Jan Lawnikanis has taught regular art classes on the Gold Coast for the past 22 years and tutored over 70 workshops in various locations around Queensland and NSW. Students in all mediums have praised Jan for her teaching skills and this has gained her an excellent reputation with all ages.In her personal art career, Jan’s beautifully presented work in various mediums has won many first prizes and other awards.
The opportunity to escape the office to spend five days creating art in a sun-filled studio next to long white beaches, with one of my favourite artists, Boston’s Liz Haywood-Sullivan, ticked every box.What I hadn’t planned on was the unexpected surprises that unfolded along the way, turning it into a life-changing experience of fun, food and friendship.Throwing eight strangers together in a big house is not a new idea to reality TV fans – but in our house we had a studio all to ourselves, an incredible art teacher and a retreat organiser who spoiled us and customised our stay to suit our daily whims. I found myself wondering ‘how long has this been going on?’ and ‘why didn’t I do this sooner’?
Renowned pastel artist, and former President of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, spent five days at Artable Studio’s pastel art immersive workshop with a group of students in Kingscliff Australia. As well as conducting both Plein Air and studio workshops, Liz was extremely generous with her time and advice outside of painting time. She kindly agreed to the following Q and A after a day visiting the Tweed Regional Gallery and painting outdoors.