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 colour 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 Thursday 1 February, 2024
Workshop members will be met at Launceston city at 11.30am or Launceston airport at 12.00pm midday, and transferred to the beautiful town of Smithton. Tonight the group will meet for welcome drinks and an included dinner.
DAY 2: Friday 2 February, 2024
This morning John will commence his first painting workshop with a demonstration and then assist workshop members individually with their work in the beautiful town of Smithton. On a clear day, you might be lucky enough to see Perkins and Robbins Islands off in the Bass Strait. This pretty little coastal town sits right on Duck Bay. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 3 Saturday 3 February, 2024
Today we travel to the town of Stanley. On arrival in this historic town, we will take the chairlift up to The Nut, the remains of an ancient volcanic plug. Enjoy the fantastic 360 degree view over the town of Stanley, the sea and the spectacular coast line. The remainder of the day will be spent painting in Stanley. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 4 Sunday 4 February, 2024
A full day of painting in North West Tasmania. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 5 Monday 5 February, 2024
Today we travel onto Strahan. Strahan is a pretty little port on Macquarie Harbour and the only town on Tasmania’s forbidding West Coast. Originally a Huon pine timber milling town its growth was boosted by the copper boom at the Mt Lyell mine. When the Strahan Zeehan railway opened in 1892 it became a busy port. Today it handles freight to and from Queenstown and is used by crayfish, abalone and shark fishermen. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 6 Tuesday 6 February, 2024
This morning John will find a great painting location in Strahan and complete a demonstration. Following this, John will assist individual workshop members with their painting. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 7 Wednesday 7 February, 2024
This morning we will cruise on the world famous Gordon River. While on the cruise you will enjoy an included lunch. The ancient, mirror like waters of the Gordon River meander down from their source in the Central Highlands, through a breathtaking World Heritage river cape of temperate rainforest and mountain crag, to the mouth of Macquarie Harbour. The Macquarie Harbour is more than 110 square miles of natural, protected water surrounding the crumbling history of Sarah Island and gives way to the open ocean through the narrow and turbulent Hell’s Gates. You will see Hell’s Gate where the harbour opens to the Southern Ocean, Tasmania’s world-renowned salmon farms, and you’ll visit notorious Sarah Island, the feared penal colony. This will be a wonderful photo and sketching opportunity for you. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 8 Thursday 8 February, 2024
We say farewell to Strahan as we head towards Hobart, we will stop at The Wall in the Wilderness near Derwent Bridge. It is Australia’s most ambitious art project undertaken in recent years. By 2015 creator/designer, Greg Duncan plans to carve the history of the highlands in 100 metres of timber, most of which will be in our rare Huon Pine. We then continue our journey on to Hobart.
DAY 9 Friday 9 February, 2024
Today we will enjoy a full day of painting in beautiful Hobart with John Lovett. The group will paint the 19th century waterfront warehouses for which the city is famous. The warehouses were once busy with whalers, soldiers, petty bureaucrats and opportunist businessmen, now they house cafes, restaurants and studios and bustle with shoppers and visitors. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a valuable critique session.
DAY 10 Saturday 10 February, 2024
Today we travel to the riverside township of Franklin for a full day of painting. There is a lot of old-fashioned Tasmanian charm in Franklin, from the quaint historic buildings and streetscape to the pretty wooden boats floating on the Huon River. Located in the ultra-scenic Huon Valley, Franklin is the oldest township in the region and sits quietly on the western side of the beautiful Huon River.
DAY 11 Sunday 11 February, 2024
Today we will travel to Port Arthur for a full day of sightseeing and sketching. Between 1830 and 1877 about 12,500 transported convicts were imprisoned at Port Arthur, on the shores of a beautiful bay and set against the tranquil hills and forest of the Tasman Peninsula. Many of the sandstone prison buildings remain and have been preserved. On arrival we will have a tour of the prison giving you an impression of what life might have been like in the 1800s for the convicts, soldiers and civilians. After lunch, there will be time for sketching. We will return to Hobart in the afternoon.
DAY 12 Monday 12 February, 2024
This morning we will travel to Richmond, a beautiful old town with Georgian cottages of mellow sandstone standing in pretty cottage gardens. Ducks on the Coal River swim to and fro under Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour between 1823/25. In late 2005, the Bridge was recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding historic places and added to the National Heritage List. John will demonstrate how to capture the beauty of this picturesque area and assist workshop members with their painting. This afternoon there will be a final critique sessions followed by included farewell drinks and dinner.
DAY 13 Tuesday 13 February, 2024
This morning we will say farewell to Hobart and travel to Hobart airport to meet midday flights.
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