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Pastels: Rich underpainting and luminous light with Terri Ford: July 22 – 29 2017

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Pastels: Rich underpainting and luminous light with Terri Ford

Terri Ford pastel workshop Daku Resort

Join Terri for her inspiring workshop in Fiji and learn how to convey a fresh and impressionistic portrayal of your subjects. She will work with the vibrant local landscape, going to locations and working back at Daku Resort. Her focus on underpainting helps to establish strong value-patterns and compositions so as to keep it vibrant and fresh, and avoid the pitfalls of overworking.


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Retreat Summary

Dates: July 22 -29 2017
Teacher: Terri Ford
Title: Rich underpainting and luminous light
Content: Pastel Painting
Programme: Daily morning workshops of 3 hours
Suitability: All levels
Excursions and extras: Visit to waterfall, beach picnic, village visit
Food: Three meals a day; Fijian, Indian and International menu
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu July 22. Course starts morning July 23, ends evening July 28. Depart Savusavu July 29.
Cost: AUD $2300 single room (approx US$1740)
AUD $1950 twin room (approx US$1480)
AUS$1075 non-writing partner (approx US$820)

Course description

During the course of the workshop Terri will discuss the power and variety of underpainting color choices, application of the pastel throughout the painting process, details in the final stages and knowing when to stop. Her intention in painting is to keep it vibrant & fresh, and avoid the pitfalls of overworking. 
Terri will start by demonstrating monochromatic/value underpainting. After this each student will create a monochromatic underpainting. Terri will then proceed by demonstrating color layering and taking the painting to the next phase. Students will then proceed with their paintings receiving plenty of individual attention. 
Terri Ford pastels in Daku resort workshop
In the next stage, Terri will demonstrate multi color underpainting and students will follow her lead. Terri proceeds with her approach to further build up the painting…students will continue with their paintings. 
The final demonstrations will be focused on finishing paintings. One of the main objectives for Terri is to portray light with pure pigment as opposed to “white light”. She will address how to make minor changes/corrections midway through a painting, and discuss and demonstrate what she calls “deconstruction”, which involves making more dramatic changes to a painting.
The last step is to emphasize the final marks/calligraphy that complete the painting.
Each of these demonstrations are techniques that Terri applies to painting both in the studio and en plein air.
Terri provides plenty of individual attention with students as they are painting. Come prepared to learn, work and have fun!
After nearly 30 years I am still fascinated by pastels. The tactile nature of pastel in hand, the surface with nothing in between continues to excite me. My primary interest is in capturing the landscape in all it’s beautiful and varying conditions. My work is driven by drama of light and a poetic resonance in a subject. I strive for a fresh, impressionistic feel. A single swash of light can easily inspire me.
Terri Ford

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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 Terri and her work
Daily Programme

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.

  • Terri Ford pastels in Daku resort workshop


AUD $1,950

Prices per person:

Twin Shared room: AUD $1950 (approx US$1480)
Single room: AUD $2300 (approx US$1740)
Non-painting partners: AUD $1075 (approx US$820)

All charges will be made in Australian dollars: the US equivalent shown is approximate – please check latest exchange rates.


  • 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: Terri Ford

A native Californian and alumnas of the Academy of Art College, Terri realized a deep connection with pastels in 1987 and has worked with them ever since, both in the studio and en plein air.  Her paintings are representational, with some more impressionistic and others more realistic.
Her work has earned her top awards in many exhibitions at venues that include the National Arts Club in New York, The Butler Fine Art Museum, The Triton Museum of Art, The Haggin Museum and others. She has received numerous awards at the Carmel Art Festival Plein Air Event, most recently the Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence and Best Pastel 2015. In addition, First Place & Best Pastel 2007 and People’s Choice & Best Pastel 2006. Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal’s April 2012 issue, as Grand Prize Winner in their Annual Pastel 100 Competition and Cover feature Dec. 2006.

Terri’s work is featured in the french art book “40 Maitres de Pasteles”, and has appeared in many other art publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist, Plein Air Magazine, French art publication Pratique des Arts, The Artists Magazine, and “coffee table books”, Art Journey America, Best in Pastel 2010 & Plein Air New Mexico.
Terri’s pastel paintings have gained national and international recognition. She was awarded the title “Eminent Pastelist” by the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2012. She is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and a “Distinguished Pastelist” with the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Pastel Society of New Mexico.
Terri has been invited to be the Guest of honour for the Art du Pastel France Giverny International Pastel Exhibition 2017.
Terri is a popular instructor both across the US and abroad and is asked to judge many exhibitions.

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.


Arrive in Savusavu.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
7.30 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Free time
7.30 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops
7.30 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 12.30 Picnic lunch at Devodara beach Return to Daku approx 3.30. 7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Trip to waterfall
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Free time for optional activities
4.00 pm Visit to local village
7.30 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
7.30 pm Final Fijian dinner


Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi International flight home