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Shiny Happy Art Retreat - BUNYA MOUNTAINS - 2-4 MAR 2018 (DEPOSIT)

  • $5000

The recent art trip to Norfolk Island was a huge success, with fabulous new friendships formed, a lot of socialising, and new art techniques learned!

I know that some of you missed out, so here’s your chance to join in much closer to home…

When: Early Fri 2ndlate Sun 4th March 2018 (with an option to stay on till Monday)

Where: In the Bunya Mountains – just 90 minutes’ drive from Toowoomba!

A deposit of $50 is required to reserve your place. Prices are listed below.

REVISED ACCOMMODATION STYLE: now in houses rather than 'lodge style'.


We've reserved this cluster of neighbouring houses – so there will be plenty of room
– and plenty of scope for socialising. True retreat style!


You can choose a single occupant bedroom or twin share bedrooms.  Please advise your room preference as soon as possible so we can book enough suitable houses.

We will designate the largest house as our central venue for meals, socialising and painting.

What: I’ll guide my group of 12-14 painters through the basics of composition, tone, perspective and colour mixing during this long weekend retreat. You can expect to make good progress on up to 3 or 4 xA3 acrylic on canvas paintings during our ‘house’ sessions, as well as lots of sketching practice in pencil and coloured pencils.

Who: This weekend retreat will initially be offered to Wednesday Wonderers – from newbies to the more experienced WWW. 

Supplies won't be crazy - I will provide a list of suggested art materials, along with some extra items to bring for your room.

Numbers are limited, so check out the fabulous program, and register your interest straight away!


You’ll arrive on Friday (self-drive) - arrive as early as you like because I’ll already be there - ready! We’ll settle into the accommodation and take time to wander off to get photos and start sketching, or just go for a walk!

After a shared catered dinner on Friday evening, I’ll take you through the basics, and do a demonstration painting for you. We’ll do some practice sketching and colour mixing too.

On Saturday morning after a catered breakfast, we’ll head out to do more directed sketching and photography on location… but we’ll travel light and just use pencils (black and coloured) in a simple sketch book at this stage. We’ll look at the tones, shapes and colours. You’ll find the scenes that appeal to you and take reference photos.

After a shared catered lunch back at the main house, we’ll spend the afternoon converting our sketches into acrylic paintings. I’ll be there to help you along the way.

Then after a social catered dinner together in the house, I’ll (very gently) critique your day’s paintings and offer suggestions so that we all learn from each other. I’ll also show you how you can stretch and mount a finished canvas sheet onto board or a stretched canvas.

On Sunday morning, the early risers can continue painting early, and then after breakfast, we’ll quickly vacate all but one of the houses by 10am, so that we can head back out to get last minute sketches or to check colours in our paintings.
After a shared picnic lunch, you can leave for home when it suits you.

(MONDAY: If you would like to stay until Monday, please let us know, so accommodation can be arranged.)

Meals supplied include 2x Breakfasts; 2x Lunches; 2x Dinners plus morning/afternoon teas. Please understand that for any dietary needs apart from gluten free you might need to supplement your food from home. Please advise any special needs.

BYO all drinks (alcohol, soft drinks, any specific tea & coffee preferences, bottled water if you wish) 


Total price includes: 2 nights accommodation Fri & Sat, 6+ catered meals, and 15+ hours tuition.

Twin shared bedroom - $420pp (I’m sure we’ll cope with sharing rooms for two nights )

Single Occupant Bedroom (your own room by request) - $520pp

(We reserve the right to adjust the style of accommodation (eg the number of houses) to match the requests for rooms.

Deposit of $50 (below) will be required to secure your place.

Balance payable by Friday 2 February 2018.

Extra nights - $45pp/night Please advise asap if you would like to stay on till Monday so we can arrange it. Extra meals at own expense from cafes if necessary.

Cancellation policy:

  • Full refund if a replacement painter is found (either by you or Shiny Happy Art);
  • Deposit forfeited if cancelled by 5pm 2 February and no replacement painter is found;
  • 50% of full payment forfeited if cancelled between 2 and 16 February with no replacement;
  • 100% of full payment forfeited if cancelled after 16 Feb and no replacement has been found.

I can’t wait!! This will be so much fun, and I hope you can join me for fun, frivolity, fine food, fresh air, friends … and fabulous painting too!!!

PS. I know these pics are from Norfolk but you get the idea ;P

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