Botanical Watercolour - Lupins in NZ 2018 with Heidi Willis

A 5 day Botanical Watercolour class like no other. This trip combines it all - a luxury home nestled just outside Queenstown, one of Australia's best Botanical Watercolour artists, a field trip to collect and study the incredible fields of Lupins and a day trip to the turquoise waters of the Blue Pools. We can't wait to show you one of the most stunning regions in NZ and help you to take your art to the next level. In the comfort of our private art studio each day, Heidi will teach you her highly sought after watercolour technique, drawing on the Lupins of the region. We have taken care of all your needs for this trip so that you can indulge yourself in a long weekend away to revive the senses and put in some serious art time for yourself. Don't forget the roaring fire, outdoor spa bath and tennis courts as well as 11 acres of property to explore outside of our studio time! Come and see why Artable is the leader in Painting Holidays. Limited to 10 students.

Our NZ Lupins Botanical Watercolour Art Workshop is the perfect extended weekend away for any creative watercolour lover. Staying in the heart of the South Island just outside of Queenstown with one of the best botanical watercolour artists in Australia, this is sure to be a weekend not to be missed. No matter what level you feel you are painting at, Heidi can help you to build a strong foundation for your future arts practice. Please note that this is a studio based workshop with no plein-air.

After picking you up in Queenstown, we will travel straight to our accommodation. Once you settle into your accommodations, we will meet in our private art studio and settle in for the weekend. Nights can be spent in front of the roaring fire with a glass of local wine before we hit the nightlife and incredible restaurants of Queenstown. Please note that we are staying in a luxury 7 bedroom group house, this means that there are limited single rooms available and that not all rooms are ensuited.

We have included time in the field with Heidi as we hunt down the incredible Lupins, renowned in this area. There is also a day trip to the Blue Pools - if I hadn't seen this place with my own eyes, I would never have believed that water could be this colour or this clear. We will work with the weather to try and find the best day to pack a picnic and enjoy a break from the studio for this incredible day out.

Drawing on the season of Lupins in this part of NZ, Heidi will be taking you through her techniques specific to botanical watercolour with plenty of one on one time and professional mentoring. With only 10 spots available, you need to book as early as you can - this workshop will sell out well in advance of the dates.

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Art Supplies

Supplies list ~ HEIDI WILLIS ~ Tasmania

  • Pencils, 2H, HB and 2B
  • Mechanical pencil 0.5 mm HB
  • White plastic eraser
  • Scotch tape
  • Taklon or good quality detail brushes (sizes 3/0, 1, 3, 4, 5 with GOOD points and a cover sleeve on them)
  • Palette (a KLIK Palette)
  • Masking Fluid (colourless W&N please)
  • Ruling pen
  • Sketchbook
  • Tracing paper (perhaps 5 sheets A4 or equivalent)
  • Blade to cut paper and sharpen pencils etc
  • Paint colours

    Watercolour paints artist quality Windsor and Newton

  • Sepia
  • Windsor Violet
  • Perylene Maroon
  • Permanent Rose
  • Permanent Magenta
  • Windsor Red
  • Indigo
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Olive Green
  • Permanent Sap Green
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue (Red Shade)
  • Green Gold
  • Windsor Lemon
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Paper/board
  • Langton Watercolour Board 10x14in – Allow 1 per day
  • NOTE:

    Heidi will bring worksheets, Langton boards and brush supplies with me for the group. You can reimburse Heidi for these costs at the workshop. If you do not want to purchase your own watercolours for later use, you can contact Artable to use the 'class set' of watercolour to sahre and bring your own palette. Cost for this will be $30pp.

    Itinerary What's Included

    To book, email your enquiry using the button below or phone Gillian on 0411 317 606.

    $2995 $500 deposit required

    Meet the Teach

    Heidi Willis

    Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it. Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s emerging artistic talents. Her reputation as a leading natural history, wildlife and botanical artist is well established and her meticulous and intricate studies of botany and birds can be found in significant public and private collections around the world.

    Heidi’s work has featured in prominent national and…


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