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Discovery, Inspiration and Technique: Acrylic painting with Mark Waller: 24-31 August

Tropical leaves

Learn how to create the illusion of luminous, bright, tropical water.  Discover how that affects coral, sand, sea creatures, rocks and waves.  You will learn how to break down the appearance of water and waves, so that you can apply that knowledge.  Turbulent murky water, crystal clear tropical water, and everything in between will no longer hold you back.  You will also learn how to break down an image into manageable pieces, and at the same time begin to take control of your brushes.

Mark will teach you to ask the right questions, and why you should.

Discover & develop simple processes to create powerful illusions, including how to:

  • Utilise nature’s perfect imperfections and give your paintings life.
  • Understand the magic of refraction.
  • Discover the patterns in the most chaotic images.

Mark will teach you to look deeply at the world, and revel in the magic that often goes unnoticed.  You’ll take these discoveries and use them to add vitality to your paintings.  Developing a deeper understanding of the capabilities of your paintbrushes will allow you to translate that magic powerfully onto your canvas.

Mark’s infectious enthusiasm for discovery, for paint and the painting process will light you up!  Learning how to look at the world as a celebration, is where the juice in life is.  (Why do chicken’s have those funny red combs on their heads??)  You will find yourself inspired, motivated and ready to take on your new painting projects with gusto! Suitable for painters of all skill levels 16 years and over, join Mark in this unique workshop, as you discover how mastering some basic brush skills will transform your painting techniques, and fill your paintings with movement, light and life.






Mark Waller





Mark Waller grew up on the north coast of NSW, Australia and went to art college in Melbourne in 1988. He has spent his life fascinated and inspired by nature – its light, shade, tone, colour and texture – and its sheer joy. He went to art college and has been painting professionally for 20 years. In between the canvases he still finds time to pass on his knowledge of and love for painting.

Mark is an inspirational teacher whose many students love him for his dynamic engagement.  He sets out his own credo as follows:

The process of creating art should lift us up – inspire us; improve our lives, even enlighten us.  And this, in a nutshell, is the focus of this website.  Inspiring you to explore new techniques. To improve your acrylic painting processes, tools and workspace. To fill your images with light and life!  And, most importantly, to have fun while you’re at it.

Take some time out for yourself and really explore your love of acrylic painting. Your curiosity about the world will be refreshed.

So let’s get into it! It’s a contact sport after all; let’s chuck some paint around.

There is no pressure on participants to complete a finished piece.  There is however, pressure on Mark, to fill your head with information that will make your paintings better!  A participant’s job is to have fun.  If you’re caught up in numbers though, depending on your pace of work you could expect to finish between 2-5 pieces.  If you want to paint angst, you’ve come to the wrong teacher.  Mark instructs intuitively.  Students will make discoveries, and Mark will respond to the direction the students take.  This makes the experience fun, and follows the same process as making a painting.  It will guide you.


AUD $1680.00 twin share
Single room supplement: $350
Non-painting partners: $850

If you have any queries, please email us with the Contact us form. If you would like to make a booking, please fill in our booking form.

Program Includes
7 nights twin share accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided.
Course fees
Lectures and excursions as indicated.

Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.

Program Excludes
Travel to Savusavu.  We are happy to quote on these and book them for you if requested. Flight prices fluctuate according to demand.

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.


Daily schedule will be spontaneous dependent on the classes direction for the day – moment by moment.  We will definitely go out on location.  Spontaneous exploration and reinforcing of principles of the elements in nature are the order of the day.

In between workshops there will be time for swimming and relaxing around the pool at Daku resort and shopping in Savusavu town. There will also be a number of organized excursions and activities:

-       Beach trip for snorkeling

-       Tapa (bark cloth) making demonstration

-       Visit to a Fijian village

The week’s itinerary is as follows:

August 24: arrive in Savusavu.

August 25 – 30 : daily morning workshops with afternoons free for activities, excursions, relaxing – or continuing to paint at your own pace

August 31: depart from Savusavu back to Nadi and on to international flights.

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