art walks ― tasmanian walking company

Dream of escaping the world for a few days to paint ‘en plein air’? It’s not too late to join one of this year’s beautifully curated Art Walks.

These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Hosted by celebrated local artists, you paint and draw among iconic Tasmanian landscapes where the island’s unique colour, light and wilderness serves as inspiration. According to Daniel McMahon from the Tasmanian Walking Company, which collaborates with Handmark on these adventures, “this is a wonderful opportunity to access incredible places and incredible artists.”

In May, landscape painter Jock Young hosts an ‘En Plein Air’ Retreat to his favourite painting spot, the Bay of Fires. “With orange-tinged boulders, gleaming white sand and crystal water, it’s simply incredible,” he tells us. Housed in a luxury lodge, the small group will venture out each day in search of that perfect place to plant an easel. “Imagine painting for six hours, then retreating back to the lodge to talk about painting with a glass of wine in hand.”

Or, if you yearn to travel the world sketching and painting, then Julie Payne’s Art Retreat for Travellers, is perfect. Join her for a glamping trip to Bruny Island in December, where you learn to quickly draw and apply watercolour washes in a travel journal. “This will be a great adventure and you are going to record something that is extraordinarily beautiful,” Julie enthuses.

For more information about Art Walks contact The Tasmanian Walking Company.