Image Alt

Painting Classes and Workshops – Wangara

  -  Painting Classes and Workshops – Wangara

Painting Classes and Workshops

Would you like to learn how to paint with watercolours? Do you have a favourite subject you’d like to paint such as landscapes, seascapes, flowers, animals, people, or even abstracts? I can help you unleash your creative side and start a new passion you never thought you had. Contact me today to enrol in a workshop or my next term of watercolour painting classes.  

January 2020 Workshops

Thu 23 Jan 2020 – 1 space left
“Watercolour Collage” (half day). In this workshop we will use nature to inspire our inner artist, creating abstract images with watercolour and other mediums such as ink, pencils, paper cutouts, and more… Suitable for all skill levels.

Sat 25 Jan 2020 – 2 spaces left
“Rusty Car” (half day). Oh, those rusty colours! Old rusty cars never fail to be such interesting subjects to paint. BYO picture or use one of mine. I’ll show you how to mix the right colours and use some interesting texture to capture the beauty in something old. Suitable for all skill levels.

Wed 29 Jan 2020 – 4 spaces left
“Choose Your Bird” (half day). Choose your favourite bird and let me guide you in capturing it in watercolour. You’ll learn how to capture expression, claws, beaks, feathers and more. Suitable for all skill levels.

Fri 31 Jan 2020 – 4 spaces left
“Portrait Painting” (half day). Paint a family member, a friend, someone famous, or even just you! You will learn how to draw correct face proportions, mix the correct skin colours, and capture individual personality in this workshop. Suitable for all skill levels.

Time/Cost – 9.00 am to 12.30 pm – $70 (+$30 equipment hire if required)

Venue – The Orange Palette, Unit 1a/31 Berriman Drive, Wangara
Contact me on 0450524229 or to enrol.

Watercolour Classes – Feb/Mar 2020 – 7 weeks

Mondays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon – waitlist only
03, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 02, 09, 16 Mar
Wednesdays – 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm – waitlist only
05, 12, 19, 26 Feb, 04, 11, 18 Mar
Fridays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon – 3 spaces left
07, 14, 21, 28 Feb, 06, 13, 20 Mar
Saturdays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon – waitlist only
08, 15, 22, 29 Feb, 07,14, 21 Mar
Saturdays – 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm – 3 spaces left
08, 15, 22, 29 Feb, 07,14, 21 Mar

Cost – $220 for 7 weeks (less $20 for ongoing students)
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:
$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!