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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 provided hand sanitising solution to use before, during and after class, and I spray the room with disinfectant and wipe all surfaces before and after class. You have your own table to work at, with enough space between each student.

Watercolour Workshops July 2021

Watercolour workshops are great for those who want to paint a specific subject; those who can’t commit to a term of classes; or those who would like to try watercolour for the first time (a workshop will help you decide whether to continue on with a term of classes). Following are workshops that will run at the Orange Palette in Wangara:

Fri 16 JulySkies **One spot left** Paint a series of watercolour skies – cloudy, stormy, misty, and a sunset. I’ll show you how to capture mood in each one and we’ll even add a simple landscape at the bottom of each painting. Suitable for all skill levels. $77 (+ $33 equipment hire if required).

Sun 18 July – Watercolour Waterfall **Full** Follow along with me as I paint a beautiful waterfall with a huge pool of water, and greenery all around. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels as I paint step-by-step at a pace that is easy to follow. $77 (+ $33 equipment hire if required).

Time: Each workshop at Wangara 9.30 am to 1.30 pm (unless stated otherwise)
Venue: The Orange Palette, 1A/31 Berriman Drive, Wangara WA
Cost: See costs at the end of each workshop description. Price includes tuition and morning tea. Equipment extra. BYO Lunch. Hire fee of $33 if hire of painting equipment is required.


*** NEW *** Workshops at the Ellenbrook Art Centre (to coincide with my Artist Residency):

Sat 24 JulyRusty Car *5 spots left* This was a popular subject before so I’m doing it again. Choose your own rusty car picture to paint from or follow along with me. I’ll show you how to create awesome rusty colours and textures for that old authentic look. Suitable to students with at least basic watercolour knowledge. $77 (+ $33 equipment hire for the watercolour workshop, if required). 

Wed 28 JulyIntroduction to Watercolour Learn the basics of watercolour – how to hold a brush, which brush to use, how much water to use, how to mix paints, how to simplify your subjects, and more… Cost – $77 (+ $33 equipment hire if required). Tea, coffee, biscuits supplied, BYO lunch (note: no microwave available)

Thu 29 JulyFlowers in Watercolour Learn how to mix colours for petals, leaves, and water drops, finishing off with a simple rose (painted in your choice of colour). This workshop is suitable for students with all skill levels.This workshop is suitable for students with all skill levels. Cost – $77 (plus $33 equipment hire if required). Tea, coffee, biscuits supplied, BYO lunch (note: no microwave available).

Fri 30 JulyWatercolour Pen and Wash Learn how to combine ink and watercolour in a fun and easy way. A great method to learn if you like travelling and would like to sketch scenes along the way for a visual diary. Suitable for all skill levels. Cost – $77 (plus $33 for equipment hire if required). Tea, coffee, biscuits supplied, BYO lunch (note: no microwave available).

Time: Each workshop at Ellenbrook 10.30 am to 2.30 pm 
Venue: Ellenbrook Art Gallery, 34 Main St, Ellenbrook
Cost: See costs at the end of each workshop description. Price includes tuition, GST, and morning tea. Equipment extra. BYO Lunch. Hire fee of $33 if hire of painting equipment is required.

To enrol, contact me at or 0450 524 229.

Watercolour Classes August/September 2021

** Numbers limited to 11 students per class, so book in early to avoid disappointment. Payment is required one week prior to start date.** 

Mondays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) **Full**
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Aug, 06, 13, 20 Sept – 8 wks

Mondays – 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm (Strictly Beginners) **4 spots left**
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Aug, 06, 13, 20 Sept – 8 wks

Wednesdays – 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm ** Three spots left ** (All skill levels)
04, 11, 18, 25 Aug, 01, 08, 15, 22 Sept – 8 wks

Fridays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (All skill levels) **Full**
06, 13, 20, 27 Aug, 03, 10, 17, 24 Sept – 8 wks

Saturday Mornings – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) **Two spots left**
07, 14, 21, 28 Aug, 04, 11, 18, 25 Sept – 8 wks

Saturday Afternoons – 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm (Beginners) **Three spots left**
07, 14, 21, 28 Aug, 04, 11, 18, 25 Sept – 8 wks

Cost – $275 for 8 weeks (ongoing students take $25 off)

Venue – The Orange Palette, Unit 1a/31 Berriman Drive, Wangara

Contact me on 0450524229 or to enrol.

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:
$140 for 2 hours
$180 for 3 hours
$220 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!