The Inspired Landscape ACRYLIC - 1 Day APRIL with John Turton

This workshop will move you away from straight 'copying' and into the 'Imagined Landscape'. If you crave working in acrylics with bold colours and on a huge canvas, then this is the creative workshop you have been looking for. John will not lead you step to step but will leave you to 'have a go' and then step in to correct you as needed. Bring your most colourful, brave self and let loose with colour.

Please note: John has been managing health issues and this workshop may need to be cancelled at the last minute. John has expressed a desire to continue his love of teaching and Artable believes in supporting artists as best we can - teaching is fulfilling for artists and also provides much needed income.

Please do not book in if you are unable to change flight or accommodation bookings. We will issue a full refund for any cancellations.

Designed to challenge you to let go and start making some bold decisions around colour in the landscape. You will enjoy a full day in the studio creating large scale artworks.

If you need a teacher to 'tell you what to do' or even to explain why they have done something, then this is not the workshop for you. John works from instinct drawing on his creativity in the moment and encourages others to do the same. Bring your brave self and your creativity and see why people leave John's workshops somewhat 'changed' by the experience. If you are a beginner but like the idea of what this workshop is about then please contact us and we will chat to you further to see if it is a good fit for you.

Add the Sunday Pastel workshop and turn this into a 2 day weekend workshop.


Please note that this is John's list of paints for students that like to know EXACTLY which colours he prefers to use. The exact colours are not essential. You can bring along whatever acrylics that you have and love to use. Make sure you have a good range of darks & lights.

ACRYLIC PAINTS (any good brand) Atelier, Matisse

  • White, Antique White, (Matisse Structure) Small Black.
  • (warm) Cadmium Red, (cool) Alizarine Crimson
  • (warm) Cadmium Yellow, (cool) Lemon Light Hansa
  • (warm) Ultramarine Blue, (cool) Pthalo Blue
  • Bring along any oil paints that you have on hand - John uses oil paints underneath his pastels (usually dark colours - pthalo green & pthalo blue are good) and also as a final coat on the top of his acrylic landscapes (colours to match your painting).
  • Other Favourites: 

    (Mostly Matisse colours)

  • Red Gold, Paynes Grey
  • Dioxazine Purple, Australian Sienna, Pthalo Green
  • Turquoise, Southern Ocean Blue
  • Bring along any colours that you really love.
  • Other items to bring:
    • At least 2 canvases of various sizes (pick what you like to work in). You could do a diptych (2 canvases side by side) or triptych (3 canvases) or even a large scale canvas. DO not bring canvases smaller than 50x50cm.
    • One large palette knife (approximately 4cm by 10cm length)
    • A range of brushes, Hake brushes (stiff bristles, not watercolour brushes) are great for blending, 2-3 inch flat to a linear brush
    • Water spray bottle, Chux rags, and a good size water container


    This workshop is being held at ALL SAINTS Anglican College, Highfield Drive Merrimac. Take the main entrance to the high school with the large Blue All Saints sign out the front of the school. Drive to the end of the car park and park. You will see the sign for the Visual Arts Centre there.


    We will issue a full refund for cancellations.


    It is best to BYO lunch or you can drive out during the break. Please note that there is no fridge on site.


    All Saints High School - Highfield Dr, Merrimac QLD 4226

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    $185 per person

    Meet the Teach

    John Turton

    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 Artable for his 2 day weekend workshop. 

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