Class & Workshop Descriptions

Workshops, Classes and Private Classes

I am currently organising my teaching and demonstrations for 2019 and beyond and would be very interested in hearing from any organisations interested in my teaching methods.

Samples of my work may be found on this website.

To organise a workshop or class please contact me by email ( or phone (+61 419 519 760) to arrange dates and costing. Workshops can be conducted throughout Australia and overseas. Private or small group classes, workshops or art retreats may be conducted in my studio in Mentone, Victoria.

My workshops offer a distinctive way of teaching, introducing ideas and exercises to allow students to think more about the fundamental elements of form, colour, light, tone and the basic principles of painting rather than simply painting by numbers or copying technique. They are creative, fun and innovative. Students will be challenged but also will enjoy the experience and come away stimulated and eager to extend their knowledge.

I teach at all levels in pastel and can cover a creative range of topics including, the fundamentals of drawing, advanced drawing (incorporating life drawing), mixed media, the language of colour (which covers a comprehensive study of colour mixing for all media) and also acrylic painting.

I am also happy to include a variety of subjects: portrait, figurative, still life, landscape and seascapes. Workshops or classes can be varied depending on the number of days teaching required.

I have been teaching and lecturing for over 24 years and gained a highly regarded reputation for my teaching methods. I am currently teaching these classes on a term by term basis on the Mornington Peninsula and travel extensively throughout Australia teaching artists in art groups and societies in various states.

I am conducting my second Greek Island Painting tour in 2017, organising a UK tour and open to further invitations to teach overseas. Please contact me for further details.

The language of colour

Most painters are obsessed by colour; it is one of the most fundamental expressions of our work and, it seems, we spend a lifetime trying to grasp its nuances and power. Constant studying of the works of the great masters can inspire but we artists seem to have an innate desire to understand and know the palette used in the paintings.

As a painter and tutor I get asked two questions more than any other…

  • What colour is that and how did you mix it?
  • Why did you use that colour?

We crave to learn all we can about colour and its relationships but often don’t know where to start. The palettes’ of all great painters begin with a selection of just a few tubes of paint that can be mixed to create the harmony and unity of the composition. It’s knowing and understanding what colours to start the journey with that sows the seed for success.

“They’ll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green never.” Pablo Picasso.

It is for this reason that painters need to have the knowledge and ability to create that green, the green that they want, and understand how. The workshops and various courses I teach on colour open up this world of understanding.

This is a very popular course and goes through understanding the language of colour most importantly, it will show how and why they can be created and then adapted to any range of palette used – all painters in all media need to understand how colour works and, critically, how they can create their own palette. There will be a number of visual exercises and compositions completed addressing how to see and respond to colour

Although I teach this subject using either acrylic and/or gouache during the course, artists using any medium including watercolour, pastel and oil or coloured inks will benefit. This workshop is designed for all painters from beginners to advanced, from 16 years of age upwards.

Innovative pastel painting

Have you heard of screen printing pastel as a foundation to your painting?

Pastel painting has continued to develop and become an exciting medium; there are some new and wonderful ways of using pastel and various techniques to enhance your pastel paintings. The use of underpainting in watercolour, acrylic or ink can help establish a strong foundation of tone and colour masses for your composition.

This is an exciting class or workshop for all pastel painters and the structure and subject of the class or workshop can be designed to suit each individual group.

Figurative and life drawing

This can either be a life drawing course working in charcoal, pencil, conté or ink or a combination these medium. Working from a life model the workshop or class can be designed for beginners, intermediate or advanced students.

Learn the basic foundations of anatomy, tone, line and composition. Work with quick gesture drawings and study from a longer pose to give confidence in the understanding of figurative drawing.

Colour work and painting can be added on to the workshop or taught as a separate subject. The workshop or class can be instructed using acrylic, oil, pastel or mixed media. Study the figure from life and understanding the language of colour palette and tone to be able to complete a finished composition

Portrait drawing/painting

The workshop or class can include either just drawing in charcoal, conté and pencil and ink or a combination of drawing and painting in acrylic, pastel, coloured ink, oil or mixed media. The basic principles of portrait anatomy, physical form and structure will be part of the format of the class or workshop, including the basic foundations of tone and colour palette.

Pushing the boundaries in acrylic

An exciting and versatile medium that lends itself to experimenting with washes, transparent glazes and solid textual marks and multi layered techniques with the use of Indian ink and simple collage. Students will learn to create various unique and individual effects throughout the composition.

The subject can vary and be customised for each workshop or class

Mixed media and building confidence within creativity

  • Have you always wanted to play with collage, glue, moulding paste, or textured papers?
  • Have you ever felt that your paintings are too flat and need a bit of depth?

Picasso did it and so did Cezanne!

Mixed media could be just the thing for you and will appeal to all painters who work in acrylic, pastel, watercolour, charcoal or inks. It’s an opportunity for letting go and working from your own ideas and concepts.

The workshop will explore the endless possibilities of a number of media, using imagination, inspiration and originality and is designed to be a fun and stress free way to open up a whole world of new techniques including relief printing, collage and textured surfaces.

This is for anyone who has a passion for creativity. Students will develop their skills in different media to create an original and imaginative composition.

This is a fun course designed for anyone who wants to explore various techniques within mixed media. It is a course designed to help build confidence with painting and drawing and composition.

Elements of drawing

An ideal drawing workshop or class for the beginner and intermediate student. This will appeal to anyone who has a passion for drawing or who wants to improve their drawing skills and therefore strengthen the foundations of their paintings.

Students will discover how to simplify and visualise a variety of subjects. Students will look at the fundamentals, of line, tone and shape. Charcoal, pencil, conté, pen and ink will be used to create intricate, sensitive and innovative drawings.

The language of drawing

An advanced course in drawing for those looking to explore their drawing skills and to understand the language of drawing by pushing the fundamentals of drawing principles and an ideal course for those who love drawing and for VCE students and university art students.

Students will study advanced skills in drawing by exploring the principles of space, form, tone and structure thus helping them to create powerful images and understand the completion of a composition.

Working from observation, students will be given some unique challenges to broaden their visual and verbal language within art related to drawing. In each class individual tuition will be given and the student’s personal creative needs met to help to create and present their work

I have had several years experience teaching year 11 and 12 students and twice been artist in residence at Toorak College teaching art students life drawing and portraiture for a period of 4 weeks on each occasion.



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