Art and Craft Courses
Mark returns to Fiji for a second painting retreat when he will once again immerse himself and his class into the inspiration and opportunities of the local environment – the endless excitement and inspiration in the waters of the island, the shapes and shadows of the coral reefs, the abundant fish life and towering coral heads, the sweeping views across the bay.
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.
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.
This 5 day course is designed to take you from inspiration and ideas to finished designs in wearable beaded work. Each day will start with an elementary section. This will then be followed by hands on experiment time using the elementary notes and discussion so each of the students can work on areas that they wish to improve.
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.
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.