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Two Day Monotype Masterclass

Hosted at the iconic building Clifton Art School, nestled between the mountains and overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the stunning coastline of Illawarra, NSW. Nicole Kelly, the artist and co-owner behind In The Field, will share her steps to prepare, create and pull monotypes by hand across the mediums of water colour, gouache and oil paint. 

Join us for a hands-on, personal learning experience.

Ticket numbers are limited to 14 attendees to ensure a bespoke experience, where you will leave feeling confident with your new skillset.


The Details

Date: Friday 13th of October  +  Saturday 14th of October 2023

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm both days

Location: Clifton School of Arts, Clifton NSW

Cost: $950 (includes your ticket to the workshop, two full days of education, monotype masterclass workshop, all food and drinks and a complimentary gift)


What We Cover:

  • How to prepare a monotype station and the use of registration

  • Practical demonstrations on how to create and pull monotypes by hand

  • The importance of composition and rapid response to your subject

  • Making the painting - capturing the essence of your mark in print

  • An overview of the different techniques required for oil and water based prints

  • Q&A and opportunities for 1:1 Q&A for any burning questions you want answered!


Who This Suitable For:

  • Those with an interest in learning the in depth process of monotypes;

  • Artists, designers, creatives, those wanting to expand their painting or drawing practice, or uplevel and refine their monotype technique.

What You’ll Learn:

Let's get you making monotypes. This workshop provides an introduction to the fundamental tips and techniques for creating oil and water based monotypes, drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings of the stunning Northern Illawarra. We cover the three areas that make a beautiful print - composition, mark making and printing.

During this very practical, hands-on workshop, Nicole will help you to navigate all the decisions you need to make along the way in order to hand pull a small series of monotype prints, including guidance on the use of colour, line, and how to direct the eye across the picture plane. You’ll learn a variety of painting applications such as scraping, scrubbing and layering paint in a manner suitable for printing, using a full range colour palette, while developing colour mixing and compositional skills and so much more.

Monotypes are unique one-off prints filled with risk and excitement that reveal your unique and authentic mark making.  They are great for experimentation and studies as well as celebrated and collected artworks in their own right and great for exhibition and award submissions. 

This is a great option if you are an artist wanting to expand your practice and clarify the technical aspects, or you are simply interested in making some beautiful prints and learning a new skill!

You will leave feeling equipped to confidently create monotypes on your own!


What’s Included:

  • Coffee/tea

  • Seasonal lunch and morning tea on both days

  • Access to a large open plan space to practice your monotypes with sweeping views from every window

  • A supply of paper for printing, hand printing tools, perspex plates and materials required for printing preparation

  • Easels

  • Monotype supplies kit to take home to continue printing (valued over $100)

  • Notebook and pen

  • In The Field hand printed tote

  • Hands-on, in person monotype training

  • You will learn the essentials of oil based and water based monotypes (including prepping the surfaces of the plate)

  • Composing your subject 

  • Responding to a subject rapidly and from life

  • Print setup including registration method

  • Modernist palette set up suitable to landscape, still life and interior genres

  • My recipe for the perfect oil monotype medium

  • Workflow process - learn to self edit/cull and choose a strong selection of work to present as a body of work 

  • Advice and tips for what makes a strong monotype

  • Opportunity to ask questions related to painting, monotypes and professional practice

  • You will leave with approximately 2-3 beautiful monotypes ready to be framed

  • Take home booklet of everything we cover, as well as FAQ’s so that you can refer back to it when you need a little help

What You’ll Need:

  • A set oil paints, medium & odourless solvent - bring whatever paints you already have or you can find a guide of Nicole’s basic palette in our oil paint set available for purchase. We will send details of purchasing these packs at a wholesale rate in an information package once you're booked in

  • A set watercolour or gouache paints (available for purchase with ticket or byo)

  • A set of brushes  – synthetic brushes preferred - Art Basic brand is recommended (available for purchase with ticket or byo)

  • Drawing diary and drawing pencil/pen

  • Dress for the weather, sun protection and a water bottle. We will be outdoors for part of the day

  • Flat wood or plastic artist palette for oil, or disposable palette (without ridges or sections). Included in sets if purchasing

  • Palette for watercolour or gouache (possible to use reverse side of oil palette)

  • Palette knife (included in our paint sets if purchasing)


- I had a wonderful experience at Fowlers Gap under the guidance of Nicole Kelly and Ash Frost. We had a great mixture of plein air and studio time. Every day we went to a different location to paint  . I enjoyed the two demonstrations monotypes and mixed media . The food was amazing with a wide range of dishes cooked every day. Would definitely recommend In The Field Artists Workshops. - Lou England

- The In the Field painting workshop at Fowler’s Gap with Nicole, Ash and Lauren was a wonderful trip on many levels. The exposure to art talk and instruction, the delicious meals, the fun and friendly artists, teachers and assistants and spending time drawing and painting in the ancient and awe inspiring landscape of Fowler’s Gap created a truly memorable experience. - Missy Townshend 

- There are so many things to consider to make a successful Art trip and Ash and Nicole were thorough in the planning and implementing of the event. They shared their knowledge generously - in a way that participants felt both extended and inspired. Having the ability to experience a unique landscape in this format was a treat and I am forever grateful for the opportunity. -Justine Siedle

- Had the best time during our workshop at Fowlers Gap. The landscape was incredible and we had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the experience of plein air painting along side both Ash and Nicole. The feedback during our painting was constructive and we learnt so much during our discussions after dinner. I can't wait for the next painting adventure with these guys. Did i mention the food...excellent!!!- Lynne Hauer 

- I loved the variety of landscape at Fowlers Gap, big vistas, intimate creek beds with gnarly gums, and fields of wild flowers. Nicole and Ash gave us a balance of structured and free time both plein air and in the studio, with good constructive feedback, and Lauren restored us all with delicious food throughout the day. A wonderful authentic immersive art retreat, I am filled with inspiration, thank you! - Suzy Riley

- I can see an improvement in my paintings already. I left Bundanon feeling inspired, rejuvenated and well fed. What more can you ask for? Thank you! x - Kate Friesenecker

- A relaxed and informative weekend of painting and learning in a spectacular setting. I recommend it to all painters. - Scott Glascott

Are you keen but not quite sure yet? Do you have some questions for us? Do you want to talk about a payment plan? Please send us an email and we would love to chat more with you!

email Nicole & Lauren

Cancellation Policy:

We would like to be as flexible as possible, so should you need to cancel we will offer up the resale of your ticket. In the event that it sells, we will gladly refund your ticket minus a $50 handling fee. Unfortunately we are unable to refund your ticket if it does not resell. Thank you so much for understanding.


It would be a joy to have you join us for a very full, very inspiring weekend.
See you In The Field.

Lauren & Nicole. X

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