A field all foreground and equally all background

Our June workshop is fast approaching, with the clear winter air at this time of the year we’re using it as an opportunity to remember Les Murray, a poet piercing the depth of a rural experience in country far to the south of Stanthorpe.

This is a painting and drawing workshop, participants are encouraged to bring materials of their choice, we will also provide a selection specific to the weekend’s aims. The Haneena Hill homestead provides a warm and comfortable board and accommodation over the weekend.

This quote from Murray’s poem Equanimity sets the theme for the June workshop:
Fire-prone place-names apart
there is only love; there are no Arcadias.
Whatever its variants of meat-cuisine, worship, divorce,
human order has at heart
an equanimity. Quite different from inertia, it’s a place
where the churchman’s not defensive, the indignant aren’t on the qui vive,
the loser has lost interest, the accountant is truant to remorse,
where the farmer has done enough struggling-to-survive
for one day, and the artist rests from theory—
where all are, in short, off the high comparative horse
of their identity.
Almost beneath notice, as attainable as gravity, it is
a continuous recovering moment.

Please checkout reference pages on the website for information regarding workshop schedule and what to bring.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Leaves of grass, grains of sand.

Our next workshop is over the Easter weekend, a time symbolic of rejuvenation, of adjusting one’s perception to the minutiae. The rocks and the forest shelter tiny worlds enabled by orientation and position in relation to prevailing wind, rain and sunshine.

In this workshop we’ll focus on the small scale discoveries to be made at Haneena Hill: Rock holes eroded by the elements in which richly varied landscapes unfold within a space the size of a human hand, lichen nestling among tree roots presenting in a tiny scale the forms of the high forest foliage.

The Autumn air on the granite high country thrills the senses enabling a profound sense of time and place.

For workshop Itinerary information look here.

Further enquiries and to book your place in this workshop here.

Reflections on the Summer Cool Workshop

The artists who participated in the Summer Cool workshop brought a considerable skill base and quality of aesthetic decisions to bear in the presence of the natural environment of Haneena Hill.

Necessarily these encounters are improvisations as the sites are complex interactive ecologies. we arrive at a forest textured with stringy bark, the geometry of cypress and scribbled lines of angophra, interlace with large fallen timber glowing surfaces of red and yellow fungus.

A stone ledge or entire granite hillside, a group of ancient lichen covered boulders giving pause to reflect on the formative geological processes in deep time, their volumes misted by acacia and melaleuca foliage.

Artwork by Lynda Shale

Each workshop here has a freshness in the encounter between the complex natural landscape and the artist whose own complexities are encouraged into the spaces between two natures.

Artwork by Yeen Danser

The outdoor art making and interior living, meals and conversation combine for a successful weekend.

Find out more:

  1. Workshops dates in 2019
  2. Reviews by participating artists
  3. Sample Itinerary
Artwork by Sandy Dunstan

January 4th – 6th Painting Workshop: Temperature

 

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Nameer is back from Africa with a drawing process developed in his travels through Tanzania’s Usambara mountains, the Serengetti Plains, Lake Tanganyika and Zanzibar. In the last month he was immersed in a social drawing project in Lagos, Nigeria. The sweltering equatorial climate drew him to certain ways of addressing subject matter in his drawing – tonal and textural choices in the patterning of surface and development of spatial structure.

Now for this summer workshop we take temperature as a serious consideration in developing  the means of painting, cool to warm colour choices, the scale and texture of surface pattern and how they serve to develop a physical climate within the painting.

Barbara is developing a menu for the weekend that  reflects the theme of temperature and climate, her provisions are a major part of the weekend experience.

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There are limited places available for this workshop, please use the contact page to show your interest in joining us for this first workshop of 2019.

 

 

ITINERARY

Friday

Arrive late afternoon / early evening – Dinner and get to know each other.

Introduction to the place and the ideas to be developed over the weekend.

Saturday

7.30 – 8.30 Breakfast

9.30 – 12.30 Tutored workshop in the environment with Nameer.

1 – 2 Lunch

2 – 4 Independent practices in the environment and one-on-one consultations with Nameer

Free time

6.30 pre dinner refreshments

7.00 dinner

Image Presentation

Sunday

7.30 – 8.30 Breakfast

9.30 – 12.30 Tutored workshop in the environment with Nameer

1 – 2 Lunch

2.30 – departure

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cost per person for the workshop is $390. Enquire/book your place here
Workshop numbers are limited to six people. For future workshop dates and themes please subscribe to this website for workshop updates.

  • Cost per person for the workshop is $390. Enquire/book your place here
  • Workshop numbers are limited to six people. For future workshop dates and themes please subscribe to this website for further notice.
  • Accomodation is in a spacious heritage residence with wood heater and dormitory style sleeping arrangements.
  • Each person will need to bring their own sheet and doona/blanket/ pillow and towel
  • Meals and refeshments provided, notify of special dietary requirements
  • The tutored sessions will require some walking on easy to medium grade bush trails and rocks
  • Stanthorpe is a sub-alpine highland so you’ll need to bring warm clothes, gloves, coat and sealed boots
  • Art materials – Bring your usual range of drawing and painting media, some materials will be provided

We limit the weekend to a group of six, please register your interest via the contact page in the dropdown menu.

Summer Cool

Our August workshop proved to us why we are committed to creative encounters at Haneena Hill.

Felicity McArdle

Responsive and enthusiastic, the artists who attended the workshop revealed delicate aspects of the quietly spectacular landscape in their work.

Angela McCleod

Our next workshop is planned for early January 2019 and we will be up there for the whole week. We’re offering the usual Friday to Sunday (4th to the 6th January at $395) as well as a short residency from Friday to Wednesday (4th to the 9th January at $760). The weekend will comprise a tuition-based workshop and, if you wish to practice independently in the environment we provide an extra three nights board and accommodation. Please register your interest by contacting us through the website

Danielle Rochecouste

Please check the previous post for details of the weekend workshop schedule.

Shaaron Boughen

Nameer is away soon to develop some work in two quite different residencies. In October he’ll be in Tanzania joining up with the Nafasi Art Space in Dar Es Salaam at the beginning and end of a drawing tour of the country with workshop and small exhibition planned. For the month of November, in Nigeria he has been invited to participate in the 2018 Lagos International Contemporary Art Festival, developing a project with youth at a local school.

Barbara is part way through some public art projects in Brisbane and, with a new kiln plans to develop her ceramics in the coming months.

New Palette

The upcoming workshop on the 10th to the 12th August explores colour as a sensation spread between pigment, texture and opacity.

The focus on colour in this multifaceted way comes out of the experience of being in the landscape amongst the texture, pattern and pigment of rock, lichen and foliage; and within the tonal mists and fragrances of the forest and the highland air.

The ancient Greek idea of colour collected a variety of qualities related to the senses and the experience of the world. Instead of colour as a spectrum they saw colour as embedded in things. For example tree-coloured or stone-coloured; these surfaces were referenced to touch, smell, solidity and saturation.

The ideas we’ll develop in this weekend workshop provide fuel for the artist’s practice in both an abstract and realist way as we freshen our responses to the very rich environment of Haneena Hill.

Please search Reviews in the dropdown menu for commentary by participants in the previous workshop.

ITINERARY

Friday

Arrive late afternoon / early evening – Dinner and get to know each other.

Introduction to the place and the ideas to be developed over the weekend.

Saturday

7.30 – 8.30 Breakfast

9.30 – 12.30 Tutored workshop in the environment with Nameer.

1 – 2 Lunch

2 – 4 Independent practices in the environment and one-on-one consultations with Nameer

Free time

6.30 pre dinner refreshments

7.00 dinner

Image Presentation

Sunday

7.30 – 8.30 Breakfast

9.30 – 12.30 Tutored worskshop in the environment with Nameer

1 – 2 Lunch

2.30 – departure

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cost per person for the workshop is $390. Enquire/book your place here
Workshop numbers are limited to six people. For future workshop dates and themes please subscribe to this website for workshop updates.

  • Cost per person for the workshop is $390. Enquire/book your place here
  • Workshop numbers are limited to six people. For future workshop dates and themes please subscribe to this website for further notice.
  • Accomodation is in a spacious heritage residence with wood heater and dormitory style sleeping arrangements.
  • Each person will need to bring their own sheet and doona/blanket/ pillow and towel
  • Meals and refeshments provided, notify of special dietary requirements
  • The tutored sessions will require some walking on easy to medium grade bush trails and rocks
  • Stanthorpe is a sub-alpine highland so you’ll need to bring warm clothes, gloves, coat and sealed boots
  • Art materials – Bring your usual range of drawing and painting media, some materials will be provided

We limit the weekend to a group of six, please register your interest via the contact page in the dropdown menu.

First workshop

Our first painting and drawing workshop on Haneena Hill in the Amiens Highland forest brought together a really cohesive group of six artists; individuals expending the effort to extract themselves from the city into the cool winter clime of the Granite Belt. (For their comments Search for Reviews in the dropdown menu)

The workshop day began with an early morning immersive walk through the forest and over the granite escarpment. Here, the geometric moss-green spires of cypress pines within a grey and white tangle of Angophra and stringy bark, and there, the weathered waves of grey granite dissolving in the light and brought into visual focus by textures of lichen, algae and moss.

You’re not looking at this landscape so much as looking into it; there are fewer opportunities for the picturesque than for imaginative reflection.

With a tangle of lines like an improvised Chinese ice crystal screen, leading the eye through space with the promise of an emerging shape, an object of some kind is suggested before turning vision in on itself.

A connection between physical movement and visual experience brings thoughts of the Provence landscape’s influence on Cezanne.

His invention of an angular geometry, listing lines suggesting visual perspective and physical movement, as if the human body, tossed in the winds of a highland landscape has only a cosmic scale of gravity to orient itself.

The house worked well to accommodate everyone and Barbara’s kitchen production fed the appetites brought on by the intensive painting and drawing en plein air. Some good Shiraz and Pinot Gris from the nearby Casley Mount Hutton vineyards were a great discovery.

Lynne McAlistair – lichen study

Pam Wilson – tree study

Anne Leahy – escarpment study

Candice Knobel – forest study

Lisa Carsley Dowall – forest study

Joanna Dickinson – granite boulder study