Classes & Workshops

Catherine is a respected professional artist and sought-after tutor. She has been teaching and lecturing for over 25 years throughout Australia.


For those already familiar with acrylics and keen to improve their skills and knowledge. This is an opportunity to work on your own ideas and be guided through the composition. There will be a short demonstration each week in colour brush mark, using a palette knife, glazing and more. Students will have time to receive one on one tuition throughout the class.

Cost: $288

Dates: 20 April – 22 June (Tuesdays)

Duration: 9 weeks

Time: 12.30pm – 3.00pm

Location: Peninsula Arts Society, 159 Overport Road, Frankston South, VIC

For more info or to book: Contact Catherine Hamilton on 0419 519 760 or

Includes the study of the head and arms. Figurative drawing is one of the best subjects to improve your foundation in drawing and create confidence in your drawing skills. This subject covers, proportion, line, tone, three-dimensional proportion and movement. Open to all levels, beginners welcome. A fun relaxed and innovative class, with time for individual tuition. Participants will work in either pencil, charcoal, or ink. This term I will be encouraging students to draw movement within the various poses offered

Cost: $285 + $90 model fees

Dates: 20 April – 22 June (Tuesdays)

Duration: 9 weeks

Time: 6.45pm – 9.15pm

Location: Peninsula Arts Society, 159 Overport Road, Frankston South, VIC

For more info or to book: Contact Catherine Hamilton on 0419 519 760 or

This fun and relaxed class explores a variety of techniques with ink, using innovative ways to create stunning effects. Various types of ink will be explored. Mixed media can also be incorporated into your work to add texture, including the addition of coloured ink or coloured watercolour washes. Lots of new ideas to kick start your creativity.

Cost: $256

Dates: 21 April – 16 June (Wednesdays)

Duration: 8 weeks

Time: 9.30am – 12.00pm

Location: Peninsula Arts Society, 159 Overport Road, Frankston South, VIC

For more info or to book: Contact Catherine Hamilton on 0419 519 760 or

Upcoming Workshops

For further details or to book contact Catherine Hamilton on 0428 825 971 or

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The Art of Capturing Memories (2 day sketchbook course)

Make your own bi-fold sketchbook in the morning of the first day then join me in discovering the beauty of the Grampians. Discover a variety of innovative ways in using various media such as ink, pencils, line and coloured washes to create a number of ideas and memories with simple sketches to use for future reference and concepts. This is a wonderful workshop to help kickstart your creativity and visual ideas. We will have the opportunity to work outside as well as in the studio.

Beauty and Drama of Skies in Acrylic (4 day workshop)

Paint large skyscapes recording all the beauty, transparency, colour and mood of eye catching skyscapes. Participants will learn transparent glazes, mixing colour and composition.

Work with palette knives, a variety of large brushes on stretched canvas.

Workshops on offer

All workshops are offered for private classes, small groups or as art retreats.

For all workshop enquiries or to make a booking, contact Catherine Hamilton on 0419 519 760 or

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.

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.

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.

Have you heard of screen printing pastel as a foundation to your painting? The use of underpainting in watercolour, acrylic or ink can help establish a strong foundation of tone and colour mass 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.

Working from a life model, learn to study the figure and understand the language of colour palette and tone to be able to complete a finished composition. Learn the basic foundations of anatomy, tone, line and composition and develop confidence in figurative drawing.

This workshop can be offered in a variety of mediums including charcoal, pencil, conté, ink or a combination of these mediums. The workshop can be designed for beginners, intermediate or advanced students.

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.

This workshop can include drawing in charcoal, conté and pencil and ink or a combination of drawing and painting in acrylic, pastel, coloured ink, oil or mixed media.

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 be customised for each workshop.

Have you always wanted to play with collage, glue, moudling paste or textured papers? Have you ever felt that your paintings are too flat and need a bit of depth? Mixed media could be just the thing for you.

This workshop will appeal to all painters who work in acrylic, pastel, watercolour, charcoal and inks.

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 and build their confidence with painting, drawing and composition.

An ideal drawing workshop 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. They 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.

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. This workshop is an ideal course for those who love drawing and for VCE 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.

Workshops can be conducted throughout Australia and overseas. Private, small groups or art retreats can be conducted in my studio in Mentone, Victoria. For all enquiries including costing and scheduling dates, please contact Catherine via her contact page.

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