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Drawing and Sketching week at CaravanTurkey Gokpinar Cultural Center


Learn to draw from a professional designer, surrounded by a landscape sure to inspire the artist in you! 


Be inspired by the beauty of Turkey's Aegean Coast - its rugged pine-covered mountainside, its clear blue waters, seaside villages and beaches. At Gokpinar, a village of 100 people,  just 10 minutes from the coast, you will be bathed in beauty and tranquility. 


Courses run all year round for individuals and small groups.

Gokpinar is an old Yörük village on the Aegean Coast of Turkey, that feels a world away from the tourist trail. Our retreat is set on a hilltop overlooking the village and the mountains' pine forests. We are only 10 minutes' drive to the beach and 40 minutes from Bodrum.


Come and join us for a week to find you inner artist, experience life in a small Turkish village and enjoy the tranquility!

The seven-night/eight-day package includes:


  • 7 Nights accommodation in a double room

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and  dinner)

  • Unlimited tea and coffee service, drinking water

  • Airport transfers from and to Bodrum International Airport

  • Drawing and sketching classes with Esmee Ertekin

  • 15 hours a week scheduled classes

  • Sketchbooks and basic drawing materials 

  • Participants are free to use the medium of their choice

  • Unlimited access to drawing facilities

  • Day visits to beaches, Bodrum city centrum or local markets

  • Visitors are allowed to bring their own drinks to the center


Courses start every Saturday, year-round


Course cost for seven nights/eight days, per person, double occupancy
$USD 1350 per person in a double room

$USD 1550 per person for single travellers

$USD 500 deposit via money transfer or major credit cards required to secure bookings. Balance is due seven days before arrival.


NEW! We can also tailor your course with classes in Turkish Cooking, Carpet Weaving, Music and Bellydancing, Turkish Culture and Language, Basket Weaving, Spoon Making and more. Please ask for details!

Contact us for any further questions or reservations.


Bodrum/Milas International Airport  is a 30-minute drive from Gokpinar.
Turkish Airlines and others fly all year around to Bodrum via Istanbul. 
Their web sites are:

There are charter flights between May and October from Europe and the UK.

Below are are some useful links for low-cost charter flights.

From the UK:

From the Netherlands:

Most nationalities require a VISA for entry to Turkey. These can be purchased on arrival (for British citizens it costs £10, for US citizens $US20.)


For reservations or enquiries please email us at with the dates and programme you are interested in. We will be back to you with details.

Caravanturkey - Bodrum - Turkey
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Phone: +90 533 3655906
             +90 252 3131896
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Fax: +90 2523133889


Experimental Drawing and Sketching Course Course Outline


Day 1: Arrival at Gokpinar Retreat Center and Introduction

Day 2: Landscape Speed Drawing Workshop

Day 3: Charcoal Life Drawing Workshop and Beach Trip

Day 4: Collage Still Life Workshop

Day 5: Texture and Mark Making Workshop and Beach Trip 

Day 6: Mixed Media Personal Project Workshop

Day 7: Full Day Boat Trip and Underwater Photography Workshop 

Day 8: Free day, departure from Gokpinar Retreat Center


Esmee instructs an informal style, drawing and sketching on location. Classes are relaxed, the aim is to create personal memories of your stay in the idyllic hill top setting of Gökpınar.


The class is suitable for all. No previous art experience is neccessary, just a willingness to be creative and enjoy your stay with other art and culture lovers in Gökpınar.


Non participants who want to accompany their sketching friends can enjoy the local scenery, have a walk around the village, relax in the traditional stone house or sit and enjoy tea in the garden.


Classes are instructed in English but French, Italian and Turkish speakers are also catered for.


About Your Teacher

Esmee Ertekin is a fashion and textile designer who splits her time between London and Bodrum.

She studied at the prestigious St Martin's School of Art in London and has more than 20 years of design experience working in fashion houses in London, Milan, Paris and New York.

She currently runs a London-based textile business selling designs to brands worldwide and works as a fashion and design tutor.

Half-Turkish, half-British, she has been visiting Bodrum since she was child.

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Esmee Ertekin

Mobile: + 44 770 9582279


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