Tread Carefully with Richard Klekociuk
Coloured Pencil Retreat: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Monday 13th to Friday 17th March 2023
Richard Klekociuk’s drawings reflect his love and respect for the Tasmanian landscape through realism and abstraction. In this art retreat Richard will guide through a Colour Therapy session to deepen your awareness of nature.
Where is the art retreat?
Tin Dragon Cottages in North East Tasmania in the heart of North East Tasmania is a beautiful natural setting for a cosy creative art workshop. So, you will find your “inner artist” in a relaxed, safe and creative environment. We are taking just 8 participants (minimum four), so you can experience personal one-on-one painting tuition in our purpose-built workshop space.
The live-in (only) art workshop is suitable for anyone 18 years or older. The only thing you need to bring is enthusiasm, everything else is provided. Regardless of your art ability and experience you will find this workshop both very relaxing and exciting. In fact the retreat will be as challenging as you want it to be.
Although we are only enroling eight participants, we als0 encourage partners to attend. We won’t charge non-partcipating partners for the cost of the art tuition.
What is provided for the art retreat?
- All materials and equipment needed for the workshop are provided
- We provide six brands of coloured pencils, including the world’s top three. You will be amazed at the quality of these pencils! The pigments are archival, rich in colour and a joy to work with. We will be working on a range of papers, including white and coloured papers. The latter are renowned for rich, stunning coloured drawings.
- 4 nights accommodation with a variety of cottages to choose from
- Transport to & from Launceston
- All meals from Monday night dinner to Friday morning breakfast and morning and afternoon tea/coffee each day. The final night will feature a river-side BBQ (weather permitting). BYO alcohol for the entire trip.
About the art workshop
Please note that this itinerary is a guide only and may need to be changed to accommodate the needs of the group, our Artist or weather conditions.
Monday: Depart from Launceston to Branxholm by 13:30
Our driver will pick you up either from the Launceston Airport or from your hotel. From there we may take you on the scenic route to Tin Dragon Cottages, via a vineyard or olive farm, over the mountians or via the beach… However, the exact drive will depend on your preferences, group size and other factors…
But we should reach Tin Dragon Cottages in time for you to settle in to your cottage and be ready for a short tour. Your host–Graham–will take you for a short walking tour of our farm, including our renewable energy systems, Chinese tin-mining history and forest-bathing experience.
In the evening we will be serving Tasmanian wines and cheeses on the deck. Here, Richard Klekociuk will provide a full overview of the workshop. Then during dinner you will have time to get to know Richard better as well as your other art participants.
Workshop: Monday 13th to Friday 17th March 2023
Each tutorial day begins at 9:00 and concludes at 17:00.
Tuesday Day 1-Colour Therapy. Today you will select nine colours (pencils) that speak to you of Peace/calm. You will also select another nine colours that represent chaos/stress. You will produce 2 drawings on day 1, as well as visiting the forest in preparation for day 2 and 3’s sessions.
Wednesday Day 2-Drawing Silence. Today, you will learn how to draw silence. Your teacher will reveal all on the day!
Thursday Day 3-Tread Carefully. Today sees you returning to the palette you chose on day one. This will be a challenging exercise involving colour simplification using objects you have collected from the forest floor.
All of the artwork created in this workshop will be driven by your interaction with the surrounding forest. The venue site is truly inspiring!
Friday: Depart Branxholm to Launceston. Today some guests will enjoy the optional Pepper Bush Adventures Wilderness Tour– Best Waterfalls in Tasmania, leaving at 10:00. For our other guests it will be a day of relaxing and exploring. Then at 16:00 our driver will return everyone to Launceston by about 17:30.
Richard has been practicing and teaching art since 1969. He graduated from the Tasmanian School of Art in 1971. After a full-time teaching career, he retired in 2005. This allowed Richard to pursue a solo art adventure. In addition he has been conducting workshops and judging art awards both in Tasmania and on the Australian Mainland. He is particularly interested in the value of Art therapy through colour and has successfully promoted this concept in workshops both in Tasmania and on the Mainland.
Richard specialises in coloured pencil drawings and has won over 50 awards. He has been a Glover finalist on two occasions and on three in the Bay of Fires Art Prize. He is a Coloured Pencil Master (twice) as awarded by the Canadian and Australian Coloured Pencil Societies.
Love for the Tasmanian Landscape
Richard’s drawings reflect his love and respect for the Tasmanian landscape through realism and abstraction.
The Tasmanian landscape is made up of parts, some very spectacular, others very ordinary. We should recognise and celebrate the value of everything seen and unnoticed; an integration.
Tasmania’s beaches, waterways and forests are regarded amongst the best in the country and rightly so. People come here at various times of the year for a variety of reasons. I just like being there. Sometimes I beachcomb or walk accompanied with my camera. The salt air along the coast and the clean air inland invigorates and restores me. Natural therapy.
Although I appreciate (and often draw) the spectacular scenes that are to be found, especially our inland forests and waterways, it’s the ‘neglected’ and ‘unnoticed’ that more often than not take my eye, such as a small group of stones, pieces of driftwood, water tumbling over rocks, a forest floor, light flickering on a stream or through a forest, weathered shells and stones; the impact of light and shadow on objects no matter what their size or importance.
All aspects of our wonderful landscapes need to be valued and respected.
Book the Art Retreat & Workshop Holiday
Monday 13th to Friday 17th March 2023
Price: $1950 PP Twin/Share (Includes cost of workshop).
Solo guests (entire cottage to yourself): $2800
Couple (in a studio spa cottage): $4000
Twin/share (in Ah Moy or Ah Ping cottages): $1950
Budget share (Settlers Hut): $1800
**Non-participating partners save $400
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How to Book Your Place
When you have your group organised (or if you are coming on your own), you can book and pay for your place in the the workshop and your accommodation by making an enquiry (button below).
Of course, you are also most welcome to contact us to make a booking for you (email@example.com; 040 750 1137). You can then pay on invoice.
If you are not ready to book, you may like to send us your contact details, so that you can stay informed about available places in the workshop.
What is included?
Monday 13th to Friday 17th March 2023
Everything you need to complete your drawings is provided. This includes six different brands of coloured pencils with three of the World’s best brands. There will be a range of white and coloured papers to choose from.
Four nights accommodation is included.
Accommodation is on site at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages. Ah Moy cottage can accommodation up to four persons (shared bathroom, 2 couples); Ah Ping cottage can accommodate up to four persons (shared bathroom, 1 couple, 2 singles); three studio spa cottages are for couples, or singles and the Settlers Hut can accommodate up to four persons in single bunk beds (shared bathroom).
All meals from Monday night dinner to Friday morning breakfast and morning and afternoon teas are included in the package price. Tea, coffee and cold water are available all day. Lunch and dinner are not provided on Friday. Please note that alcohol is not included.
We pick you up in Launceston on Monday afternoon from the airport, bus transit centre or your hotel (by arrangement). Guests will be returned to Launceston from Tin Dragon Cottages on Friday afternoon.
We highly recommend that you organise and pay for your own travel insurance.
Flights are not included and are to be organised by you. Please check with us for pick-up and drop-off times. If your flight is delayed/cancelled we may need to make alternate transport arrangements for you – and you must keep us informed.
To secure your place you need to complete our reservation form/invoice (sent via return email) and make a $200 non-refundable and non transferable deposit. Full payment is then due by COB Friday 13th January 2023. Failure to pay means your reservation will be cancelled and your $200 deposit (administration fee) will not be returned or transferred.
Payments can be made to: Alpine Group Pty Ltd, BSB: 017537, account: 198381039 Please use your name and booking number as a reference.
Because this Retreat relies of a minimum group number (4) and third-party transport, it is necessary for us to charge a cancellation fee should you decide to cancel. However, if we decide to cancel the Retreat, we will offer you either a FULL refund or a credit.
We are not responsible for any of your expenses incurred in the preparation for your trip (even cancelled trips) such as airline tickets, travel delays or flight cancellations. There is no refund if you arrive late, or decide to leave early.
Your deposit secured your place in the reteat and is not refundable, or transferable.
If our Artist is unable to attend, we will do our best to find another Tasmanian Artist able to conduct the workshop, or we may need to reschedule the Retreat. In this event, you will be offered a credit.
In the event that government travel restrictions prevent you from travelling, you will be offered a credit to be used to attend another Retreat at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages. If you are unable to attend because you have been issued with a positive (PCR) COVID test result, you will be issued with a credit to use at another Tin Dragon Cottages Art Retreat, less the $200 non-refundable deposit fee. You will need to provide evidence of your positive PCR test result.
If you are unable to attend because you are too ill to travel, you will be issued with a credit to use at another Tin Dragon Cottages Art Retreat, less the $200 non-refundable deposit fee. However, you will need to provide evidence of your illness (such as a medical) certificate in order to claim this credit.
Cancellation up to 13th January 2023 – All your payments less the $200 non-refundable administration fee will be refunded.
Cancellation from 13th January to 3rd February 2023 – 50% of your payment minus the $200 administration deposit will be refunded.
Cancellaton after 3rd February 2023 – No refunds will be issued.