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Painting Lessons, Workshops and Art Trips

  -  Painting Lessons, Workshops and Art Trips


During this time of uncertainty, I would like to reassure you that I am taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and the health and safety of my students is important to me. I have suspended all classes at the Orange Palette until further notice.

In the meantime, I am creating online lessons and workshops. There are already some downloadable lessons available on this page, and you’ll find more on my Gallery page. I will be adding lessons on a regular basis so check back often.

April 2020 Watercolour Workshops

My April workshops will now be downloadable lessons for only those who pay for the workshop. I am preparing video lessons, raw and uncut with full instructions and a bonus printout which you can keep forever. The workshop videos and printouts will be available on the following dates. 

Wed 15 Apr – Large Flower Painting – Follow along as I paint a gorgeous hibiscus on an A2 page. This workshop will give you the opportunity to work with large brushes, big washes, and lots of splashy colour! Cost: $50

Sat 18 Apr – Paint a PiggyFollow me step-by-step as I show you how to capture the cuteness of a little pig. Cost $50

Sun 19 Apr – Australian Gum Tree – I’ll show you how to capture a typical gum tree in outback Australia. Cost $50

Fri 24 Apr – European Street Scene – tall buildings, a cafe, window shutters, and more. A chance to lose yourself for a while in classic Europe. Cost $50

Sat 25 Apr – Portrait – I’ll choose a famous person to paint and you can follow along with me. Learn how to mix skin colours, capture realistic expressions, and add the all-important details. Cost $50

Venue – In the comfort of your own home. I’ll send you a link to the video on the date advertised.
Contact me on 0450524229 or to book in.

Watercolour Classes – Apr/May/Jun 2020 – 7 weeks


Mondays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon 
04, 11, 18, 25 May,08, 15, 22 Jun (note: no class on 01 Jun)
Wednesdays – 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm
29 Apr, 06, 13, 20, 27 May, 03, 10 Jun
Fridays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 May, 05, 12 Jun
Saturdays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon
02, 09, 16, 23 May, 06, 13, 20 Jun (note: no class on 30 May)
Saturdays – 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm
02, 09, 16, 23 May, 06, 13, 20 Jun (note: no class on 30 May)

Cost – $220 for 7 weeks (less $20 for ongoing students), plus equipment
Venue – TBA
Contact me on 0450524229 or to enrol.

Travel Sketching Trip to Kangaroo Island – October 2020

This year I’ll be travelling to Kangaroo Island with a small group of budding artists, to capture some beautiful scenery in our travel diaries. I chose Kangaroo Island because it was badly affected by bushfires in December and January, and I’d love to help the community get back on its feet. Although a large portion of the island burned down, there is still so much to enjoy and paint, so why not come with me? Details of the tour are on the Aussie Redback Tours website – Kangaroo Island Art Trip with Renata Wright. 

Private Painting Lessons

I also teach private watercolor painting classes, for those aspiring artists who don’t like being confined to a class environment, or whose work requirements are not that flexible.  If you are interested in private one-to-one watercolour lessons, the cost (including materials, and payable in advance) is:
$120 for 2 hours
$160 for 3 hours
$190 for 4 hours

Contact me at or call me on 0450 524 229 to book your first session.

Painting Classes FAQs

  • Do I need any experience to attend your watercolour painting classes?  This is the most common question I am asked.  No, you do not need any experience at all to attend my classes.  My classes are designed so that you can follow along step by step when you are new to watercolour and later as you progress, I encourage you step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with colours, shapes, brush strokes etc to develop your own style.
  • Is watercolour a difficult medium to work with?   Yes and no.  The only difficult thing about watercolour painting is that you need to plan a little bit more because watercolour does not allow you to make too many mistakes.  I do share my tips on how to correct mistakes so you have nothing to worry about though.  Watercolour can actually be quite easy to work with as its unpredictability can actually be a wonderful happy asset when painting, which means it often does the work for you without you even realising it!
  • What benefits will I receive from painting in watercolour?   The sky’s the limit with what you can achieve once you start painting in watercolour.  The learning journey itself can be such a pleasure because you suddenly notice things differently around you and you start to wonder how you will paint something – what colours you’d use, how you’d capture the light and the shadow etc.  It’s amazing how painting can be great for your health.  Painting can be so therapeutic and you’ll find you’ll get lost in your own world at times as you squeeze out your paints, mix with your brush and dab, splash and stroke away.  The social aspects are fantastic too.  Many friendships have been formed in my classes, and everyone is helpful and supportive.  You’ll feel like part of a family in my classes.
  • Should I be able to draw first before I attend painting classes?  No, it’s not absolutely necessary.  At each class I hand out the picture that we’ll be painting from in the following class.  That will give you a week to draw the picture at home so that you can get straight into painting once you come to class the following week.  I give advice on how to draw the tricky bits and make changes so that the picture is more interesting.  Most of my pictures are adaptable which means you can leave out parts that are too hard to draw and you can add other bits instead.  For example, if we are painting the ocean, you could leave out any people on the beach and just add a seagull or two in the sky.
  • I’m nervous when painting around others.  How friendly are the other students?   My classes, whilst remaining structured, are also informal and friendly.  Everyone is made to feel welcome and everyone works at their own pace so there’s no pressure to turn out a masterpiece every time.  I have noticed too, that students love to share information with others so if you’re stuck on anything, your painting neighbour is more than likely to tell you about a time when they had the same problem and how they fixed it!  We have lots of laughs in our class, and yet there are also moments of silence when each person has their head down in deep concentration.
  • Are the watercolor painting classes just for women or can men attend too?  My classes are for men AND women, regardless of age, experience, and background.  The men who attend my classes are sometimes outnumbered but they never feel left out or intimidated.  In fact, most of them enjoy having so many women around them and there is often lots of “women vs men” banter thrown about!