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Painting paradise: Seascapes and landscapes with Elena Parashko 10 – 17 June 2017

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Painting paradise: Seascapes and landscapes with Elena Parashko

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Elena is a calm, nurturing teacher who takes her students step by step through the process of creating and perfecting the seascapes and landscapes of the rich tropical environment of Fiji. Her demonstrations are constructed so as to really show her class how to achieve an effect, and she stops to give each and every student personal attention on that path.


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Retreat Summary

Dates: June 10 – 17
Teacher: Elena Parashko
Title: Painting Paradise
Content: Painting seascapes and landscapes  – acrylics
Programme: Daily morning workshops of 3 hours
Suitability: All levels from beginners to more experienced artists
Excursions and extras: Visit to waterfall, beach picnic, village visit
Food: Three meals a day; Fijian, Indian and International menu
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu June 10. Course starts morning June 11, ends evening June 16. Depart Savusavu June 17.
Cost: AUD $1950 twin room
AUD $2300 single room

Course description

Elena Parashko is returning to Fiji for her seventh retreat. Her teaching style is calm, relaxed and encouraging; after a week painting under her tuition, her students universally feel properly taught – there is never any feeling that they have been overlooked or forced to go too fast. She has a particular talent for understanding hesitations and area of discomfort – and then setting about solving the problem. 
Elena 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, the constantly changing light on the mountains in the distance. It’s a subject matter of endless joy and she will show you how to make the most of it. 

During this week you will learn how to paint the basic elements of any seascape and landscape in a realistic style. You will learn how to paint sky and clouds, beach scenes with sand, rocks and a foam wash, how to capture the movement of waves with ripple effects, reflections in water, adding people or boats to a scene as well as mountain landscapes with coconut trees and other vegetation. We will be using acrylic paint in Fiji but the techniques learned can also be successfully applied to oil paints when you return home.

Each workshop is structured around a group demonstration of a particular subject while on location followed by individual tuition. We will be covering aspects of art theory such as designing balanced compositions, blending techniques, aerial perspective and linear perspective, colour mixing, creating the illusion of texture, tone, as well as the use of light and shadow. As well as these actual painting techniques, we will also be learning how to paint “en plein air”. That means painting outdoors on location and dealing with the elements. All painting locations are a short drive from Daku Resort, with shade trees to paint under and the most picturesque views. In the event of rain, painting will be done from one of the villas at Daku Resort which has gorgeous views looking out onto Savusavu Bay.

All skill levels are welcome in these workshops, from beginners through to experienced painters.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my workshop with Elena Parashko, and rate it as probably one of the best workshops I have ever done, and I have done many! Elena shared so much with us, including lots of techniques. I particularly enjoyed learning how to paint coconut palms and ripples on the water. Elena made sure that every student had lots of personal attention, and made us all feel comfortable and at ease painting outdoors. Thank you for being so patient and nurturing with us all. The whole week was full of memorable experiences, and flew by much too quickly.

Jill Evans. Perth, WA, Australia
Thank you for a most wonderful week in Fiji. I found your painting course extremely enjoyable, learning many new skills and remembering forgotten skills. Your tuition has given me the confidence to attempt painting on my own. What a beautiful and relaxing location to hold this course. My paintings have received many compliments from family and friends and I am very proud of what I achieved.
Julie Wilkins, Mudgee, NSW, Australia
The retreat was marvellous, it more than met my expectations as far as the tuition & location were concerned. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if they were relatively new to acrylic painting on canvas, as I was. Elena was very approachable, she remained calm at all times during tuition and she was friendly and polite even with all the questions being fired at her. The hosts & staff were all very friendly, approachable & lovely. Nothing was too much trouble when some guests asked for things or information.
Eleanor Noakes, Queensland, Australia

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  • Cost and Booking

  • About your Teacher : find out more

  • Daily Programme: see what you’ll be doing each day

Cost and Booking
Read more about Elena and her work
Daily programme
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AUD $1,950

Prices per person:


Twin shared room Aus$1950
– Booking for just one person, participating in the course, sharing a room. You can come with a friend OR we will find you someone to share with.
Single room Aus$2300
Upgrade to a private room as a single traveller
Non-participating partner Aus$1075
You’ll share a room, and whilst one of you does the course, the other can relax. 

If you want to book for 2 (or more) people attending the course, please

  • Choose whether you both want a twin shared room or a single room
  • Then select 2 (or 3 / 4 etc as appropriate) on the button which says “Add to cart”.

If you want to book for yourself plus a non-participating partner, please select “Travelling with a non-participating partner”. The next stage will automatically calculate the price for that option.



  • Traveler and Room Upgrade Options

Pay a deposit of AUD $400 per item

Program Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Workshop fees.
  • Lectures and excursions as indicated.
  • Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes).

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.

Teacher: Elena Parashko

Elena Parashko is an award winning Sydney-based artist, writer and teacher.

Elena’s artwork is represented in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and internationally and in several galleries including Hamilton Island Art Gallery on the Great Barrier Reef. With a unique style of painting that does not restrict itself to one genre, Elena enjoys experimenting with different techniques and mediums in an exploration of subject matter – from traditional landscapes, still life, botanical illustration and seascapes through to contemporary compositions and abstracts. Elena often finds inspiration in nature and her style celebrates attention to detail.

Elena is the author of the book, “A Survival Guide for Artists: How to Thrive in the Creative Arts”. An inspirational book for all creative people wanting to live the life of their dreams. She is also a regular contributor of articles and painting demonstrations to numerous art publications such as ‘Australian Artist’ and ‘Artist’s Palette’ magazines in Australia and ‘Leisure Painter’ in the UK. Her artwork has been featured in lifestyle magazines such as ‘Ocean’, ‘Finally at 40 Life Begins’ and ‘Honestly Woman’ and she has written art related features for home decorating publications such as ‘Modern Home’, ‘Home Ideas’ and ‘My Home’ magazines. Elena writes regular inspirational articles for fine artists in the American magazine ‘Professional Artist’.

Elena Parashko Survival Guide for Artists

You can order the book here.

As a trained teacher with a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Adult Education and nearly thirty years teaching experience, Elena’s art classes and workshops are in high demand. She is an international tutor running yearly workshops in beautiful places all over the world like Fiji, Norfolk Island, Tahiti, Bora Bora, the Maldives and Italy.

Elena was a finalist in Sydney Business Review’s “Business Woman of the Year 2006. She is a member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists and the Australian Society of Authors.

View Elena’s online gallery at: For enquiries about the painting workshops contact Elena on 0404 032 785 or

You can read her blog here.

Daily Programme

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.

Note: the order of workshops may vary depending upon weather conditions.The listed activities are part of the course and are covered by your fees. If you want to add on extra excursions, eg. diving, you are welcome to do so and they will be added to your bill.


Arrive in Nadi and take connecting domestic flight to Savusavu. Transfer to Daku Resort.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
7.00 pm Dinner




9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 1: Daku location
– How to set up for “en plein air” painting
– How to use a viewfinder to select a composition
– Painting sky and clouds
– Blending techniques
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Free time
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 2: Raintree location
– Painting the view down a beach
– Reflections in water
– Perspective lines of waves
– Colour mixing
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 Handicraft display
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 3: Rain tree location
– Reflections in water
– Ocean ripples and waves washing onto sand and rocks
– Creating the illusion of texture
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 4: Savusavu Town location (view of Nawi Island and boats)
– Painting a landscape with mountains, tropical vegetation, boats, water and reflections

– Tone
– Aerial perspective
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Coconut demonstration
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 5: Beach location
– Painting the ocean and sand
– Light and shadow
1.00 pm Picnic lunch
2.00 pm Swimming at Devodara Beach or Buli Kula
7.00 pm Dinner

Fiji village meke Savusavu


9.00 am- 12.30 pm Workshop 6: Daku location
– Use a viewfinder to choose and paint your own subject using elements learned in previous workshops, and / or complete any unfinished workshop paintings
1.00 pm Lunch
4.30 pm Visit to local village
7.00 pm Final lovo dinner


Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi
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