March 2018 information and program for
Bali Portrait and Life Drawing Retreat.
Tuesday 13th March until Wednesday 21st March 2018
[Arrive Monday 12th Depart Thursday 22nd]
Join Peter and for a fabulous 9 days [10 nights] of creative adventure in and around the beautiful art and cultural centre of Ubud in Bali. We stay in the village of Silungan at Pondok Saraswati, a long established, comfortable Australian/Balinese garden retreat for artists located overlooking the rice fields, 15 minutes from central Ubud. [Saraswati is the Goddess of wisdom and the arts] info at www.pondoksaraswativillasubud.com/ Pondok Saraswati has a 4 star Trip Advisor rating. It has a pool, WiFi, bar fridges, spacious rooms and verandahs. Great service.
Here we will hold our studio drawing/painting sessions every morning. As well we will meet local artists, visit galleries and participate in cultural events, enjoy authentic local home cooked dishes, make new friends, enjoy markets, massage and restaurants, or simply just hang out, but mostly to draw and paint. Limited to maximum 5 artists, this is a wonderful opportunity to give your self a completely creative indulgence. You can experience very special Balinese hospitality, guided by Peter who has been taking art groups to Bali twice a year since 2004. The focus is on studio based life portrait/life drawing and some landscape, with coaching provided by Peter if you would like it, or are a beginner. Peter was for 30 years a Senior Lecturer in Design and Drawing at Curtin University.
Preferred flight: Jetstar JQ110 depart Perth for Denpasar 7.25am Monday 12th March.
Peter will be on this flight. Jetstar is currently advertising this return flight for $300, but this can vary depending on when it is booked. This flight will be serviced with pickup transport at shared cost. Add $35 transfer one way if you choose another flight. Avoid late night arrival as it adds further to your transport costs. Your return flight depends on whether you wish to stay in Bali on beyond the 21st. Suggested return flight to Perth is JQ 117 Departing Denpaser 8.30 am.
If you are arriving from another state or O/seas, please try to arrive morning 12th March so there is time for us all to settle in. We will still arrange for you to be picked up from the airport.
Program Program varies to fit the needs of participants. Studio is available at all times.
Monday 12th Arrive and pickup from Airport. Stop for a beachside lunch in Sanur, Arrive Pondok by 3pm.
Tuesday 13th Studio day, getting started, studio set up and equipment check. Life drawing and proportion with model Agung, afternoon visit to Ubud, change money, orientation etc. Dinner at Pondok.
Wednesday 14th Visit and draw at Pranoto Gallery in Ubud/Goa Gajah 10am until 1pm. Local lunch.
Thursday 15th Studio Portrait with local model, possible landscape afternoon depending on weather.
Friday 16th Studio day and visit Water Temple visit at Sebatu.
Saturday 17th Visit and draw at Pranoto Gallery in Ubud/Goa Gajah 10am until 1pm. Local lunch.
Sunday 18th Visit the Arma Balinese Cultural Centre, dance and Gamalan orchestra teaching for children. We draw Balinese model in traditional costume in a garden setting with Arma Art Group or alternatively visit Pasifica Art Museum Nusa Dua.
Monday 19th Studio portrait drawing at Pondok. Visit local Nekka Art Museum and/or attend Kecak Dance.
Tuesday 20th Special portrait session with Agung.
Wednesday 21st Visit and draw at Pranoto Gallery in Ubud/Goa Gajah 10am until 1pm. Local lunch.
Late afternoon show and tell. Farewell dinner.
Thursday 22nd Return Perth early am.
Artists $1800 per person, single.
Accompanying non participating partner/friend add $600 twin share/double.
Artist couple, ie both participating in program, $3000 for both.
A non refundable deposit of $300 per person booking fee is required to confirm booking.
[Covers 10 nights single self contained accommodation ie, bedroom, garden bathroom and living area with garden and rice field views, all breakfasts, tuition as requested, cost of models, paper, general equipment, most materials, entry into galleries, workshops.]
Airfares and insurance. We arrange, but not included in cost; airport pickup, local transport, lunch, dinners, drinks as decided with the group. [Lunch at Pondok averages $6, dinner $13. In Ubud, restaurants, dinner [2 courses] around $20. Small beer about $3 glass of wine $5. Airport/Ubud transfer is $35 but usually this can be shared with other participants. We have our own 8 seater air con car, shared Ubud/return $4 per person Can vary if waiting is included.. Exchange averages Rp100,000 to AUD$10 so prices are very reasonable. As an indication you can expect to pay approx $150++ per person for food and drinks at Pondok and $150++ for local transport, plus $60 for airport transfers. $50 for service tips to Pondok staff/drivers.
About Pondok Saraswati
Established in 1992, the buildings are traditional open Bali style. There is no air con because of cool rice field breezes and Ubud’s elevation. There is an electric kettle in your bungalow for tea and coffee, plus bar fridge with soft drinks and beer, tonic and soda water. It is cheaper to buy your spirits [gin etc] duty free at Perth Airport. You are allowed to bring 1 litre into Indonesia. There is a safe water fountain in each Bungalow. All Garden bathrooms have hot showers, towels and toilet. Pondok has an excellent in house laundry service, around 50cents per garment. Bedrooms are really comfortable [mosquito proofed 4 poster beds reading lamps etc] large spaces adjoined by an outdoor verandah living room with day bed dining table and stunning views across the rice fields. Your rooms are cleaned and made up daily. There is a great pool, WiFi, security boxes and library.
The Studio and what to bring.
Bring your own specialist materials. Do not bring oil paints because of airline security. We provide boards, good quality A1 drawing paper and range of easels and a large range of materials, pastel, acrylics, side tables etc. There is a good art shop in our village. The studio is a typical Balinese Balai, 25 square metre open space, well ventilated, plus ceiling fan and good spot lighting. It comfortably takes 6 Artists. There are light white curtains for privacy if needed. We work in the cool morning but can use the space all day. We stack artworks for a later show and tell. Peter wraps your drawings for safe transport home.
Pack light, cotton clothing, shoulder covering shirt or blouse for visiting sacred areas, sarong, swimmers, walking shoes, one casual trendy garment for night time outings. Blokes just need shorts and few tops. Check Australian Customs website for prohibited on board items. Pack smart lite, it is cheaper and free carry on is 7 kg. This is plenty for what we will be doing. If you intend to shop and need more baggage coming home pre-book hold luggage for the return. Ubud in March is quite cool at night, it may rain in the afternoon, average 23/31 degrees, OK in the morning when we are in the studio. We have umbrellas! There is mosquito protection in every room and out of doors. It is not a malaria area.
For further information and to make a booking, contact Peter.
email email@example.com www.lifedrawing.com.au
Phone 08 92932363