Artists have time of their wildlife

BRUSH WITH FAME: The picturesque Arkaba Station in South Australia.
BRUSH WITH FAME: The picturesque Arkaba Station in South Australia. CONTRIBUTED

RENOWNED wildlife artist Chris McLelland will host an exclusive artists' retreat on Arkaba Station in October.

It will be a rare chance for artists of all levels to learn from a master sketcher of wildlife.

Regarded as one of Australia's most beautiful outback properties, set at the foot of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, Arkaba Station will provide both the setting and the subject for the five-day retreat.

Under the stewardship of Wild Bush Luxury, Arkaba is being rehabilitated as a wildlife sanctuary, and regular wildlife sightings include red and grey kangaroos, emus and abundant birdlife.

The group, to be limited to between six and 10 artists, will have exclusive access to this private wildlife sanctuary and to some of Australia's most spectacular landscapes.

Australian landscape artist Hans Heysen drew his inspiration from the Flinders and a number of his works were painted of Arkaba Station.

Chris McLelland, whose fine and intricate pencil drawings of Australian and African wildlife are highly sought-after by collectors, will provide direction and assistance to artists in the field and during daily review sessions.

In 40 years managing large outback stations, Chris has spent many hours studying his subjects in their natural habitat.

The retreat will begin and end with a night's stay at the historic Arkaba Homestead and, in between, artists will camp out for two nights at Arkaba's luxury permanent swag camps.

Arkaba Station guides and staff will bring to the experience fine food and wine, comfortable camping and classic homestead hospitality.

The four-night Sketching the Flinders Artists' Retreat starts on October 25 at Arkaba Station, which is a 4.5-hour drive from Adelaide via the Clare Valley.

The retreat costs $2999 per person, twin-share, including meals, select beverages, accommodation; on-property transport; and the four-day art program with Chris McLelland.

Visit Arkaba Station.

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