Treat Yourself To An Art Retreat
For many amateur artists, the opportunity to spend time focussing on art only occurs after all the chores have been done and various tasks completed. On some occasions, I’ve found that when I do finally get in front of the easel, the day is almost over and I spend as much time setting up and cleaning brushes as I do actually painting. This is why many of us find art retreats so appealing.
A retreat provides us with that rare opportunity to distance ourselves from all those distractions that tend to keep us away from our artistic pursuits. Many years ago I attended a 5 day retreat located on a farm property near Orange in New South Wales. The farm owners were excellent hosts, fellow students were great company and the art teacher, Ian Chapman, provided excellent tuition. A thoroughly enjoyable experience but best of all was the opportunity to get away from the daily grind and really immerse myself in art.
There are a number of retreats available to us in Australia and they come in a variety of formats. Some are general conference venues that convert to an art facility while others have a dedicated art focus and host regular live-in workshops featuring a variety of teachers. The Pyrenees Art Retreat (yes, Australia has its own Pyrenees) is somewhat unusual in that the venue owner and host, Dawn Lim, is also an art teacher.
Dawn is a much admired abstract artist and, together with her husband, has been running the Pyrenees Art Retreat in central Victoria for the past 2 years. Dawn teaches in both acrylics and oils and also invites other tutors to cover various styles and mediums. Life drawing and painting classes are also held in the on-site studio which accommodates up to 9 students.
Located at Moonambel in the Grampians Region of Victoria, the Pyrenees Art Retreat offers accommodation in seven luxury cottages all with spas and fireplaces. Set on the fringe of Kara Kara State Park and with the Pyrenees ranges to the south, the property has a peaceful bushland aspect overlooking the mountains and vineyards. Meals are served at the retreat’s Rainbow Gallery Café/Restaurant where you can also enjoy some of the great local wines that the Pyrenees region is renowned for.
The venue is available for group bookings (there are 17 queen size beds in total) and art teachers are very welcome to utilise the venue for their own workshops. The restaurant area can also be configured as a studio to comfortably accommodate larger groups. Discounts are available for group bookings and Dawn is always on hand to make sure that the needs of artists and teachers are met.
Dawn has helped many artists improve their skills and her Pyrenees Art Retreat may be just the ticket if you feel like indulging your artistic passions while enjoying a luxury break. A day in the studio, a relaxing spa, a delicious meal and a nice Pyrenees shiraz…… sounds good to me!