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Smili Art Workshop, Olympia

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  • It was a fantastic way to see in real life how sculptures are made! Alexandros was enthusiastic in showing us his techniques and answered our questions patiently. His wife Katerina is a talented... 
    It was a fantastic way to see in real life how sculptures are made! Alexandros was enthusiastic in showing us his techniques and answered our questions patiently. His wife Katerina is a talented...  more »
  • We booked a class where we got to sculpt apples out of clay. Alexander taught us some of the basic techniques and lent a hand with some of the finer details. Overall we were all very happy with our... 
    We booked a class where we got to sculpt apples out of clay. Alexander taught us some of the basic techniques and lent a hand with some of the finer details. Overall we were all very happy with our...  more »
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  • We asked Alexander about availability for his sculpting class that day and he said it takes about 1.5 hours and he can teach the 4 of us at any time. We booked a time for that evening and Alexander already had our stations set up for us and we drove Right into our projects! One of the members of my group had some prior experience with clay and finished the Level 1 project quickly. Alexander let her make the Level 2 project as the other 3 people in our group completed our work. Alexander was helped as little or as much as you want, so no worries if you're not artistic! He spoke clear English and was encouraging and friendly the whole time. The experience was less expensive than expected (only $60 for all 4 of us, including my friend's extra project), despite us booking privately, last minute, and taking 2.5 hours before we were satisfied with our projects. We also purchased several items from his shop. There aren't tons of different items to shop because he personally makes everything. Besides the marble creations, there are olive wood carvings and a few things made out of granite. We purchased a wood mask, a wood owl, granite whiskey stones, and a marble decoration. Alexander was extremely kind and fair, even giving us discounts for the large purchase. Alexander gave us instructions for drying the clay in our creations before getting on the plane and wrapped the art in bags with air to carry back to the hotel. Anyone with a few extra hours in Olympia needs to visit Smili!
  • This was such a great experience! Alexandros was an amazing teacher. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and want to see how a real marble sculptor works or want to learn how to sculpt clay like one.

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