Aussie first sketchbook trail

Draw on the Mountain will be the first sketch trail to be held in Australia

Draw on the Mountain will be the first sketch trail to be held in Australia

By Michelle Grima – Wild Valley Art Park

Wild Valley Art Park in the Blue Mountains has just launched Australia’s first sketchbook drawing trail as part of a major inaugural arts festival.

Self-drive art experience Draw on the Mountain captures World Heritage Area backdrops, iconic tourist attractions and less known natural locations in the mountains.

Draw on the Mountain is part of the art park’s 10-day Drawing Trail Festival from September 20 to 29 with workshops and master classes by Australia’s leading artists including: Wedderburn artist David Fairbain, one of Australia’s most respected oil painters Lucy Culliton, Byron Bay’s Liz Powell and local artists Michael Herron and Michiyo Miwa.

The festival at Wentworth Falls will culminate in an exhibition of the sketchbook drawing trail entries with works judged for a major $5000 acquisitive prize as well as awards for enthusiasts and children’s categories.

The artworks will be inspired by the scenic trail incorporating the Norman Lindsay Gallery and gardens, Wentworth Falls Lake and Lookout, Scenic World and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Wild Valley Art Park itself is on the drawing route offering 17 acres of inspirational bushland, waterways and valleys at the former Planet Ark headquarters.

The idyllic natural setting is drawing artists from around the world for resident placements, workshops, events, yoga or simply to experience the location in the peaceful cottage.

The Drawing Trail Festival workshops include:

• Distorted Point of View master class with David Fairbain. Dynamic works of linear, lines and structure by looking beneath the surface of the human body.
• Exploring the Garden’s individual tuition at Norman Lindsay’s property with award winning artist Lucy Culliton.
• Plant Paper, Print masterclass by Liz Powell using the natural surrounding of Wild Valley to source plants and materials to explore and create with. Students will incorporate these into making paper and creating their own prints on the printing press.
• Adult & Child Rainforest Sketching Workshop including a ride on the new Scenic Railway and a tour and sketching experience of the rainforest with Blue Mountains artist Michael Herron.

The Draw on the Mountain sketchbook trail costs $38 for early birds and $45 after July 1. Children under 16 years cost $20.

To register for the trail or workshops, visit or contact Wild Valley Art Park owner and festival director Selena Seifert on 02 4757 4791.

Holiday packages and accommodation are available through Whispering Pines at


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