If a painting escape is on your bucket list then this is the experience will tick the box and immerse you in the painters lifestyle BUT with the comforts and materials provided! AND its only available for 6 people when the season comes to the Yarra Valley! Respond to the seasons like Monet and Van Gough!
PAY by installments to make it easy!
ALL ESCAPES FOLLOW SAME FORMAT
5 full days from Sunday through to Thursday. We create our work of art in the true artistic way....from inspiration to finish. We begin by comparing the masters’ approach and demystifying some theory so you will feel comfortable to respond to the beauty in your own unique way. Then, en plein air, we explore and capture our subject matter amongst the seasonal treats of the Yarra Valley. Once we settle on our composition we work from the comfort of a working artists studio, incorporating demonstration, tuition, lecture and a full palette of quality acrylics alongside hearty local produce, wines and great company!
FREEDOM TO LOOSEN UP!
In our SUMMER Painting Escape we roam amongst the grapevines and hay-bales and take in all the vistas of the Yarra Valley in high summer plus enjoy the wines and produce and drawing from the masters, Van Gough and Monet, we will capture the colours and the light in our unique way! We may even find some sunflowers!
The Impressionists and the Fauves responded to the beauty of the seasons in their own uniquely expressive, boldly colourful, vital, kindly impressionistic and even naive way – and so will you! Over 5 glorious days you will live the dream and fill your inner tank with a plein air experience, studio painting, local produce & wine, great company & conversation, music and the freedom to express yourself artistically in your own unique style while you work on a BIG beautiful take-home ready-to-hang glossy HERO painting.
Your'e in safe hands to enjoy the freedom to loosen up, embrace colour and get to know what ignites your artistic soul. Give yourself permission to escape your ordinary day-to-day and explode in self expression that will revive your spirit and leave you feeling recharged PLUS take home a BIG beautiful acrylic, ready to hang, painting inspired by the Yarra Valley.
A Deeply Present and Intuitive Teacher
Shani is a gentle, deeply present and intuitive teacher whose workshops are known for the expansion her participants experience. "not in a religious sense but rather in a 'listen to your divine guidance and set your spirit free' sense", Robyn 2015. Shani nurtures her students through into creative expression and they are set free to feel fully alive. "all my senses came alive with the plunge into colour, movement and it fed my soul and body", Sue 2016. Shani utilizes all her professional skills to tailor the workshop uniquely to your needs so that you get much more on many unexpected levels than just the BIG beautiful HERO painting you take home. "Shani will push you , coach you, guide you, instruct you, cry with you, laugh with you, prescribe intuitive homework for you, feed you, nurture you, nourish you, paint with you and celebrate with you....Heaven!...and cheaper than therapy. I got a level of myself I didn't even know was calling" Tish
Revive Your Spirit With Colour! See lots of pictures to whet your appetite
Other Escapes to choose from...
AUTUMN Painting Escape We are indeed fortunate to have the most spectacular Blue Lotus Water Lily Gardens on our doorstep and you will love getting lost amongst the giant lotus' and exquisite lilies when they are in full bloom. Drawing from the master, Monet we will respond to their unique shapes and colours and come up with our very own statement painting. The seasonal produce at this time is inspirational too!
WINTER Painting Escape Another spectacular on our doorstep is Alowyn Gardens and joy of all joys, they have a birch forest! The austere silver is mesmerizing and the succulent border with its splashes of red is radiant in winter too. Drawing from the masters we will respond to the uniqueness of the seasonal shapes and colours and come up with our very own statement painting. The hearty meals at this time are inspirational too!
SPRING Painting Escape The Yarra Valley is gorgeous in Spring time and in this escape we get amongst the orchard cherry blossoms that are dripping in every shade of dreamy pink and dappled sunlight. And drawing from the masters we will eat and drink and paint our way to a gorgeous result!
2017 JAN 8-12, Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 6pm First Day Then 9am to 5:00pm Consecutive Full Days PAY by installments to make it easy!
- We create our painting in the true artistic way....from inspiration to finish
- We compare the masters and demystify some theory so you feel comfortable to respond to the spring in your unique way
- Explore, capture & compose our subject among the summer vines, bales and sunflowers of the Yarra Valley.
- Guidance, connection and inspiration
- Be prepared to be fed, nurtured and inspired in a colourful celebration of life!
- ALL food including morning teas, local produce hearty lunches and wine & cheese to finish
- ALL materials including 90x120cm canvas and quality acrylics
- Freedom to express yourself artistically
- To hang out with a select group of like minded people
- To soak up the energy of a working artist's studio
- Discover the seasonal treats of the Yarra Valley
- Revive their spirit and find out what ignites their artistic soul
- Unforgettable painting experience and get-away
- Take the ultimate escape and secure some local accommodation on enquiry
- A BIG bold, take home, gorgeous painting you will be proud to hang
- Your intention to create
- Bring comfy shoes, apron, warm clothes
- Bring hat & smart-phone, iPad or camera
- Make sure your smart-phone or iPad has your music playlist on it
Casual layered clothes for warmth that you can peel off PLUS dress up for lunches (Warning: This gets messy)
No experience needed Suits between 25-65
Vendor sincce 2016
As an artist, entrepreneur, corporate trainer and workplace chaplain, Shani Alexander is known for her joie de vivre and paints with a boldness that flaunts her joy of living, grabbing life by both hands in celebration. It wasn't always this way for Shani, who was a grand finalist in the 2010 Entrepreneurship Challenge for a national company that she walked away from after her brother died. Her natural grieving allowed her to go inside and rethink the direction of her life and what emerged was a transformational change to workplace chaplaincy, a tree change and returning to her first love, painting. She sees them powerfully linked as working alongside suffering has put into focus the gift of life and how vibrant and alive everything is. Her philosophy is to capture life because she understands the human spirit and the healing power of her message is that colour can help you rise above the ordinary.
Shani studied painting and printmaking at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and the themes of spirituality, colour and expressionism are woven into the details of her designs which she often re-works to curate strongly together as a complimentary story. She has participated in numerous shows and works and practices from her studio where the Yarra Valley meets the city of Melbourne.
This workshop is limited to 4 people and will fill your tank with local produce, great company, inspiring conversation, music and freedom to express yourself artistically BUT it isnt refundable so, if for some reason you cant make it, you can transfer to another Painting Workshop or another participant for a Painting Workshop