Watercolour Painting - Thematic Weeks

Watercolour Painting

Join us for a week's Water Colour painting course to experience the inspirational painting opportunities this beautiful island has to offer.

17th to 24th October 2017

Join us for a week's Water Colour painting course to experience the inspirational painting opportunities this beautiful island has to offer.

Your tutor for the week will be Anne Urquhart-Edwards who has an MA from the Royal College of Art in London and many years teaching experience in art colleges and universities in the London area and in New York, USA.  Anne now lives and works in Crete exhibiting regularly in Athens and while living here she has shown work in both London and Dubai in addition to selling her work to private collectors.

The course will involve demonstrations, discussions and individual tuition.  There will be painting trips to ancient villages, beaches and Chania Old Town will also provide a wealth of subject matter.  Group lunches will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and also provide an informal setting for critiques and observations regarding each other's work.  The work of Watercolour Artists of the past will form an important part of each day and examples of their work will be used as teaching aids in addition to providing inspiration for each day's painting.

The course is suitable for all levels of competence from the absolute beginner to the more experienced artist and all the materials necessary for the course will be provided.

Flowers & Plants - Watercolour Painting Holiday - Mistral Hotel

Meet the Artist

Anne Urquhart - Mistral HotelAnne has been living in Crete since 2005 after many years working and exhibiting in London as a professional artist and lecturer. In addition to her teaching work at the Univeristy of the Arts London, she taught on adult education courses teaching both complete beginners and gifted amateurs alike. She will provide the practical and theoretical information necessary to ensure the success of your painting holiday.

Here in Crete, Anne holds weekly adult painting and drawing classes which take inspiration from the rich and varied Cretan landscapes and seascapes allowing the students the opportunity to paint in the sunshine. 

If you are interested in DRAWING or WATERCOLOUR PAINTING but have never had the time or courage to try, this is a great way to start.

Dates and Prices
2017 Standard room
7 nights
Deluxe room
7 nights
17th to 24th October 2017 1108€ 1209€

Price includes hotel accommodation on a half board basis, Chania airport transfers, tuition and materials and all day trips with transportation.

Watercolour Painting Holiday: Typical Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday

There will be a brief introduction to colour.  Two colour palletes will be used during this lesson and students will learn how to appropriately use each.

How to use a brush

How much water to use when and why

How to use a range of techniques and processes

All the above will be experienced on the introductory day.  The subject matter will be the sea and textures and surfaces found on the sea shore.  We will make the short walk to the beach at Maleme and use what we see as inspiration for the studies we make.

Day 2 - Thursday

This first painting day students will be introduced to the concept of "Open Landscape" and shown a range of artists work which demonstrate this compositional focus.  Again, the sea will feature in the day's painting and various ways in which to indicate waves, ripples and spray will be demonstrated and practiced before starting the open landscape studies.  All the techniques learned the previous day will be used to some degree as will the 2 colour palletes.

Day 3 - Friday

More information regarding colour this time complimentary contrast will form the core of the day's painting which will be mainly concentrating on emphasizing shadows and the dramatic qualities of the Cretan light.  The lesson will take place in a country village where a range of depth and qualities of shadows will provide a rich array of painting opportunities.  One to one tuition will always be provided and the work of relevant artists, regarding the issue of the day, will be available to study.

Day 4 - Saturday

Composition, in particular foreground and background tension will be the subject of the day and the scale of the work made will also be discussed both as a group and individually.  The colour pallete will be up to the individual and be influenced by the personal focus of each artist.  The techniques and processes previously learned will be brought into play in an appropriate manner and each student will work independently on this penultimate painting day.  Chania town will provide a wealth of subject matter to paint and enjoy.

Day 5 - Sunday

A day of well deserved rest!

Day 6 - Monday

Wet in to wet techniques will be encouraged on this last painting day and how to paint raindrops on leaves and petals will be taught.

The gardens at the Mistral will provide a range of flowers, plants and trees to paint.  How to present your paintings will be discussed and a small exhibition will be mounted in the reception area of the Mistral to celebrate the end of the course.  There will be a Private View for the students and the hotel guests where delicious Greek wine will provide the toast and a fitting end of another successful Watercolour Course!

Flowers & Plants - Watercolour Painting Holiday - Mistral Hotel


I've had several watercolour lessons with Anne, which have always been very enjoyable and very informative.  Anne has endless enthusiasm and patience, she's a sensitive tutor with great skill herself.  With no previous experience I've been surprised at what I could achieve and I've been spurred on to do art classes at home.  I'd definitely recommend her classes and look forward to my next.
I attended Anne's course at the Mistral 3 years ago....more by accident really as up to that point, I had never had any interest in Watercolour painting, preferring other mediums such as oils which I have dabbled in over the years, a very little I hasten to add!  However, I decided to join the course anyway as I knew I would be with like minded people.  The course was very well organised, in particular I enjoyed the different locations we went to each day.  Anne's style of teaching was one of gentle encouragement allowing each individual to create their own unique style.  It was a great course and despite my initial reluctance to paint using Watercolour, I became hooked and have continued to use it ever since.

I can recommend Anne Edwards' painting week.  She is a lovely lady with a very interesting style of painting.  She will teach you with patience and understanding. The best thing about the painting week is that you will go in a minibus to various beautiful and very varied locations around Crete to produce your works and will have the opportunity to visit some lovely villages and tavernas.  I can thoroughly recommend it!

Anne Urquhart - MARCA (Royal College of Art)

Royal College of Art (London UK) MARCA
Ravensbourne College of Art (Kent) BA (Hons) Fine Art
University of Lancashire Foundation Studies


Teaching Experience
2010 - 2013 MBS College (Nottingham Trent University, Crete)
1995 - 2005 London University of the Arts. Wimbledon (Full Time Lecturer)
1989 - 2005 The Heatherley School of Fine Art. London (Part time Lecturer)

Recent Shows

  • 2012: M_ART Space Agenia
  • 2011: Bazart M_ART Athens, Greece
  • 2010: Bazart M_ART Athens, Greece
  • 2008: Mitropolis Gallery, Chania
  • 2006: Summer exhibition XVA Gallery, Dubai
  • 2005: "Art Aid" Royal College of Art, London
  • 2004: Swissport Art Space, Athens International Airport
  • 2004: "Art London"
  • 2002: Montserrat Gallery, New York USA
  • 2002: "Works on Paper" - Royal College of Art


  • Karen Burke USA
  • Stephenson Harwood
  • Atom Designs
  • Neil Chapman
  • Alan Gold Associates
  • British Airports Authority

Written by MSC Saturday, 24 May 2014


Dates & Prices

2017 dates and prices are now available - see the Online Booking facility for further information and to check availability.

Contact us on info@singlesincrete.com to secure your 2017 summer holiday and join in the celebrations. We look forward to seeing you!


Contact Us

Vassilis Gialamarakis - Mistral Hotel
Maleme Chania 73100,
Crete, Greece
Tel: 0030 28210 62062
Email: info@singlesincrete.com
Tel: 0203 318 3532 (Crete direct at UK National rates)

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