New Zealand Painting Workshop with John Lovett
- 9 Mar 2023
- 12 Nights
- Painting Tuition by John Lovett
- Painting in beautiful Queenstown
- A cruise on Lake Wakatipu
John Lovett had his first one-man exhibition in 1973 at the age of 19 and has been painting and teaching ever since. His unique interpretation of his subject has a vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, vibrant color and strong sense of design. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular.
DAY 1 Friday 12 May 2023
Workshop members will be met at The Hilton Alice springs at 12.00pm or Alice Springs airport at 12.30pm and transferred to 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 each evening of our stay in Glen Helen.
DAY 2 Saturday 13 May 2023
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 3 Sunday 14 May 2023
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 4 Monday 15 May 2023
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 Tuesday 16 May 2023
A full day of painting the many wonderful sights at Glen Helen. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 6 Wednesday 17 May 2023
This morning we say farewell to Glen Helen and travel onto Ross River. On the way 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 travel on 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 7 Thursday 18 May 2023
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 8 Friday 19 May 2023
Today we travel to Arltunga a superbly preserved mining ghost town. It is located on the 5000 hectare Arltunga Historical Reserve. John will find some great subjects for a full day of painting. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 9 Saturday 20 May 2023
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. John will find some wonderful subjects for today’s painting session. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 10 Sunday 21 May 2023
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 11 Monday 22 May 2023
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 12 Tuesday 23 May 2023
Today will be another informative day of painting in and around Alice Springs 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 Wednesday 24 May 2023
Tour members will be transferred to Alice Springs airport to meet flights departing after midday.
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