Pastels in Tasmania (Studio-based, no plein-air) 5 Days MARCH 2020 with Lyn Diefenbach

Join us for a 5 day art-intensive with one of Australia's best pastel artists - Lyn Diefenbach. If you like your pastel artworks to look 'realistic', prefer to work from photos rather than life and want to stay in luxury accommodation whilst indulging your creative side and learning from the best, then this trip is for you. Work in studio on your choice of genre (portraits, still life, florals & landscape). We have combined our favourite Tasmanian accommodation with one of our favourite tutors so that you can combine your love of art with our love of good food and stylish travel - don't miss out. EARLY BIRD PRICING (LISTED) UNTIL 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

We have hand picked Australia's most successful pastel artist to join us for a hand-crafted art experience enjoying 5 days in Tasmania. We will be staying in the cottages at the Red Feather Inn (shared rooms of 2) just outside of Launceston making use of a 150 year old renovated barn for our studio each day.

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.

Your days are spent immersed in your art and at night we dine by candle light as our chefs prepare local Tasmanian fare from locally sourced produce.

There are beautiful gardens to explore as well as well as plenty of nearby walks along the river to truly experience the beauty of the area before or after class.

We have included all meals in the workshop pricing except for 1 dinner so that we can enjoy a night out together.

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 there are 3 non-sharing rooms available (you will need to pay a $500 supplement for a non-sharing room).

To join us you need to pay a $500 deposit via the link to the right. We will be in contact in December 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 at the Red Feather Inn 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, contact us for details (only 3 available).


All breakfasts & lunches are included as well as 3 dinners in our package price. There is 1 dinner not included, which you pay when we eat out. Please note that alcohol is not included.


The climate at this time of year can be cool but very pleasant. Please bring warm clothes, the studio is heated but still errs on the cool side and evenings are also cold.


Pack painting clothes and casuals. We eat out locally on one night, but it is still casual attire. A good waterproof/windproof jacket is great for when the weather changes and you want to do walks outside.


We pick you up at 10am at the Launceston airport. Contact us if you prefer a hotel pick-up.


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.


We will be painting as a group every day from 9am-4pm. The rest of the time is yours to enjoy.


Flights are not included and are to be organised by you. Please check our pick up and drop off times.


A deposit is to be made to secure your spot via our website and the reservation form completed.

The balance of payment is due on 1 December 2019. 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 December - $100 Admin Fee

1 December - 15 December - $500 cancellation fee

15 December - 1 February - 50% of the trip cost

From 1 February 2020 - no refunds


We will send you an invoice for your final amount in November 2020.

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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.

$2395 $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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