Current Workshops

Abstraction in the Landscape Abstraction in the Landscape
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


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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 19/21 February 2021 (3 days)
Cost $950.00

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

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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 6/7 March 2021
Cost $650.00
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.

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

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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 23/25th April 2021 (3 days)
Cost $950.00
Level All Levels

Idris Murphy

Scenic Rim, Outback Queensland

Artworkshops Australia has incorporated a unique 'glamping' and painting experience with Idris Murphy and Spicers Retreats. Spicer's group shares its love for the environment by allowing guests to experience the wonder of nature in a sustainable way, without sacrificing luxury in the process.

Guests will enjoy the renowned culinary skill of their chefs with fully catered meals, combining wholesome locally sourced ingredients with their own freshly grown produce.

This outback painting adventure is a stone's throw from the quaint hinterland town of Maryvale where the group will meet for lunch and just 2 hours drive west of Brisbane or the Gold Coast in the heart of Queensland's Scenic Rim. The property is set deep within 5,000 acres of private nature reserve offering a variety of easily accessible painting opportunities and endless walking trails.

Like many landscape painters, Idris draws his own inspiration from his travels to the bush. He is one of Australia's best known plein air landscape artists and his vast experience in this area will assist students in how best to respond to the landscape in an immediate and spontaneous way.

Idris exposes students to a range of ideas and approaches to help them find their own way of translating the landscape into art. Participants will have full access to his 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.

-Cost is based on twin share. (limited singles available at extra cost)

-Fully catered including morning & afternoon tea.

-Luxury tents have own private verandah to take in the vast mountain views.

-hot water bottle turn down service

-Robes & slippers provided

-polished timber floorboards

-All bedding & towels supplied

-Beautifully appointed communal bathrooms located near main lodge - shampoo, conditioner & body wash provided

Limited single available at additional cost ($3950)


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Location Scenic Rim, near Maryvale, QLD
Date 2/6th August 2021 (4 nights)
Cost $3,350.00

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.


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