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How to Create a Sketch Travel Journal – workshop Queenscliff Sep 2021

20 September:23 September


After our sell-out April workshops in Castlemaine we are running a 3 day workshop in the delightful, historic, seaside town of Queenscliff September 20-23 in 2021 for anyone who would like to learn a fun and easy way to draw, create a great-looking travel sketchbook and understand the mysteries of how to use watercolour. (For those who attended our Castlemaine workshops in April the itinerary will be different so no overlap).

Learn how to create a lovely watercolour travel journal.  No experience is necessary and no talent required for this workshop.  Easy!
These workshops will suit everyone whether you are a total beginner or you are a seasoned sketcher.

  • You produce according to your skill set and you learn from others around you.
  • Lots of gentle guidance and direction from your teacher shows you how easy it is to produce good results and you will improve enormously with each session.
  • There is no judgement, no fear, no criticism – just a really enjoyable experience.

KATE STEDMAN, an experienced teacher, takes you step-by-step in each workshop so that you never feel overwhelmed and the whole experience is fun as well as educational.creative travel journal workshop Quuenscliff
To see her artwork and find out more about her click HERE
These workshops provide friendship, laughs and lots of fun.

  • Learn how to present not just an easy sketch but a travel journal with interesting layout, headings, texts, collage and colour.
  • Learn how to make any sketch “POP” out for the viewer

We have 4 workshops spread morning and afternoon over 2 full days in the seaside town of historic Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. Each workshop is about 2.5 hours long so there is plenty of time to explore and sketch and stretch your legs inbetween times.

Your experienced tour manager and host Kate Stedman is an historian, art lover and avid sketcher and she will take you to her favourite spots and regale you with fun facts and historic gems each day as well.


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Day 1:  Arrive hotel  and meet the group for a welcome drink in our hotel foyer at 4 pm. Welcome dinner provided tonight

Day 2: Workshop at hotel in morning.  LIGHT LUNCH  PROVIDED. Workshop on location in township in the afternoon. Free dinner choice tonight

Day 3: Workshop at hotel in morning.  LIGHT LUNCH PROVIDED. Workshop on location in township in the afternoon. Free evening

Day 4: Tour ends after breakfast and you are free to depart


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4 days starting September 20-23 in 2021.

$700 per person for two people sharing a room – EITHER TWIN ROOM or DOUBLE BED
$370 extra for a single traveller booking own ensuite room

NB: Deposit of $300 AUD is required to hold your place on this tour.
This is 50% refundable up till 30 days before tour commencement date.
After this date it is non-refundable.

This great value price includes

  • Accommodation 3 nights in a lovely well-appointed 3+ star hotel with ensuite bathroom and great views
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 gourmet lunches
  • 1 dinner with wine inc
  • All tuition for 4 workshops

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW PLEASE contact us first ( email: kate@frenchfusion.com,au, or call Kate on 0414358975 ) to check there is availability and then

FILL OUT ONLINE BOOKING FORM & PAY DEPOSIT (payment details in booking form)


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You will need to bring your own car or organise to travel in one with a friend. Our hotel is centrally located in the main street of Queenscliff for sketching each day.
Arriving from interstate? we suggest you

  • fly to Melbourne and hire a car at the airport to make the 1 and a 1/4 hour drive down the coast to Queenscliff
  • or drive from for example: Sydney and overnight in Albury. The return trip book overnight in eg: Wagga

For those travelling down the other peninsula from Sorrento you can easily take the quick ferry across Port Phillip Bay into Queenscliff and back when you finish.


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Accommodation is in a historic boutique guesthouse built in 1875 with spacious rooms with your ensuite own bathroom and acres of space to learn and sketch in.
There is a fireplace and cosy comfortable couches to relax in.


PLEASE NOTE: We will be working from and staying in our own private country hotel in Queenscliff.
* There is not the option to book your own accommodation as we will be all staying together in the one hotel and we have negotiated a special group rate for everyone so that we can use all the hotel facilities and be comfortable working indoors if necessary.

The rooms are all fairly similar in size as it is an old house converted into a hotel.
All bedrooms have their own bathrooms.

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There’s a fireplace for the evenings at our hotel  and delicious coffee and hot croissants for brekky each day. A gourmet healthy lunch is provided daily along with one evening meal we will have together to meet everyone and catch up possibly with old friends from a previous workshop.

Known as the ‘grand dame’ of The Bellarine, this elegant town is a lot like a British seaside resort. Queenscliff  has wide boulevards, stately churches, and Victorian-era hotels. There are many great things to see and sketch that will keep you occupied well beyond the two workshop days if you so want. There is a black lighthouse (one of only 3 in the whole world), the historic fort, historic railway, vintage pier and shed, an old fort, endless grand homes and wonderful shops and cafes outside our front door to browse and sketch in.

 Each day after our Workshop and a quick lunch, we will walk in the town to do an afternoon sketch together somewhere closeby and then you have free time to explore parts of Queenscliff.

The Weather in September is reasonably good: clear blue sunny skies usually. But if the weather turns we have our own indoor workshop space for daily lessons anyway. So all seasons are catered  for. [/tab]

[tab title=”Online Booking Form”] PLEASE contact us first ( email: kate@frenchfusion.com,au, or call Kate on 0414358975 ) to check there is availability before filling out the form below.


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  • Pencil case
  • Bulldog clips for windy days to hold your pages down!
  • 1 x pack of Staedtler (cheap) watercolour pencils (about $15)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Fine point-pencil (eg like a draftperson would use)
  • Eraser
  • Posca white fine point pen from Officeworks (see picture)
  • Small glue stick
  • Small scissors
  • Black biro
  • Uniball pen (black from Officeworks)
  • Small plastic ruler (Officeworks)
  • A sketch stool (I got mine: a Kid’s Camp Chair –  for $10 from KMart or BigW)
  • Small Water pot with a lid to use when out sketching (eg specimen jar at chemist)
  • Sketch journal: A4 size in LANDSCAPE approx: 200 gsm (no ring binder so you can sketch across the two pages  (NB: if you buy the kit below from Larry Post this will be included)
  • Your watercolour kit. Do you have your own watercolour kit with paints, palette, brushes etc? If so, then bring them along. (see below)*

*If you DO NOT  have your own watercolour sketch kit with paints, tin-palette and brush then the kit below is the BEST value anywhere on the globe to buy and set yourself up. It is from LARRY POST ART SUPPLIES in Sydney.

This suggested Sketch Watercolour Kit contains a quality sketch-book, brush and watercolour paints.
You can bring your own set if you have one but be aware – a good kit is WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD!

The colours in this kit are based on WHITE NIGHTS artist quality watercolours and are great value watercolours for the adult beginner. We recommend full pans 2.5mL for your initial set-up then switch to 10mL tubes as you need to refill later on:

This kit contains everything you will need for the workshops plus a free paint palette & postage within Australia is included:

– WHITE NIGHTS full pans x 12 (list below)
– WHITE NIGHTS empty metal palette
– UNI Air waterproof pen
– HAND-BOOK Sketchbook  Journal A4 landscape about 200gsm in thickness
– ROSEMARY & CO R10 synthetic size 8 travel brush
– UNI Posca Pen White for creating highlights

If you would like to buy some or all of this kit click on this link and put in the quantity (just 1 for most of you) in every field if you want the lot and then place the order. Jenny will then post it out to you.

If worried you can call Jenny at Larry Post Art Supplies in Sydney on 02 8668 4247 to order this kit (total kit costs $136) and ask about the Kate Stedman’s Art Kit as it is a negotiated really good deal to get these quality materials all in one kit that will last you always.

(WHITE NIGHTS colours: 253 Aureolin (Cobalt Yellow) 244 Indian Gold 405 Raw Sienna 408 Burnt Sienna 319 Carmine 302 Cadmium Red Light 324 Quinacridone Rose 511 Ultramarine Blue 532 Cobalt Azure Blue 508 Cobalt Blue 713 Emerald green 716 Sap Green)

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