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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 April/May 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 are coming up:

Fri 16 AprilAbsolute Beginners Learn the basics of watercolour – how to hold your brush, how to mix paint, how to apply a wash, and how to produce a simple scene. Beginners only. $70 (+$30 equipment hire if required).

Sat 17 AprilPet Portraits *Full* Always a popular workshop. Bring a picture of your favourite pet and capture him/her in a beautiful watercolour portrait. Suitable for those with at least some basic watercolour knowledge. $70 (+ $30 equipment hire if required). **Note: this workshop runs from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm**

Mon 19 AprilPortraits *two spaces left* Paint a watercolour portrait of your favourite person – a family member, someone famous, or maybe even try a self-portrait! I’ll show you the essentials of mixing skin colours, and how to bring a person to life on paper. Suitable for those with at least some basic watercolour knowledge. $70 (+ $30 equipment hire if required).

Sat 24 AprilWatercolour Waterfall 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. $70 (+ $30 equipment hire if required).

Sat 01 May AND Sun 02 MayNight-Time Critters – Field Trip AND Watercolour Workshop I’m teaming up again with Dr Mathew Hourston for another fun double workshop. We begin with a field trip on Saturday night where Mat will introduce you to the world of night-time critters such as moths, lacewings, beetles, bugs, queen ants, and mantises, on a specially prepared “light sheet”. Enjoy a cuppa from a camp chair while you watch the night world come alive. Then on Sunday morning we head to the Orange Palette to produce a painting (or a couple of small ones) using the inspiration we gained from the night before. This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in the fascinating world of night-time critters. All painting skill levels are welcome. $140 (+ $30 equipment hire for the watercolour workshop, if required). More details will be available on enrolment.

Time: Most workshops – 9.30 am to 1.30 pm unless stated otherwise. Evening field trip 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
Venue: The Orange Palette, 1A/31 Berriman Drive, Wangara WA (except the en plein air workshop – location tba).
Cost: See costs at the end of each workshop description. Price includes tuition and morning tea. Equipment extra. BYO Lunch. Hire fee of $30 if hire of painting equipment is required.

To enrol, contact me at or 0450 524 229.

Watercolour Classes May/June 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*
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 14, 21, 28 June (no class 07 Jun) – 8 wks

Mondays – 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm (Strictly Beginners) **Two spots left**
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 May 14, 21, 28 June (no class 07 Jun) – 8 wks

Wednesdays – 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm (All skill levels) *Two spots left*
05, 12, 19, 26 May, 02, 09, 16, 23 Jun – 8 wks

Fridays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (All skill levels) *Full* 
07, 14, 21, 28 May, 04, 11, 18, 25 Jun – 8 wks

Saturdays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) *Full* 
08, 15, 22, 29 May, 05,12, 19, 26 Jun – 8 wks

Saturdays – 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm (Beginners) *Two spots left*
08, 15, 22, 29 May, 05,12, 19, 26 Jun – 8 wks

Cost – $250 for 8 weeks (ongoing students take $20 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:
$130 for 2 hours
$170 for 3 hours
$200 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!