Creative Endeavors’ Painting Workshop is an intensive 3-week, all-inclusive, center-based, painting course set in the heart of Bulgaria’s stunning Rhodope Mountains. It is a very unique course in that the instruction is inclusive of three different painting mediums: oil, acrylic and/or water colour. Students may choose to pursue one medium in greater depth or two or three different mediums in a more introductory manner. The course is open to any level of painter from beginner to experienced.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Sofia, Bulgaria
DEPARTURE TIME
20 July, 2017
RETURN TIME
10 August, 2017
INCLUDED
Accommodation
Tuition
All site entry fees
Meals
Transportation
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare
Art materials
PRICE

€3000 (21 nights)

All site entry fees

€500 deposit made at the time of booking

A final invoice will be emailed to you 8 weeks prior to the departure date of your tour

Please view terms and condition

The Accommodation

We have chosen a tiny mountain village in the heart of Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains as the location for the course. The village of Kosovo, is located only 36km from Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city. The village is nestled in the midst of unspoiled wilderness and boasts four rivers flowing through it. It is also one of only a few places in the country that has preserved the Rhodope Revival architecture.

Our accommodations will be in these centuries old stone houses, restored following traditional building techniques from natural materials…but incorporating a few modern conveniences for comfort. The studio is a few minutes walk, as is the home-style restaurant where we will enjoy our meals together.

The Food

The restaurant also is a renovated building, this time an old barn, with thick stone walls, heavy oak furniture, a cozy fireplace and a sprawling patio. The menu specializes in traditional Rhodopean dishes produced from local fresh produce from the village and surrounding mountain region. Mushrooms are a specialty of the restaurant and feature on the menu when in season. A variety of 20 different mushrooms are collected from the woods surrounding the village and marinated in preparation for this specialty.
Bulgaria is world renowned for its yogurt so, of course, homemade yogurt also features on the menu. As does the special mountain tea, which the restaurant prepares its self from aromatic herbs gathered by the villagers. Other menu items include: Monk Bean soup, Patanik (a traditional potato dish), crepes…and more!
Bulgarian cuisine in general is fresh, wholesome and plentiful, offering an extensive range of salads, grilled meats, home-baked breads and heaps of cheese. In a word: Delicious!

The Excursions

While the focus of the course is obviously painting, we have allocated two days out of each week for excursions. It surely would be a shame to spend three weeks in this beautiful country and not get out to experience what it has to offer.

Bulgaria is a stunningly beautiful country from its crashing waterfalls and exquisite caves, to its towering mountains and pristine lakes and so much more. It also is rich in history, having been home to various civilizations for the past 1.4 million years. It is thus peppered with ancient ruins and tombs, fascinating monasteries and churches and crumbling old fortresses. There is so much to see and do and experience. Too much!

Final decisions about where we choose to go will be made once the group is confirmed and we determine what the primary interests are. Some of the possible destinations to choose from will include:
Photoshoots of nearby market towns
Sketching at The Devil’s Bridge
Horse Trail Ride to the stunning Eagle’s Eye Lookout
Visit to the massive Devil’s Throat Cave
Hike the trail of the Canyon of 46 Waterfalls
Overnight visit to the cultural city of Veliko Tarnovo and Tsarevets Fortress
Visit to the stunning rock formations of The Wonderful Bridges
Explore the Old Town at the town of Plovdiv
Visit to Asen Fortress
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride in the Balkan mountains
Overnight stay in the famous Rila Monastery

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