Current Workshops

Jo Bertini

Abstraction in the Landscape

The workshop is designed for artists interested in landscape, both painting and drawing and those involved with the conversation about the nature of making art 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 from 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.

Materials list may be downloaded. Please include study/research material (i.e. sketchbooks, drawings or landscape studies of work done 'en situ' - photos, pictures or landscape reference resources. Sketchbooks, cartridge or watercolour papers, inks, gouaches or watercolours are useful for experimentation and studies.

Jo is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

& Mars Gallery, Melbourne


(see terms & conditions)

Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 4/6th June 2021 (3 days)
Cost $950.00

Judith White

Contemporary Landscape - Mixed Media

Break free of your post lockdown lethargy and get into mixed media with Judith White.

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.

The 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 and break bad habits.


see terms and conditions

Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 25/26th September 2021
Cost $700.00
Level All Levels

The Illusion of Space - Learn to Compose
Idris Murphy

The Illusion of Space - Learn to Compose

The workshop is based on landscape both imagined and real as a way into painting. Working predominantly in the studio, we will learn how to construct a better understanding of painting.

Murphy's workshop involves technical discussion at the start of each day focussed on formal areas of concern in contemporary painting and understanding the relation between the illusion of space and the ability to compose. We will talk about the use of colour in painting with an emphasis on developing your own voice.

Idris encourages participants to bring finished or unfinished works in progress to promote discussion and further development.

Materials: Acrylics are preferred in a workshop environment, however, please bring materials you would normally use in your landscape painting - canvas should be no bigger than a meter square. If you are starting work from scratch you may wish to bring sketchbook for making small studies to begin with.




Location AWA Studios, Knockrow NSW (Byron Hinterland)
Date 6/8th August 9.30 to 4pm
Cost $990.00
Level Intermediate to Advanced

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Tim Allen

Fast & Loose

Join us for 4 days in painter's paradise - Barranca Kangaroo Valley. An exclusive retreat in the Shoalhaven region of one of Australia's most beautiful valleys, just 2 hours drive south of Sydney. We will work from nature in the surrounds of scenic wilderness, streams and views of the magnificent Morton National Park escarpment.

Restriced numbers and single accommodation provides additional comfort given the challenges during the pandemci. Barrance has 4 beautifully appointed villas offering a luxury single room to all participants. Meals are fully catered.

Tim Allen's work is always about landscape, mostly wilderness landscape. His energetic mark making whether outdoors or in his studio is focused on finding the form and contours as he responds to the movement, energy and the anxiety of capturing a fleeting moment. He is a committed tutor and his energy is infectious. There are very few artists with the experience of Tim when it comes to painting directly from nature.

Students will be developing skills to respond artistically to the landscape in an immediate, powerful and spontaneous way. There will be daily demonstrations and informal discussion on art in the evenings. Our restricted numbers will give everyone quality time with Tim.

Tim has been finalist in many of Australia's important art prizes and in 2016 won the coveted Paddington Art Prize. His work and teaching experience have enabled him to fulfil opportunites and invitations around the world.

Location Barranca, Kangaroo Valley
Date 18/22nd October 2021
Cost $2,990.00
Level Intermediate