Robyn Collier has over 40 years of painting experience and is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost wilderness artists – preferring to paint the natural world and aspects of it. She has conducted workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand for the past 12 years, published many articles, held over 30 exhibitions and made numerous television appearances. Her work has won multiple awards and is in prestigious collections in most countries in the world. She has taken part in many ‘Artist-in-Residence’ programs – both on the mainland of Australia’s and many remote islands. Robyn’s philosophy is simple – “I want to show people the magic of the natural world through my work.”
DAY 1: Thursday 16 May, 2024
Workshop members will be met at The Hilton Alice springs at 12.00pm or Alice Springs airport at 12.30pm and transferred to Ross River situated 83km east of Alice Springs. Based around the original 1890’s Loves Creek Homestead, this unique resort offers freestanding cabins with an ensuite bathroom for your outback experience. It was first established as an outstation of Undoolya Station and it is thought that the supervisor at the nearby Arltunga Gold town built the homestead in 1898. Each day there will be an included picnic lunch and dinner at Ross River Homestead.
DAY 2: Friday 17 May, 2024
Today we travel to Trephina Gorge for a day of painting, in the East MacDonnell Ranges, noted for its sheer quartzite cliffs and River Red Gum lined watercourses. Two gorges dissect the range: Trephina, with its wide views and sandy creek bed, and John Hayes Rockhole with steep, narrow rock walls. Water holes in this area attract much wildlife, including a diverse range of birds. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 3: Saturday 18 May, 2024
Today we travel to Arltunga a superbly preserved mining ghost town. It is located on the 5000 hectare Arltunga Historical Reserve. Robyn will find some great subjects for a full day of painting. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 4: Sunday 19 May, 2024
The MacDonnell Ranges stretch out for hundreds of kilometres on both sides of Alice Springs, like a long, craggy spine, twisting through the countryside. The traditional owners, the Arrernte people, believed giant caterpillars called the Yeperenye formed the Ranges. The area is known for its spectacular natural features, ancient petroglyphs and rugged countryside. Robyn will find some wonderful subjects for today’s painting session. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 5: Monday 20 May, 2024
This morning we travel to N’Dhala Gorge for a day of painting. A cultural treasure with 6,000 individual petroglyphs, or rock carvings, found in 438 engraved sites along the main gorge and 240 engraved sites in the side gorge. It is suggested that engraving occurred over two time periods. The first was around 10,000 years ago and the second started about 3,000 years ago. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 6: Tuesday 21 May, 2024
Today we travel to Ruby Gap for a day of painting. Ruby Gap is a park with a chequered history and was the site of the first mining rush in Central Australia. In the late 1880s David Lindsay thought he discovered rubies in the bed of the Hale River and hundreds flocked to the site to cash in on European buyers. Two years later it was found that the gems were high grade garnets and not nearly as valuable as rubies. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 7: Wednesday 22 May, 2024
Today we travel back 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. 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. The cable established the first real communication between Australia and England. We will then check into our hotel.
DAY 8: Thursday 23 May, 2024
This morning we travel to Simpsons Gap for another painting session. In the afternoon, we travel to Standley Chasm for a light lunch. We then take a walk to where you can see the cuts through the tough quartzite that have formed a picturesque natural alleyway. Surging floodwaters over thousands of years are responsible for this magnificent site. There will be time to photograph and sketch.
DAY 9: Friday 24 May, 2024
Today will be another informative day of painting in and around Alice Springs with Robyn Collier. In the afternoon, there will be a critique session.
DAY 10: Saturday 25 May, 2024
Today we will travel to Curtin Springs a privately owned million acre cattle station, where they also use native grasses that are harvested, pulped and pressed to create paper. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 11: Sunday 26 May, 2024
This morning we will spend the day painting at Curtin Springs. The morning subject will be of the salt lake. A picnic lunch is included and in the afternoon we will spend our time painting the privately owned Mt Connor. We will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 12: Monday 27 May, 2024
A full day of painting the many wonderful sights at Curtin Springs. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 13: Tuesday 28 May, 2024
Tour members will be transferred to Uluru airport to meet your flights departing after midday.
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