Master Art Classes Itinerary

On arrival at Cairns International airport you will be met by your hosts and taken to the Shangri-La Hotel, your accommodation for the next two nights. After a small orientation you are free to rest, or to enjoy your Cairns surroundings.

Next we fly by private charter to our first exotic location, a private boutique resort, Mungumby Lodge, near Cooktown for Class A or to Undara Experience for Class B.

First Course (A)

 

Second Course (B)

Weeks 1 & 2 – Mungumby Lodge, Cooktown

The Cooktown Region on the Cape York Peninsula has primitive tropical rainforest listed by the World Heritage Commission as one of the earth's unique and valued assets, some of Australia's best outback bushland, a pristine wilderness coastline on the inner edge of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, and is also home to the cultural spirit of Far North Queensland's Aboriginal traditions. Here we start the course by looking at how the light varies at different times of the day. We examine shadowing, through back lighting, light intensity, light scale, refraction and reflection. We then consider where colour comes from and why an object looks a certain colour - which links us to texture through absorption and reflection. We also look at types of colour such as opaque, iridescent and fluorescent, followed by colour terms - hue, value, saturation or chroma, tint, tone and shade. By understanding these terms we can increase or lower intensity, using cooler and lighter values to convey distance, and using opposite hues to balance the work. Then we explore how whites and light colours reflect the colours around them, and how to layer to create mood and atmospheric effect, and to finish off highlighting and tonal effects. We put the theory into practice and find a subject that has intense light coming through the rainforest canopy with different colour values, saturation and textures. In week 2, we visit Kings Plains cattle station and do a tour with Guurrbi Aboriginal Rock Art tours looking at different light, colours and textures from these locations and compare them to the rainforest experience.

Amenities: Swimming pool, restaurant, bar, lounge and library, walks, guided tours, wilderness reserve.

 

Week 1 – Undara, Gulf Savannah

We leave Cairns on a scenic charter flight to the Undara Experience, located in pristine tropical savannah woodlands with the native wildlife living nearby. We spend the week at a place where you can explore natural geological wonders, such as the amazing lava tubes, enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting, under the vast Australian skies filled with stars, and in the quiet of the bush. During the week we will look at the theory of light and colour as stated in course A. We will also discuss the different lighting in the lava tubes in daytime and the evening and look at the colour and texture around the area. We enjoy "Glamping", glamorous camping or camping without roughing it, in Undara's Swag tents, which are set above ground, in their own shady bush setting, and close to all facilities.

Amenities: Swimming pool, restaurant, bar, guided tours, walks.

 

Week 3 – Fitzroy Island Resort, Cairns

Fitzroy Island is a 45 minute ferry ride (about 30kms) from Cairns. The island is covered by rainforest and is surrounded by a fringing reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This is our base to explore underwater, using the Great Barrier Reef to look at light and colour through water and examine what happens to it by refraction and saturation. By going under the water we see first hand what happens to light and colour, we will also look at the light around the island and enjoy a sunset! Sunsets on the wharf are a treat as the colours change above the water, and at night, the active fish feed directly below.

Amenities: Swimming pool, bars, restaurant, dive centre, snorkelling, general store, equipment hire

 

Weeks 2 & 3 – Castaways Resort, Mission Beach

Mission Beach is made up of three beach villages linked by 14 kilometres of wide golden beach, a perfect base to relax and explore this unspoilt natural environment. Here we study a sunrise to show how to use opposite hues to balance your work and look at landscapes from a distance. We look at the lighting, tones and colours of the beach and the water, and we visit Paronella Park, where we note the exquisite texture of the Park's old buildings and see how the wonderful light is reflected through the buildings and forest. While at Mission Beach, we may be lucky to see our endangered southern cassowary as this is one of the habitats for this great bird.

Activities: Visit the Paronella Park website, as there is not enough space to write about the Park here, where we have afternoon tea, day & night tour.

Amenities: Swimming pool & spa, Day Spa, poolside restaurant, bar, absolute beach frontage, beach club

A Celebration and Farewell Dinner will be held on the final evening in Cairns. Next day, after breakfast, we take you to the Cairns International airport and wish you a safe journey home, or we bid you farewell as you take a post-class holiday, and enjoy some more time in Australia.

Note: For Guests who attend the full 6 week course, some of the content may be revised due to the courses being in different locations.

 

Costs per person AUD$ :-

Course A

Course B

Combined

Twin Share

$18,230

$15,380

$32,160

Single

$22,320

$18,930

$39,160