Pastel & Travel Journals in Switzerland September 2020 with Lyn Diefenbach

We have hand-crafted a 10 day art experience like no other. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Appenzell, surrounded by forests and pastures and the sound of cow bells, we are staying in a traditional swiss-style hotel for an authentic Swiss experience. Switzerland holds breath-taking beauty and in addition to daily art instruction from one of Australia's best art teachers, we will be immersing ourselves in the Swiss culture, visits to the old town of Appenzell, cheese tours and fondue nights! You can choose to work in pastel or watercolour (travel journal style) and prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime.

It's time to join an Artable retreat in Switzerland! We have put together a truly unique workshop with one of Australia's most loved tutors. Switzerland is renowned for its natural beauty, rolling green hills, traditional wooden buildings, all things cheese and generous hospitality. We are taking you to the old traditional township of Appenzell, where the painted houses and gentle waterways will have you spellbound.

You can choose what genre you would like to spend your time working on, portraits, florals,'s up to you! This special workshop is for learning the art of using pastels, working from your own images and guided by Lyn as well as keeping a travel journal which Lyn will show you how to do.

We have our own art studio for the 10 days as well as trips to the surrounding countryside for some outdoor fun.

There are beautiful walks and forests near our hotel to truly experience the beauty of the area before or after class and to soak in the fresh Swiss air and the sound of cow bells.

We have included all breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners in this workshop so that you can visit the many restaurants and food experiences in the area.

If you are keen to come on your own, don't worry, we have many people that join us on their own. We will allocate you to a share room or if you wish to enjoy a room to yourself, you can pay a $1000 single supplement.

To join us you need to pay a $500 deposit via the link to the right. We will be in contact in June 2020 to collect the balance. Please note that cancellation fees apply to all Artable retreats.

We look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful creative holiday.



Accommodation is in a hotel in the Appenzeller district in shared rooms of 2. Couples have a room to themselves and we don’t mix male/females in shared rooms. You can pay a supplement for your own room ($100ppAUD), contact us for details.


All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. The rest you pay as you go. Please note that alcohol is not included.


It is Autumn, so this time of year can be cool but very pleasant (expect 13-18C).


Pack painting clothes and casuals. A good waterproof/windproof jacket is great for when the weather changes and you want to do walks outside as well as good walking shoes. There is an indoor heated pool and spa at the hotel so pack your swimsuit!


We meet at 2pm at the Zurich airport information desk. There is free wifi in the airport, so email us if you need to contact us [email protected]


Travel insurance is essential 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 of our refund dates.


We will be painting as a group every day from 9am-4pm. Lyn can teach in any medium, but pastel and watercolour are the easiest to travel with. Feel free to contact Lyn direct with any questions about the art side of the tour. The rest of the time is yours to enjoy.


Flights are not included and are to be organised by you. Please arrange flights in time to meet us at 2pm on 25 September and flights home after midday on 5 October.


A deposit is to be made to secure your spot via our website and the reservation form completed. We expect this workshop to fill very quickly, so please don't delay your booking.

The balance of payment is due on 1 July 2020. You can pay us in installments if this helps.


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 fees are determined accordingly:

Until 1 July 2020 - $100 Admin Fee

1 July - 15 July - $500 cancellation fee

15 July - 1 August - 50% of the trip cost

From 1 August 2020 - no refunds


Your FULL PAYMENT is due on 1 July 2020

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 SWI. For example SmithSWI

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. 


Lyn would like to encourage everyone to keep a travel journal on this trip and will be teaching how to do this. Bring along a travel journal no larger than A4 and with quality paper that can handle watercolour. A small watercolour travel disc or palette set. Size 6 round watercolour brush and waterproof black fine liner pen.

See the notes below for pastel workers who would like to do portraits and/or Florals.

Lyn Diefenbach Pastel Portrait Workshop

Materials List

NB Do not pre-draw your portrait as the drawing and achieving a good likeness is a significant part of the workshop.


Paper - 1 x sheet Canson MITIENTES. Colour examples: Flannel Grey, Oyster, Sand, Bisque, Eggshell. Orange or Tobacco for darker skin. Any greyed-off colour works. Or you may use Art Spectrum Colorfix, Art Spectrum Smooth, UART 600 or any of the other sanded papers if you prefer.

Pastels - Bring what you have. Girault and Rembrandt have got some particularly good portrait colours.

Backing Board - have at least 4 sheets of other pastel paper to pad the board

¼” Angle Shader Brush NEEF 995 - this is to brush away unwanted pastel.

Willow Charcoal

Bulldog Clips



Paper towels

Kneadable eraser

Subject photos make sure these are large, clear images preferably with a good play of light and dark. If you are doing your own printing from a computer, make sure that you use photo quality paper NOT plain paper.

Lyn Diefenbach Pastel Potential - Florals

Materials List


NB for florals: Please come with your composition already drawn up in a PALE pastel pencil or a colour pertinent to your bloom. Focus your composition more on one or two blooms so that it is more of a portrait of a flower.

Paper : 1 sheet of UART 600 or white Ampersand Pastelbord (these are available from or white Canson Mi-Tex or white Arts Spectrum Colorfix Supertooth

Pastels : bring what you have. Include colours suitable to your subject.

Backing Board : Not required for Ampersand Pastelbord

For UART 600 put another sheet of the UART 600 beneath the one you are working on, especially if your backing board is foam core.

For Canson and AS make sure that these have a padded surface with at least 2 or 3 sheets of pastel paper behind. Ensure your padding doesn’t create ripples on the surface

¼” Angle Shader Brush NEEF 995 - this is to brush away unwanted pastel.

Bulldog Clips


Paper towels

Kneadable eraser

Drop Sheet

Reference Photos make sure these are large, clear images preferably with a good play of light and dark. If you are doing your own printing from a computer, make sure that you use photo quality paper NOT plain paper.

Itinerary What's Included

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

$4995 $500 deposit required

Meet the Teach

Lyn Diefenbach

I have been a professional artist for 25 years and a teacher of the craft of painting across Australia and the world for some 20 years. For quite some time I wasted a lot of energy worrying about whether being an artist was something worthwhile. It seemed to be a fairly useless occupation- not noble like a doctor or a teacher. But then I read Pope John Paul 2’s letter to all artists and this had a profound influence on me. In his letter John Paul exhorted : “Artists of the world, may our many different paths all lead to that infinite ocean of beauty where wonder becomes awe, exhilaration, unspeakable joy…………


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