Current Workshops

Craig Waddell - 3 Day workshop

Wild Beauty - painting from still life


Craig will be demonstrating methods of oil paint, palette knives & mediums. We will discuss how to compose from the subject, methods of drawing subject up and the benefit of underpainting and layering.

Sensual and tactile, Craig's work celebrates both the sublime and the imperfect. Laying down paint, wet into wet, observing while intuitive colour and gesture build and change, he destroys, renews and resurrects images from everyday life - Carol Schwarzman


Craig Waddell was born in Sydney in 1973. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School in 1999 and a MFA (Printmaking) at the Chiang Mai University, Thailand 2004.

Waddell's recent awards include: the 2008 Moya Dyring, Art Gallery of NSW Residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris; The 2007 Marten Bequest Traveling Art Scholarship; and the 2007 Gunnery studio, Artspace Sydney.

He won the Mosman Art Prize in 2010; the previous year he won the Mosman Art Prize Peoples Choice award and was highly commended. He was awarded the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize in 2005 and the 2005 Tattersall’s Art Prize for landscape painting. He was also winner of the Paddington Art Prize and the Norville Australian Landscape Prize, both in 2004.

Waddell has been a finalist in the Sulman Prize in 2010, Dobell Drawing Prize in 2007 and 2004, the 2007 Glover Prize for Landscape Painting of Tasmania, the 2006 Archibald Prize, the 2006 Kilgour Prize and the ABN AMRO 2006 Emerging Art Award. He was also included in the Salon Des Refuse 2006 exhibition.

In 2005 he was a Finalist in the Wynne Prize, and in the 2005 Blake Prize for Religious Art. Waddell was highly commended for the Brett Whiteley Traveling Scholarship in 2003, 2001 and 1999 and the Lloyd Rees Memorial Award 2000. He was the recipient of the Waverley Painting Prize 1999 and the Pat Corrigan Traveling Scholarship in 1998.

Waddell has completed residencies in Paris, Thailand, Vietnam and Sydney and has participated in many group shows.




Location AWA Studios, Knockrow NSW (Byron Hinterland)
Date 23-25th November 2018
Cost $750.00
Level All Levels

Abstraction in the Landscape
Jo Bertini

Abstraction in the Landscape

The workshop is designed for artists interested in landscape, both paiting and drawing and for thos involved with the conversation about the nature of art making and different approaches to the Australian environment. It is intended as a master class to develop a visual language and a particular thinking about the genre of landscape painting.

There will be work done en situ as well as in the studio, ranging from the most basic 'drawing and painting form the source' exercises to realising visual ideas and concepts on a larger, more resolved scale. Study material will be sourced directly from the surrounding environment to be used in our experimental process.

Resource and study materials such as sketch books, drawings, photography and small scale concept studies will be used in the preliminary approach that uses each artist's intuitive, instinctive strengths as well as developing skill based techniques, so that the considered, creative experimentation achieves a unique interpretation for each individual student to then pursue with confidence.



Location AWA Studios, Knockrow NSW (Byron Hinterland)
Date 8-10th February 2019 (3 days)
Cost $750.00
Level Intermediate

Lost Art of Drawing (with model)
Christopher Orchard (Adelaide)

Lost Art of Drawing (with model)

This two day drawing intensive exploring the use of the human figure to construct meaning in which each participant will be tutored in both the formal elements of drawing the model and the methodologies for the examination of potential narratives relevant to each person.

Workshop will focus on the use of charcoal and pastel to develop tonal and colour values in drawings of the human figure in settings of both natural and artificial lighting.

On the first day we will draw directly from the model in a set using charcoal in order to construct tonal scales associated with the body and surrounding space.

The second day we will use dry pastel to explore the tonal value of colour in the skin and surrounding space by utilizing grey scale grounds and white grounds. By the end of day two we should have two fully realized drawings.

Chris has held numerous solo exhibitions. His work is surveyed in major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. He was Head of Drawing at Adelaide Central School of Art and is an active supporter of professional development for young artists. He is represented by Wagner Gallery in Sydney, in Adelaide and New York.



Location AWA Studios, Knockrow NSW (Byron Hinterland)
Date 23/24th March 2019
Cost $650.00
Level Intermediate

Idris Murphy & Ross Laurie

Fowlers Gap - Year 5

This outback adventure is designed around one of Australia's great train journeys. Train departs Sydney Central early morning and arrives by 8pm in Broken Hill. Daily flights are available on Rex Airlines but experiencing the relaxing pace of a train journey is half the fun. Accommodation is required for Monday night in Broken Hill and we meet following breakfast Tuesday morning to be transported to Fowlers Gap.

Our bus will transport us through the amber hues and vibrant reds of living desert country to Fowlers Gap - home of the UNSW Research Station 112 kms north east of Broken Hill, where so many important artists have gone before. Artist Profile Magazine featured a group of 13 prominent Australian artists from a mixture of backgrounds, ages and art practices in 2011. The artists were part of an arts laboratory and spent 14 days translating the arid landscape into art. Their adventure was named "Not The Way Home" and their work from the field was uploaded daily to a blog allowing viewers to follow their journey. Idris Murphy and Ross Laurie were part of this group.

Idris and Ross are two of Australia's leading landscape painters and teachers who have been returning to Fowlers Gap for many years to draw inspiration for their paintings. Our 2 artists work together with the group and have developed a program that exposes students to a variety of ideas and approaches while helping them find their own way of translating the landscape into art. Participants will have full access to their guidance, generosity and wealth of knowledge as well as the added benefit of group discussion and talks each evening about paint, painting, painters and the history of painting.

Fowlers Gap research station provides rustic but comfortable shared accommodation and amenities. We have engaged a professional caterer to take care of our meals.

A wide range of research on birds, kangaroos, reptiles and other flora and fauna is carried out on the property including soil conservation, solar energy and astromony. It is an important site for teaching with regular field excursions by students from both UNSW Science Department and the College of Fine Arts. The remoteness of the Station with its impressive landscape, eco trails and wildlife viewing platforms attracts artists as well as local and international visitors. It is a working farm with more than 5000 sheep.

Allow yourself time to explore Broken Hill and visit the classic outback town of Silverton with its heritage stone buildings, artist studios and museums.

IdrIs Murphy & Ross Laurie are represented by King Street Gallery, Sydney

Images courtesy of Roller Photography, King Street Gallery and the Artists



Location Folwers Gap Research Station NSW
Date 6 August to 12 August 2019 (6 nights)
Cost $3,150.00
Level Intermediate

Andrew Antoniou

Drawing From Your Imagination

Maximise your creative potential by drawing on the wealth of your imagination and memory to form your own unique stories. In this workshop Andrew will take you through a process of visualisation exercises to create imaginative compositions of your own. Working with charcoal, you will also develop technical skill that will enhance your imagery through a greater understanding of line and tone study.

His teaching and drawing span a period of 35 years in Australia, the United Kingdom and USA. He has been a finalist in the major drawing prizes in Australia including a seven times finalist in the Dobell.

Andrew will demonstrate ways to look inwards for a more personal story by using poetry, text, music and song as starting points. It is the commitment to drawing that forms the core of ones art practice.

"Andrew's ability to put traditional approaches aside, allows a freer and more individual way of seeing and thinking which is totally liberating.  Couple this with Andrew's positive attitude, his passion for drawing and his ability to impart knowledge and you have a learning experience that will stay with you and continue to benefit long after the end of the course." - Graeme Nichols, Sturt Summer School.



Location Art Workshop Studios, Byron Hinterland
Date 14/15th September 2019 (2 days) 9.30 to 4pm
Cost $650.00
Level All levels

Ross Laurie at Home - Walcha Country

Translating Landscape into Art

It is on the private property of Ross Laurie and surrounds of Walcha that we will enjoy an extended plein air workshop. Ross's growing audience has recognised the lyricism and tough beauty of his work inspired by the landscape he knows so well.

His students are accumstomed to his warm generous manner and cannot get enough of his vast experience in teaching and his knowledge about painting and painters.

Walcha is the oldest town and settlement in the New England tablelands. It is located half way between Sydney and Brisbane. The town boasts some of Australia's most spectacular countryside with a labyrinth of gorges surrounded by sheer cliffs and waterfalls.

It is also a town abundant with public art and the open air gallery boasts close to fifty sculptures making Walcha the most art saturated town in Australia. We will spend the first 2 days in different locations to gather material and make numerous studies of our surrounds. The final day will be studio based. Ross will instruct individually and there is no one better to guide and assist you with your art practice.

Image courtesy of Roller Photography, King Street Gallery and the Artist

Arrive in time for welcome dinner in Walcha 3rd April - Check out 7th (4 nights)


Location Walcha, New England Tablelands, NSW
Date 4/7th April 2019 - 4 nights (check out 7th)
Cost $1,500.00
Level Intermediate