Pastel and watercolour in Fiji with Sondra Holtzman


A contemporary journey into a traditional Pacific culture This week is a journey of many layers. Most obviously it is a journey across the Pacific to the islands of Fiji, a proud and independent nation of 300 islands, famed for blue seas, empty beaches and swaying palm trees.

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Workshop Highlights

  • Daily workshops with Sandy Holtzman with personal attention
  • Accommodation: choose from our bures at the front (Ocean View bures), or at the back (standard rooms)
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner – a mix of local Fijian and Indian food and international recipes
  • Excursions: snorkel on the fabulous coral reefs, bathe in glorious waterfall, revel in the abundant nature of the landscape and experience the rich Fijian culture.
  • You just need to buy your air ticket and art materials, and leave the rest to us.

Painting Workshop


Sondra (Sandy) returns to Fiji for her third visit to run one of her workshops in watercolor and pastel, and producing strong, evocative images of the local landscape and its people.

It is a journey into Fiji’s traditional culture. We stay on the main northern island of Vanua Levu just outside the little town of Savusavu, well off the beaten tourist track. The locals are incredibly friendly and hospitable and will welcome you into their villages There we will see how they make masi (traditional bark cloth) decorated with designs specific to their clan, and sit with the women to learn how to weave voivoi mats, see a traditional meke dance – and, as the tide goes out, walk along the beach where they have gathered food for centuries. The opportunities for capturing these scenes in your sketchbooks are fantastic.

And finally, it is your own journey into your art practice. Guided by Sandy, it’s a journey at your own pace. Be a dedicated sketcher and artist and drink in the varied scenery – or be a lazy observer just jotting down the occasional special scene. She will help you to work towards your own goals at your own pace.

Meet Sondra Holtzman.

Sondra Holtzman

After attending Rhode Island School of Design and California College of the Arts, Sondra worked in San Francisco as a freelance designer, creating artwork for clients like Nike and Delta Air Lines. Together with friend and business partner Katie Wendel, they travel the world with small groups who happily indulge in fine food, fine wine and watercolor.

Sondra has been teaching art for over 30 years and paints in watercolor, oil and pastel, creating artwork with emphasis on a sense of place. For her, the true joy of being an artist also lies in the sharing of her passion with others, helping them to discover their own artistic voice.



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