Sapphire art retreat 12 th June to 19th june

by Maria Paterson

Sapphire art retreat is a unique art camp set in the Central Queensland gemfields, where you can experience living and creating art on the working sapphire mine, ‘Windeyers Folly’. Stay in renovated retro art caravans for a fun, glamping experience.

There will be a mix of teacher interaction and free time to create on this camp. You are welcome to bring your mediums of choice.

A drawing/sketching journal and travel kit with watercolours, pen, pencil and brushes will be given to you on arrival.

Experienced artist and tutor, Maria Paterson (B.A.visual arts, Dip Ed), is on hand to share with you techniques, skills and knowledge to help encourage and improve your drawing and painting practice.

About Maria

Maria has a BA visual arts and Dip Education. She has taught in high schools as well as many art workshops and brings with her 35 years experience in her art practice. She works in all mediums, including pastels, oils and watercolours. Her work is found in private and corporate collections here and overseas and she has won many art prizes.

Guest Artist
For the camp in June we will have a visiting guest artist, Phillipa Howell, who is an experienced art facilitator. Phillipa holds a BA Visual Arts(painting) GradDip Fine Art (VCA), MA Fine Art(Arts Therapy)and a Associate Dip in the Arts(Music).

Phillipa will run a few sessions on letting go of self doubt and adopt a playful approach to exploring possibilities of line, colour shape and images in order to free up the creative process and help us to get in touch with our inner vision.

There will be field excursions exploring the surrounding environment and a chance to sketch or plein air paint, while a delicious picnic lunch will be served up. There is a huge shed on the claim converted into living and studio space and its cabinets of curiosities will provide us with many opportunities for still life subjects. The visiting bird life provides us with natural models and entertaining antics.

Maria will be on hand to provide guidance and feedback. The afternoons are for your own creative time, or relaxing. Some of the highlights of the week include;

A high tea in the shed, where you can meet the local gem field miners and craftspeople, always an informative experience. There will be an opportunity to have a fossick and lunch at Pats Gems. Learning about the gem trade from miner to goldsmiths from gemmologist Patricia Windeyer( FGA) the owner of the Folly. At night we will fire up the campfire with good conversation and do some gazing at the Milkyway.

The days are warm and the nights are cool

Accommodation is provided in newly renovated retro art caravans. These vans have been fitted out with beds and a study area and are themed in interesting ways.

There are four vans - two singles and two shared vans outside the shed and one other inside the shed. There are limited places available at the camp.

Central to the caravans is the Taj Mahal of sheds which contains facilities to lounge and relax in, a kitchen and dining area a with pot belly stove, and a renovated bathroom.

All meals will be catered for by excellent local cooks, except for one evening when we will dine out.

Contact details

Maria Paterson
Ph: 0266805858. Mob 0432505746
Website: See events page for details.

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new dates
by: Maria Paterson

Sapphire Art Retreat will be held on the 2nd of July to the 9th of July, book now for July camp, there are limited places.

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