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Mon, 16 Sept


Fowlers Gap

Fowlers Gap Landscape Painting Workshop September 2024

6 Day en plain air painting workshop in the remote arid zone of western NSW.

Fowlers Gap Landscape Painting Workshop September 2024
Fowlers Gap Landscape Painting Workshop September 2024

Time & Location

16 Sept 2024, 10:00 am – 22 Sept 2024, 10:00 am

Fowlers Gap, Unnamed Road,, Fowlers Gap NSW 2880, Australia

About the event

Join Nicole Kelly on a 6 day painting workshop at Fowlers Gap Research Station in the remote arid zone of western NSW.

16 - 22 SEPTEMBER 2024

The workshop focuses on painting and drawing directly from nature. Participants will improve their skills under the guidance of  Nicole Kelly a practicing artist and experienced art educator. During the workshop Nicole will expose you to a variety of ideas and approaches with a mix of teaching demonstrations as well as informal discussions over meals in the evenings. Topic discussed include composition, colour, content, influences and the illusion of space. Learn and develop new skills in a beautiful and relaxed environment.

This workshop will be fully catered.


(Optional extra): Sunday 15 September - Arrive Broken Hill

We will meet guests opting to fly in at Broken Hill airport at 2pm (arrangements can be made for flights arriving later) and transfer you to the Palace Hotel Broken Hill, the backdrop for the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Guests can take the afternoon to explore Broken Hill at their leisure.

*Accommodation at the Palace books out extremely fast. Once your booking is confirmed with us we highly recommend you book a stay at the Palace where we will be staying the night. Please note you will be responsible for all accommodation and meals in Broken Hill and it is not included in our costs.

** If you would like to opt out of a night in Broken Hill this is no problem, we can arrange to collect you from the airport Monday morning (latest 9.30 am).

Official day 1: Monday September 16

We will meet at Broken Hill Regional Gallery at 10am for a tour of the collection. Since its inception in 1904, the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery has acquired an impressive collection featuring many artists of national importance. We then travel to Fowlers Gap Research Station, and after settling in, there will be talk from Fowlers Gap director and a welcome lunch. After lunch we will meet with local indigenous guide Mark, who will share with us dreamtime stories, cultural values, cultural heritage and history of the area. This is a really great opportunity to get accustomed to the extraordinary landscape and learn the indigenous history of the area. We will then settle in for dinner and welcome drinks back at the Quarters.

Day 2: Tuesday September 17

After breakfast at the Quarters we will lead the way to a location overlooking the lake. This site gets good morning shade and you will also have the opportunity to paint and draw en plein air with the guidance and assistance of Nicole. Lunch will be provided back at the homestead. Artists can choose to spend the afternoon developing works back on site or in the studio, or explore the property on foot. Tonight Nicole will give a short presentation with evening drinks followed by a hearty meal.

Day 3: Wednesday September 18

After breakfast we travel by 4WD to Ochre House Artist Retreat. At this unique waterhole situated in a remote gorge on the station, you can immerse yourself in a varied and multi-coloured landscape and spend a full day painting. This location has inspired leading national and international artists and is a perfect painting location. Today Nicole will give a painting demonstration and share her palette set up. Lunch will be on site and we will head back before sun set. As the sun sets, enjoy a pre dinner drink with informal discussion back at the Quarters. This is a perfect time to ask questions and get feedback on your work.

Day 4: Thursday September 19

For the early rises there will be an optional morning walk to the nearby lake at first light for a sketchbook drawing session. After breakfast Nicole will give a monotype demonstration in oils en plein air. Here you will have the opportunity to try the technique while responding to the landscape. Spend the afternoon exploring the dramatic dry creek beds by the property or developing works in the studio. There are also various interesting walks throughout the property to be explored. As the sun sets, we want to hear about some of your experiences with evening drinks followed by dinner

Day 5: Friday September 20

Today is a full studio day. You will be encouraged to choose a selection of your own drawings and earlier paintings to create a sustained studio painting. Nicole will demonstrate working from drawings, discuss internal colour logic and how to make colour decisions without photography. Nicole will work at an individual level within the parameters of your own practice. Feel free to take time in the afternoon to continue on with your studio work, explore the property to find a new location to work plein air or simply unwind with a book in the comfort of your accommodation. Enjoy a drink together in the evening before dinner.

Day 6: Saturday September 21

After breakfast at the quarters we will lead the way to Silcrete Studio. This studio is under renovation but is positioned on a stunning site on the property. Close to the studio are the leopard trees found on the property, a species of tree endemic to inland areas of eastern Australia.  Lunch will be provided back at the homestead. Artists can choose to spend the afternoon developing works back on site or in the studio, or explore the property.

From 3pm guests will meet for a final critique where you display your work  and discuss the artwork in detail. Tonight will be our last dinner together celebrating a shared creative experience and new friendships.

Day 7: Sunday September 22

After a final breakfast we will head back to Broken Hill where our guests will be transferred to the airport to meet their departing flights. The bus will depart Fowlers Gap at 9:00am and it is a 1.5hour drive back into Broken Hill. Please arrange your flights from midday onwards to allow plenty of time for check in.

Please note: Itinerary may change due to weather or unforseen circumstances. 

This workshop may not be suitable for individuals who find it challenging to navigate rough, uneven terrain.


  • Cottage One Deposit

    • $500.00
      Tax: +$50.00 gst
  • The Quarters Deposit

    Tax: +$50.00 gst
  • Participating Partner Deposit

    Tax: +$50.00 gst
  • Non-Participating Partner

    Tax: +$50.00 gst



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