Join Phoenix Art Workshop owner Mark Glavina and guest artist/instructor Shary Bartlett as they lead your artistic pilgrimage to the beautiful tropical islands of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago. Explore the art of travel in Ubud, the exotic and inspirational cultural hub of Bali, then relax in the quiet north coast town of Amed before winding up our two week adventure in Jimberan Bay. A significant component of this travel excursion will include learning about local arts and crafts, visiting local galleries and artisan workshops, and enjoying the unique Balinese music and dancing. Eat, Paint, and Live the creative adventure of Bali.
*** Travellers have an opportunity to extend their visit to the island paradise of the Gili Islands or Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java. This portion of the group’s tour will be unaccompanied by a group leader.
UBUD is the cultural hub of Bali. For more than a century, it has been the island’s preeminent centre for fine arts, dance, and music. Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to Bali – scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, art galleries, palaces, rivers, and natural beauty. Ubud’s central location makes it an essential stop, and its easy access to the mountains, beaches, and major towns makes it a popular base while visiting Bali.
AMED is a quiet resort area in north eastern Bali, famous for its natural beauty. Amed is largely a coastal fishing village renowned for its stunningly beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the local inhabitants’ genuine hospitality. Black sand beaches, warm crystal clear waters and a diverse marine life ensure excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.
JIMBARAN BAY Fringed by one of the best fine white sand beaches in Bali, the Bay area is famous for its stunning sunsets, seafood market, and beach-side seafood restaurants. The little town of Jimbaran is a typical Balinese society only 15 min from the famous cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu.
DEPARTS FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
Friday, May 17
Depart from Vancouver International Airport YVR.
(Please see flight options as an attachment.)
Saturday, May 18 – Day 1
You will be greeted at Bali’s Denpasar International Airport by a Phoenix Art Workshop representative for a private transfer to our resort cottages set among the rice paddies and lush greenery on the outskirts of Ubud, the arts and cultural center of Bali. After check-in our guests will have some time to relax, freshen up, and enjoy the beautiful hotel gardens, followed by an evening to enjoy dinner at the hotel with an early night to shake off any jet-lag.
Sunday, May 19 – Day 2
Wake up to the tropical sounds and magnificent light of Bali with a leisurely breakfast in the hotel’s open air restaurant. A casual poolside meeting and a class overview, “Capturing a Sense of Place,” will be followed by a short trip into the centre of Ubud for a walk-about and orientation of landmarks, local galleries, artisan workshops, and restaurants. Meet your art class in the afternoon for an introduction and workshop schedule. Then happy hour at the hotel before an evening of traditional Balinese dance and a group welcome dinner.
(Breakfast, Dinner, and Dance performance included)
Monday, May 20- Day 3
A morning art class is planned after breakfast at the hotel. Following a leisurely lunch, we will visit the nearby Neka Art Museum for a private tour of the impressive collection of artworks by Balinese, other Indonesian, and foreign artists, all of which were inspired by the natural beauty, life, and culture of Bali. Happy hour back at the hotel and an introduction to drawing and painting on location, with an emphasis on capturing movement and gesture, in preparation for Tuesday morning’s visit to the market.
Tuesday, May 21 – Day 4
An early morning breakfast followed by a visit to the Ubud Market to do some sketching and capture photo reference materials. The rest of our day is left open for our guests to participate in optional Balinese experiences.
*** Optional tours include a visit to the Monkey Forest, Bird watching, or a white water rafting adventure on the Ayung River.
Dinner in town, followed by an opportunity to take in a performance of the famous Wayang Shadow puppets. (Breakfast included)
Wednesday, May 22 – Day 5
Morning visit and art class at ARMA Cultural Centre, where we will spend the day learning about Balinese Dance, Music, or Craft, documenting our visit in our journals. This creatively inspiring day will include a tour of the ARMA art gallery, where you can see a variety of Indonesian artwork including the works of Walter Spies, an important figure in the history of Balinese painting. (Breakfast, Lunch included)
Thursday, May 23 – Day 6
Morning departure for Amed following breakfast at our hotel. We will visit traditional arts and crafts villages and galleries as we wind our way along the coast to Amed. Arrive at the hotel in Amed just in time for cocktails, with views of the sunset and the Indian Ocean, followed by a group dinner and a date with the sea breeze. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Friday, May 24 – Day 7
A relaxing casual breakfast followed by a morning art class at the hotel, with afternoon time to relax poolside, play on the beach, snorkel, scuba dive, or explore Amed with brush and journal in hand. Cocktail hour back at the hotel with time to review work, share ideas and activities from the day, including a painting demonstration, before exploring Amed’s dinner and night scene. (Breakfast included)
Saturday, May 25 – Day 8
Breakfast is followed by a morning art class or painting excursion and free time to explore individual interests, paint, swim, visit the reef by Jungkung, or just hang out and read.
*** Optional day tours can be arranged, including an organized trip to Bali’s most popular dive site of Tulamben and the sunken Liberty wreck, teeming with sea life, or visit the many small nearby villages nestled in the quiet scalloped inlets. (Breakfast included)
Sunday, May 26 – Day 9
Following an early breakfast the group will drive to Ubud via Kintamani for a view of the breathtaking Lake Batur and the active volcano of Mount Batur. Here there will be an opportunity to enjoy lunch and the stunning vista. Our next destination is Tampaksiring, “The Fountain of Youth,” and on the way back we will visit the famous silversmiths of Celuk. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Monday, May 27 – Day 10
After breakfast at the hotel we will depart for a rural walk among the rice paddies of the Campuan Ridge, after which we will enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Organic Farm Restaurant. Following lunch, we will return to our hotel to work on individual art projects, relax poolside with a good book and a cocktail, or visit nearby Pura Taman Saraswati Temple.
(***Option available for a cooking class to learn to prepare traditional Balinese dishes).
Tuesday, May 28 – Day 11
Following breakfast at our hotel we will visit the Pondok Pecak cultural centre for a sketching outing and an opportunity to participate in a choice of classes, including traditional Balinese weaving, textiles, ceramic, or batik. A free afternoon, then happy hour back at the hotel to share the day’s stories, creative endeavors, and of course cocktails.
(***Another opportunity to participate in a cooking class to learn to prepare traditional Balinese dishes).
Wednesday, May 29 – Day 12
Following our final art class and an opportunity to finish up some art projects, our guests can enjoy Ubud to pursue individual interests – get some shopping done, participate in a more advanced Batik class, or create their own piece of jewelry at a renowned silver smithing workshop. Happy hour at our hotel with time to relax and share our gallery of drawings, paintings, journals and other creative work and then a group dinner and time to enjoy Ubud’s night life.
Thursday, May 30 – Day 13
Early morning departure to our beach resort hotel at Jimbaran Bay. After check-in we will visit the temple of Uluwatu, then return to the beach for a visit to the lively seafood market, followed by a sunset seafood dinner on the beach. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
Friday, May 31 – Day 14
Transfer to the airport for the return trip home or extend your adventure to Yogyakarta or Sanur Beach and the Gili Island or other exciting destinations. (see additional details)