- Art Tours
- Creating En Plein Air : Wednesday
- Art Studio : Drawing and Painting
- Art Studio : Linocut Printmaking
- Pastel and Charcoal Workshop with Judy Drew : September 2018
- Life Drawing Workshop with Noel Thurgate : September 2018
- Ephemeral Workshop with Shona Wilson : November 2018
- Portrait Masterclass with Noel Thurgate : February 2019
- WEA courses
- Past Events
- Indoor Ephemeral Workshop with Shona Wilson : July 2018
- En Plein Air Masterclass with Noel Thurgate 2018
- Shark Island & Taronga Zoo 2018
- Mudgee : April 2018
- A Weekend in Carcoar : March 2018
- Portrait Masterclass with Noel Thurgate 2018
- Norfolk Island : January 2018
- The Mergui Archipelago Myanmar : January 2018
- Watercolour Masterclass with Alvaro Castagnet 2017
- Shona Wilson Ephemeral Workshop 2017
- Life Drawing Workshop with Noel Thurgate 2017
- Pastel Masterclass with Judy Drew 2017
- A Walk through the Grampians : May 2017
- En Plein Air Masterclass with Herman Pekel
- A Weekend in Carcoar : March 2017
- Norfolk Island : January 2017
- Creating with Nature in Nature with Shona Wilson 2016
- Pastel Masterclass with Judy Drew 2016
- Kimberley & Purnululu July 2016
- Broken Hill & Beyond
- Flinders Ranges South Australia
- Watercolour Workshop with Joseph Zbukvic
- Life Drawing : Flamenco
- Pastel Masterclass with Judy Drew
- Corner Country NSW 2015
- Turkey & Greek Islands 2015
- The Magic of Turkey in June 2015
- France 2014
- North Vietnam & Laos 2014
- Broken Hill / Flinders Ranges / Mungo National Park
- Hobart 2013
- Andalucia, Spain 2013
- Morocco 2013
- Wanaka, New Zealand 2013
- Andalucia, Spain 2012
- Hill End Art Retreat , 2012
- Ross River, Australia 2012
Please join me to create art ‘en plein air’ in the Outback around Broken Hill and beyond.
We’ll venture to different destinations in comfortable 4WD vehicles with local guide, picnic lunch and refreshments. Our base is Broken Hill in well appointed ‘villas’. The tour begins late afternoon on Sunday 10 April and ends Thursday 14th April in time for the 16.05 flight to Sydney.
Sunday 10th – Thursday 14th April
Daily tours and art sessions include
- Iconic buildings around Broken Hill
- Menindee Lakes and Kinchega National Park
- Mutawintji National Park
- Outback rock art in an area with restricted visiting rights
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- We plan to spend time with Badger Bates – winner of the 2015 Outback Art Prize and an established artist using the mediums of linocut print, wood, emu egg and stone carving and metalwork. His art often reflects the motifs, landforms, animals, plants and stories of Paakantji country and the Paaka or river. He mixes the traditional and contemporary to create a style that portrays a strong sense of identity and association with the land and waters. His art is an extension of a living oral tradition and is an important way of interpreting, renewing and handing on that tradition.
I am a graduate of the National Art School, Sydney and conduct courses at the WEA in drawing and relief printmaking.
Throughout the year I lead national and international art tours. (check tour testimonials)
Tri State crew members come from all walks of life with a strong passion for the Outback. They are dedicated to this unique and inspirational land and hope you will fall in love with it as much as they have. With Advance Eco Certification and commitment to sustainability, Michael (founder and owner of Tri State Safaris) is passionate about the natural environment and sharing it with others. They are the recipient of many tourism awards including the 2013 award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by an Individual.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This is a private tour and our focus is to draw/paint our visual memories. We’ll explore different destinations every day. This tour is suitable for artists with drawing or painting experience. Non artists are welcome as there is a lot to see and experience. Those with limited drawing experience are welcome and will be given daily instruction. Everyone is encouraged to work at their own level with group appraisals as well as individual attention.
- 4 nights accommodation with breakfast in comfortable well appointed ‘villas’
- Day tour creating art around Broken Hill at iconic sites
- Day tour to Menindee Lakes and Kinchega National Parks
- Day tour to Mutawintji
- Day tour to a private and restricted area with one of the largest concentrations of engraved rock art in Australia
- All lunches, morning and afternoon teas
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner
- Daily art sessions
- Comfortable 4wd vehicle with local guide and driver
- Travel to/from Broken Hill
- 2 dinners
WHAT TO BRING
It is early autumn – some cool layers are advisable
- Comfortable, casual clothes
- Sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses
- Warm jacket
- Sensible NON SLIP walking shoes (you must be able to walk independently)
WHAT TO BRING: Art Materials
We will be drawing ‘en plein air’
- Any materials/surfaces you prefer (charcoal, graphite, watercolour, acrylic)
- Oils and pastels are difficult to transport and are not recommended.
- If you have never created art en plein air, a 2B pencil, medium size drawing book and rubber are sufficient.
- OPTIONAL: portable stool.
is in well appointed self contained cottages, close to the centre of Broken Hill.
A reasonable level of fitness is necessary and that you can walk independently at a moderate pace on uneven ground.
The average temperature in April: 12-24C.
Best to travel with layers for easy removal, especially in the middle of the day.
DAY ONE / SUNDAY 10 APRIL
This tour begins late afternoon in Broken Hill (when the Flinders art tour returns mid afternoon). Settle in to our villa style accommodation and then down town for a celebratory welcome dinner.
DAY TWO / MONDAY 11 APRIL
After breakfast we’ll choose some of our favourite buildings and iconic Broken Hill vistas to draw, paint and explore. Lunch at Alfrescos with a visit to the Broken Hill Regional Gallery if there is an exhibition.
Free choice for dinner, perhaps a barbecue at our villa accommodation.
DAY THREE / TUESDAY 12 APRIL
After breakfast we’ll depart approx 8.30am for a day creating art and exploring MENINDEE LAKES & KINCHEGA NATIONAL PARK in comfortable 4 wheel drive vehicles.
Morning tea on the banks of Lake Pamamaroo is a great introduction to the spectacular area which is many times larger than Sydney Harbour.
Travel through Kinchega NP with kangaroo, emu and abundant birdlife. We’ll visit the historic woolshed and follow the Darling river as it winds through massive stands of red gums to the Menindee township.
Menindee was once a thriving river port and the area is rich in the history of our early explorers. Burke & Wills and Charles Sturt’s exploration parties both spent time camped at Kinchega. Learn about the aboriginal history of the area and of the first europeans who followed the Darling in search of pasture for their sheep.
Kinchega NP was once part of the Kinchega-Kars pastoral lease held by the Hughes family since 1870. At its grandest, the property extended from Menindee to Broken Hill and covered an area of over 800,000 acres.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Darling River, and marvel at the long shadows and spectacular colours of the late afternoon light, as we head back to the Silver City at the end of another wonderful day in outback New South Wales.
DAY FOUR / WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL
We’ll depart after breakfast, around 8.30am and drive 130km through the Barrier Ranges with saltbush and bluebush plains, mulga and red sand country. We’ll find time to paint/draw amongst the gorges and creeks lined with majestic River Red Gums.
Today we explore MUTAWINTJI NATIONAL PARK within the rugged Byngnano Ranges with Aboriginal rock carvings, paintings and stencils dating back more than 8000 years. Mutawintji means ‘place of green grass and waterholes’ and is home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Mootwingee NP was formally handed back to it’s traditional owners in 1998 and is now called by its traditional name, Mutawintji.
Return to Broken Hill for a final group dinner and celebration of our time exploring the great Australian Outback together.
DAY FIVE / THURSDAY 14 APRIL
After checking out of our accommodation we’ll depart (approx 8.00am) after breakfast and travel north to a privately owned area, with exceptional examples of ABORIGINAL ROCK ENGRAVINGS. Limited groups may enter and we are one of the privileged few to experience this unique rock art site.
Panaramitee style rock art at this site is characterised by motifs pecked into the rock surface with a specially prepared stone tool. Animal tracks predominate, including kangaroo tracks, bird tracks and human footprints, as well as many other motifs. Some extinct forms are also recorded, such as thylacine, giant kangaroo and diprotodon. This site incorporates one of the largest concentrations of engraved rock art in Australia, with appx 18,000 individual engravings recorded. Engravings here date beyond 10,000 years old.
The day will also include glimpses of life on a working sheep station. Depending on time we’ll visit to historic buildings and mine sites and 4 wheel driving through spectacular areas of the Barrier Ranges.
The tour ends when we return to Broken Hill airport for departure on the 4.05pm return flight to Sydney.
The following charges apply:
$1,550.00 per person twin share
$250.00 single supplement
You may cancel the booking at any time but written notification is essential.
The following charges apply:
90 days or more – forfeit of deposit until a replacement reservation is made.
Less than 90 days – forfeit 100% of tour cost unless a replacement reservation is made.
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Bank details will be forwarded for a deposit ($500).