May Creative Art Retreat BYRON BAY - 5 Days & 4 Artists with Gillian Grove

Sold out - we are adding another retreat in September- email us if you would like information on this once released. We have put together the ultimate 5 day creative art retreat where you get the chance to work with a new teacher and a new medium every day! We have taken our 4 most popular workshops and moved them to a stunning certified organic farm in the hills behind Byron Bay with accommodation and ALL ART MATERIALS included. In addition to a swimming pool & infrared sauna, you can take a number of walks through the countryside & simply relax or let your creativity run free.

One of the only complaints we ever hear from our students is that they can't pick which workshop to do and wish that they could do all of them - well now you can! Well....sort of :)

We have been on the hunt for a workshop facility where we could nestle you all into some quiet & comfortable accommodation and let us bring the artists to you. We finally found a beautiful organic farm nestled into the hills behind Byron Bay with a large, light-filled studio, just waiting for us to get creative.

Each day we bring you a new artist and medium to work with and all of the materials that you need to create. 

That's right, you need NO MATERIALS at all.

We are bringing you the teachers, the materials, the meals & the accommodation so that you can simply come along and enjoy a creative holiday without the hassle. Just make sure you leave some room to take home your gorgeous masterpieces at the end of the retreat.

Wed 15 May - Watercolour with Anne

Thurs 16 May - Inks with Jan

Fri 17 May - Acrylics with John

Sat 18 May - Drawing with Manuela

Sun 19 May - Visit to Tweed Gallery

(See full workshop descriptions under 'ITINERARY' link below)

You will be working with 4 of our best:

Anne Smerdon (WATERCOLOUR), owner of The Artory will be teaching you watercolour. 

We have designed the perfect 1 day workshop where you can get the basics out of the way so that you can enjoy the art of watercolour. There are a few tips and tricks you need to learn to get confident with using this medium and this 1 day workshop is designed to cover them all.

Anne is a Gold Coast artist represented by galleries in Australia, New York and the UK. Specialising in watercolour and drawing, Anne's illustrative style stems from her background in fashion and architecture.

From a very early age, Anne was noted as a creative-to-watch and was the winner of a Children's Creative Art Scholarship from the Queensland Art Gallery at the age of 11. In more recent times, Anne was the winner of the Element Eden Global Artist Search in the Fine Art category and also the winner of the Emerging Artist Award at the Trinity CollegeArt Award. She has also been a finalist in numerous art awards, including the Border ArtPrize, St Sebastians Emerging Artist Award and the Minister's Art Award.

John Turton (ACRYLICS) will be teaching you acrylics. 

This workshop will move you away from straight 'copying' and into the 'Imagined Landscape'. You will have the opportunity to work in acrylic on canvas with John's guidance. 

John Turton holds an array of awards, residencies and teaching experience spanning 4 decades. A master of capturing the essence of the Australian landscape, John's artworks hang in numerous galleries including The National Gallery in Victoria and numerous Council, Private and Overseas collections including Robert Holmes A Court (WA). John has been published in a number of magazines and now brings his wealth of knowledge of the Australian landscape to you.

Jan Lawnikanis (INKS) will be teaching you inks. You will be playing with Alcohol inks on Yupo paper & other mediums that handle inks well. Inks are full of pure pigment and once you learn what mediums to add to them, are a fun and exciting way to create unique works of art.

Jan 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. Her commissions range from school theatre sets to a set for the QLD Conservatory of Music, 40 artworks for an apartment building, 15 artworks for an office floor, paintings for a restaurant as well as school murals and private works for client’s homes.

Jan has been the featured artist in Australian Artist Magazine, with 5 full-length articles. Other publications include the Paradise Magazine-GC Bulletin, Art Newsflash, the International Watercolour Institute catalogue, the Coloured Pencil Magazine and the Australian Coloured Pencil Network.

Manuela Pilz (DRAWING) will be teaching you drawing. Throughout the day Manuela will be taking you through our hugely successful beginner's drawing course to help you learn the ropes to get started (or come back to!) drawing. 

Manuela has been a practising artist and teacher for more than thirty years working and exhibiting in the UK, Spain, and Australia. Manuela has been our key drawing teacher for many years now and is renowned for her patience and structured process that beginners can learn. Amongst her other achievements, most recently she has won first prize for the Master Skill Building Challenge at Watts Atelier in the USA. In 2017 Manuela fulfilled a lifelong dream to study in Italy and attended the Florence Academy of Art allowing her to work with artists trained in the classical skills that Italy is renowned for. Her initial training was at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) where she studied a Fine Art BA Hons course and it is there that she discovered a passion for working with figurative art.

“Every time I go to Europe or attend an amazing course here, I am itching to get back to my students and share what I have learnt. I believe it is part of an artist’s life to “pass it on”. There is so much amazing knowledge out there that shouldn’t get lost or forgotten. It needs to be shared.”



16-20 May 2019


We have group accommodation at the farm. You will have a room to yourself with the opportunity to bring a non-painting partner for only $600.


$2395pp & $600 for non-painting partners (sharing a bed) who want to join you and relax on the farm for the 5 days.


A continental breakfast is provided each morning as well as 4 x lunches & 4 x dinners. You will need to buy your own lunch on the day we visit the Tweed Regional Art Gallery (cafe on site).


The climate at this time of year is painting perfect. You can expect weather around 20-25 during the day and 12-18 at nights. 


Pack painting clothes & sturdy walking shoes if you wish to do some walking at the property. A good waterproof/windproof jacket is great for when the weather turns cooler. Bring swimming gear too for the sauna and pool.


The closest airport is the Gold Coast. There are plenty of operators that can provide airport transfers at a reasonable cost - please contact us if you need a referral.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended and is to be organised by you. You can get cancellation cover attached to your insurance in the event that you need to cancel inside our refund dates.

Art Sessions

We will be painting as a group from 9.30-4pm each day except for the first day where we will start at 10am. The rest of the time is yours to enjoy.


Flights are not included and are to be organised by you. Please do not book flights until we have confirmed our tour has reached minimum numbers.


A deposit is to be made via our website to secure your spot. 

This trip relies heavily on group numbers and we are contracted to our accommodation partners as well. Therefore it is necessary to charge a cancellation fee as outlined below in the event that you decide to cancel. If we decide to cancel the trip at any time we will issue you with a FULL refund. We are not responsible for expenses incurred in the preparation of trips (even cancelled trips), such as airline tickets, travel delays, flight cancellations or health problems. There is no refund if you arrive late or decide to leave early. Deposits secure your place. Cancellation Cover with your Travel Insurance provider is highly recommended.


Cancellation fees are determined accordingly:

Until 1 March  - $100 

From 1 March - 1 April - 50% of workshop cost

From 1 April - No refunds

Please make sure that you take out cancellation cover with your travel insurance in case you need to pull out for any reason.

Payment Details

Your FULL PAYMENT is due on 1 March

Payments are to be made to:

Artable Pty Ltd

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

BSB: 062 643

ACC: 1008 8473

Please use your surname as reference and the letters BYRON. For example SmithBYRON

Please note our itinerary is a guide only and is subject to changes to accommodate the group and teacher's needs as well as weather considerations. Have a look at our inclusions for a list of what is and isn't included. 

Itinerary What's Included

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

$2395 $500 deposit required

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Gillian Grove

Artable founder and teacher Gillian Grove works behind the scenes to bring you the best art classes, workshops & travel experiences in Australia. Gillian is renowned for her ability to work in a range of mediums and styles and is highly sought after teacher for beginners. 

Gillian has been a practicing artist for over 20 years and is passionate about making art available to everyone, both adults and children, regardless of what skill level they possess. Gillian holds a strength in being able to break down complex concepts so that they are easily understood and works behind the scenes to design classes that teach the 'how to' in…

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