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  • Athens, GREECE

    Live What You Learn


  • Language Requirement: None
  • Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above

TermYearPriority DeadlineApp/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer I 2015 03/01/2015 05/01/2015 06/16/2015 06/30/2015 

*Complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.

Inside the Program

The Athens Centre’s summer art workshop is a three-week session concentrating on creating images of Greece through various media, which include, but are not limited to, watercolor, pastels, charcoal, collage, pencil, ink and mixed media. The course will emphasize using the vibrant city of Athens as an inspiration to create individual expressions and will encourage students to develop and sharpen their abilities to see the world around them in a new way.

Credit Explanation / Academic Details

Students typically enroll in 1 course. All courses offered in Athens are recognized and approved for academic credit by AHA partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information. 

The dramatic and distinctive beauty of the Greek landscape and the notable quality of "Greek light" have influenced artists for centuries. Discover new and exciting ways to see and interpret the landscape through drawing, watercolor and other media. Visit artists' studios, meet with artists and view current work. Showcase your work in a public exhibition at the end of this three-week session. Classes meet Monday-Friday, from 9:30am-1:30pm. The first part of each class takes place in the studio classroom, while the rest of the time is spent at various open-air sites around the city. There will be a public exhibit of participants’ work during the last week of the session, to which other students and guests will be invited.

The program includes one or two guided visits each week to sites including the Acropolis, the new Acropolis Museum, the Benaki Museum, art galleries and other art venues, and to places of cultural and historical interest in Athens. A day trip to a nearby island will provide an opportunity to hold class in a very different setting, with plenty of time during the day to swim in the clear blue waters of the Aegean, Homer’s “wine-dark sea”. Athens Festival events take place during the summer at the Herod Atticus theatre, under the Acropolis, and most participants will attend at least one of these performances. Weekends are free for travel to the Peloponnese or to nearby islands such as Hydra, Spetses, Paros or Naxos, or to explore Athens in more depth.

Students of all ages and backgrounds, from beginning, intermediate or advanced levels, are welcome to join the workshop. Typical sessions have included art teachers, university students, working artists and people who have not tried any form of art before. Students will be grouped according to previous art experience and ability. The grouping will be flexible, according to student need and development.

Housing Description

While in Athens, students will live in a shared apartment with a small kitchenette within walking distance of the Athens Centre. Generally, there will be two to four students in each apartment, although some house up to six. Laundry services are available locally, but not within the apartment building. Meals are not covered in the program fees. There are a number of inexpensive cafés and restaurants near the Athens Centre and, on average, you can expect to spend somewhere around 15-25 Euros per day on meals if eating out, but less if you cook for yourself in your apartment.

"Athens has reignited a creative spark

that has passed from philosophers, to artists, to poets, to song writers, and now to me. She has let me hear her hum and invited me to take part of her story."