Current Workshops

Cherry Hood

Painting Faces in Watercolour

The methods used are not conventional or traditional watercolour techniques.

Working from photos Cherry demonstrates how she makes her large scale watercolour paintings and will assist each participant in preparing colour, 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 - during the drying process, you will proceed on with a second painting. 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 correct proportions when painting portraits and transforming a photograph into a recognisable hauting 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 won the Archibald Prize in 2002.

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Location AWA Studios, Knockrow NSW (Byron Hinterland)
Date 28/29th September 9.30 to 4pm
Cost $650.00
Level all levels

David Fairbairn & Suzanne Archer

Two Heads Are Better Than One

A weekend Drawing workshop with Suzanne Archer and David Fairbairn will provide two different approaches to drawing the human head. The first day David will teach you an adventurous but analytical way to draw the human head. You will work from yourself using a mirror with a range of mixed media making a series of detailed preliminary studies which will prepare you for day 2.

On the second day Suzanne will work with the emotive self-portrait interpreting it with the focus on a psycholigical and holistic approach. This will involve the use of a mirror again and require an open mind regarding what is meant by self portraiture.

Suzanne Archer has exhibited regularly in Australia since 1967. Winner of many Art Awards including the Wynne Prize for Landscape Painting in 1994 and most recently the Dobell Prize for Drawing and Kedumba Drawing Award in 2010. A career survey was held in 2016 at Macquarie University Art Museum, Sydney. Her work can be seen in many Regional Galleries throughout Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Artbank. Suzanne is represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne.

David Fairbairn is renowned for his large mixed media drawings. He was awarded the Dobell Drawing Prize in 1999, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2002 and more recently, the Mosman Art Prize in 2012. He was a finalist in the Archibald in 2012 and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2013. David has exhibited extensively in Australia and is represented by Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Melbourne.


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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 19/20th October 2019
Cost $700.00
Level Intermediate

Painted from Life
Robert Malherbe

Painted from Life

Robert Malherbe is an Australian contemporary painter of nudes, landscapes and still life. He works directly from his subject - his technique is energetic and his mark making is speedy.

The workshop will feature a live model and Robert will guide participants through the painting technique of alla prima or wet-on-wet. This technique is used predominantly in oil painting and requires a fast way of working.

Students will be encouraged to look and to think of the live model in terms of movement and physical weight. Painting and drawing experience is necessary for this workshop and it is not suitable for beginners.

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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 2/3rd November 2019
Cost $700.00
Level Masterclass

Landscape Fast & Loose
Tim Allen

Landscape Fast & Loose

An expressive and bold approach to the landscape tradition. Students will be developing skills to respond artically to the landscape in an immediate, powerful and spontaneous way.

Tim will demonstrate both alla prima techniques in oil and layering techniques in mixed media. Students may choose to work with one or both approaches during the workshop. The common threads will include mark making, ways of seeing and the surprising amount of planning and thinking required to make bold and expressive paintings.

In this 3 day workshop students will gain a wide range of skills to continue their own practice and have a broad range of mixed media techniques used to capture the essence of the landscape including ink, watercolour and pastel.

Students will be expected to produce a range of drawings and studies to develop into 2 or 3 larger resolved artworks by the end of the workshop.

Tim will conduct regular demonstrations of his own techniques and process during the workshop. His teaching style is enthusiastic and engaged with a focus on individual tuition and extracting the best out of every student regardless of experience.

Tim Allen is represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney


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Location AWA Studio, Knockrow, Byron Hinterland
Date 22/24th November 2019 (3 days)
Cost $790.00
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 7/12th May 2020 (5 nights)
Cost $3,450.00
Level all levels

Ross Laurie

Translating Landscape into Art

Ross Laurie is one of Australia's most respected artists and teachers. Much of his inspiration has come from his beautiful farm views and the surrounds of Walcha where he lives, but there are also many of his powerful paintings that are inspired by the outback.

Laurie's students are accustomed to his warm generous manner who cannot get enough of his vast teaching experience and knowledge about painting and painters.

This 5 day workshop will focus on painting and sketching from the natural environment around us. Ross will demonstrate, guide us and assist each participant indivually to translate the landscape into art. The Ranges are the perfect backdrop for plein air painting where the dusty red roads are bordered by towering ancient cliffs and deep craters.

The rugged Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia and spread over 430 kms to the north and the south. Just 5 hours drive from Adelaide the spectacular gorges and sheltered creeks attract both local and international tourists to the region. It is for this reason we seek private property so that we will not be distracted or interrupted by tourists.

All participants will have single accommodation in the shearer's quarters on the property. We have our own kitchen, communal toilets and showers.


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Location Willow Springs Station, Flinders Ranges SA
Date 10/15th June 2020 (5 nights)
Cost $3,050.00
Level all levels