Cherry Hood Residential Workshops

The next residential weekend workshop  

August 4th & 5th 2018

Workshops are held in Cherry Hood's spacious

studio on her farm 'Crystal Hill' 

near Goulburn NSW

  • The cost of two day workshop, accommodation and meals is $720 per person,   you can pay by Direct Debit or Pay Pal.
  • For locals and those who do not need to stay it’s just $530.
  • The two nights accommodation costs $190 for 2 nights.
  • Students usually arrive the afternoon or evening on the Friday before the workshop  to unpack, settle in and have dinner, when we can all get to know each other a little.
  • Students have free access to the studio all weekend.
  • Very often it suits students to also stay on the Sunday night after the workshop finishes, (for an additional $95)
  • There are usually no more than 7 students in the studio.
  • We provide Free WiFi in the studio
  • Students can bring a non participating partner (for and extra $190) as long as they share a bed.
  • Groups, families and individuals are welcome to apply for a private workshop. Three or less people can pretty well choose their date as the Artist’s Apartment is available only for workshops. ( As we as our friends and family)



The artists apartment is attached to and adjoining the studio. Each person who stays here has their own attractive and spacious bedroom with a queen bed and electric blanket. Big warm quilts are provided for colder night. The big bathroom is shared and also used during the workshop.

The kitchen, dining, sitting room has a huge TV with Foxtel. This area is also shared with all the students for morning and afternoon tea. The refrigerator is stocked with milk, butter, eggs and bacon. The fully equipped kitchen has all the basics for cooking such as pepper, salt and olive oil as well as bread and scones and other goodies and snacks.

The Homestead 

Each Student has their own bedroom with a queen size bed.  Nearby is a bathroom shared by no more than 3 people. All our meals are enjoyed at the big table here in the Homestead. Breakfast is self catered.

Upstairs in the Homestead we have a large bedroom with a comfy double sofa bed as well as a kings size bed and ensuite bathroom. This bedroom suite can be shared by parent and child, two good friends who choose to use this room, or a couple.


We require a 50% deposit to confirm your booking.   

We'll email you an invoice or bank details when you let us know you would like to book in.  

Please go to the contacts section of this website and send an email message to inquire about the workshop and or booking and payment. 

Students attending workshops at Crystal Hill automatically have accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights unless they let us know they don’t require it. 

There is no need to book accommodation at Crystal Hill separately. All meals and snacks, linen and towels are provided. 

See for images of the Homestead and the Farm.


Cherry Hood demonstrates exactly how she makes a painting from scratch. Student will be working from a large photograph of a face. The first day from a photo of a directly front on Face, the second day from a face which is turned slightly to the side, Cherry Demonstrates her simple scaling up technique which in allows students to overcome the foreshortening and distortion which can occur in larger paintings. 

Scaling has been used by artists for many centuries but the famous artist Chuck Close is a great example of a contemporary artist who uses scaling to make his huge paintings of the human face.

Cherry has dozens of images available for students to use.

Cherry’s scaling technique allows students to get the exact proportions of a face and position the features. This short cut to drafting the face allows students much more time to enjoy learning Cherry's very loose painting with the beautiful medium of watercolour.  Students are therefor not overburdened with ‘drawing’ or copying the image of the face onto the paper. Students who use projectors are welcome to bring images which are already drafted onto their watercolour paper. Cherry has recently introduced the use of a projector 📽 in her course for students to learn and use to draft their images.

Cherry helps each student with their individual needs as she encourages them to make an amazing painting rather than a copy of a face. 

To make a very good painting is a better goal than to make a likeness. 

Cherry then encourages students to really go for it with large brushes and very watery paint. Loose painting, pouring wash from containers and moving the paint around without the use of a brush, even hands are used sometimes, the aim is a great painting rather than a likeness!!!! This is not a portrait painting workshop - it's a workshop aimed at pushing students to make a fantastic painting that is like nothing they have done before.

Cherry wants students to grow in experience and encourage them to do all kinds of other workshops and take on a many techniques as they can so they have choices when the decide what it is they really want to do.

Private workshops: Individuals or Groups may approach Cherry to run a workshop for them at dates other than those advertised at her studio near Goulburn.

How to get to Crystal Hill (Cherry's farm)


Students who come by car will be sent exact directions, let us know from which direction you will be travelling to Crystal Hill. It's just on the Sydney side of Goulburn NSW. Only 2 hours drive from Sydney. Except in Friday Peak traffic (2.30pm to 6pm from Sydney) at which time it takes 3 hours, so try to leave Sydney by 2.30 or 3 pm.


There are train services from Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne to Goulburn (which is only 20 mins from us.) and we can pick you up from the station.  Then on Monday we can take students back to the train station. 

PLEASE NOTE: There must be very special circumstances for us to collect you from the train around six or seven in the evening on Friday. Its dinner time and meet and greet time at the Homestead so try to come earlier.


The closest airport is Canberra - one and one quarter of an hour drive. Sydney Airport is 2 and a half hours drive, more on Friday afternoon/evening. Students will need to rent a car or catch the train. as we can not collect you from either airport.


Please go to the contacts page on this website to send a message about booking in or to ask any questions

 Please visit for information about accommodation and the farm

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