Art Workshops at South West Rocks

Relax, learn from the best, & paint some of the most beautiful areas of the NSW Coast

South West Rocks on the mid north coast of NSW offers a rich landscape of National Parks, Smokey Cape light house and beautiful beaches along with the historic Trial Bay Gaol, built over 100 years ago. Choose from 5 internationally renowned artists for this 4 day plein air & in studio workshop & sleep in luxury in the award winning BIG4 Sunshine Resort.

The Artists:

  • John Wilson 
  • Gordon Rossiter 
  • Robert Lovett
  • The McCanns

Dates: 2nd - 5th Sept 2019

Create your own masterpiece of SWR!

The Workshops:
Dates: Mon 2nd - Thurs 5th Sept 2019, 4 Days, 9-4.30pm
Early Bird Cost: ONLY $520 (book by the end of the year)

Choose your Artist:

John Wilson: Masterclass: Australian Landscape in Oils, 
Like Streeton, Roberts, Gruner, Johnson and other great Australian artists, learn the secrets of how to paint beautiful and exciting landscapes. This workshop is for keen artists with some experience who have mastered the basics and wish to move to higher levels. The course will cover tone, temperature, colour mixing, composition, atmosphere, reflected lights, reflections and other subtleties unique to our 
Australian landscape. The workshop will begin with a short theory session, followed by step by step demonstrations of each painting.   Emphasis will be to attain the extra step to achieve a higher level of skill and competence in all areas especially in understanding the Australian Landscape and learning to see. Please bring all your painting gear and as many questions as you wish to ask.

Gordon Rossiter: Paint the Rocks
Gordon will paint and instruct step by step using a method that has seen many artists participate successfully with his tutoring, students will be encouraged to develop in their own style. Above all the workshop will encourage appreciating nature and enjoying painting. Participants  will most likely paint three paintings in South West Rocks in the four days.


I will deal with this most common problem encountered by watercolourists. Even advanced students struggle with simplification and directness. . if you are a beginner what a great way to start by developing good techniques from the beginning. Robert has been painting for all his life, in oils & watercolours. He first became known for his Outback Australian themes especially with horses and cattle.

THE MCCANNS: “Representational art in Acrylics”

Acrylics are not usually associated with representational art because of the speed in which they dry. Learn how Barry controls the drying time of the medium to not only obtain an oil-like look to his work but a likeness. The workshop will cover such topics as drawing, how to get a likeness, the application of paint and colour mixing.

Their patience and individual attention will guarantee an enjoyable experience. ALL REFERENCE MATERIAL WILL BE PROVIDED.

Accommodation Packages (not compulsory)

Banksia: Open Plan Studio: $555  ($111/n) 
Queen bed, ensuite bathroom, kitchen w hob & microwave, fridge,  aircon.
Gumnut Studio: $575 for 5 nights ($115/n)
Air Con, Queen bed, bunks in bedroom, ensuite bathroom, kitchen w hob & microwave, fridge
Gumnut Spa Studio: $595 for 5 nights ($119/n)
Air Con, Queen bed, bunks in bedroom, ensuite bathroom w Spa, kitchen w hob & microwave, fridge
Kookaburra 2 bedroom: $617 for 5 nights ($125/n)
Air Con, Queen bed  in master, ensuite bathroom, kitchen & living area separate from bedrooms kitchen w hob & microwave, fridge
Luxury 2 Bedroom Saltwater Villa: $679 for 5 nights ($135/n)
Air Con, Queen bed, bunks in bedroom, ensuite bathroom, kitchen w hob & microwave, fridge, dish-washer, TV in main bedroom,  bush outlook. 
Luxury 2 Story Ngurra Lodge : $979 for 5 nights ($196/n)
Air Con, King Beds,  TV & air con in bedroom, ensuite bathroom, full kitchen w hob & oven , microwave fridge, dishwasher, open plan living area, kitchen & deck, peaceful bush outlook

Single Artist Option: Eucalypt Cottages / Lagoon Villa: $350 for 5 nights ($70/n)If you are happy to share a 3 or 2 bedroom villa with like-minded artists, please contact us, you will have either a double or queen bed along with a full kitchen, living room & bathroom to share. 

*****All villas are self contained with TV/DVD’s, and all linen, bedding & bath towels supplied.*****

Caravan / Tent Sites
Powered Grass or Slab Site: $150 for 5 nights ($30/n) for up to 2 people.
Ensuite Powered Grass or Slab Site: $225 for 5 nights ($45/n) for up to 2 people
Glamping! Your own shower, toilet & sink.

Download the brochure here



Call: 1300 509 649

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