Pen and Wash Workshop with Lizzie Connor: 15 – 22 July 2023

Price 15 - 22 July 2023
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Pen and Wash Workshop with Lizzie Connor: 15 – 22 July 2023

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Pen and wash workshop with Lizzie Connor

After the long absence caused by covid, Lizzie returns enthusiastically to Fiji to run one of her marvellous vibrant workshops in pen and wash. It’s a fresh and fun way of combining some watercolour technique with your drawing skills and produces strong, evocative images.
Artists of all skill levels are welcome!

Pen and wash

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.

Summary & Pricing

Dates: 15 – 22 July 2023
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 Saturday. Course starts morning Sunday, ends evening Friday. Depart Savusavu Saturday morning.

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

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.

What To Bring

Here’s materials you’ll need to bring.

Small set of watercolour paints containing:

  • Alizarin crimson
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Pthalo Blue
  • Black
  • Brushes: 2 x  round  brushes  Size 3 and  6 synthetic bristle and a good watercolour mop.
  • Water container/rags
  • Graphite pencils– 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!
Daku Resort, Savusavu Fiji.

You’ll stay with us at Daku Resort, Fiji.

Accommodation is packaged with your course, and there are a variety of comfortable lodgings available during your stay with us at Daku Resort.

Additional Adventures
Water activities at Daku Resort, Savusavu Fiji

What to do in your free time.

We’ve arranged a number of excursions as part of the course (see Programme tab on the menu bar above). We also offer a range of other activities inside and outside of Daku Resort (please note that unless they are part of the programme, some activities, such as massages and those requiring equipment hire, may have additional costs).

Pen and Wash Lizzie Connor 15 – 22 July 2023

AUD $2,550


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A promotional image of Lizzie Connor.

Meet Lizzie Connor.

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.

15 - 22 July 2023
  • Included
    All Workshop Fees
    Dining & Meals
    Lectures & Excursions
    Transfers from Savusavu Airport
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic Beverages
    Equipment & Supplies
    Non-Course Activities
    Travel Insurance
  • Arrive in Savusavu.
  • 6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
  • 7.30 pm Dinner
  • 9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop: Looking at skies / drawing clouds. You'll be setting up for drawing/painting “en plein air”, using a viewfinder to choose your composition/s, and 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 Resort. You'' ne using a 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), and finally 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 $4 Fijian (US$2).
  • 7.00 pm Dinner
  • 9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop: The Micro Landscape. You'll be looking at micro views at Devodara Beach with our viewfinder i.e. sandpatterns, shells, textures, shadows, using black biros, and using felt tip pens. These will bleed a little when the wash is applied, creating some interesting and free flowing effects. You'll also be 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. you'll be 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), and doing 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. You'll be 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, and creating some studies of each others' work.
  • 1.00 pm Lunch, followed by a 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! You'll be 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, then finishing off work before lunch.
  • 1.00 pm Lunch
  • 7.30 pm Final Fijian dinner
Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi International flight home.

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