Watercolours and Sketching with Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver Fiji workshop

Malcolm has been coming to Fiji regularly for the past 10 years. He loves the light, always changing from bright sun to fast moving clouds or even brooding storms. He delights in the locations along the shore and around the town. And he brings his enthusiasm, humour and teaching skills to the week to make it one you will value for years to come.

Artists of all skill levels are welcome.


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Retreat Summary

Dates: November 18 – 25
Teacher: Malcolm Carver
Content: Watercolours and sketching.
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.
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu November 18. Course starts morning November 19, ends evening November 24. Depart Savusavu November 25.
Cost: AUD $2300 single room
AUD $1950 twin room
AUS$1075 non-painting partner

Malcolm Carver Fiji workshop
Malcolm Carver Fiji workshop
Malcolm Carver Fiji workshop

Course description

Malcolm firmly believes that drawing is fundamental to all painting skills like the skeletal frame is to the human body. “Painting is drawing with a brush,” he says, “and drawing is something we can all do.” Heard that before? Doesn’t apply to you? Much of it comes from learning to see things and portray them in your own way. 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. Through his firm belief in the inherent ability we all have, you will have nurtured and developed a skill that will bring immense pleasure to your travels. You’ll gain a lasting insight into the wonderful world of sketching and watercolour painting which you can build up from here onwards.

Malcolm has recently appeared in a short feature called Colour in Your Life.

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

Malcolm Carver Fiji watercolours and sketching

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Daily Programme

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  • Savsavu Bay 1

Watercolours and Sketching with Malcolm Carver : Nov 18 – 25

AUD $1,950

  • 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: Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver is an architect and an artist, who has over the past 30 years traveled extensively in Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Over the past ten years, he has augmented his travel with a variety of both international and local workshops with all the leading watercolourists in the world today.

He has devoted these experiences to creating extensive travel sketch books, providing valuable inspiration for workshops and studio work in watercolour.

He believes that we can all draw to a degree and we can learn to see, like other life skills. He seeks to reinforce the fundamental skill of seeing and sketching before painting by simplifying detail in drawing techniques and learning to see shapes.

Member of the Australian Institute of Architects
Member of Royal Institute of British Architects
President of Ku-Ring-Gai Arts Society
Member Australian Watercolour Institute
Patron Grafton Artsfest

Margarette Looney Fiji workshop
I had a fabulous week at the Malcolm Carver Workshop at Daku Resort Fiji. The workshop was a gift to myself as a complete break from work and family life allowing me to take the time to paint and learn. The tuition was of a very high standard and kept me well challenged. One of the best things about the learning was the amount of information I came away with which will flavour my art work from here on. Malcolm is a very good teacher and his demonstrations were quite something to behold – while he insists on following the rules when drawing and really seeing…he has a joyful abandon when it comes to the paint producing fantastic techniques and results. I also enjoyed the technical side of the lessons which used photography and IPad apps to assist our ability to see, draw and paint.
The social aspect was quite intimate as it is a small group we all got to know each other quite well and of course the staff at Daku make you feel like family anyway. We had lots of time to enjoy the island, food, and relaxation. It really is a great combination for an active holiday and I would give it five stars.
Jane Percy

Daily Programme


Arrive Savusavu. The resort is 10 minutes from the airstrip. We’ll meet for a welcome drink at 5.30 followed by a formal Fijian kava ceremony and then dinner.

Malcolm Carver Watercolours and sketching in Fiji


Breakfast from 7.30.
9.00 – 12.30 Morning workshop: introduction to the week.
1.00 Poolside lunch.
Free afternoon.
7.30 Dinner

Tapa cloth


Breakfast from 7.30.
9.00 – 12.30 Morning workshop.
1.00 Lunch.
2.00 Tapa making demonstration.
Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops. We put you in cabs to get into town and then leave you to wander around at your own pace, and let you to take a cab (Aus$3) or walk back when you’ve had enough.
7.30 Dinner


Breakfast from 7.30.
9.00 – 12.30 Morning workshop.
1.00 Poolside lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll go snorkelling – and if you’ve never tried it, we’ll teach you!
At 5.00 we’ll make our way in taxis down to the Savusavu Yacht Club for a drink overlooking the harbour and then stay on for dinner (own expense – but if you prefer to come back to Daku for a light dinner you’re welcome).


Breakfast from 7.30.
9.00 – 12.30 Morning workshop.
We’ll then take a picnic to a nearby beach –a chance to  see the palm-fringed beaches of Fiji and swim in the clear blue seas. We’ll get back to Daku around 3.00. After that you can relax or catch up on your painting..
7.30 Dinner


Breakfast from 7.30.
9.00 – 12.30 Morning workshop.
1.00 Poolside lunch followed by a coconut demonstration – George will show you the many uses of the coconut tree from trunk to palm frond to nut.
At 4.00 we leave to go and visit a nearby village where we get a glimpse of rural life and see  a traditional Fijian meke (dance). It’s a fascinating and exciting dance that leaves you swaying to the pounding beat of the chant that accompanies it.
7.30 Dinner


Breakfast from 7.30.
9.00 – 12.30 Morning workshop.
1.00 Poolside lunch and a free afternoon – have a spa massage, optional visit to the Flora Tropica botanical gardens down the road (F$25), walk up the hill behind Daku, lie by the pool.
7.30 Final dinner at Daku.


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