Art and Photography Courses
We can all shoot off any number of frames, but can you create a compelling visual narrative? This week is about learning to do that. It’s about understanding your camera as a medium to transform pictures into stories. It’s about being pushed into thinking differently. Read on for early bird discount offer.
This week will be about regenerating the sense of fun that art and drawing had when we were children. We should all be able to draw, which we did fearlessly as children. As we mature the confidence can so often be taken away from us. This week will give it back.
“There is something unique about pastels that you do not get in any other medium. The way the paper becomes your pallet and the pastel your brush is always an adventure. I never tire of the fun of playing with pastels.”
“Elena, our tutor, while having a very gentle manner, is one of the rare few who are really born to teach. We hung on every word, everything made sense.” Elena Parashko is returning to Fiji for her fifth retreat. She knows and loves the views out over the bay from Daku resort, the tide lapping at the beach under the raintree at the end of the peninsula. It’s a subject matter of endless joy and she will show you how to make the most of it.
Pastel is an exciting medium that is delightful in its physical ease of use and rewarding in its flexibility. Charcoal is an equally fascinating medium. It encourages you to look at line, tone and texture. It’s a free, flexible art form which can be expressive and bold or mysterious and subtle.
“It is almost impossible, okay, it is impossible to express in a short paragraph what a magical experience we had in Fiji at Mark Waller’s workshop. His ability to explain, demonstrate and teach are just incredible.”
Sketching is that quick impression, using a black pen, done in a moment with a dash of colour. We teach you to sketch in whatever time you have. This is why we call it Travel Sketching. Five minutes? Thirty minutes? You can always get an impression. After all, it may be the only chance you’ll have.
Kerrie’s painting style informs her teaching: her class is not about painting a scene to look like a photograph; it’s about stripping away unnecessary material, pushing the boundaries and understanding their own vision.
Margaret Best, one of North America’s accomplished botanical artists, brings her inspiring blend of scientific accuracy and artistic sensibility to this week in Fiji. Working with the rich and varied tropical flora that grows in such abundance in this tropical paradise, she will be showing her students how to capture their essence.
Using simple but proven methods of capturing the image, seeing simple shapes, creating depth and appreciating light, Malcolm will build your confidence day by day. By the end of the week you will have produced a sketch book of drawings and paintings that capture the essence of the world around us and that you will be extremely proud of.