Funtastic Acrylics - throw, scrape, pour & play with paint (5 Day Tyalgum Art Retreat) with Jenni Kelly

This course will introduce students to an unorthodox approach to painting, be prepared to scrape, spray, throw and roll paint and leave brushes to last! Our Tyalgum Art Retreat brings together the arts community like no other with a whole 5 days dedicated to your arts practice whilst meeting new friends and learning from the masters. Price shown is for deposit only. Full price is $1395pp

This workshop is part of our Tyalgum Group Art Retreat. This is our budget retreat with dorm-style rooms of up to 4 people and very basic amenities. If this is not for you and you need more comfort, then join our Tasmanian Luxury retreat with Clair Bremner (click here for details on Tassie). If you prefer to work with a new artist each day AND have your own room, then join our Byron Creative Retreat (click here for details on Byron).

We anticipate that these workshops will sell out very quickly and encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment. *FULL WORKSHOP PRICE IS $1395 - YOU NEED TO BUY YOUR WORKSHOP PLACE USING THIS LISTING TO PAY YOUR DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE 31 MARCH 2020.

Over 5 days, Jenni will introduce students to an unorthodox approach to painting... be prepared to scrape, spray, throw and roll paint and leave brushes to last. Working with warm and cool colours as well as transparent colours for glazing, explore some mediums, starting with the abstract to impressionism, students will be encourage to unleash their untapped creativity without restriction.

Enjoy demonstrations and Jenni’s individual guidance. You will leave with a new found creative confidence and a greater understanding of managing acrylics. No previous experience is necessary – just an open mind! Over the 5 days you will be working on Jenni's 'Poppy Duo', 'Lorkeets', 'ABstract Landscape' & 'Autumn Leaves' paintings.

This workshop is perfect for those that want to work in a fun, colourful & creative way, if you prefer things to look 'realistic' - then you are better suited to learning from the McCanns (also teaching at Tyalgum).

In this 5 day workshop, you will:

- Work step to step alongside Jenni to explore the range of use acrylics can give

- Understand the difference between warm and cool colours and how to use them.

- Work with colours straight from the tube without the need for any colour mixing

- Explore a range of other acrylic mediums that can be used with paints

- Learn how to work in the abstract to begin with and move through to more detail later on

- Regain the magic of 'playing' with paint!

- Understand acrylic glazes and how to best use them.



ACRYLIC PAINTS (any good brand) Atelier, Matisse Most of the following colours are Atelier.

Please note that this is Jenni's extensive list that students often ask her for. You do not need to buy EVERY colour. Bring along your own paints that you have on hand and make sure you have the first 9 colours on the list as a minimum. Jenni is generous with lending a bit here and there. You can also pay $50 to use our class set of colours for the week.

  • White, Antique White, (Matisse Structure) Small Black.
  • (warm) Cadmium Red, (cool) Napthol Red
  • (warm) Cadmium Yellow, (cool) Lemon Light Hansa
  • (warm) Ultramarine Blue, (cool) Pthalo Blue
  • Some transparent colours:
  • Red Gold, Paynes Grey
  • Dioxazine Purple, Blue Black (Indigo)
  • Utramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Olive Green
  • Other favorites Brilliant Magenta, Brilliant Orange, Pacific Blue, Colbalt Turquoise light hue, Naples Yellow, Jaune Brilliance
  • (Matisse Structure) Australian Yellow Green, Aqua Green Light and Permanent Light Violet
  • Copper and Pale Gold - these are metallic paints available in both Matisse Structure and Atelier
  • Acrylic Satin Medium Varnish (optional) - I recommend Matisse.

    One each Yellow/white Dulux/Taubmans sample pots. (Any Hardware.)

    Other items to bring:

    • Old Credit Cards/ Tile Scrapers.
    • A few assorted pastels/charcoal.(For Sketching Image onto canvas)
    • One large palette knife (approximately 4cm by 10cm length.
    • A few bristle brushes. One cheap house brush to varnish.(Can share)
    • Water spray bottle, Chux rags, and a good size water container
    • Six small empty jars to make up liquid acrylics (Like spice jars.)

    Day 1. Canvas Size suggested 2 X 40 x 50cm

    Day 2. 60 x 60cm

    Day 3. 60x60cm

    Day 4. 76 x 76cm

    Day 5. Finish all existing works.

    If you are flying in you are welcome to buy loose canvas that can be rolled for easy transport home or we can assist with freight to get your artworks home. Please contact Artable if you would like to use Artable Paints to avoid flight issues.

    All canvases or papers (Water Colour) are to be primed with one coat of Gesso before we start. You are welcome to bring your own reference relating to the workshop (I will also bring references. The work will be Abstract to Impressionistic - Fun and Free (style of work)!!!

    This workshop is being held as part of our 5 Day 'Best of the Best' Art Retreat at the Tyalgum Ridge Retreat. We anticipate that these workshops will sell out very quickly and encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment. *FULL WORKSHOP PRICE IS $1395 - YOU NEED TO BUY YOUR WORKSHOP PLACE USING THIS LISTING TO PAY YOUR DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE 31 MARCH 2019.


    Please note that the Tyalgum Ridge retreat is located at 783 Tyalgum Creek Rd, Tyalgum Creek NSW. You will need to head to the end of Tyalgum Creek Road and continue onto a dirt road for about 100m before you reach the retreat. Please note that there is no internet reception so make note of your directions before you leave Tyalgum.

    There is parking to your right as you arrive. The building is located over 2 floors so there are some steps involved.

    Tyalgum can be reached from the coast via Murwillimbah or from the north through Chillingham and the Numinbah Valley - both are beautiful scenic drives.

    From Tyalgum take Tyalgum Creek Road (runs between the Tyalgum Hotel and the service station) for 9kms. The last kilometre is a good quality gravel road. The retreat is the last property (no. 783) at the end of the road.

    We are 30 kms or 25 minutes from Murwillumbah.

    The drive from the Gold Coast Airport takes about an hour.


    Students must be 16 and over for all adult classes unless arranged otherwise with Artable. The enrolment form for under 18s who are attending an adult class must be signed by a parent or guardian. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult if they are staying in the accommodation.



    Bookings for workshops will be in the order of bookings received on our website and paid in full at the time of booking. Artable bookings via the website give you an automatic confirmation via email. You need to write in the notes section of the booking form if you wish to share a room with a specific person or persons.


    Telephone bookings must be accompanied by full payment via credit card or direct debit and all booking conditions apply as per website descriptions.


    Artable reserves the right to cancel a class if minimum enrolments are not reached by 1 June 2020 or for circumstances beyond our control. Students will be offered placements in an alternative workshop or a refund of all fees.

    Artable relies heavily on group numbers for this retreat and we are contracted to our accommodation provider. Therefore Artable charges the following cancellation fees if you choose to cancel or do not attend:

    On or before 15 March 2020: FULL REFUND

    From 16 March – 16 May 2020: 25% of workshop fee

    From 17 May – 1 June: 50% of workshop fee

    From 2 June: NO REFUNDS

    Please do not ask us to waive these conditions under any circumstances as we cannot provide refunds from 2 June. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you take out travel insurance with appropriate cancellation cover in the event of an emergency.


    Registration is from 8-9.30am on the first day. We will gather together for orientation at 10am on the first day in the main hall. Classes commence at 9am and conclude at 4pm each day. Lunch is for 1 hour and held from 12.30-1.30pm. Dinner is held from 6.30-7.30pm in the Dining Hall.

    Morning and afternoon teas will be permanently set up in the dining hall and tutors can work around their own times for these breaks.


    Evenings will combine tutor discussions, art demonstrations, product demonstrations and more. You will be presented with a weekly timetable of events when you arrive and register.


    Shared Dorm Room: Dorm accommodation is in basic shared room accommodations (male and females are kept separate) with basic shower facilities. All linen is provided, however you are encouraged to bring your own doona/blankets for extra warmth. If you are traveling interstate, we will arrange bedding on your behalf (advise at time of booking). Rooms are shared between 2 and 4 people.

    Please note that we are unable to offer single rooms at the retreat due to the limited number of beds available. If you require a single room, we recommend

    Camping On Site (Campervan or Tent): You can choose to camp onsite. There are shower facilities available for your use.

    External Accommodation $150 Discount Applies: Feel free to make use of local Bed & Breakfast Options if you would like either your own room, or more comfortable accommodations. Please understand that there is very little discount as fees are set by the Tyalgum Retreat and include 3 meals a day, morning/afternoon tea, linen hire and venue hire fees.

    Please advise us in the notes section at the time of booking if you do not want to be allocated to a dorm room. You will be asked to fill in a registration from after booking and will be able to stipulate who you would like to share a room with.


    All students must register at the front desk upon arrival and before heading to their room or workshop. Registration is between 8 and 9.30am on Wednesday 8 July.

    All course, accommodation and events information will be provided at registration.

    By purchasing this workshop, you agree that:

    You have read and agree to the above conditions.

    A class without meeting minimum numbers may be cancelled and you will be given a full refund.

    If you choose to seek external accommodation, you will have $150 deducted from your workshop fee.

    Cancellation fees apply from 16 March as outlined above.

    Artable may take photographs & video throughout the 5 days to be used for marketing purposes.


    Tyalgum Ridge Retreat

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    $300 per person

    Meet the Teach

    Jenni Kelly

    Jenni was born in Kerang Victoria and lived and was educated in Bendigo where her interest in oil painting began viewing the great Australian masters at the Bendigo Regional Art Gallery thus starting a long life love affair of viewing galleries Australia wide. Her early works were in traditional oils depicting the subjects of the Gold Mining areas and continuing this style of painting for many years. After marriage and family with husbands work to areas such as Mackay, Isisford, Cardwell, Augathella and Clifton. While living in these isolated areas she continued to do some painting and was a member of The Flying Art School for many years travelling hundreds of kilometers to designated centers. Jenni is basically self taught and is constantly improving her skills by attending other artists workshops, e.g McGregor Summer Schools Toowoomba, Mitchell Summer School’s Bathurst and Clifton Art workshops regularly. Jenni is currently living in Murrumba Downs at North Brisbane. Jenni achieves a realistic expression in her creative freestyle painting leaving the viewer free to excise their own imagination. These paintings have an appealing sense of colour, freedom and movement with subjects close to nature. Jenni’ also a member of “Nature in the Raw” with works going in exhibitions all over Queensland and in 2004 the Bristol Zoo Gardens in U.K. Jenni’s work is continually on display at the White Patch Gallery on Bribie Island and at the Blue Dolphin Gallery at Mooloolaba. 21 Pieces of Jenni’s paintings are hanging throughout the Holy Spirit Hospital at Chermside Brisbane


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