Travel Journaling - Plein Air (5 Day Tyalgum Art Retreat with James McKay

Have you always wanted to capture your travels in paint & drawing? This workshop will introduce you to the basics of working outdoors from life in pen & watercolour. 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*

Learn to create pen and wash sketches of your favorite places in a travel journal or sheets of watercolour paper that you can frame later on.

This 5 day workshop we will cover basic drawing and perspective, light, shading and different pen and wash techniques. We will also look at composition and transferring the scenery in front of you to piece of paper.

Nothing beats the feeling of capturing the essence of interesting places in quick spontaneous sketches with a few hand written notes. Spend the days learning to record what you see and experience both locally and abroad. 

Learn simple ways to use the brush and pigments to create bright fresh paintings full of movement and light while doing quick exercises and complete paintings.

We are set amidst some of the most gorgeous scenery this country has to offer with an enormous undercover area that allows you to paint rain, hail or shine! James has been one of our most popular weekend workshop tutors at Artable, so make sure you book early so that you don't miss out.

Materials:

A Black 0.5 waterproof pen (so it doesn't bleed)

A travel journal containing watercolour paper of at least 300gsm sized from A5 to A4 OR At least 10 sheets of watercolour paper A4 size.

2B Pencil

Kneadable Eraser

Plastic Eraser

Note book to make notes

Watercolour Colours: Alizarine, Cadmium Red, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Viridian Green, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue

Round Brushes: sizes 10, 6, 4, 2 taklon

ARTABLE WILL HAVE A SHOP SET UP ON SITE WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE MANY MATERIALS AT THE VENUE. WE WILL BE IN TOUCH IN 2019 WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRE-ORDER MATERIALS AT DISCOUNTED RATES AND HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO YOUR ROOM.

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.

TYALGUM RIDGE RETREAT

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.

MINIMUM AGE

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

Website:

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

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

CANCELLATION AND PAYMENT

Artable reserves the right to cancel a class if minimum enrolments are not reached by 1 June 2019 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 2019: FULL REFUND

From 16 March – 16 May 2019: 25% of workshop fee

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

From 2 June: NO REFUNDS

CLASS TIMES

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.

AFTER CLASS

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.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

REGISTRATION

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 4 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.

This workshop is being held as part of our 5 Day 'Best of the Best' Art Retreat at the Tyalgum Ridge Retreat.

Location:

Tyalgum Ridge Retreat

Book online

$300 per person

Meet the Teach

James McKay

James has been painting in watercolour for over 25 years and has exhibited his work in galleries throughout Australia and Southern Africa for the last 10 years.

James was born and spent most of his life on a farm in Africa where he started to paint scenes from the farm and African life. After moving to Australia some 14 years ago he fell in love with the Australian landscape particularly the old farms, the warm soft colours and the light. This inspired him to paint more seriously.

He paints loosely in watercolour using wet into wet techniques “the faster I work the more feeling the painting has”. He doesn’t paint to sell but more what catches his eye or portrays the feeling of a scene. He feels a deep connection with the land and nature.

He also loves to share his excitment for watercolour and painting

with others. As a result he teaches workshops and joins or creates painting groups where ever he goes.

Visit https://www.jamesmckayart.com/

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