On The Verandah Art Workshop Itineraries - 2018
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9 days with Judith White
9 Day Kimberley Art Workshop with Judith White
JULY 13 - 21, 2018
This is our 4th Kimberley Workshop with Judith. The workshop is 9 days with about 5 days of tuition in the bush studio and field locations. Includes a 2 night camp out and activities.
Day 1 - 13th 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 mid morning, from your accommodation.
We’ll go for lunch at a café+in Kununurra before driving to the remote station, Digger’s Rest - our base for the week.
On arrival we’ll get you settled in, be it your own Kimberley style bush hut or shared air-conditioned, bunkhouse room and have a short orientation. You’ll meet the owners, Alida and Roderick and their staff and enjoy dinner by the fire or on the stone-house verandahs.
Day 2 - 14th July
Unlike other mornings, there’s no early start to today’s activities but we encourage you to rise early, perhaps taking a walk down to the windmill, so as not to miss early wildlife or the morning colour show on the Cockburn Range.
After breakfast (usually cooked options, cereals and fruit) it’s time to break out the sketchbooks as Judith leads the first art session and demonstrates some techniques. It’s an easy walk of a couple of hundred metres. Good walking shoes are recommended.
About morning tea time we move to the shade of the verandahs and continue in the Bush Studio until lunch. Mid afternoon we head out to a marsh area via some bird watching, optional sketching and photographing to enjoy complimentary champagne and be officially welcomed by a Kimberley sunset! Then it’s back to the station for dinner, and music (or bring your poetry!) around the fire.
Day 3 – 15th July
We meet early at the stone-house for a billy tea then it’s a short drive to the art location. We go back to the station for breakfast and mid morning, head up the valley for art beneath the gum trees, fishing and billabong swimming with a picnic lunch. We are lucky to have access to this rarely visited, mostly wild, place. After sunset, on the drive back to the station, be on the look out for night jars, curlews, dingoes.
Day 4 – 16th July
After breakfast there will be a session in the bush studio to work up ideas. In the afternoon, take a trip out to a sunset spot for drinks. This is an opportunity for experienced horse riders to include a sunset horse ride in their trip. (Horse riding is an extra.)
NOTE: Pack tonight for tomorrow’s camp out – pack for art sessions, swim, hikes, a day in town with lunch at a café++ and cool eveningsaround the campfire. Camping gearprovided includes a tent, swag mattress, linen, blanket and chair.
Day 5 – 17th July
After breakfast we leave for a 2 night camp at the aboriginal community. A day of art, swimming, hikes, stargazing (and navel gazing) around the campfire.
Day 6 – 18th July
At camp - A day of art, swimming, hikes, evenings around the campfire.
Day 7 – 19th July
At camp - After breakfast & packing up, we visit Marlgu Bird Sanctuary (Parry Lagoons) followed by lunch++ at The Rusty Shed Café in the old port.
After lunch a short drive brings us to the world class lookout, Five Rivers, which sits on the Bastion above Wyndham Port. We meander back to the station via the cave art, a water lily lagoon art session at Moochalabra Creek. Then ‘home’ to Digger’s for dinner.
Day 8 - 20th July
We have all day in the studio for uninterrupted work on your art (and catch up on laundry). Prepare for the informal exhibition and tonight’s party - dress in Kimberley colours - to finish off our time together in Kimberley style.
Day 9 – 21st July
Enjoy a leisurely morning and mid morning we say our goodbyes and head into Kununurra to meet your afternoon*flights.
^The itinerary may vary due to weather, road access, time constraints, station priorities, situations out of our control, and safety.
+ This café meal is at the guest’s expense.
++ This café meal is at On The Verandah’s expense.
* Please select a flight that arrives in Kununurra before midday on Day 1. On Day 9 select a flight that leaves Kununurra aftermidday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
After a morning in the studio with Judith we meet with artisan weaver, Luciana 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.
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 resident art historian and collector, who has agreed to open his home of artifacts for us to see up close. This experience is not to be missed. For dinner we visit a local Trattoria.
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.
Day 6 - 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 - visit Rocco Maggiore Castle, browse the shops or book a massage at the historic Nun Spa and soak in their luxurious hot baths. Further afield are the towns of Orvieto, Gubbio, the paper museum in Fabriano and the pottery in Deruta.
A full day to work in the studio with Judith, fleshing out ideas through critique and discussion.
Spend the morning consolidating the week’s content with Judith and take a break in the afternoon to visit the nearby gallery of a surprising artist couple. Later, it’s music night at Casa Rosa!
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.
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.