Archive for December, 2014
Monday, December 29th, 2014
At the last SALA festival I had the pleasure of meeting Moira Simpson, a very talented and dynamic lady who is organising the first ever Artists’ Retreat in Adelaide, from 19 to 23 April 2015. We hear about plenty of these kinds of retreats happening over in the Eastern States, but finally we have our very own annual event – a chance to get totally absorbed in art and craft for a whole 5 days, with all our lunches provided!
I did something similar to this back in August when I did a 4 day workshop with the Printmaking Sisters – more about that on my printmaking blog – but I will be one of the teachers at Moira’s retreat, which means lots of hard work preparing for it! I am looking forward to seeing how much everyone develops in 5 intensive days, so I’m sure the hard graft will be well worth it.
The venue, St. John’s Grammar, is just perfect: it happens to be the school where my two boys went after we arrived in SA from the UK in 2001. As soon as we saw the school we decided our boys would love the atmosphere – and it turned out to have some very good teachers as well. The art department has excellent facilities so I have no doubt we will be very comfortable there. It’s also 5 minutes away from Belair National Park, so we are likely to be entertained with the sight of koalas dozing in the gum trees a few metres from the classrooms.
Several of the artists are from interstate and overseas, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have quite a number of students trooping over from other parts of Australia. It’s the most marvellous excuse to take in a proper SA holiday, at a time of year when the Festival frenzy is over, the weather is balmy, and gourmet feast festivals are all around you – from the Barossa Vintage Festival to the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival (dates yet to be advised) . St. John’s is a short drive from the City where there is plenty of accommodation to choose from, but why not try a B&B in Belair or the nearby Adelaide Hills, or for the truly adventurous there is a very sophisticated caravan park in the National Park itself.
I will be teaching a super-intensive Drawing for the Terrified course in the mornings, and in the afternoons we’ll be relaxing in a different way, with Water Colour for the Terrified. But my classes are just two of the many courses on offer, ranging from quilting to jewellery; from oil painting through digital art to sculpture – to name just a few.
The early bird offer is over, but this retreat is still very reasonably priced and promises to be wildly popular – so don’t delay too long before you book!