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2-Day Workshop


SEPTEMBER  2023  (dates TBA)

work on paper


Weekend Workshop with Jenni Doherty, a 2-day Painting+Mixed Media on Paper Art Program

This 2-day workshop  will be followed or preceded by a 7-day work on canvas Retreat



If you yearn to discover the freedom that working on paper can bring to your painting practice, then why not come and join us for this intensive 2-day painting program week in beautiful East Bali?

This workshop will suit both complete newcomers, as well as artists, who are not used to working on paper, whilst those of you who already enjoy this medium will learn new  approaches and techniques to invigorate and expand a fabulous new horizon of possibilities.


" The creative process is a process of surrender - not control "  — Julia Cameron

What You’ll Do


During your weekend of Working on Paper, you’ll be guided to learn about different types of papers and pigments, recognise that there are no mistakes – only happy accidents – and be guided through the layering process to create the visually complex depths that Jenni is known for mastering in her works.


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  • Day 1 : Create 3 pieces of work using collages in a variety of papers which will then form the basis for you to ‘work into’ using the techniques Jenni will share tomorrow. These techniques have become the hallmark of Jenni’s works, and include stitchery, rubbings, mixed media printmaking, drawing, mark-making and much more


  • Day 2 :Using some of the previous day’s work, you will find a section that you love – that ‘ resonates’ with your artistic sensibility - and develop this into a larger composition on a large sheet of thick, beautiful 600gm watercolour paper, using a rich variety of mixed media and artist-quality pigments.


  • You will take home a finished work, ready to frame (the work can be rolled for transport – if you have a poster tube, please bring it, otherwise bubble wrap will be supplied)


Do I need to know ‘how to draw’?

No, because this retreat is suitable for all levels of experience in terms of drawing and painting.  Whilst there will no doubt be a little hesitation from those of you who might be coming to working on paper for the first time, Jenni assures you that “It will not be scary!” 


She says “All of us can draw. Time with it makes us better and happier with the results”. 

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Those who have not drawn much will be understandably nervous, but Jenni easily brings you into drawing and being comfortable with it, almost for the moment you arrive - you’ll be amazed at the progress you make without even realising it!


Whilst for those of you who have done a lot of drawing, this time to dive deeply into drawing and layering and colouring with an artist renowned for her subtle palette and complex, multi-artworks will be joyous.

To anyone with any art experience, joining this retreat will offer precious time to consolidate, explore, play and develop your own ideas with the luxury of a professional designer-artist on hand for an entire week!


Should I do the workshop and the retreat?


Both are stand-alone offerings. The 2-day weekend workshop is a two-day intensive specifically about drawing and painting. The retreat will offer a natural follow-on to those who have participated in the workshop, by having time to warm up and explore in greater depth the learnings of the weekend, but it is not necessary to have done the workshop in order to join the retreat.

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The 6-day retreat  will naturally involve the skills you’ve learnt in the workshop -  use of drawing, painting, understanding colours, layering, transparency, etc. – and it will then take these skills to expanded levels of complexity interns of introducing new techniques to enrich, embellish, and add visual and textural complexity to your paintings.


The retreat will also include stitchery techniques, the hallmarks of so much of Jenni’s most contemporary work, to create a small jewel-like work which will be ornamentally framed for you to take home, and you’ll also design and cut a design to print a beautiful scarf, ready to wear on retreat!


More about this workshop


You will love the progress that you make as you share a fun and laughter-filled weekend by the seaside where everything is provided – all you need to do is bring your intention.

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Jenni  has presented painting workshops since 2009, and this year sees her returning to Creative Living Retreats in Bali for the third year – we are so happy to be welcoming her back with this in-depth and very richly conceived week of professional materials, techniques and inspiration with the theme of botanicals.


This is a time when Jenni steps beyond her career as a professional artist to share the fruits of a long career both as an arts educator and as a highly successful exhibiting artist. This combination is what makes the difference – Jenni comes with an incredibly abundant program to share and to ensure that you are working on your projects from the moment we all get together and that you take home completed work that makes you happy every time you look at it!


During your Weekend of Working on Paper


You’ll be inspired by the beautiful tropical environment, rich with nature, and encouraged to take time out and swim, in the sea or the pool, whilst enjoying the hospitality of Villa Nilaya ‘s wonderful staff who’ll prepare delicious lunches for you both days. 

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Light yoga will be offered each day, as an option, to focus your attention, draw your awareness to your environment to find that zone of joyous inspiration to fire your imagination, allowing you to work undisturbed by your usual daily concerns.


You’ll leave with not only with a full-sheet, finished artwork ready for the framers, but the tools to continue your exploration of painting and working with mixed media on paper. Your colour theory and understanding of paper and the behaviour of pigment on this  support will certainly inform your artistic practice regardless of the media you are using.


What have other retreat participants said about Jenni’s courses?


“Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop - I learnt a lot and will translate all that into my art over the coming months.  I particularly enjoyed Jenni’s two days.  Her work is quite wonderful.”  Beverley Chubb UK

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“Loved the whole thing. Food was amazing and plenty of variety. Staff amazing ... I just thought you did the retreat so well. I felt totally satisfied with the way you made it all happen and made us all feel very special. You really were the glue. Very professiona. Exhibition was just so beautifully put together”.  Lyn Mowday, Australia


What  Does this Workshop Include?

From the moment you arrive into Bali, most everything is included in your retreat package. Our aim is to make sure that you just float from one lovely thing to another without thinking how it happens.  Just bring your intention – we’ll take care of the rest.

Choose your accommodation from 3 lovely seaside accommodations (from 5-star to 3-star, but even at the entry level, very comfortable ), where sea swimming is very safe and the snorkelling is brilliant, you will have four 3-hour painting sessions with Jenni at Villa Nilaya. 


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Your Workshop cost includes:

  • 1 night of accommodation of your choice with breakfasts

  • Receive 4 sessions of painting tuition, totalling 12 hours of ‘class time’ with Jenni

  • All materials for art and yoga (yoga is optional!)

  • Lunch daily at Villa Nilaya

  • Morning and afternoon teas and evening drinks and snacks

  • Tea, water, coffee 


Our Daily Program:

  • Mornings: A Welcome and Relaxation session with Anna to begin our program each morning at 9 am

  • A 3-hour session of art with Jenni, with morning tea

  • Lunch together at the Villa from 12.30

  • Afternoons: A 3-hour session ‘til 5.30 of art with Jenni, with afternoon tea

  • An option to practice relaxing and stretching hatha yoga with Anna

  • First night evening : Reconvene at 6.30 for drinks / snacks and dinner in town

  • The retreat ends at 5.30 in time for those that wish to drive to another location, otherwise a free evening at leisure in Mendira village, or Candi Dasa


Painting, yoga, swimming, great food, laughter, a stress-free weekend away from it all by the beach - what are you waiting for?


About Jenni Doherty


Jenni has been teaching adults for 30 years, and continues to do so, saying “I love teaching and have worked out I love it more most of the time than working for me. The joy of seeing their success feeds me. “

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She has been a practising artist for as many years and has participated in many solo and group shows, nowadays Jenni usually has a solo show each year in Perth and is represented in Yallingup. 


Private commissions are numerous, and Jenni’s Public Art Commission can be seen throughout the state of Western Australia, the most recent being for 4 large works for the Lotteries Commission’s new building - including the ‘Winners’ Room’, she adds “ I said goodbye to them forever when they were hung, guessing I am not ever going to win Lotto!”


The images below are from some of our retreats with Jenni Doherty (noting that these retreats were painting on canvas)

And there are blogs from our 2019 retreats to share with you more about what we get up to!

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PRICING - AUD early Bird Discout will apply as soon as dates are announced

SAVE on this workshop when you also book a Retreat with Jenni or Cate

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