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Art Retreat in Lorne

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This is an Art Retreat with Jacqui Stockdale hosted by Qdos Arts and Artclassco.

Join us for an unforgettable weekend away in Lorne with contemporary artist Jacqui Stockdale https://www.jacquistockdale.com/. Jacqui is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts with an established practice of over 25 years. Her work is known for its magical and theatrical exploration of the human figure. She explores cultural identity and folklore through painting, photography, drawing, collage and performance.  Jacqui is also the founder of ArtclassCo, http://artclassco.com/,

a mini art school in Fitzroy where she has built her reputation as a popular and inspiring teacher and maker of exciting workshops all over Australia. 


Mind, body and oil represents a holistic approach to art making that offers the students the opportunity to experience the flow of creating over several days, away from the distractions of normal life. It may be an early start each morning but it you will feel the energy abound. Mind (collage and the uncanny) Body (life drawing) and Oil (oil painting). The Art Retreat embodies yoga as a way for the students to adopt a mindful and relaxed approach over the entire weekend. 

Yoga with Tina

We are honoured to have Tina Inserra, https://tinainserra.com.au/, a trained Ashtanga Yoga teacher and artist to take us through a gentle and relaxing hour of meditative movement before breakfast each morning. 

Venue in Lorne

The venue is the epicentre of the vibrant arts scene in Lorne at the beautiful Qdos Arts Centre

 http://www.qdosarts.com/, a 'living art' experience in a quintessential Australian bush setting. The grounds form a natural amphitheatre watched over by the gallery and tree houses, in which major sculptural works blend with towering eucalyptus and a myriad of bird and wild life. Students will be treated to breakfast and lunch on both days compliments of the Qdos cafe.

What We Will Do

Please join us on the Friday evening, the 7th of June at 6pm as an introduction to the weekend and to share a simple meal of home made minestrone made by our favourite Italian cook and ArtclassCo student, Rosalba. She has kindly offered to welcome us into her beautiful beach house in Lorne, just up the hill from the beach. Check out the views while dining. 

Day 1. Collage and the uncanny. Start to harness the inner workings of your Mind via the subconscious and random image making. After lunch spend three hours drawing the Body from a professional life model in the atmospheric main gallery at Qdos. An introduction to anatomy and structure of the human body will be followed by free drawing with heavenly background music and secrets of the trade. 

Day 2. You will happily thrive off ‘the smell of an oily rag’. Step-by-step tuition in Oil painting using a lively technique called ‘alla prima’ (wet on wet). Jacqui will have you producing a gorgeous little marvel to take home with you at the end of the day. 

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What you will learn
  • Get away from it all in the tranquil surrounds of the bush near the beach at Qdos Arts Centre
  • Day 1. Morning Yoga, Collage and Life Drawing
  • Day 2. Morning Yoga and all day oil Painting
What you will get
  • A unique opportunity to share time with contemporary artist Jacqui Stockdale over several says.
  • Build confidence in art making and learn new skills
  • Take home numerous artworks to be proud of.
Parking Info

Easy to park at the Arts Centre

What to bring
  • All materials provided
What to wear

bring casual clothes for a yoga session and days of art making. Might want to bring walking boots if you intend to go for bush walks after class.

Appropriate for

adults who like or want to enjoy life to the fullest



Vendor since 2013

Welcome to the most popular 'mini art school' in Melbourne, Artclassco was founded in 2009 by award winning artist Jacqui Stockdale and is situated in the heart of the Melbourne, Brunswick St, Fitzroy. The experienced tutors help create a warm and productive atmosphere to work in and many students return for years on end. Fundamental skills and techniques are introduced and developed through a range of mediums including painting, drawing and multimedia with an emphasise on enhancing observational skills by working directly from life. As well as the structured four week short courses, individual projects can be developed and long term attendance arranged at a discounted fee. 

Join us as a complete beginner wishing to express yourself and learn the basics, to brush up on your existing practice or anything in between. 

The warm winter studio offers beverages, nibbles and an inspiring music play list to work to. 

Artclassco has an annual 'salon exhibition' at the end of the last semester where students work is on display for family friends and the public to enjoy. 

View the students work and more information at ARTCLASSCO.COM


Born 1968, Melbourne, Australia; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, Jacqui Stockdale was raised in Benalla in northeast Victoria. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1990 and later moved to Hobart to undertake a Graduate Diploma (Video Art) at the University of Tasmania. She moved to Sydney in the late 1990s and then to Darwin in 2000 to take up an appointment as the Arts Officer at Berrima Prison.

Her experiences teaching art to inmates there fundamentally shifted the way she approached her art practice and thought about the construction of identity. Since returning to Melbourne in 2002 Stockdale has exhibited extensively within Australia and internationally, including most recently in Magic Object, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2016; Arthur Guy Memorial Award, Bendigo Gallery, 2015; Joseph Ulrick & Win Schubert Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, 2015; Alles Maskerade, Museum Villa Rot, Germany, 2014; and Living Rooms, curated by Robert Wilson, Louvre Museum, Paris, France, 2014. Stockdale's work is held in significant collections within Australia and internationally.


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11 June 2019 • Art Retreat in Lorne

I have no hesitation in recommending the ArtClassCo / Qdos retreat. I really have nothing negative to say. This experience so worthwhile and I came away with more appreciation for myself, met some amazing people and learnt to paint, collage and see things with different eyes. I'm excited to put to use what I've learnt.