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

High Time


We are pleased to announce the inaugural highland art workshop High Time to be held on the 29th June – 1st July 2018 at our family’s 60 acre property Haneena Hill in the Granite Belt near Stanthorpe, Queensland, altitude 1100 metres, approximately 3 hours drive from Brisbane


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Nameer Davis BAHo, MA maintains a full-time studio practice together with weekly teaching in painting and drawing at the Brisbane Institute of Art. Born in England, growing up in Nigeria, Australia and the UK, with extensive travels to China and Europe, Nameer’s work reflects a diversity of cultural influences most recently through pattern and textile.

Barbara Penrose BAHo, MA exhibits regularly and has numerous public art commissions across Brisbane and Regional Queensland. In 2006 and in 2011 Barbara was the recipient of Australia Council grants for experienced artist to produce new work. With a background in installation art, sculpture and painting, her current practice mediates between painting, drawing and ceramics.

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High Time is the first in a series of workshops offering an immersive experience of art and landform set in a unique ancient granite terrain and old growth forest. This drawing and painting workshop will be conducted through discussion, one-on-one/ group tuition and independent exploration and will include relaxed after dinner image presentations all in a much-loved heritage residence.

We have enjoyed drawing, painting and walking here for many years, the dramatic boulder forms and escarpments possess a great variety of textures in lichen growth, moss and rock crystal. In this workshop we’ll focus on the screen-like quality of the encounter with these surfaces, using methods of pattern making and image sampling to engage in the drawing and painting process. To paint and draw in situ we will set up art materials on tarps (provided) as a personal space from which to explore the environment.





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.


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


7.30 – 8.30 Breakfast

9.30 – 12.30 Tutored worskshop in the environment with Nameer

1 – 2 Lunch

2.30 – departure




  •  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
  • The 2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize exhibition will be on this weekend at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery