Current Workshops

Tim Allen

Hidden Blue Mountains (Fast & Loose)


Tim Allen's unique workshop is exclusive to just 10 participants combining art and adventure while enjoying luxury accommodation at heritage listed The Chalet in Medlow Bath.

Situated on Tim's doorstep, the mountains remain a great source of inspiration for him and he has long wanted to share the 'hidden' parts of this pristine area with likeminded people. Supported by expert guide, we will focus on paths less travelled which may at times be challenging, but which will reveal extraordinary wild beauty, temperate rain forests and sheltered gorges below.

This vast region is Australia’s cradle of conservation and we will maintain the highest standards of safety while supporting responsible travel practices to protect the fragile environment around us so that we minimise our impact and leave the smallest possible footprint. We should be prepared for possible adverse weather conditions and able to carry our own daypack with all our requirements for the day.

We will picnic from deserted lookouts and see the blue haze of the eucalypts splashed across the golden sandstone providing the most incredible scenic panoramas - it feels as though this ancient landscape is a world away, but it is just a short drive or train ride from Sydney.

This awesome opportunity is for artists of all levels who wish to experience the mystery and magic of the Blue Mountains with Tim Allen. Students will develop skills to respond artistically to the landscape in an immediate, powerful and spontaneous way. Tim's 'fast and loose' approach to painting has made his work instantly recognisable and placed him in high demand.

To ensure that this a most memorable experience for all, Tim generously goes beyond the call of duty by giving of his time for discussion in the evenings. He will also provide a range of suggested materials to facilitate both drawing and painting.

The Chalet Guesthouse is limited to sleeping only 10 participants. Built in 1892 it has beautiful ambience and features a private collection of contemporary Australian art throughout. The 7 ensuite guest rooms are a combination of single and share accommodation. The rate will be adjusted according to the type of accommodation available on a 'first come, first serve basis'

Group dinner at The Chalet Sunday 14 Oct - depart midday 18th (4 NIGHTS)

Download Itinerary, Waiver Form and Materials List



Location Blue Mountains, Blackheath NSW
Date 14-18th October 2018
Cost $2,050.00
Level All Levels

Cherry Hood

Painting Faces in Watercolour


The methods used are not conventional or traditional watercolour techniques. 

Working from photos Hood demonstrates how she makes her large scale watercolour paintings and will assist each participant in preparing colours, drawing the image and applying the paint.  Students who wish to venture into large scale works will be encouraged to pour watery paint onto their paper. You will proceed on with a second painting during the drying process. Large brushes are preferable to achieve quick, loose flowing marks while smaller brushes are used for detailing the facial features.

Hood gives demonstrations in drawing and painting the eyes, nose, mouth etc to help students understand and achieve the required proportions when painting portraits and transforming a photograph into a recognisable haunting image.

Participants from all levels of experience may expect to produce at least two good paintings in the style of Cherry Hood - ie a large human face by the end of the second day. 

Cherry is represented by Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney, Arc One, Melbourne, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Paul Greenaway, Adelaide and Turner Gallery, Perth. Hood attained a Master of Visual Art at the Sydney College of Arts in 2000. Her thesis investigated gender politics in art and cultural mores and taboos. She is represented in major Australian institutional and gallery collections; and has won the Arhcibald Prize in 2002.

Please see materials list and requirements for the workshop.




Location AWA Studios, Knockrow NSW (Byron Hinterland)
Date 20/21st October 2018
Cost $600.00
Level All Levels

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