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Get artistic and inspired in Halls Gap, The Grampians
Do you love inspiring natural environments and also want to develop your artistic skills in painting and printmaking or want to start, Brushes 2014 is definitely for you.
Brushes at the Grampians - 13 - 18 September 2014
A unique event held each year in the Grampians organised by a dedicated team of artists and craft workers from the region.
All of the tutors who lead the collection of some 17 two or four day workshops are Australian leading artists. This is your chance for a holiday and a great creative experience.
The workshop programme covers a great many choices to suit your particular interest and is open to all levels of experience and artistic practice. Some 'advanced' workshops are held for those who have already mastered the basics and want to move to the next level.
Grampians Brushes is a project of GrampianArts, which is a not for profit organisation that provides opportunities for artists to extend their skills and showcase their work. The event is supported by Halls Gap Tourism and Northern Grampians Shire Council.
One of the unique attractions of this workshop week is the chance to stay in the Grampians at Halls Gap. Participants need to book their own accommodation but there is a lot to choose from to suit your needs and there is a lot of information at hand to help with the selection.
Check out their website here for detailed information on the workshops, how to get there, accommodation and more plus photos from past workshops to inspire you.
Registration is open now so if you are interested its best to book as soon as possible to get into the workshop of your choice. Spaces are sometimes limited. There are evening events and if you are traveling to Halls Gap with friends or family, you will find they are also welcome to the evening events planned. Halls Gap Centenary Hall is set up for traders selling specialist art supplies so you can stock up whilst there.
All workshops run from 9am - 4pm. Morning tea and lunch is provided at each workshop.
The programme. Participants can choose from two or four day workshops or the 2 plus 4 combination with a programme that has some 17 workshops are listed to choose from. The two days workshops are run over Saturday and Sunday for those that can only get away for the weekend. Four day workshops run from Monday to Thursday. You are spoilt for choice, both in terms of the subject matter and the artists running the workshop. In 2014 the programme includes some printmaking due to the increasing interest in this area of artistic expression.
The programme is available here and the line up or artists and workshop options is impressive:
Lorraine Lewitzka - watercolour
Denis Clark - mixed media
Catherine Hamilton - pastel
Katherine Cooper - wildlife
Mali Moir - wash and colour pencil
Ross Paterson - watercolour
Mignon Parker - still life
Heather Shimmen - lino cut
Paul McDonald Smith - landscape in oils
Graham Marchant - landscape
Andrew Antoniou - drawing
David Frazer - relief printmaking
Julian Bruere - watercolour
Richard Rogers - acrylics
There are early bird prices for all workshops - 2 day, 4 day or 2 plus 4 day (6 days), and the option of participating in the Saturday night dinner. Numbers in workshops are limited so early bookings are recommended. Further information and a full programme is sent out in August.
This is a fantastic programme jam packed with amazing artistic talent and energy organised by a highly professional local team who live and love the Grampians region and facilitating artistic and creative opportunities for a wide range of individuals.
Enquiries and bookings can be directed to 0428825971 or to firstname.lastname@example.org or registrations can be sent to PO Box 578 Horsham 3402.
A unique artistic week in one of the most beautiful spots in Australia - inspiration inside and out - not to be missed.