Current Workshops

A Loose Approach to Mixed Media
Judith White - Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Free

A Loose Approach to Mixed Media


Judith's work is a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts and subjects that challenge traditional boundaries and defy easy definition. The sky's the limit when creating with mixed media. By incorporating charcoal, inks, crayon, collage and acrylics in one artwork, you can utilize the best that each medium has to offer.

This extended workshop is designed to expand your ideas about contemporary art practice using the established observational methods of drawing through to finished mixed media painting. Subjects will include 'unconventional still-life" and landscape.

You will be encouraged to loosen up, break bad habits and go large.


Location AWA Studios, Knockrow NSW (Byron Hinterland)
Date Thurs 7th/Sat 9th June 2018 (3 days) 9.30 am to 4pm
Cost $750.00
Level All Levels

Camel Trek - Flinders Ranges SA
Jo Bertini

Camel Trek - Flinders Ranges SA

Hawker is located in South Australia's Central Flinders Ranges and is the starting point for our camel trek. In conjunction with Camel Treks Australia, we have customised a 4 day painting adventure with Australia's desert queen, Jo Bertini.

Setting out early from Adelaide our bus will transport us to Hawker where the camels will be packed and ready to take us to the heart of the Flinders Ranges where we will camp under the stars.

Each day you may choose to ride the humble camel or walk along at a gentle pace as we follow the well worn tracks that reveal hidden gorges, sheltered creeks lined with river red gums, abundant wildlife and stunning views of the rugged mountains.

The schedule allows for walking and working at your own pace leaving you free to spend more time at some sites. While waiting for breakfast or dinner, we will no doubt find you drawing and sketching the fascinating camels.

Sleeping under the southern stars in a comfortable swag and gazing at the night sky is a most memorable experience.

Jo Bertini is an award winning established Australian artist, painter, teacher and lecturer at many national and public regional art galleries and tertiary institutions. She has been exhibiting for over 25 years and been awarded several important commissions and residencies throughout Australia.

Jo's interest as an artist has been landscape, places and peoples of remote desert regions of Australia. The recently published book of Jo Bertini Fieldwork is a selected collection from Jo's private archive of works made directly 'en situ'while on expedition. The book brings to life the artists long and intimate involvement with the Australian desert. Jo brings an energy that corresponds with the emotional response to the landscape.

Deposit required to secure your place - it is not refundable nor transferable  (see terms & conditions)


Location Hawker, Flinders Ranges
Date 4/8th April (4 nights)
Cost $2,775.00
Level Intermediate

Translating Landscape into Art
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 accustomed 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 halfway between Sydney and Brisbane - also accessible by train from Central station, Sydney. 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 give you the direction you need.

Arrive in time for welcome dinner 11th April - Check out 15th April (4 NIGHTS)

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Location Walcha, New England Tablelands, NSW
Date 11/15th April 2018 - 4 nights (check out 15th Oct)
Cost $1,350.00
Level Intermediate to Advanced

Fowlers Gap IV Fowlers Gap IV
Idris Murphy & Ross Laurie

Fowlers Gap IV

This outback adventure is designed around one of Australia's great train journeys. Train departs Sydney Central early morning and arrives by 8pm. Daily flights are also available on Rex Airlines, but experiencing the relaxing pace of a train journey to get to Broken Hill 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 the guidance, generosity and wealth of knowledge our 2 artists offer and will have the added benefit of group discussion with Idris and Ross each evening on 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 has been carried out on the property including soil conservation, solar energy and astronomy. 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 also 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

Arrive Broken Hill by 27th August for 8am departure to Fowlers Gap 29th. 

Return to Broken Hill 9am 3rd September      (6 NIGHTS)

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Location Fowlers Gap, North Western NSW
Date 28 August to 3 September 2018 (6 nights)
Cost $3,150.00
Level intermediate