art tours of australia, australian art tours, art tours with herman pekel, alice springs art tours, tours of alice springs, aussie redback toursNamatjira Country with Perth-based artist Leon Holmes – 8 days

Thu 16 – Thu 23 May 2019
$4,480 pp (Single Supplement $850), Land Only $3,980 [Non-painter’s discount – deduct $250]
Limited numbers, non-painters welcome.

Capture some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes and natural features on this amazing tour. Sketch and paint majestic gorges, rolling hills and mountains, linen white gum trees and much more! We spend quality time in each location, watching Leon demonstrate how to capture our beautiful surroundings in our art, and then having a go ourselves.

Leon is a professional plein air and studio oil painter from Perth, Western Australia. His process involves sketches and quick oil studies before working on a more refined painting. Winner of numerous awards in Australia and internationally, he is highly respected amongst his peers and is regularly invited to exhibit and teach in the USA and Europe. Leon is also the found of Plein Air Painters of Australia and is an ambassador for world leading art supply companies, Michael Harding Oil Paints and Rosemary and Co Brushes. Sharing his knowledge and teaching others how to paint outdoors from life is one of his passions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to create beautiful vivid art, full of colour, light and texture, not achievable if painted from a photo in the studio.


Day 1

Arrive in Alice Springs where you are met by your Aussie Redback Tours team and transferred to our accommodation. Later we enjoy a meet-and-greet with our tutor and fellow artists, and our first dinner together. (Dinner included)


Day 2

An opportunity for an early morning balloon flight over the MacDonnell Ranges (own expense) before breakfast, then we spend all day painting the buildings and countryside at Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Leon will start with a demonstration of how he tackles the subject in front of him, followed by time for you to do your own painting. (Breakfast included)


Day 3

Tutorial and painting at Simpsons Gap this morning, with Leon’s guidance. Simpsons Gap is a stunning gorge carved out of the West MacDonnell Range and is a wonderful painting subject. Lunch at Glen Helen Homestead (our accommodation) followed by more painting and an opportunity for a helicopter flight over the gorge (own expense). (Breakfast & Dinner included)


Day 4

All day painting at Ormiston Gorge under your tutor’s guidance, with endless subjects – the earthy orange gorge, crystal reflections, grand old gum trees, birdlife, wildlife and more. Ormiston Gorge is one of the most picturesque places on this tour and you will be amazed at the colours, reflections and textures around you. (Breakfast & Dinner included)


Day 5

A full day of painting again, this time at Ellery Creek Big Hole. Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology (an artist’s dream)! (Breakfast included)


Day 6

This morning we travel to Ross River (stopping for morning tea in Alice Springs on the way). We enjoy lunch at Ross River Homestead and then in the afternoon Leon will set up his painting gear and demonstrate more painting techniques, painting our surrounds. (Breakfast & Dinner included)


Day 7

A day of painting at the stunning Trephina Gorge, noted for its sheer quartzite cliffs, River Redgum lined watercourses, and wide sandy creek beds. Tonight we’ll have a “show-and-tell” of the works everyone has created during this tour. It will be wonderful to see everyone’s styles and subject choices. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)


Day 8

We part our ways today at Alice Springs airport, taking with us new painting skills and memories. (Breakfast included)

Flights Perth – Alice Springs – Perth (other cities on request or choose “land only” price option

Daily painting tutorials guidance

Balloon flight over MacDonnell Ranges (own expense)

Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Araluen Cultural Centre

Simpson’s Gap

Glen Helen Gorge

Ellery Creek Big Hole

 Helicopter flight over Glen Helen Gorge (own expense)

 Ross River Homestead

Trephina Gorge

Ormiston Gorge

Reservations & Enquiries

For enquiries and reservations, please contact us to speak with one of our friendly and professional staff or click on the Book Now button on this page.

Phone: 1300 662 026


We are proud to be associated with All Aboard Coach Tours (school and community group catering and special functions) – All Aboard Coach Tours, and proud member of – Tourism Western Australia

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