Pen and wash workshop with Lizzie Connor Aug 3 – 10, 2019

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Pen and wash workshop: with Lizzie Connor

Pen and wash workshop

Lizzie returns to Fiji to get into the local community and landscape, finding ever new and varied scenes to capture in brief, evocative brush strokes.
Artists of all skill levels are welcome.


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Pen and wash workshop
Pen and wash workshop


Pen and wash workshop: Retreat Summary

Dates: Aug 3 – 10, 2019
Teacher: Lizzie Connor
Content: Pen and wash: drawing and watercolours
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 Aug 3. Course starts morning Aug 4, ends evening Aug 9. Depart Savusavu Aug 10.

Twin Shared standard room: AUD $1950
Single standard room: AUD $2250
Non-painting partners standard room: AUD $1075

Twin Shared Ocean View Bure room: AUD $2050
Single Ocean View bure room: AUD $2400
Non-painting partners Ocean View bure: AUD $1200

Materials: A list of materials to be purchased for the course is given below .

Pen and wash workshop

Pen and wash workshop: Course description


Pen and wash is a fresh and fun way of combining some watercolour technique with your drawing skills.

During this workshop we will explore

  • creating a number of different pen sketches of a diverse range of topics
  • using a range of different tonal areas created by making lots of different lines and marks
  • then overlaying lightly coloured wash or washes over selected areas of the drawing to emphasise focal points in the drawing.

Drawing materials to be played with will be felt tips, biros, and Indian ink and pens.



A wash is a term for a visual arts technique resulting in a semi-transparent layer of color. A wash of diluted   water colour paint applied in combination with drawing is called pen and wash.   Normally only one or two colours of wash are used.

If students are not so keen on drawing, or not confident this could be a great way to up you skills with drawing, but using paint mediums as well.    Pen and wash is a lovely free way of working, where the brush work is soft and loose, as is the pen work, but the pen work also is the element that holds the images together and gives them strength.

Using lightweight materials it makes this process perfect for  for travel  journaling or quick inspired sketches with some colour added – for example if you are sketching at the Copra Shed at Savusavu and there is a lot of movement and colour, pen and wash allows you to work fast and capture this.  Or if you have more time to spend on creating an image of a micro view of a shell or coral on the beach, pen and wash allows you to capture the textures you see, and support that with the addition of subtle colours from the water colour wash.

Pen and wash workshop
Pen and wash workshop
Pen and wash workshop
Pen and wash workshop

I attended my first week of Lizzie Connor’s tuition in July/August 2018.

This was pen and wash exercise, a very first time experience and quite a challenge for me.  Lizzie was ever helpful with demonstrating and explaining techniques on different art surfaces using and experimenting with many different inks.  Each day she took us in a new direction with a new focus and lovely locations to observe.  I found Lizzie to be a very friendly and patient person who is also a very accomplished artist in the use of other art mediums.  I have no hesitation in recommending her services as an art tutor.

Una Robinson

Lizzie’s course each day was on different parts of the island, taking in the beauty and surrounds of Savusavu. Lizzie is a very easy going , patient teacher with a wealth of knowledge in art,  we learnt about applying water colours, washes, drawing, sketching, sometimes taking us out of our comfort zone and trying things we may usually not try. Improving our skills, making new friends and having fun doing something we all had in common, art! Classes were usually in the mornings, with the afternoons usually filled with different activities, like a drive into the country side to a gorgeous waterfall and swimming hole, visiting a local village for traditional welcoming songs and dance.  It was the perfect mixture of combining an art class and being a tourist and seeing some of the sites.

A great week filled with doing something I love…ART. Daku was a great place to stay , walking distance to town, swim out front, food was excellent, staff where awesome. Lizzie is amazing and very personable,  Overall a great memorable week had, with some art pieces to take home to remember!

Michele Tipper

See below for:


  • About your Teacher : find out more

Read more about Lizzie
  • Materials list

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

Daily Programme

Pen and Wash with Lizzie Connor Aug 3 – 10, 2019

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.

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

  • Flights / travel to Savusavu.

  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
  • Optional activities not listed on the program.
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.

Pen and wash workshop: Teacher: Lizzie Connor

Pen and wash workshop

Originally from Sorrento in Victoria, Lizzie Connor now lives at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She runs classes and workshops for both children and adults and conducts workshops in and around the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane at various galleries and facilities, and at her home studio at Mudjimba.

She says: “My passion for art is closely aligned with my love of the ocean and its relationship to man. Being close to the ocean provides endless inspiration and ideas, as well as offering a special place for focus.”

She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Curtin University in Western Australia. She works in a number of drawing mediums from graphite, charcoals, pastel and/or a mixture of these across a range of surfaces, many of which she creates herself.

She has held 17 solo exhibitions , including 6 joint exhibitions since 1994 and has received 40 awards to date within the south east Queensland district, Capricorn Coast, Bundaberg area, and the South Burnett.

Her work can be viewed at

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.

Daily Programme

Pen and wash 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


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop: Looking at skies / drawing clouds.
* Setting up for drawing/painting “en plein air”
* Using a viewfinder to choose your composition/s
*Learning about different mark making with pens and how to apply the wash over the pen marks. Using hatching and cross hatching methods to create texture, shadow and shape.
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Free time
7.30 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop : Beach at Daku
* Using viewfinder to choose your compositions
* Looking at the colours on the beach, sky, the water, the landscape across Savu Savu Bay.
* Investigating aerial perspective (colour diminishing and cooling over a distance)
* Drawing in pen, adding washes as required, shading, hatching and cross hatching.
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: The Micro Landscape.
* Looking at micro views at Devodara Beach with our viewfinder i.e. sandpatterns, shells, textures, shadows.
* Using black biros
* Using felt tip pens. These will bleed a little when the wash is applied, creating some interesting and free flowing effects .
* Exploring each medium, and combinations of media for colour impact and texture.
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 : Biro, ink and felt tipped pens
* Using biro and felt tip pens and coloured washes.
* Using Indian Ink and brush, wetting areas of ink down to soften areas of the image.
* Exploring gestural drawing (fast quick marks to capture movement – expressive drawing)
* Drawings of the market place, the stall holders and the harbour.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 : Garden drawings with a difference
* Putting washes down first in bold areas of colour then drawing with one of more of each of the drawing mediums available.
* Creating some studies of the garden which will be abstracted.
* Creating some studies of each other working1.00 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: Last day
* Choosing your own subject to draw in whichever medium or mediums. Or choose from the portfolio of work completed during the week and develop a drawing from that.
* Finishing off work.1.00 pm Lunch
7.30 pm Final Fijian dinner


Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi International flight home

Materials list.

This is a list of the materials you will need to bring.

Small set of watercolour paints containing –

Alizarin crimson

Cadmium Red Light

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Yellow Light

Ultramarine Blue

Pthalo Blue


Brushes  – 2 x  round  brushes  Size 3 and  6 synthetic bristle and a good watercolour mop.

Water container/rags

Graphite pencil s– 4B or 6B

Black biros, and a couple of fine felt tip markers.

A3 size water colour paper pad

A3 size canvas pad. (Pen and wash can be pretty amazing on canvas) we will be doing lots of sketches!


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