Testimonials

Letitica Morrow working on her linocut
Letitica Morrow working on her linocut

I highly recommend Shana James’ Lino printing workshop in Ubud, Bali. Every part of it was designed to rejuvenate the senses and reconnect to artistic practice. The time spent with like minded teachers and practitioners was invaluable.

Letitia Morrow  Art Teacher, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School 2017

                                

 

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Pia Working on her Design - 2017 Workshop
Pia Working on her Design – 2017 Workshop

Thank you for the tremendous few days I spent with you and the wonderfully energetic and stimulating group of artists and teachers on your linocut course.

Your course really enriched me. I am used to working in quite an isolated department as many primary teachers are.. planning on our own. This experience gave us a chance to ignite new ideas and motivate us with lots of laughter to make work with no boundaries. 
Bali was always a place I imagined filled with tourists so I have not been previously drawn to it. However, our setting in the Arma resort was perfect, working surrounded by budding Balinese dancers and beautiful contemporary art. The resort was stunning and Bali is alive with spirituality and creativity.
Thanks to our generous welcome pack of printmaking equipment and for arranging my beautiful room so smoothly.
 I have got so much out of this course and shall be transferring my new skills to the older children at our brand new school at Brighton College Bangkok.
                                                                Pia Kanaan International School, Primary Art teacher -2017
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Left to Right: Adele, Sian, Ebony, Letitia. Working on their linocuts – 2017 Workshop

 

This course was everything I hoped it would be. I had no previous experience but had always loved lino prints and was drawn to the course when I saw Shana’s work on-line. Her prints captivated me with their detail, and the story they told.

The ARMA Resort is an excellent choice not only is it beautiful but is part of the Agung Rai Museum of Art, which houses Balinese works from the renaissance throughout the 20th century until now.

Over the 5 days the course was run, I learnt most from my mistakes. But these were
valuable as it has inspired me to master the technique. I have already made a trip to
Oxlades to get lino and printing ink. I am firing on all four cylinders to redo my
original piece. I was rather over ambitious for a beginner, but this has not dampened
my spirits, on the contrary, I am raring to go.

Shana was really helpful and the little box of goodies you got on arrival along with her well planned booklet which was fabulous! It has an excellent section for teachers, complete with some exciting lessons for art or classroom teachers. As well as Shana’s excellent guidance and tuition, there were some amazing artists on this course. I also learnt a lot by observing them at work. It was inspiring to see how individual and
different everyone’s approach, techniques and final masterpieces turned out. I was surrounded by brilliance.

As well as this, we had an amazing group of people, it was the most inspiring and special experience. I have made some fabulous new friends and can not recommend this course highly enough. Thank you Shana.

Sian Roberts, Primary Teacher Perth,  2017

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Sheree working on her Linocut
Sheree working on her Linocut – 2015 Workshop

I highly recommend the Ubud Art Workshop in Bali. From the very minute you enter the beautiful serene gardens of the Arma Resort you are instantly relaxed and inspired to create. Whether you are a novice or have printmaking skills Shana will guide you through the process and extend your knowledge base at a relaxed pace. The resort is beautiful, quiet and sounds of running water and birds surround you. The whole experience for me was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

Sheree Conacher – Primary School Art Specialist, Perth 2015

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Edith showing her Linocut to interested Arma staff member
Edith showing her Linocut to interested Arma staff member

I spent a wonderful 10 days with Shana James at the Arma Museum and Resort. She is a very encouraging teacher (and I needed a LOT of encouraging) with a calm professionalism. I would gladly return again under her tutelage. The teacher was excellent, the venue was excellent and the food was excellent. Don’t miss it!

Edith May – January 2015, Manager of Fire Station Print Studio, Melbourne

 

 

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Carolyn Carving her Lino
Carolyn Carving her Lino

As you sketch and carve your image in the garden of ARMA Resort, the beauty of this magnificently landscaped tropical paradise is an inspiration. There are multi levels and layers of lush vegetation incorporating rice fields, lotus ponds, statues, streams and fountains. Beautiful vistas and the sound of running water wherever you wander. A very peaceful setting with a pool nearby where you can cool off and enjoy afternoon tea in the shade.

We used an area attached to the ARMA Gallery for traditional Balinese arts. On Sunday morning, groups of children rehearse their Balinese dances nearby with parents watching on the sidelines … just like ballet classes at home. Excellent planning meant that everything ran smoothly.  I learnt hand burnishing and chine colle techniques as well as getting lots of tips from Shana on design and composition. A very supportive environment with flexibility to do your own thing each day, eg  cooking  class, traditional Balinese painting  or the temple tour at dawn with Agung Rai himself, the founder of the Agung Rai Museum of Arts (ARMA) and creator of the heavenly garden.
Comfortable, spacious air-conditioned rooms with wide porches plus delicious meals and friendly staff make this workshop a real delight. Highly recommended!

Carolyn Vanderplank, January 2015

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