Sydney Art Holidays
Learn to master your art from the best, in this very special week long workshop !
Course outline - 10-16 January 2016
Sorry, course now fully booked.  Please check the website in the near future for 2016 and 2017 course updates - course fees subject to change.
This special week-long art holiday workshop has been designed for those who want to learn new skills and take their art work to a new level.   The course is open to those who have a little knowledge of painting, through to advanced painters
The first course day will be spent with Matt Kemp , award-winning, internationally renowned photographer who will teach his exclusive to Sydney Art Holidays photography course for smartphones.  
Whether you are plein-air painting or working in a studio, all great artists need to capture the moment.  And that means capturing your subject on your canvas and also on your camera.  These days, we travel light and we have camera's right with us, every day.  Yes our smartphones!
We at Sydney Art Holidays believe that all painters need to be able to take a great snap.  For those moments when you see the exact thing you want to paint but you just can't stop, you are somewhere you will never get back to to, or when you are out painting with clouds looming.  You can't stop nature turning your sunny day into a rainy one, but you can capture the moment you need to continue your piece.  But moreso how can you take away from your environment a great mood or tone? How can you enhance your surroundings to pick out the best of what is around you to inform a better painting? 
Matt will take us into the field, around beautiful Manly and it's varying landscapes to show us what the camera sees and to teach us how to use features most people don't even know exist on their phone cameras.  He will show us how to apply professional photography techniques and build our skills to ensure that every photo is a great photo. 

Matt will takes us through composition, using light for dramatic effect, in camera editing, apps, how to really make our photos pop and produce vibrant, creative and consistently good images with these wonderfully transportable,  flexible smartphone cameras. You'll leave the course an expert in smartphone photography, its accessories and apps as well as a new found skill and love of the art of photography.
The beauty of the watercolour painting - it's translucency, fluidity and uniqueness has been used since man began painting and yet, it's attraction to the eye has never diminished.  People often describe watercolour painting as the most difficult to master of all the mediums, but we at Sydney Art Holidays think differently - especially when you have a master such as Joseph Zbukvic  teaching. 
We will spend four wonderful days of painting with Joseph, internationally renowned artist and tutor who exhibits and teachers around the world.
Joseph will share his knowledge in composition, choosing subject matter - what to keep in, what to take out of your painting, how to capture the moment, capture and reflect light, how to make your work luminous, brush techniques, pigment characteristics and paint textures.  Everything you need to create a wonderful painting.
Joseph will hold painting demonstrations, give group and individual attention and will truly impart to students how to make their work instinctive and compelling.  We will be painting both in classroom and on location (weather permitting).
At the end of the week students will exhibit their masterpieces at our informal art exhibition!
Five full days of tuition is what makes this art holiday great fun and great value for money.  We start each day at 9am. Break for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and finish at 5pm.  There will be free time to explore magnificent Manly before and after class, with most nights scheduled in for a group dinner at a local restaurant around 7pm.
  1. Daily Schedule
    DAY ONE - Sunday 10 January 2016 Arrive Manly and head straight for our accommodation. 6pm welcome drink and induction. DAY TWO - Monday 11 January 2016 Breakfast will be available in the cafe from 7am. We meet at 9am and begin to explore our iPhones, iPads and smartphones and how to best use them. We will stop for both morning tea and lunch. After lunch we will begin to explore our local area - the bush, the beach, cafes, buildings - learning how to capture all types of subject matter in different types of ways. Note: This will be an active day where there will be lot of walking around our local area while taking photos. We will meet for dinner at 7pm in the foyer for our group dinner, or, those wishing to meet at the restaurant will be able to do so.
  2. DAY THREE - Tuesday 12 January Breakfast will be available in the cafe from 7am. We will paint both in classroom and on location, 9am-5pm each day. There will be a 10-15 minute morning and afternoon tea break and a one hour lunch break. There will painting demonstrations and students will then work on their own paintings. A series of paintings will be produced during the week. We will meet at 7pm in the foyer for our group dinner, or those wishing to meet at the restaurant will be able to do so. DAY FOUR - Wednesday 13 January Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and painting day as usual. However, you have a free night, to organise your own activities and dinner. By now you will know Manly and what it has to offer, so this will be a great opportunity to get out to explore the many great activities and places of interest.
  3. DAY FIVE - Thursday 15 January Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and painting day as usual. We will meet at 7pm in the foyer for our group dinner, or those wishing to meet at the restaurant will be able to do so DAY SIX - Friday 15 January Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and painting day as usual. However class will conclude at 4pm when students will clear the work spaces and set up for the evening exhibition. We will meet back at class at 6pm for our evening drinks, nibbles and exhibition. Some students will be leaving us that evening, however other students, are welcome to again, explore the night life of Manly on their final free night of the course. DAY SEVEN - Saturday 16 January 2016 Breakfast will be available from 7am and final book out of accommodation will be at 10am. COURSE CONCLUSION