PAINTING IN PARADISE - TAHITI 2023
ART RETREAT DATES
WORKSHOP 1: 19TH - 26TH APRIL 2023
WORKSHOP 2: 3RD - 10TH MAY 2023
FROM $5200 P/P
A 7 day, all inclusive creative tour and workshop where you can immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the island paradise Tahiti.
(suitable for beginners to intermediate)
These retreats are designed with a balance in mind. Encouragement of creative thinking, cultural exploration, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
Hosted by artist Tania Wursig and Hilton Hotel Tahiti.
After being away for 3 years I wanted to offer a completely unique and authentic experience.
A journey that reflects all the experiences that made me fall so in love with Tahiti.
I have designed an exciting new itinerary which has a mix of structured studio sessions, guided ‘en plein air’ sketching and painting tours, and of course with plenty of sunset downtime sipping cocktails.
With an exciting mix of discovery and art workshops, be inspired by the untouched beauty, breathtaking landscapes and sacred sites of this island Paradise.
Maintaining a strong focus on living 'artfully' you will create unique memories and capture experiences that you will hold onto for a lifetime.
“Having one to two weeks to immerse oneself in a new and inspiring environment away from one’s normal life aids the creative process tremendously. That, coupled with plenty of time to relax in the sun, explore the beauty of Tahiti, experience authentic cultural traditions and enjoy evening cocktails, will draw out the artist in anyone,” says Tania. She cites Tahiti’s intact traditional culture and its special ‘emerald’ light as inspirations that help her tour members to discover their best creative selves. (Vacations and travel magazine October 2019 issue)
PASSION AND PARADISE
A portrait documentary on Tania Wursig and her relationship with the islands of Tahiti
CREATIVITY IS FOR EVERYONE
This art retreat is suited to all, from absolute beginners to those more advanced. All you need is a little motivation, the right guidance and inspiration. What better way to unleash your inner artist by escaping to a tropical paradise with other like minded souls. Enjoy 7 days of creative rejuvenation and authentic island culture. Explore your creativity as you unwind and reconnect with nature.
A CREATIVE AND VISUAL ADVENTURE
Enjoy inspiring and challenging art classes designed to ignite your passion for art making, whether it be painting, drawing or simply sketching your journey.
During this 7 day creative adventure your tutor, Tania Wursig will conduct daily workshops with all materials included.
Workshops include orientation of 2-3 hours per day, painting and drawing instruction, including demonstration of Tania's Unique technique, guidance and one-on-one critique.
You will discover methods to capture your inspirations - Explore various materials and painting fundamentals - Learn the process of creating a work from initial conception to completion - sketching and or painting 'en plein air - Identify and work toward your strengths - Find your own visual language and expression.
THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI
Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia is of the archipelago known as 'The Society Islands' and home to the capital city Pape'ete. Shaped like a figure-8, it is divided into Tahiti Nui (the larger, western section) and Tahiti Iti (the eastern peninsula). Dotted with both white and black-sand beaches, skirted by pristine lagoons, and volcanic mountain sides striped with waterfalls, this lush and wild island beckons to be explored. Home to the Festival du Heiva, the annual cultural festival, Tahiti is an artist's inspirational dream.
CULTURAL IMMERSION & EN PLEIN AIR SKETCHING
I have always wanted to include an ‘en plein air’ element to my art retreats and it is with great pleasure that I can now offer, in partnership with my ‘Tahitian family, authentic cultural experiences in combination with ‘en plein air’ sketching and painting.
On day one I will take you on a guided drawing tour along the west coast of the island stopping at several sites. First stop will be at the sacred grounds of the Marae Arahurahu, where you will experience a traditional welcome from my beautiful friend, Tahitian dance and cultural expert Poemoana Teriinohorai.
Here you will have the unique opportunity to sketch Tahitian dancers and musicians, 'en plein air' against a backdrop of the lush jungle and archaeological site.
Pépinière Gooding Mahina
For your second ‘ein plein air’ activity, I have curated a full day Tahitian Garden experience.
This private garden would have to be one of the most exquisite places I have visited in Tahiti. Belonging to dear friends of mine, Maheanuu and Mirenda Gooding, this is a location where I have photographed and painted many of my Tahitian muses.
Bursting with inspiring scenes, exotic flowers and textured colours reminiscent of a Gauguin Landscape, it’s impossible not to be inspired.
This magical garden experience will begin with a traditional flower crown 'Hei' making workshop with renowned Ori Tahiti costume maker Heimana Tutavae, followed by a light Tahitian lunch.
The afternoon will be spent sketching or watercolour painting the luscious garden scenes.
Whilst in Tahiti you will have the opportunity to explore the city of Pape'ete. I will introduce you to my favourite local haunts including the famous Papeete Market, Venus Boutique, where I source my fabrics, my preferred pearl shops and more.