Encaustic female face
St John the Baptist
Producing the colours
The art in practice
Encaustic male face
Fayioum portrait on ceramic
Chrysa is a real cognoscenti of the ancient art of painting called encaustic, and will take her Guests through the historic origins of the art, let them explore the ways it has been practiced since ancient years, and offer them a detailed hands-on practical tutorial whereby they will learn how to use the materials in order to create their own encaustic artwork
WHAT you will LEARN:
The history of Encaustic, from ancient time to today
Actual works of encaustic art, as applied through the centuries
The fundamentals of encaustic painting and producing authentic artifacts
Chrysa – Sifnos, hands-on tutorial on the painting art of Encaustic
Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together
Historic overview of Encaustic artVisitors will learn the historic origins of Encaustic, and explore the way it has been practiced since ancient years in 4th century BC. They will also examine their Hostesses’ works of art, and browse pictures of portraits, statue paintings, and byzantine hagiography works, as well as photos from actual architectural finds and byzantine paintings relating to encaustic
Hands-on practice of EncausticAt Chrysa’s own workshop, guests will be taken through a step by step hands-on tutorial, in order to explore the fundamentals of producing paintings and works of art, based on the principles of Encaustic. They will learn how to place and handle the different materials themselves on a ceramic surface, and how an encaustic artifact is produced
Place of ORIGIN: Athens
LIVES in: Sifnos
LOVES: creating hand-made artifacts and works of art, travelling, reading, cooking
Has TRAVELLED to: Czech Republic, Austria, Konstantinople, Egypt, Venice, many islands in Greece
Personal TRAITS: very hospitable and pleasant, very good communicator, loves conveying her expertise to her guests
Chrysa Frazeskarou is your Hostess
Chrysa is an accomplished encaustic and byzantine hagiography practitioner and cognoscenti, and owns her own workshop in Sifnos where she introduces her guest to this ancient art and allows them to hands-on practice and experiment on the art itself. She has exhibited her artistic creations to many renowned art exhibitions in Athens, Sifnos and Konstantinople
Place: Sifnos island
Meeting Point: Fyrogia Monastery (which is on the road to Vathi, 1 km from Katavati village, near Apollonia)
Duration: 3 hours
Timetable: 11.00-14.00 or 17.00-20.00
Price: 45 euros per person (all materials are included; transport is not included)
Availability: 1 May – 30 September
Group size: 4 persons max
What’s SPECIAL about this experience: the guests will enjoy a rare opportunity to learn about the ancient art of encaustic, from a real accomplished cognoscenti
Sifnos - Where the Experience will take place
What wikipedia says
Sifnos is an island municipality in the Cyclades island group in Greece. The main town, near the center, known as Apollonia (pop. 869), is home of the island's folklore museum and library. The town's name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora. The second-largest town is Artemonas (800), thought to be named after an ancient temple of Apollo's sister-goddess Artemis, located at the site of the church of Panayia Kokhi. The village of Kastro (118), was the capital of the island during ancient times until 1836. It is built on top of a high cliff on the island's east shore and today has extensive medieval remains and is the location of the island's archeological museum. The port settlement, on the west coast of the island is known as Kamares (245).
Sifnos was inhabited by human beings from at least 4000 BCE. Archeological evidence indicates the island was within the mainstream of Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic civilization. The island was very wealthy in ancient times, thanks to its gold, silver, and lead, which were being mined there as early as the 3rd millennium BCE. Proof of this is the treasury which the Siphnians built at Delphi in the 6th century BCE to house their offerings.
There are 360 churches in the island of SIfnos, as per the days of the year. More than any other island in Cyclades. It is no coincidence, the large number of festivals held on the island almost every month. Many churches and monasteries of the island are historical sites with great religious and architectural interest. The most important one is the monastery of Panagia Chryssopigi. One of the most "popular" churches of the island, is one of the Seven Martyrs, where many couples choose to get married . Still, Panagia Poulati renowned both for its beauty and what the landscape that surrounds it.
The most famous beaches are: Cheronisos, Poulati, Faros, Platu Gialos, Vathi, Apokofto, Broulidia, Fukiada, Chrysopigi.
Sifnos island is very famous for the religious festivals that take place during the summer period. These events is a very good opportunity for a visitor to be familiar with the culture of the island and the famous sifnian traditional cuisine for free.