On The Verandah Art Itineraries
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Kimberley Painting and Drawing Workshop with Judith White
Kimberley Painting and Drawing Workshop with Michael Herron
2022 Kimberley Art Workshop
9 DAY ITINERARY^
June 28 – July 6, 2021
Day 1 – Monday 28 June
If you have spent your early morning flying or driving into Kununurra, we’ll meet you mid morning, at the airport. If you arrived the day before, we’ll pick you up mid morning, from your accommodation.
Once all guests have been collected, we travel to our first venue nestled in a high-walled ancient valley, set up for our two night camp and have lunch. Set up your workspace then cool off with a swim in the spring-fed pool. Knock over a quick sketch as we enjoy sunset from the community lookout. Afterwards it’s welcome bubbles and nibbles and dinner around 6.30pm.
Day 2 – Tuesday 29 June
Prepare for a full day immersing in the pandanus fringed landscape with art demos and sessions led by Judith.
Day 3 – Wednesday 30 June
An opportunity to get the most from the art sessions all morning, before we pack up and have lunch. After lunch we travel to the Digger’s Rest Station for the remainder of the workshop. On arrival we’ll get you settled into your bush hut or bunkhouse room. Meet the owners, Alida and Roderick Woodland and their staff, and enjoy dinner by the fire or on the stonehouse verandahs.
Day 4 – Thursday 1 July
There's no super early start planned for today’s activities but we encourage you to rise early so as not to miss early wildlife or the morning colour show on the Cockburn Range (best just before sunup).
Billy tea will be on at the stonehouse from 6 with breakfast around 7.30am. Listen out for the breakfast bell! Digger’s breakfasts usually have either cooked bacon, beans, eggs, snags and cereals and fruit.
After breakfast dive into an art session with Judith stopping for lunch around midday. Continue your work in the bush studio. Mid afternoon we’ll travel to a river side location and head back for dinner on sunset.
Day 5 – Friday 2 July
Enjoy an art session around the homestead until lunch. Art continues in the bush studio with the option of a break before we leave for an afternoon panoramic art location (taking some soil samples and textures) to take us through to sunset and returning to the station for dinner.
Day 6 – Saturday 3 July
A full day is available to immerse yourself in the bush studio, catch up on washing, or lie in a hammock! Those keen to try barramundi fishing, please let Andrew or Rachel know in advance. Birdwatchers keen for a Gouldian ‘twitching’ session let Andrew or Rachel know in advance.
Day 7 – Sunday 4 July
After breakfast, pack your art materials, swimmers, towel, thongs and walking shoes. Around 8 we’ll leave with our picnic for a day out and explore new scenery. We’ll be back at Digger’s Rest in time for happy hour and a freshen up before dinner.
Day 8 – Monday 5 July
We have options up our sleeve for additional exploring but we’ll be guided by Judith and you the guests as to whether you’d like to spend more time out and about or continue on your works in the bush studio. Tonight is our exhibition and party so we’ll knock off mid-afternoon and hang the works. Around 5.30pm it’s time to party and ‘officially’ open the exhibition! Wear splashes of Kimberley colour to celebrate in Kimberley style.
Day 9 – Tuesday 6 July
Enjoy a leisurely morning or schedule a horse ride#(conditions apply). By 10am we say our goodbyes to Digger’s and head into Kununurra to meet your afternoon flights. Time permitting we’ll visit a wetland or lookout before going to a café for lunch.
^All itineraries are provided as a guide. We reserve the right to vary itinerary due to COVID considerations, weather, safety, road access, time constraints, station and third party priorities and situations out of our control. Similarly, items may be added to the itinerary as opportunities arise at the station. During the workshop, you’ll be able to refer to the noticeboard each day and check for changes.
#Horse riding is an optional extra for experienced riders under 90kg. Arrange rides with station staff.
7 DAY ITINERARY^
July 9 – July 15, 2021
Day 1 – Friday 9 July
If you have spent your early morning flying or driving into Kununurra, we’ll meet you mid morning, at the airport. If you arrived the day before, we’ll pick you up from your accommodation. We'll grab an early lunch from a Kununurra cafe** then travel to Digger’s Rest Station. On arrival we’ll get you settled into your bush hut or bunkhouse room. You’ll meet the owners, Alida and Roderick Woodland and their staff and enjoy dinner around 6.30pm, by the fire or on the stonehouse verandahs.
Day 2 – Saturday 10 July
We have a gentle start planned for today but if you do rise early and wander out on the flat, you’ll be glad you did - the pre-dawn colour show on the Cockburn Range is something else. Billy tea will be on at the fire at 6. Listen for the breakfast bell around 7.30am. Digger’s breakfasts often have a selection of bacon, beans, eggs, snags, cereals and fruit.
Prepare for a full day immersing in art sessions with Michael, starting with a sketching session at the rocky bar or billabong head and later around the station, there'll be art demos and bush studio time. Late afternoon we'll down tools for welcome bubbles and nibbles at the panoramic sunset spot followed by dinner back at the station.
Day 3 – Sunday 11 July
Today we're getting you up early to catch the soft morning light in the boab grove with a cuppa and snack onsite. Its back to the station for breakfast around 8am before spending the rest of the morning in the shade of the verandahs as Michael builds on the field exercise and leads demonstrations and discussion. Late afternoon we'll head out with the eskies for an Erskine Range view (and if you'd like to throw a line in, it's a good spot) and we'll be back in time to freshen up before dinner. Pack your day bag for tomorrow as it's an early start.
Day 4 – Monday 12 July
Breakfast 7am - Arrive packed and ready to go! Today we're exploring multiple sites including a waterlily lagoon, cave art, the historic prison tree and a secluded, ancient valley, returning shortly after lunch. Spend the afternoon in the bush studio.
Day 5 – Tuesday 13 July
By now you have so much material to work with, you're probably looking forward to some solid studio time to consolidate your work, so that's what the morning looks like. But you need a break too, so late afternoon we'll drive onto the vast expanse of the marsh country. The space is boundless and humbling; for some it is a chance to clock out, take in the scale of the landscape and enjoy quiet mind time and for others it is trying to capture it with a sketches or a photo or by collecting samples. If time allows we'll loop to an unlikely oasis and return to the station for dinner around 7.
Day 6 – Wednesday 14 July
Billy tea is on from 6, breakfast around 7.30am. Today you can immerse in the bush studio, catch up on washing, or lie in a hammock! Those keen to try barramundi fishing, please let Andrew or Rachel know. Tonight is our exhibition and party so we’ll knock off mid-afternoon and hang the works. The party kicks off around 5 - dress up in your Kimberley finery! Dinner about 7.30pm.
Day 7 – Thursday 15 July
Billy tea is on from 6, breakfast 7.30am. Enjoy a leisurely morning and at 10am we say our goodbyes to Digger’s Rest and head to Marlgu wetlands and bird hide for some crocodile spotting and birdwatching. After lunch at Parry Lagoon's Cafe (our shout) we'll continue on to Kununurra to meet your afternoon flights or drop you back at your hotel.
^All itineraries are provided as a guide only. We reserve the right to vary itinerary content due to COVID restrictions, weather, safety, road access, time constraints, station and third party priorities and situations out of our control. Similarly, items may be added to the itinerary as opportunities arise at the station. During the workshop, you’ll be able to refer to the blackboard each day and check for changes.
#Horse riding is an optional extra. Conditions apply. You can arrange rides with station staff on arrival.
** This café lunch is at the guest’s expense.
7 DAY ITINERARY
May 6 - 12, 2022 (DATES and TUTOR TBC)