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15th Art Workshop 'The Giant's House' Akaroa 2010
Venue: The Giant's House
68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa
May 3rd - 7th, 2010

Tutor: Josie Martin
To register for the workshop or receive an information flyer contact Josie by email or phone +64 3 304 7501

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Course Description:
This workshop is for all levels of art makers. The focus of the drawing and painting workshop will be on the development of personal vision - the excitement of the journey, its pitfalls and triumphs.

Each participant will be encouraged to extend their work in their own way.

We will start with life drawing on the first two mornings, where we will explore various ways of seeing. This sets the "scene" for and extends into painting.

Painting inspiration from the garden interior spaces, still life, model or larger landscape.

The basic elements of form, tone, line texture, colour and composition will be emphaised along with the creative process. And the importance of 'play'.

A hard working but fun week in store!

Materials are your responsibility. A suggestion list will be enclosed with enrolment receipt.

Painting materials: Please bring your preferred media and supports (paper, canvas etc..), easel if possible.

Life Drawing Materials: Charcoal (willow), pencils, plenty of paper, rubber, scissors, rags, drawing board.

Comments from past participants:
"what an inspiration - if any artists out there feel that they would like to loosen up or explore new avenues of painting then register for this workshop at The Giant's House in those spectacular gardens"

"Wow - what a week in Akaroa - I have just attended the most exciting, exhilarting, frustrating and challenging time.."


  • Monday through to Friday 9am - 4pm.

  • Life Drawing (Professional Model) on Monday

  • Pot Luck dinner at The Giant's House Wednesday.

Accommodation: There is limited accommodation available at The Giant's House - please contact Josie


See website for varied accommodation available or call Akaroa Information centre on (03) 304 8600

Bus to Akaroa - Akaroa Shuttle 0800 500 929 (24 hours)
Akaroa French Connection 0800 800 575 (24 hours)
Akaroa Tours and Taxi - Rosemary 03 304 7609
Mon through to Fri 9am - 4pm

Life Drawing (Professional Model) on Monday

Catered Lunch at The Giant's House

Pot Luck dinner at The Giant's House
Wednesday at 7pm.

See for varied accommodation available or call the Akaroa Information Centre 03 304 8600. Limited accommodation is available at "The Giants House" and other contacts.

$NZ 850.00 - (non refundable after 31st March 2010)

- tuition
- professional model fee
- morning/afternoon tea and lunch

Bus to Akaroa:
Akaroa Shuttle:
0800 500 929 (24hrs)
French Connection:
0800 800 575 (24hrs)
Akaroa Tours and Taxi
Rosemary 03 304 7609

Maximum number of participants is 12.
We reserve the right to canel the workshop.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes"
Marcel Proust