Island Inspirations: Sketching and Watercolours with Rob Candy: October 14 -21, 2023
Island Inspirations - overview of the week's course
Rob will demonstrate and discuss aspects including composition, brushwork , mixing colours and values during the painting session. Offering a critique of each student’s work is a fundamental part of learning, and he offers his insights in a constructive manner that invariably leads to a better understanding of the potential of the work in progress.
From $2550 - Price includes:
- Daily workshops with Rob Candy with personal attention
- Accommodation – choose from our bures at the front (Ocean View bures), or at the back (standard rooms)
- 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 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.
Rob Candy is a highly experienced watercolourist, and an excellent teacher. Under his guidance, you will gain an in-depth knowledge and application of watercolour skills and techniques. The workshop is designed for both the beginner and the more advanced artist as you tackle a variety of watercolour landscapes from urban, rural and coastal scenes on offer in and around Daku Resort and its surrounding area. The workshop will introduce the beginner to the stages of watercolour painting while allowing the more experienced artist, a chance to review and refine their own practices. Each day will provide us with an opportunity to follow the painting process systematically from initial sketching and planning to painting completion.
Meet Rob Candy.
Born in Melbourne, Rob began painting watercolours at Ku-ring-gai Arts Centre during the 1980’s with Owen Thompson, and at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales with Frederic Bates OAM. He has a degree in Geography and this informs his analysis of and appreciation for the landscape.
He casts his net wide to find his subject, drawing inspiration subjects as diverse as industrial machinery, cows in a paddock, or beach bathers. He looks forward to his visit to Fiji as a providing the tranquillity and calmness that makes a perfect platform to artistically develop confidence in watercolour painting and sketching. “From tropical sandy beaches and sheltered harbours to rural villages and the traditional way of life this Fijian experience has so much for the artist.”
He is a passionate traveller and has taken numerous groups to Turkey, Venice and through China, exploring the Silk Road and the Yangtze River.
Rob is the current President of the Watercolour Society of Victoria.
Summary & Pricing
Title: Island Inspirations
Dates: October 14 – 21, 2023
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 October 14. Course starts October 15, end evening October 20. Depart Savusavu October 21.
Standard room: shared is $2550, single $2950.
Ocean view bure shared $2890, single $3390
What To Bring
List of materials will be supplied.
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).
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
- 1pm: Lunch
- Afternoon: Free time
- 7:30pm: Dinner
- 9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
- 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