Painting at Arosmari

Fully booked for 2023

9 to 16 April 2024

“Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.”

~ Winston Churchill

Crete has long been a source of inspiration for artists thanks to its extraordinarily diverse landscapes and unique beauty. Whatever your aspirations, you’ll find our Arosmari Village Hotel is a wonderfully atmospheric place to hone your painting skills under the expert guidance of our artist in residence, Francesca Harrison. We are delighted she will be joining us for this very special event, offering our guests a unique opportunity to combine a week of blissful relaxation with this exciting programme of painting workshops, exclusively for Simpson Travel guests.

The setting

Arosmari is a peaceful and beautiful oasis with a profoundly creative heart, set in the traditional village of Vamos in the foothills of the White Mountains. Ten beautifully refurbished 1 and 2-bedroom cottages make up the hotel; all ideal for couples, some suitable for those looking to travel with a painting friend or companion. Non-painting partners are encouraged to share the holiday experience and enjoy the idyllic location, perfect for exploring the charming villages and golden beaches of western Crete and the cosmopolitan city of Chania, with its superb restaurants, colourful markets and spectacular Venetian harbour.

Arosmari Village Hotel

The course

The Watercolour Painting course is open to both total beginners and those with a little more experience.  All materials will be supplied but guests are welcome to bring their own paints and brushes if preferred. Partners and friends who are not participating are welcome. 

“The painting classes by Francesca were a revelation. As total beginners we are now 'hooked'. The peace and quiet of the hotel/village helped to make it a relaxing holiday".  

- Neil and Jenny, May 2023

Painting at Arosmari

9 to 16 April 2024

Tuesday Evening Welcome drinks and canapes
Wednesday 10am – 1pm  Introduction to the media and materials with a landscape painting  project 
Thursday 10am – 1pm  Still life project  
Friday 10am – 1pm  Working on landscapes inspired by the garden and views at Arosmari 
Saturday   Day at leisure
Sunday 3 – 6pm  Excursion to a  nearby  beach to explore different challenges and light conditions 
Monday 10am – 1pm 
Back in the Arosmari garden, participants may choose  from a range of projects using their newfound skills
  Evening Farewell supper 

There will be a brief coffee/drinks break during each session. 

The host

The course will be conducted by Francesca Harrison. 

About Francesca 

Francesca has been living and working in Crete for the last 15 years. Previously, she worked as an artist and interior designer in London,  the USA  and Cyprus. Since moving to Crete she has focused on her watercolour painting and she sells her work both locally and abroad. 

She has also written and illustrated a dozen children's books and had numerous exhibitions. For over ten years she has been running regular watercolour workshops for residents and visitors to Crete. These classes teach different aspects of drawing and watercolour techniques with a focus on landscape and still life inspired by the island itself.



£908 per person. Prices based on two sharing, including 7 nights' accommodation with daily breakfast, flights, car hire and all course content and materials. Single supplements available in certain cottages, please call for further information. To register interest for 2024, please call one of our Destination Specialists on 0203 839 4529.