Sunday, June 6, 2010


A painting course for BSA Friends and their friends will be held at Knossos from 2nd to 9th October 2010. This is through the kindness of the British School at Athens.

The course will be taught by David Parfitt, who is generously donating his time and knowledge in order to raise money for the Friends of the BSA, which supports the research facilities of the School.

Those taking part – a maximum of eight people – will receive individual and group tuition in painting and drawing, in the spectacular landscape of the Knossos valley where olives and cypresses flank the Palace of Minos and nine thousand years of human habitation. There will also be a guided tour of the Palace led by the BSA Knossos Curator, Don Evely.

Participants will be lodged at the British School’s Knossos hostel (known as the Taverna) or in nearby houses. This will be a unique opportunity to stay at Knossos; as there are no hotels in Knossos or anywhere in the vicinity for tourists or visitors to stay. The hostel is in the grounds of Sir Arthur Evans’ Villa Ariadne, and has been home to many generations of BSA students and scholars engaged in Cretan studies. It has never before been used for any other purpose. The accommodation is simple but adequate.

David Parfitt is a painter who has long-standing connections with the BSA. He studied at the Royal College of Art and has taught in many art schools, including the Royal Academy Schools where he was Senior Tutor. He is a member of the New English Art Club and is on the committee of the NEAC Drawing School. His work can be seen on his website, at

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