Bay of Fires Seascapes in Acrylics
25 – 29 March 2022
You will not find a more relaxed and creative art holiday retreat in Tasmania! So, pack your bags for an immersive art experience with renowned Tasmanian landscape artist–John E Gibb. Spend your days learning to paint and your evenings chatting about painting with a glass in your hand, delicious food and like-minded company.
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Art Workshop: 5 Days / 4 Nights
25 – 29 March 2022
Where is the art workshop?
Tin Dragon Cottages in North East Tasmania in the heart of North East Tasmania is a beautiful natural setting for a cosy painting workshop. So, you will find your “inner artist” in a relaxed, safe environment. We are taking just 12 participants (minimum two), 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. You need no painting experience–just a desire to learn and achieve. This painting workshop is designed for those who are keen to learn to paint a seascape or landscape but have never had the opportunity or encouragement to do so, before now!
While the art workshop is limited to 12 participants, partners are also encouraged to attend the retreat. Partners, not participating in the workshop, will be not be charged for the workshop at the Checkout.
What is provided for the art workshop?
- All materials and equipment needed for the workshop are provided
- 4 nights accommodation with a variety of cottages to choose from
- All meals from Friday night dinner to Tuesday morning breakfast. The final night will feature a river-side BBQ (weather permitting). BYO alcohol for the entire trip.
About the art workshop
The workshop involves producing a painting from start to finish using ideas gleaned from digital images of Binnalong Bay, Bay of Fires coastline. So the theme is coastal, with an emphasis on water and rocks.
It is an intensive, yet relaxed, workshop that uses the eco-friendlier medium of acrylic paint. Each participant is taken through the various stages of producing a seascape painting. This involves canvas preparation, composition and perspective principles as well as the many techniques of application.
Painting workshop timetable
Each tutorial day begins at 9 am and concludes at 5 pm.
Day 1-Canvas Preparation. Participants will select ideas from a collection of photographs. During the day, John will demonstrate how to prepare and transfer ideas onto the canvas. Participants will also learn to paint by using acrylic paints. They will learn how to start a painting.
Day 2-Building the painting. Today, participants will continue with their painting. John will be demonstrating and providing one-on-one personal tuition.
Day 3-Finishing techniques. On the final day, participants will complete their paintings! Finally, John will review the course and provide suggestions for framing the completed art works.
John E Gibb
Born at Hobart in 1953, John spent his first years in the small mining town of Rossarden on the slopes of Ben Lomond. From an early age his interest in art and painting was greatly encouraged by his teachers and parents. He graduated from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education and the Tasmanian School of Art in 1975. He taught visual art at secondary schools in Tasmania for 20 years before retiring in 1995 to concentrate on painting.
It was his appreciation of the watercolourist, Hans Heysen, that inspired him to to take up watercolour-painting. This became a passion that continued to flourish during his years of teaching and beyond. Ultimately, this passion resulted in several awards in Tasmania as well as the mainland.
For many years John has been profoundly deaf. However after a successful cochlear implant in 2001, John refocused his passion into painting with acrylics. This is a medium that has allowed him a greater freedom of expression. Today John’s artworks continue to reflect his deep love for the natural beauty of Tasmania. His individual approach to realism, and fastidious attention to detail in his search for the Tasmanian equation, give his art works a depth and quality sought after by many.
John’s more than 30 years of teaching and encouraging others to realise their potential in painting, means his practical and informative workshops are highly sought by those wishing to learn to paint – or to improve their painting technique.
John lives with his wife, Liz in Scottsdale, Tasmania. His work can be viewed at the Scottsdale Art Gallery café.
Book the Art Retreat & Workshop Holiday
Price: $1750 PP Twin/Share (Includes cost of workshop).
$2100 PP Solo
$1500 PP Budget bunk cottage
**Non-participating guests will be not be charged for the workshop at the Checkout
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Bring your group!
Get the most out of this Art Retreat in Tasmania by travelling as a group! Group Travel Australia can organise all your group’s travel arrangements in Tasmania, including travel insurance, flights into Tasmania, a 12 seater van and all group check-ins for buses, hotels and tours.
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 using our direct Booking buttons (below).
Of course, you are also most welcome to contact us to make a booking for you (firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.