Collage workshop with Gina : July 28 – Aug 4

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Collage workshop:with Gina

July 28 – August 4

Explore your creativity and create art using collage

Be inspired and encouraged to use collage as a form of art practice that was first popularised by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in 1912.  It is currently enjoying a resurgence.

Collecting images, playing with the original intent collage may be used to explore the beauty, humour and mystery in people and their surroundings.

It is inherently a poetic process forming new connections between disparate items taken out of context. Specific exercises help you discover your own story to express, in your own way without fear.  A sense of fun, quirky outcomes and sharing is encouraged.


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Collage workshop: Retreat Summary

Dates: July 28 – Aug 4, 2019
Teacher: Gina
Content: Collage
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 July 28. Course starts morning July 29, ends evening Aug 3. Depart Savusavu Aug 4.
Cost: AUD $2300 single room
AUD $1950 twin room
AUS$1075 non-painting partner
Materials: A list of materials to be purchased for the course is given below.

Collage workshop: Course description

Aimed at the beginner and artists across media including painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, this workshop aims to uncover the dialogue within, waiting to happen.  It will give you a space of creativity where endless sources of images that appeal to you are cut up and reconstructed giving it a new context.

Part of the joy of collage is that it can be done anywhere and is especially well suited to travel as only scissors, paper, a glue stick and found ephemera is required.

Each day we look at some new aspect of collage, ideas, context and will create artworks ready to frame.  You will come away at the end of the workshop with many small collages and 3 to 4 larger collages plus a plethora of information, tips and hints.

In addition we will work on prepared pages that, on the last day, you create a small hand bound book of collages, with self-cover using simple, contemporary bookbinding techniques.

 You will discover:
  • Exercises in collage techniques, bringing together disparate elements to create your own intuitive imagery. Exercises you take away with you to continue back home.
  • The best places to source and gather ephemera and raw materials.
  • Collecting, collating and copyright considerations.
  • How to prepare various papers for collage.
  • An understanding of the elements of design and composition, Synergy, unity and variety, and more.
  • Tips for making unique marks and creating textures.
  • Exercises in abstract, expressive collage enhanced with paint, pencil etc.
  • Group discussion is encouraged to facilitate learning and ideas.
  • You will learn to trust your inner creative and be free from the fear of messing up. You will allow the excitement of letting things flow and come to see the common thread in the things you collect.  You will discover new ways to think about these bits in your work as you expressive yourself, without fear.

 “The creation of an art collage from the soul is an inner journey that allows your soul to speak to you. Your soul’s voice can be heard through the images, feelings and insights that surface.” Kathleen Carrillo

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Materials list
Daily Programme

Collage workshop with Gina July 28 – Aug 4

AUD $1,950


  • Traveler and Room Upgrade Options

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.

What’s included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at Daku Resort

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Workshop fees

  • Excursions as indicated

  • Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes).

What’s not included

  • Travel to Savusavu

  • Comprehensive travel insurance (strongly recommended)

  • Optional activities not listed on the program.

  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.

Collage workshop: Teacher: Gina

Gina lives and runs her own open studio/gallery space in Tasmania.  Working across media including painting, collage, assemblage, textiles, poetry and photography she conducts one or two workshops each winter.

As an artist that feels unconstrained by process she enjoys working freely across media inspired by landscape, language and a need to establish a sense of place. Bound up in ideas about interior/exterior spaces, windows, vessels, metaphors for transformation she builds on her own history and mapping.

In teaching, she enjoys taking participants at all levels, through stages of understanding techniques and materials to the realisation of finding their own individual voice.  Students are encouraged to challenge themselves, question and understand.


2018     – Solo exhibition – Clarence Schoolhouse Gallery (September) – Collage
=2018     – Creative Research Program for Contemporary Arts with Dr Ruth Hadlow
2018     – Solo exhibition, Little Gallery Devonport Regional Gallery. – Collage
2017     – Residency – Cradle Mountain
2017     – Finalist Hadleys Art Prize, Hobart
2017     – Highly Commended (pastel section) TASART Mancell Art Prize, Burnie Tasmania
2016     – Finalist Material Girl Art Awards
2016     – Winner Patrons Award, TASART Mancell Art Prize Burnie, Tasmania
2016     – Finalist, Bay of Fires Art Prize, Tasmania
2016     – Finalist, Glover Art Award, Tasmania
2016     – Highly Commended – Latrobe Photo Exhibition
2015     – Winner Mixed Media Award Tasmanian Art Awards, Eskleigh
2015     – Finalist, Bay of Fires Art Prize, Tasmania
2015     – Winner of the Sheffield Sculpture Prize, Tasmania


 Artbank Sydney, private collections in Tasmania, Malta, New York, United States, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand & Australia.

Gina has over 50 poems published in more than 20 print and online various publications in USA, Australia, UK, Poland and Tasmania with various awards for haiku and haiga.

She has also received various awards, medals and published in the area of photography – Australian Photographic Society, Australian Digital Photo Awards, Northern Tasmania Camera Club, Tasmanian Photographic Federation

I have done varied workshops with Gina and have always found them so interesting and so much fun … and collage is the perfect medium for exploring the surreal … anything goes ! Tuition is present but not demanding , encouraging personal interpretation and expression . I am not an artist but have always finished the lesson with an acceptable piece , and everyone at the workshop has produced something different from the same set of directions .

Mags (Tasmania)

I attended an individualised workshop with Gina Fynearts at her Devonport studio early in 2018.

I found her session planning with sequential and cumulative activities well organized and tailored to my needs and
experience level. Her gentle, generous manner was both empowering and supportive ­ the whole day-long experience was inspiration and left me wanting more, eager to explore the Artist Within when time permits!

I can see how some techniques can be translated to my own textile art and how I will be able to find expression in a mixed
media context at some future stage.

I can recommend Gina’s workshop to anyone wanting to explore their own creativity using a variety of art mediums as Gina¹s
expertise crosses many mediums.

June Hope

Daily Programme

Collage workshop: 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 sketch.


Arrive in Savusavu.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
7.30 pm Dinner

Tapa cloth


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 Handicraft display and tapa making demonstration: some of the local women will come to display and sell their jewellery. One of them will give a demonstration of making tapa – the decorated Fijian bark cloth.
Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shop. Savusavu town is a mileaway – 5 minutes in a taxi. We will send you in by taxi and then leave you to wander round and make your own way back by taxi – it’s $F4 (US$2).
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Picnic Lunch and swimming at Devodara Beach or Buli Kula. Return to Daku approx. 3.30 pm.
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Trip to waterfall: this is about 25 minutes’ drive and is a beautiful natural fall where you can plunge into the cool clear water and swim.
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Trip to local village to sketch….and then see the traditional meke dance performed with an entrancing energy by the villagers.
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
7.30 pm  Dinner


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


Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi International flight home

Materials list.

This is a list of materials that you should bring to the course:

(any named brands are merely suggestions – replacement brand perfectly acceptable)

Participants to bring :
(any named brands are merely suggestions – replacement brand perfectly acceptable)
1. Textas, pencils (graphite and colour) 6-8 in total, pen, your journal/writing pad – something for note taking, an eraser
2. Scissors (1 medium size and 1 small for fine cutting)
3. Glue stick and double sided tape (thin size – 6 to 8mm)
4. A steel ruler
5. Small cutting mat (or thick carboard to cut on) – the boards on the back of watercolour pads are highly useful for this. – A4 size minimum.
6. A SHARP paper cutting tool and extra blades.
7. Mod Podge matt medium or Acrylic Gel matte medium – ie Liquitex– a 473ml jar is more than enough – a cheap paintbrush for the glue and a couple of small rags.
– 20 sheets of newsprint paper or thin photocopy paper – A4 size (approximately 11.5×8.5 inch)
– A3 size (approx. 23×10 inch) minimum 10 sheets (200 to 300gsm) smooth good quality, acid free cartridge – University cartridge paper is excellent and not expensive. There are others such as Canson, Paper Snowdon, Arches, Fabriano. Alternatively you can find a pad of watercolour paper such as (image below – many brands available) – A3 size minimum 10 sheets (200-300gsm)

– 2 x A2 size (approximately 24×16.5 inches) (watercolour paper – smooth (HP), 185gsm – Arches Hotpress is good. As is Canson and Fabriano.
–  2-3 magazines – can be anything – vintage or modern – whatever excites your interest. – food & wine, glamour, gossip, fashion, photographic, nature, etc
–  OPTIONAL: Used teabags, wallpaper, sheet of dressmaker’s pattern, part of a map, old paintings, etchings, postcards, drawings that you are prepared to cut up.

Please note nothing is available on the island. Collect ephemera on your travels – things such as tickets, airline magazine, labels – once you think collage anything goes!.

(Be mindful of weight: if your ticket to Savusavu is booked as a direst flight with Fiji Air you will get the full 23k intl baggage allowance, but if you are using another carrier OR if it is not not booked as a single flight, you will only get 15kg.)


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