Robyn Collier Central Australia Oil Painting Workshop

Robyn Collier Central Australia Oil Painting Workshop
FRIDAY 5 JULY TO WEDNESDAY 17 JULY, 2019

DAY 1: Friday 5 July, 2019 Alice Springs, Australia
Workshop members will be met at Alice Springs airport at 2.00pm. We will have a brief sightseeing tour of Alice Springs before checking into our hotel. Known as the gateway to Australia’s rugged Red Centre, Alice Springs is a unique and vibrant community shaped by aboriginal culture, colonial influences and the challenges of isolated desert living. It nestles in a valley in the MacDonnell Ranges on the banks of the mostly dry Todd River. This evening we will enjoy an included welcome dinner.

DAY 2: Saturday 6 July, 2019 Alice Springs
Today Robyn 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 3: Sunday 7 July, 2019 Alice Springs
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 flood waters over thousands of years are responsible for this magnificent site. There will be time to photograph and sketch.

DAY 4: Monday 8 July, 2019 Glen Helen, Australia
This morning we say farewell to Alice Springs and travel to Glen Helen. 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 continue our journey on 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 colour 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 during our stay at Glen Helen.

DAY 5: Tuesday 9 July, 2019 Glen Helen
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. Robyn will paint a demonstration and assist workshop members individually.

DAY 6: Wednesday 10 July, 2019 Glen Helen
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.

DAY 7: Thursday 11 July, 2019 Glen Helen
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.

DAY 8: Friday 12 July, 2019 Glen Helen
This morning we drive the short distance to the Mt Sonder look out where Robyn will paint a demonstration. In the afternoon we will return to Glen Helen for a critique session

DAY 9: Saturday 13 July, 2019 Kings Canyon, Australia
This morning we say farewell to Glen Helen and travel onto Kings Canyon. Kings Canyon is situated within the Watarrka National Park and is a huge canyon 270m high. Watarrka National Park is an important conservation area with rock holes and gorges providing refuge for over 600 species of plants and many native animals. The sheer red rock face of Kings Canyon soars over 100 metres above dense forests of palms, ferns and cycads; sheltering them from the surrounding desert conditions.

DAY 10: Sunday 14 July, 2019 Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon is a fantastic example of Australia’s rugged outback landscape. The Canyon is an extraordinary chasm with sandstone walls and Robyn will find some great subjects for your day of painting in Kings Canyon.

DAY 11: Monday 15 July, 2019 Curtin Springs, Australia
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. In the afternoon we will participate in a paper making workshop. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.

DAY 12: Tuesday 16 July, 2019 Curtin Springs
This morning we will spend our final 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. In the evening we will come together for an included farewell dinner to celebrate the success of the workshop.

DAY 13: Wednesday 17 July, 2019 Departure
Tour members will be transferred to Uluru airport to meet your flights departing after midday. Tour members wishing to extend their holiday and stay at Uluru may do so. Please speak to your Travelrite consultant for further information.