art workshops for water and mountain lovers

“Due to the outrageus success of the recent Unwin Arts Worshops, Jane Zusters and Colin Monthieth have agreed to run further workshops in painting and mountain photography in November 2nd -5th 2012. These will take place at Unwin Lodge, in the Aoraki National Park. This is an great opportunity to get tuition by two of New Zealands best artists’.
Pat Deavoll on 30 May 2012 – 1:47pm

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I really enjoyed tutoring the last workshop and have never encountered such a dedicated,hard working group. It must have been the mountain air but we were making art 10 hours a day . Having taken time out of our busy lives and being in the wonderful, upgraded Unwin Hut meant we could totally focus on art making and it was great having the lovely evening meals which catered for meat eaters, vegetarians and the gluten intolerant.
Jane Zusters

Painting by Fiona who said thank you Jane for being a guide on a very rocky part of my journey.

organized New Zealand Alpine Society
Unwin Arts Workshop with Jane Zusters and Colin Monthieth
November 2nd -5th?(arriving on the evening of the 1st)
At the new improved Unwin Lodge, Aoraki (Mt Cook)

The painting workshop by Jane Zusters is suitable for both beginners and experienced painters and the focus will be on the development of each individuals painting practice through a guided encounter with the Aoraki environment. Because of the small numbers tuition can be specific to the individual. Gain inspiration from the awe inspiring environment and the experience an art retreat.
Jane’s focus is on enabling each individual’s creative journey rather than adhering to any particular technique, style or genre. Through creative exercises and a focus on the physical environment, students will be encouraged to use the workshop as a launching pad to fuel their own art exploration. A limited number of places are still available so follow

Arrival time: Meet at Unwin Lodge 6.00pm November 1 for a prepared dinner at 6.30pm.
Departure time: Around 3pm on Nov 5th
Numbers: Max 8
Cost: $750.00 for NZAC members; $850 for non-members.

Applicants may be NZAC members or non-members. The fee for non-members is slightly higher. The course fee includes instruction, accommodation,dinners and transport from Chch if required. It doesn’t include breakfast or lunch. You will be expected to pay a $300 deposit at the time of registration to secure your place on the course. Cancellation insurance is available.

Christchurch-based Jane Zusters is an nationally recognized artist who has facilitated numerous painting workshops, including classes at Artstation, Auckland University Extension Studies and Whanganui Polytechnic. Her philosophy is to make art from the life experiences that she feels passionate about. She is an eclectic and diverse artist who is familiar with many different approaches to painting from conventional landscape to abstraction. She has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand since the ‘70’s and is in most major national public collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, the Christchurch Art Gallery and Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Along with artist Sally Hope she has initiated artists projects with an environmental focus for Artists for Save Our Water. Her recent work was reviewed by Jamie Hanton in Art New Zealand no 139/spring 2011 in an article called “live Nature.” Hainton describes Zusters paintings as “not being part of a straightforward environmental plea about the beauty of the natural world but were strange, compelling and dark. He quotes USA academic Timothy Morton on the paradoxical logic of environmental aesthetics in the atomic age and says that Zusters recent work can be fruitfully explored in a deeply ecological context.

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