Mike Kowalski - FLINDERS RANGES, CLARE VALLEY AND HAHNDOR Watercolour Workshop

Mike Kowalski - FLINDERS RANGES, CLARE VALLEY AND HAHNDOR Watercolour Workshop

Watercolour Workshop

DAY 1: Sunday 3 May, 2020 Flinders Ranges
Workshop members will depart Adelaide airport at 10.00am. (Please allow adequate time to collect your luggage prior to departure). We travel to Flinders Ranges National Park, where we will be staying at the Wilpena Pound Resort. The Flinders Ranges offer some of the most spectacular and rugged scenery in South Australia. Wilpena Pound is an extraordinary natural basin covering about 80 square kilometres. Heysen is remembered for his beautiful watercolours depicting the wonderful colours of the bare hills of Wilpena Pound. On arrival the group will get together for an included welcome drinks and dinner.

DAY 2: Monday 4 May, 2020 Flinders Ranges
Mike will find a great painting location close to the hotel and show you how to interpret the unique beauty of this landscape with its indigenous history, ancient geological formations, rich colours and textures, open spaces, clear air and abundant wildlife. During your stay you will have the opportunity of going on an optional sightseeing flight over Wilpena Pound. We will enjoy an included dinner each night of stay in the Flinders Ranges.

DAY 3: Tuesday 5 May, 2020 Flinders Ranges
After breakfast, Mike will demonstrate at a good painting spot and then help individuals with their work. Mike will show you the Cazneaux Tree, subject of the famous photograph entitled The Spirit of Endurance taken by Dick Smiths’ grandfather Harold Cazneaux in 1937.

DAY 4: Wednesday 6 May, 2020 Flinders Ranges
Our last day of painting in the Flinders Ranges National Park. Mike, will paint a demonstration and then spend time moving amongst the group members offering individual assistance.

DAY 5: Thursday 7 May, 2020 Clare Valley
Today we will travel to Burra, one of the most beautifully preserved towns in South Australia. Burra is bursting at the seams with historic sites from the copper mining days in the 1850’s. Mike will paint a demonstration and then show you how to capture the tiny Cornish cottages and numerous other reminders of the mining days.

DAY 6: Friday 8 May, 2020 Clare Valley
The Clare Valley is one of Australia’s premium wine growing regions and home to a working rural community, who uphold traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Today will be a full day of painting in Burra followed by an informative critique session held in the afternoon.

DAY 7: Saturday 9 May, 2020 Clare Valley
Today we will enjoy a painting session at a boutique Clare Valley winery. There will be many wonderful painting subjects for workshop members to capture. There will also be the opportunity to savour the exceptional wine and an included lunch at a local winery.

DAY 8: Sunday 10 May, 2020 Clare Valley
This morning we board our coach to paint some of the lovely stone villages in the Clare Valley. We will visit the grand 19th century Martindale Hall mansion in Mintaro as well as the historic township of Auburn. Mike will hold a demonstration for the group and will provide individual help to workshop members.

DAY 9: Monday 11 May, 2020 Hahndorf
Today we travel to Adelaide Hills’ most famous town, Hahndorf. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and home to Hans Heysen for many years. There’s still a strong German flavour in Hahndorf, most evident in the smallgood outlets and German bakeries that line the bustling main street.

DAY 10: Tuesday 12 May, 2020 Hahndorf
Today we visit the former home and studio of artist Sir Hans Heysen. We will take a guided tour of “The Cedars” his gracious old home, still owned by the Heysen family. It houses a fine collection of paintings and drawings displaying Heysen’s remarkable versatility in subject and medium. Also on the grounds, we will see Heysen’s working studio, his painting materials and tools, sketches, notes and more. In the afternoon, we will have a painting session lead by Mike.

DAY 11: Wednesday 13 May, 2020 Hahndorf
A full day of painting in Hahndorf. Mike will hold a demonstration and then provide individual help to workshop members.

DAY 12: Thursday 14 May, 2020 Hahndorf
Today Mike will hold a final demonstration followed by individual tuition. This afternoon there will be time for painting and a final critique session. There will be a farewell drinks session and an included dinner to celebrate our time in South Australia.

DAY 13: Friday 15 May, 2020 Departure
Today, workshop members will be transferred to Adelaide airport to join flights to their home cities departing after 1.00pm.