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Airlie Beach Sketching Tour with Judy Salleh July 2021

31 July:7 August


Join fabulous Sydney artist Judy Salleh for a heavenly 8 days escaping Winter in Far North Queensland.  After 2020’s lockdowns why not treat yourself!
Each morning we join Judy for a local excursion and a workshop in the sun on watercolour, pen and ink sketching, journalling and travel sketching.
Staying right near the scenic boardwalk into Airlie Beach each room has a view with ensuite bathroom, all amenities and full daily breakfasts included.

July 31 – August 7 in 2021

An avid urban sketcher and long time art tutor, Judy will introduce you in her workshops to some fabulous tips and tricks of watercolour and sketching no matter what your experience level. Enjoy learning in a small group on location, getting the fundamentals whilst gaining skills and confidence every day. Beginners to experienced sketchers all welcome.
Receive individual attention in a supportive and friendly group environment throughout the 6 days.

Subjects we will cover include:

  • Historic buildings & Architecture in Proserpine
  • Boats and Reflections
  • Landscapes and Skies
  • Sketchbook Layout and Lettering ideas

Key skills covered during the Workshop will be:

    • Sketching and Drawing: Composition & essential drawing skills Identifying key focal points and eliminating unnecessary detail ·
      Tips and techniques for sketching a variety of subjects: simple objects, buildings, landscapes, boats, street scenes etc ·
      Overcoming any fear of sketching on location ·
      Sketchbook Layout and Simple Lettering ·
    • Watercolour: Applying colour and simplifying the process to avoid muddiness
      Magical colour mixes
      Limiting your colours to achieve harmony
      Creating beautiful skies and reflections
      Techniques for creating texture and interest in your buildings
      Enhancing your sketches with shadows and contrast


$1,950 pp for 2 in a room sharing a twin bed or double room
Single supp for own room: $750 extra
Non-sketcher (must be sharing room with a sketcher): $1,750

Tour inclusions:

  • 6  days’ tuition – 1 workshop per day
  • 7 night’s accommodation in a quality centrally located hotel with views and a swimming pool. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and air-conditioning
    Our hotel is near shops, restaurants and is a scenic flat walk along the beautiful Bicentennial Boardwalk into Airlie Beach town itself.
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with the group
  • Day trip sketching in historic Proserpine
  • Day sketching in a private studio in Shute Harbour
  • Demonstrations, individual help and feedback
  • A relaxed tour pace with plenty of laughs and lots of tuition!

The tour price does NOT include:

  • Any meals other than the daily breakfasts and one group dinner
  • Flights
  • Transfers to and from airports to accommodation
  • Any additional transport you may require in Queensland pre or post tour

Airlie Beach and Proserpine in Far North Queensland are generally warm and sunny year round though the nights can be a little chilly so you MAY need to bring a cardigan – (afterall, it IS their Winter at that time!)
For painting subject matter; of course we will all become experts at painting reflections, water, sky, boats, sand and palm trees, but we also have some other sketching treats up our sleeves to entertain you and give you plenty of variety in your sketchbooks.



Arrive and check in on July 31. Tour starts that evening at 4.30 pm.
Depart after breakfast August 7. Last night in hotel on August 6

Nearest airports: Whitsunday Coast airport at Proserpine. Transfers can be pre-booked from $22 pp one way to your hotel here. It is also possible to fly in to Hamilton Island and catch a ferry across into Airlie Beach.

PLEASE DO NOT BOOK ANY FLIGHTS UNTIL THE TOUR IS A DEFINITE DEPARTURE AND MINIMUM NUMBERS HAVE BEEN REACHED. After you have booked and deposited we will notify you immediately this occurs so that you can then book your flights.


  • This is a very limited number workshop so please do not hesitate if you wish to be included.
  • Deposit of $500 AUD required to secure your place on this tour.

    • NB: IF COVID makes it impossible for us to go to Queensland from our state, then deposits will be refunded in full up to 7 days before commencement date. Cancellation other than for Covid your deposit is 50% refundable up to 90 days before departure when it then becomes non-refundable.

TO BOOK AND PAY FOR YOUR PLACE ON THE TOUR  please fill out the online booking form below and see the payment instructions link in the form for payment instructions.