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26 APRIL - 8 MAY 2021


DAY 1: Monday 26 April, 2021 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 the Wilpena’s. On arrival the group will get together for an included welcome drinks and dinner.

DAY 2: Tuesday 27 April, 2021 Flinders Ranges
John 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: Wednesday 28 April, 2021 Flinders Ranges
This morning John will demonstrate at a good painting spot and then help individuals with their work. John 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: Thursday 29 April, 2021 Flinders Ranges
Today we will travel to Brachina Gorge for a day of painting. This spectacular gorge was once used as a pass through which bullock teams pulled their loads and is now a favourite picnic and camping area and a picturesque painting spot.

DAY 5: Friday 30 April, 2021 Flinders Ranges
Our last day of painting in the Flinders Ranges National Park. John will paint a demonstration and then spend time moving amongst the group members offering individual assistance. There will be time to join John for a walk through Sacred Canyon, where you will see aboriginal rock paintings and carvings.

DAY 6: Saturday 1 May, 2021 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. John will paint a demonstration and then show you how to capture the tiny Cornish cottages and numerous other reminders of the mining days. This evening we will enjoy an included dinner.

DAY 7: Sunday 2 May, 2021 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. John will hold a demonstration for the group and will provide individual help to workshop members.

DAY 8: Monday 3 May, 2021 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 9: Tuesday 4 May, 2021 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 10: Wednesday 5 May, 2021 Clare Valley
Today we will enjoy a full day of painting in the township of Burra.

DAY 11: Thursday 6 May, 2021 Hahndorf
This morning 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. In the afternoon we visit the former home and studio of artist Sir Hans Heysen. We will take a guided tour of “The Cedars” this 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.

Day 12: Friday 7 May, 2021 Hahndorf
Today John 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: Saturday 8 May, 2021 Departure
This morning workshop members will be transferred to Adelaide airport to join flights to their home cities departing after 1.00pm.