Day 1: Wednesday 17 May, 2017
Workshop members will be met at Alice Springs airport at 2.00pm and transferred to the workshop hotel in Glen Helen. The landscape around Glen Helen is spectacular - a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you arrive. The area includes views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia, which changes colours with the light. Our accommodation will be at the motel in Glen Helen in rustic air conditioned accommodation to give you the true outback experience. We will enjoy an included dinner this evening.
Day 2: Thursday 18 May, 2017
Today we travel to Ormiston Gorge for a full day of painting. The rugged scenery of the Gorge will provide some wonderful subjects to paint. The water and the shelter of the rocks attract an interesting variety of native fauna and flora. John will paint a demonstration and assist workshop members individually. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
Day 3: Friday 19 May, 2017
A full day of painting in and around Glen Helen Gorge. At Glen Helen Gorge the ranges part to make way for the Finke River. The permanent Finke River waterhole is an important refuge in the hot summer months, for all nine species of fish recorded for the Finke, and migrating waterbirds. From here the Finke River continues and makes its way to the Simpson Desert. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
Day 4: Saturday 20 May, 2017
Today we travel to Ellery Creek Big Hole for a full day of painting. This spectacular waterhole is fed by Ellery Creek and surrounded by high red cliffs and sandy banks. Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this waterhole. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
Day 5: Sunday 21 May, 2017
This morning we will visit the ochre pits. The Ochre Pits is a registered sacred site and offers you the unique opportunity to view an ochre deposit that is still used by the local Arrarnta people. Ochre has been used all over the world for decoration and painting since pre-historic times. We then continue our journey on to Alice Springs the capital of the Outback. It nestles in a valley in the MacDonnell Ranges on the banks of the mostly dry Todd River.
Day 6: Monday 22 May, 2017
After breakfast we will depart in our coach on a sightseeing tour of Alice Springs. In the afternoon we will travel to the Telegraph station for an afternoon painting session. The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Established in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, and linking with an underwater cable network to London – England. Establishing the first real communication between Australia and England.
Day 7: Tuesday 23 May, 2017
Today John will lead the group to a picturesque painting spot in Alice Springs for a full day of painting. There are many good subjects, the dry Todd River bed, the nearby desert and the activity in the town.
Day 8: Wednesday 24 May, 2017
Today we travel to Standley Chasm. Standley Chasm cuts through the tough quartzite to form a picturesque natural alleyway. Surging flood waters over thousands of years are responsible for this magnificent site. In the afternoon we travel to Simpsons Gap for another painting session.
Day 9: Thursday 25 May, 2017
Today we will travel to Uluru. The Resort is situated 6 km from Uluru with great views of the Rock and its changing moods.
Day 10: Friday 26 May, 2017
This morning we will visit the Uluru Cultural Centre. Here we will learn more about Uluru and its traditional owners. We then travel to Uluru, where you may like to take a walk around the base of the rock. The remainder of the day will be spent painting.
Day 11: Saturday 27 May, 2017
Today we visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), giant ochre-coloured domed monolithic rocks made of sandstone, which offer plenty of variety in photographic and painting aspects.
Day 12: Sunday 28 May, 2017
Today will be another informative day of painting in and around Uluru with John Lovett. In the afternoon there will be a final critique session. This evening we will have an included farewell dinner at our hotel.
Day 13: Monday 29 May, 2017
Tour members will be transferred to Uluru airport to meet your flights departing after midday.