Art supply shops in Athens – Art Center

Art Center is another one of the cluster of art supply shops on Stournari. Up till about a year ago (or more? not exactly sure right now) it used to occupy the smallish rooms on the corner of Stournari and Tzortz, now overtaken by ‘Β’ Art Cafe. It was a truly labyrinthine store, where one could discover all kinds of weird and wonderful things if you just bothered to look around long enough.

Now they’ve moved half a block down opposite to the newsstand (periptero) into larger rooms, but the labyrinth of shelves has recreated itself and offers equal joy of discovery. The steady customers of Art Center are architecture students, but they do have something for everyone.

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So, what can you find in Art Center supply-wise?

Watercolors

Individual Van Gogh and Winsor and Newton half pans and various small sets – occasionally they have an excellent little Lukas pocket set that I haven’t noticed anywhere else. They also have a somewhat random selection of Ecoline liquid watercolors.

Coloured pencils

Rather good selection of different sets, and also individual Koh-I-Noor pencils.

Gouache, tempera and acrylics

Winsor and Newton small tubes. Back in the days they also used to have Pebeo gouache, but cannot remember if they still carry it. As far as acrylics go – there is a decent selection of Talens Amsterdam and a full range of Lukas.

Oil paints etc

Same with acrylics – there is a selection of Schmincke oils, but not a huge one. There is, however a selection of different gessoes in various price ranges. They also have a good range of Flame spray paints.

Markers

Almost a full range of Copic markers, some Winsor and Newton Promarkers, different blocks of marker paper.

Printmaking

Tiny random selection of printmaking inks, some student-level lino-and woodcutting tools, some embossing tools. A couple of brayers as well.

Paper and canvas

They have their own blocks of kraft and newsprint for sketching in different sizes (A5-A3), usually different Arches and Fabriano watercolor blocks and large sheets, Canson watercolor and sketching blocks and local black softcover sketchbooks that actually have very nice paper (tolerates even watercolor).
They’ve got some stretched canvases of smaller size.

You can find more details on their website or Facebook.

 

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