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A Fearless Approach to Drawing – Lizzie Connor – 26 April – 3 May 2014


“Butterfly” : mixed media

This course is confirmed to go ahead.

Picasso once said: “Every child is an artist – the problem is staying an artist when we grow up.” As we become adults many of us get scared and lose that creative potential. This is a week when you’re going to go back to that early state of natural creativity, be fearless – and have a huge amount of fun and fulfillment.

You will explore and test (or refresh and test) ways of drawing – from panoramic views in and around where we are staying to the landscape of the micro world which is often overlooked because it is so small. You will create stunning drawings in a variety of drawing mediums, using a range of different drawing surfaces. You will revel in discovering a whole new world of possibilities and ideas. At the end of the week you will have tried out as many different approaches as you have time for, and you’ll glory in your exuberant new portfolio of ideas, experiments, finished and half finished works and perhaps even something to hang on your wall.

Bangle: mixed media

Bangle: mixed media

During our daily workshops we will explore a number of key themes:
Size: We will investigate super small objects in the micro world, to the bigger panorama, but we will be looking at them with fresh eyes and exploring different ways of interpreting what we see. We will produce drawings that are miniature and others that are BIG, playing with the scale of objects and taking them out of context; and we will look at both representational and realistic drawings.

Mark making: Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork. Mark making will be an area of learning – how making different marks can impact on the effect of our drawing, creation of the type of texture that will provide a narrative for a specific surface. We will be spending a morning exploring different types of marks, and making these marks with a range of drawing mediums to provide an enormous range of “tools” to work with.

Abstract and 3-D :We will start work creating images with some traditional mediums, and in the way you may be used too – then we will break the mould a little and look at new concepts and ideas around developing images of those same topics or subjects. Looking at rendering drawings using tone or shading to create form from shape. This will give your drawings depth and dimension, rather than working first in outline and then “colouring in”. This is where our mark making exercises will come into play. Also through our mark making we will investigate some fun and interesting abstraction and minimalisation processes – all of which you can take home and include in your own personal art practice.

Noosa Main Beach c. 1950 charcoal & wash 75cm x 54cm

Noose Main beach : charcoal and wash

Formal elements: We will be dealing with essential elements of drawing and painting such as perspective, proportion, line, pattern, texture, shape form and composition.

Subject matter: Everything that’s around us will be incorporated into these workshops – the wonderful scenery, found objects, personal concepts and our imagination – all enhanced by the freedom of a safe place to learn and to explore personal mark making, where you can develop that great artistic tool and life skill of confidence.

Tools and media: Using charcoal, pens, pencils, coloured pencils, crayon, and ink and a range of tools we will experiment, discuss, play and make a range of images from tiny and precious to large and unruly! Getting back in touch with the joy of creativity and having lots of fun and releasing the child that has been hiding away for so long.

Lizzie’s workshops will provide an atmosphere where students will feel comfortable to retreat back to the spontaneous joy of creativity. The workshops are relaxed but structured but are presented in a way where fear can disappear and each student can revel in rediscovering the absolute love of creating art, and being happy with their individual results.


AUD $1850 twin share

Single supplement: $350

Non-painting partners: $950

Program Includes
Return airport transfers from Savusavu airport to Daku Resort.
7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided.
Course fees.
Lectures and excursions as indicated.

Program Excludes
Travel to Savusavu.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Optional activities not listed on the program.
Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.
Meals taken in transit at the airport.

For enquiries or to make a booking contact Susan at Paradise Courses on
(02) 8094 1613 or email

Lizzi Nov.10

Course tutor: Lizzie Connor

Course teacher: Lizzie Connor
Originally from Sorrento in Victoria, Lizzie Connor now lives in Peregian Beach, near Noosa Heads in Queensland. She runs classes and workshops for both children and adults and conducts workshops in and around the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane at various galleries and facilities.

She says: “My passion for art is closely aligned with my love of the ocean and its relationship to man. Being close to the ocean provides endless inspiration and ideas, as well as offering a special place for focus.”

She has recently completed studies for her Bachelor in Fine Arts with Curtin University in Western Australia. Enjoying a number of mediums she uses acrylic, water colour, gouache and oil paint. Taking from nature sheI often incorporates elements from the environment for a more tactile mixed media experience. She works in a number of drawing mediums from graphite, charcoals, pastel and/or a mixture of these across a range of surfaces, many of which she creates herself.

She has held 15 solo exhibitions , including 3 joint exhibitions since 1994 and has received 38 awards to date within the south east Queensland district, Capricorn Coast, Bundaberg area, and the South Burnett.

Her work can be viewed at
The programme is structured around morning workshops with afternoons for activities and free time to enjoy a massage, snorkelling, relaxing by the pool or continuing to paint.