: $3,990
A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration with the final payment due July 1, 2018.
* Price does not include airfare to/from Greece.

Price Includes:

Meet and greet at the airport.
Air-conditioned Mercedes for arrival to and departure from Athens, Greece.
Welcome drink and rooftop reception in Athens.
English Speaking Escort for all the transfers in Athens & Sifnos.
Hotel in Athens and Sifnos with escort support for tours and assistance.
All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
Professional English-speaking guide for all tours.
Entrance fees for all sites and tours.
All transfers to and from hotels and ferries.
High-Speed, round-trip, Ferry Ticket from Athens to Sifnos.
Pottery Class with local artisan.
Sunset Wine at the Monastery.

Does not include:

Airfare to and from Athens
Meals where not mentioned.
Alcoholic drinks during the meals with the exception of reception and monastery.
Tips for the guides.

Cancellation Policy:

Deposit is non-refundable.
Refunds for cost of trip, minus $250 administration fee, provided if participant space can be filled. If no replacement is found, trip is non-refundable.

Payment: Payment are made on the Registration Page.



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