On The Verandah Art Workshop Itineraries - 2017
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9 days with Judith White
6th - 14th July, 2017
Day 1 - Thursday 6th July
We’ll pick you up from Kununurra Airport or from your Kununurra accommodation mid- morning. First stop is a local café for lunch before travelling for to our base for the week - a remote cattle station called Digger’s Rest Station.
On arrival we’ll get you settled in, be it your own Kimberley style bush hut or shared air-conditioned, bunkhouse room. You’ll meet the owners, Alida and Roderick and enjoy dinner around the fire or on the verandahs.
Day 2 - Friday 7th July
We meet up early for a billy tea followed by a short drive to our first art session with Judith. Judith will introduce the site and the exercises through demonstrations and discussion. At the end of the session we head back for breakfast with cooked options, cereals and fruit.
The middle of the day may be hot, so we’ll use the time to work at tables on the verandahs of the “bush studio”. Typical lunches are cold meats, fresh salads, homemade pizzas, wraps and the like. We’ll break mid afternoon to make the short trip to the sunset spot for nibbles, complimentary champagne and a Kimberley sunset before heading back for dinner and music around the fire.
Day 3 - Saturday 8th July
Today we drive to a small and special Aboriginal community for landscape and scenery of a slightly different kind. If we are lucky there will be someone to tell us a bit about life in the community. There is crocodile-safe swimming both here and at a second waterhole we plan to visit.
Day 4 - Sunday 9th July
No early start this morning so you can enjoy dawn, the views and wildlife from your bush hut or from the bunkhouse verandahs. After breakfast there will be a solid session in the bush studio to work up ideas while Andrew and Rachel prepare the vehicles for the two night camp.
After lunch we drive to our private camp site on the billabong and set up camp. Judith may set art exercises or wander with you around the billabong and camp. In the evening we’ll enjoy campfire cooking, tall tales and music around the campfire. Keen photographers - bring your lightweight tripods for milky way shots and fun with light painting.
Day 5 - Monday 10th July
We have all day to absorb the immense scenery of the camp and we begin by setting off just before dawn on a headlamp hike to a nearby ridge. The area around the billabong has a special mystical dimension that is difficult to describe - we are incredibly lucky to have access to this rarely visited, mostly wild place. Judith has several exercises planned specifically for this area so the day will be a real art immersion.
Day 6 - Tuesday 11th July
Enjoy another art session and barramundi fishing in the morning before we pack camp and head back to Digger’s Rest via the historic Prison Boab Tree. After lunch you have the rest of the day free to relax, catch up on laundry if needed, schedule a horse ride (experienced riders only) or keep working on your art if you like.
Day 7 – Wednesday 12th July
We begin the day with an early breakfast then drive to our morning art session beside a waterhole. We view a gallery of aboriginal rock art and have a quick crocodile spotting session on the river. After lunch, continue with your pieces in the bush studio with Judith and mid afternoon we’ll explore along the Karunjie Track to experience the bizarre sensation of the moonscape that is the marsh before returning to the station after sunset.
Day 8 - Thursday 13th July
We have all day in the studio today for uninterrupted work on your pieces and to prepare for our informal exhibition and party with Digger’s Rest owners and staff. More music around the fire to finish off our time together in Kimberley style.
Day 9 – Friday 14th July
After breakfast we say our goodbyes and head into Kununurra to get to your afternoon** flights in plenty of time. We’ll stop along the way at a bird sanctuary near Parry Lagoons and hopefully get some wildlife surprises. We’ll have lunch at Parry’s Creek Farm and if there’s time you can wander through either Artopia, Artlandish or Warringarri Arts - Kununurra’s three top art galleries.
* Please book a flight that delivers you to Kununurra before midday on July 6.
**Please book a flight home that leaves after midday on July 14.
10 days with Judith White
29th Sept - 8th Oct, 2017
Day 1 – Friday 29th Sept
Travel to Assisi (usually by train from Rome).
You will be picked up from Assisi train station between 10 and 11am by local drivers. We’ll visit a Café in Assisi for lunch before travelling 15 minutes to our accommodation at Casa Rosa. You’ll have the afternoon to settle in before meeting the owners, Emanuela and Alessandro and your tutor Judith White over appertif and dinner.
Day 2 – Saturday 30th Sept
Start today at Casa Rosa getting a feel for the area with a walk among the gardens, olive groves and yurts before commencing workshop activities with Judith in a marquee studio overlooking the Mount Subasio National Park.
Day 3 – Sunday 1st October
After a morning in the studio with Judith we meet with artisan, Luciana Palombara in her textile laboratory where she produces a staggering range of articles on a 150 year-old French loom she restored. Next we visit the vineyard where brothers, Pierluigi and Roberto are continuing the winemaking legacy of their grandfather who planted the first vines there in the 1800’s. We’ll enjoy a wine tasting, with meats and bruschetta as we learn about their special wines.
Day 4 – Monday 2nd October
Our day in the medieval town of Assisi begins with a guided tour of the Basilica of St Francis followed by an exploration of the Roman ruins of houses that still exist beneath the city.
After lunch walk the meandering streets with Judith, sketching and recording your impressions between coffee and gelato! In the late afternoon we meet with Assisi resident, art historian and collector, Roy Grant, who has agreed to open his home of priceless artifacts for us to see up close. This experience is not to be missed. For dinner we visit a local Trattoria.
Day 5 – Tuesday 3rd October
Spend most of today working in the studio at Casa Rosa with Judith and take an afternoon walk to a tranquil waterfall and pool in the Mount Subasio Park - bring your cossie!
Day 6 – Wednesday 4th October - Free day
Today is a free day! Spend the day relaxing, or in the studio, share a taxi with other guests and head to Assisi to visit Rocco Maggiore Castle, browse the shops or book a massage and a soak in the luxurious hot baths of Assisi’s historic Nun Spa. Further afield are the towns of Orvieto, Gubbio, the paper museum in Fabriano and the pottery in Deruta.
Day 7 – Thursday 5th October
A full day to work in the studio with Judith, fleshing out ideas through critique and discussion.
Day 8 – Friday 6th October
Spend the morning consolidating the week’s content with Judith and take a break in the afternoon to visit the nearby gallery of two surprising artists. Later, it’s music night at Casa Rosa!
Day 9 – Saturday 7th October
Option to visit the Assisi markets early then spend our last afternoon in the studio selecting your favourite ‘in progress’ pieces for tonight's informal exhibition and party.
Day 10 – Sunday 8th October
Breakfast and farewells before you are transferred to Assisi train station for the next leg of your adventures.
*On the days we spend at Casa Rosa, you will have approximately 6 hours of field and studio time working on your art plus up to an hour and a half break for lunch.
These itineraries are provided as a guide only and we reserve the right to make alterations to optimize your experience and to prioritise safety.