Current Workshops

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.

Due to social distancing the workshop is limited to 10 only


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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date Due to Covid will be confirmed 2021
Cost $700.00
Level All Levels

Maryanne Wick

Channelling Margaret Preston

'Painting Still Life from Real Life' with Maryanne Wick

This enjoyable course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of painting in your choice of either oil or acrylic paint. Surface preparation, technique composition and the mixing of colour will be discussed, demonstrated and practised. Starting with a painting exercise, you will be preparing your own surfaces and painting the still life composition with the aim of completing a finished work or two!

Maryanne will discuss the lives and work of various still life artists with a focus on the work of Australia's beloved Margaret Preston and Clarice Beckett. And as was the practise of these artists, your still life compositions will be painted from real life subject matter, as you learn to paint directly onto your surface in the traditional manner. For those who are new to painting, require a fresh approach or feel stuck in their painting practice, Maryanne will help you with your ability and confidence. Enjoy being taken out of your comfort zone!

Maryanne Wick is primarily known for her tonal still life painting, portraiture and drawing. She is a graduate from the National Art School and has taught painting and drawing for their Public Programs Department for over ten years. Her paintings and drawings are held in private collections both in Australia and internationally. Maryanne has also held solo exhibitions in Australia, South Korea and most recently in Spain and has been awarded artists residencies in Australia, China, Spain and the USA. Maryanne has participated in over eighty group exhibitions, including the Gallipoli Art Prize, the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Portia Geach and Doug Moran Portrait Prizes. In 2015 she was awarded the Korea-Australia Art Foundation prize for painting.

Represented by: Art Atrium Gallery, Sydney - Simon Chan

Represented by: Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery, Southport, QLD

Maryanne Wick:

Due to Social distancing we are restricting the workshop to 10 only


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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 6/7 March 2021
Cost $700.00
Level All Levels

Translating landscape into Art Translating landscape into Art
Ross Laurie

Translating landscape into Art

Ross Laurie captivates his students with his thought-provoking teaching style and warm rapport. Artworkshops proudly offers his upcoming workshop where the focus is on landscape and ways to translate the landscape into Art. 'The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes' - Marcel Proust. Changing the way we see the world lies only in the reaches of our imagination and the potential for us to create something completely unique.

'Having travelled to the other side of the world and back seeking his source as a young artist, Ross finally found mature inspiration where he started, in the spiritual sense of country that is bathed in the melancholic light around Walcha on the New England tablelands. Over the past 10 years there is a large and growing audience who recognise the lyricism and tough beauty of Laurie's work. He has received critical praise, gained selection for major exhibitions and won a number of prizes for landscape painting including the Paddington Art Prize 2015. by Joe Frost - Artist Profile Magazine.

The workshop will focus on en plein air and the local landscape. General discussion will cover paint, painting, colour mixing and painters who have influenced our work.

Ross is represented by King Street Gallery who have just concluded his first successful online exhibition and he is the esteemed Judge for the 2020 Paddington Art Prize.

Due to social distancing we are restricting the workshop to 10 only

Deposit required to confirm booking - it is not refundable or transferable

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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date Due to Covid will be confirmed 2021
Cost $950.00
Level All Levels

Idris Murphy

The Epic Pilbara

The epic Pilbara is a must for any landscape artist. You will be awestruck by the deep red layered cliffs, massive gum trees, termite mounds and expansive plains that give way to picturesque gorges, refreshing waterfalls and the emerald waterholes of Karijini National Park.

Idris Murphy will lead the way and help you define this breathtaking landscape into art. As one of Australia's most respected educators and artists his focus will be to expose students to a variety of ideas and approaches with a combination of art history, demonstrations and references/books to illustrate specific techniques and processes.

Our group will be based at Karijini which is one of Australia's most beautiful National Parks. Share accommodation is arranged in their Eco Retreat tents. An experienced guide will provide details of the areas we visit and picnic lunch so that you are free to experiment, paint, draw and explore.

Transport from Paraburdoo airport return is included and also transport us to our painting sites each day. Continental breakfast is included at the Eco resort but other meals are provided daily by our guide and his wife.

Most of the beautiful gorges are hidden from view and require descending via stairs with our painting gear. It is important to limit materials for this purpose as everything has to be carried in and out. Our guide will assist in this regard.



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Location Karijini National Park, WA
Date 6/11th May 2021 (5 nights)
Cost $3,450.00
Level all levels

Tim Allen

Landscape Fast & Loose

Join us for 5 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.

Restricted numbers and single accommodation provides additiional comfort given the challenges during the pandemic. Barranca 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 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 provide everyone with an opportunity to spend time with Tim.

With many years of teaching experience, Tim as also been finalist in many of Australia's important art prizes and in 2016 won the coveted Paddington Art Prize.

Tim is represented by Defiance Gallery


Note itinerary download below images.

Day 1 includes Dinner only and Day 5 includes breakfast only. All other days include 3 meals.

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Location Kangaroo Valley
Date 19/23rd October (4 nights)
Cost $2,595.00
Level All Levels