Tropical Art Adventure : Glenda Wise – April 27 – May 4, 2024
Tropical Art Adventure
Embracing the world and the people in it through watercolour paintings.
- Daily workshops with Glenda Wise with personal tuition.
- Accommodation – choose from our bures at the front (Ocean View bures), or at the back (standard rooms) – or ask us about our two bedroom villas.
- Meals : breakfast, lunch and dinner – a mix of local Fijian and Indian food and international recipes
- Excursions: snorkel on the fabulous coral reefs, bathe in a glorious waterfall, revel in the abundant nature of the landscape and experience the rich Fijian culture.
You just need to buy your air ticket and art materials, and leave the rest to us.
Overview of the week's course
Glenda’s paintings explore the world in all its colourful beauty. Through her inspiring demonstrations and guided tuition you will learn the art of choosing a subject through observation, thumbnail sketching and compositional questions on what to put in and what to leave out.
How to include focal points to tell a pictorial story with the addition of interesting elements of life with people, birds or animals.
Demonstrations of quick drawing, colour mixing, and how to paint skies, water and foliage, then put it all together.
Beginners and partners welcome.
Meet Glenda Wise
Glenda is a lover of adventure travel, and has visited over forty countries. She is an author/illustrator who lives an idyllic life between art and travel, and continues to illustrate her books and teach painting and drawing in her studio in Belgrave, Victoria, Australia.
Outside the scope of high-end travel, staying in luxury hotels and resorts, the true essence of a remote experience for Glenda, requires sleeping in tents, tea houses, trucks, boats, yurts, caves, riad’s, tribal homes, or under the wing of her brothers aeroplane.
Sketching wherever she goes, she embraces the world and the people in it through her writing, art and travel
Summary & Pricing
Title: Tropical Art adventure: watercolours
Dates: April 27 – May 4, 2024
Programme: Daily morning workshops; afternoon excursions and free time.
Excursions and extras: All meals, and excursions as listed in the programme.
Food: Mixed menu.
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu Saturday. Course starts Sunday, end evening Friday. Depart Savusavu Saturday.
What To Bring
Bring your favourite art materials (Glenda’s kit is shown in the list below):-
WATERCOLOUR PAPER: Quality 300 gsm (Medium grain) Watercolour paper such as Saunders Waterford, Arches, Fabriano, Canson or similar.
Buy by the sheet to cut up for A4 size paintings. (Bring the remainders for smaller paintings.)
WATERCOLOUR PAINTS: Art Spectrum, Windsor & Newton or similar student quality paints:
French Ultramarine Blue
Permanent White Guache
PAN PAINT is a good choice for travelling artists: Mine is Windsor and Newton
Other colours I use are:-
Aureolin, New Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold, Cadmium Orange, Permanent Rose, Turquoise, Phthalo Green, Cerulean blue,
and Winsor Violet. However the colours above will be sufficient.
PAINT TRAY (Optional) If bringing tubes of paint, a 12x well NEEF tray with lid is perfect.
Taklon Neef 990 Rigger Brush
Taklon Flats sizes 1”, 3/4” & 1/2”
Taklon Rounds sizes 4, 6, 8,10, 12, 16
DRAWING EQUIPMENT (Available from Officeworks)
PENCILS Staedtler Propelling Pencils sizes ‘0.5’ & ‘0.9’
(or) Artists Soft Graphite Pencils HB, 2B, 4B
ERASER Faber Castel Kneaded (Putty) Eraser (‘must be’ Faber Castel)
PENS Black UniPen Fine Liners sizes ‘0.5’ & ‘0.9’
White Uni Posca size 0.7mm
SKETCHBOOK around A4 size to fit paper size we’re travelling with.
EXTRA ITEMS (Available from Officeworks)
White plastic Paint Palette
Plastic Envelope to store watercolour paper
Clear Pocket A4 Display Folder to store finished paintings
Small Pack of Tissues and a piece of absorbent cloth to mop excess water from brushes.
You’ll stay with us at Daku Resort, Fiji.
Accommodation is packaged with your course: we are offering a choice of standard rooms in our rear bures, or ocean view bures at the front .We have a number of two and three bedroom houses and villas so if there are a small group, we can quote you on those.
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).
I am an art student of Glenda Wise. Her wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm has enriched my creativity and has challenged me to go further than I thought possible. Glenda teaches with joy and passion which overflows into her students.
I have been attending Glenda’s art group for a couple of years now and have learned so much. I enjoy the experience in a friendly, helpful, creative, fun environment with Glenda. Her vast knowledge and experience in a range of art mediums is reassuring to a newbie like me.
As a new adult student of art with Glenda Wise, I have found my eye and drawing technique steadily improving over this first six months.
Glenda starts with pencil drawing and tone exercises. Thereafter she encourages students to choose their own meaningful image to convey. She is always positive but does not neglect constructive tips of tone, line and perspective, so that we end up with a growing portfolio of personal achievement.
Classes are relaxed, light-hearted and inclusive.
Our location : Savusavu, Fiji
During this week, you’ll enjoy the rich culture and unspoilt nature of Fiji, the place where happiness comes naturally. We’re in Savusavu in Fiji’s North – known as the Hidden Paradise because it really is! We’ll take you out to snorkel on the beautiful coral reefs, to plunge into fresh waterfalls, to visit traditional Fijian villages where you’ll see a deeply hospitable corner of Fiji.
We’ve got a full programme planned – with some spare time to just relax.
Ocean View bure
Standard room – rear bure
IncludedAccommodationAll Workshop FeesDining & MealsLectures & ExcursionsTransfers from Savusavu Airport
Not IncludedAlcoholic BeveragesEquipment & SuppliesFlights/TravelNon-Course ActivitiesTravel Insurance
- Arrive in Savusavu.
- 6.00 pm Traditional Fijian welcome ceremony
- 7.30 pm Dinner
- 9am - 12:30pm: Workshop. On this first day we'll start in the yoga shala which also serves as a magnificent studio with wonderful views of the landscape.
- 1pm: Lunch
- Afternoon: Free time: relax, swim, snorkel....
- 7:30pm: Dinner
- 9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop: on the beach underneath the rain tree near Jean Michel Cousteau Resort
- 1.00pm Lunch
- Visit from local craftswoman and tapa making demonstration followed by trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops. We'll take you there in a taxi, and then leave you to wander around and find your own way back (taxis cost approx F$4.60).
- 7.00 pm Dinner