Painting Classes

Christine Porter teaches various paintings classes. They can be taken as weekend workshops, longer schools, individual tutorial or ongoing classes. Scroll down for those already written but note that this is not an complete list: Christine is happy to work with you to create learning experiences that match the needs of your artists. Contact us to discuss, or to book a workshop.

GENERAL ART/ PAINTING CLASSES

Full Moon Art Retreat – Two and a half day residential school on a sheep station near Tenterfield. This is a workshop that is a regular addition to Christine’s teaching timetable.

Moorabinda July 2017

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WATERCOLOUR CLASSES

How to paint in watercolour: beginner’s, introduction or reminder class

Watercolour is a beautifully simple medium, with a terrifyingly complicated reputation. This workshop is about the medium as well as the picture. It is so designed that by lunchtime on the first day the student will understand (or be reminded of) everything there is to know about painting in watercolour. The class investigates what makes this medium special, how to handle its peculiarities and some conservation issues – collating the learning experiences in a small sample book for reference.
In a two day workshop, the second day builds on the first day’s information by applying it to the practice of making a picture. Colour and tone are investigated. Elements of composition are referred to within the context of critical analysis. Students come away from this day with a small painting illustrating their understanding of how to approach any subject from conception to completion. Subsequent days explore different challenges such as painting out of doors without the need for a sherpa; painting from life; creating the illusion of distance; the problems of painting Australian trees in the landscape etc.
suitable for
beginning artists, painters from other media, watercolourists with some experience, lapsed watercolourists
materials:
Artists may need to bring their own painting gear, however paper appropriate to the learning experiences will need to be purchased from the teacher. Some paint and brushes will be available for purchase if required and if there isn’t an art shop in the town.  A detailed material list will be sent prior to the workshop.
media: watercolour on paper
class size
: up to 15 unless every participant is at the same stage of development
other: see notes below

everything about watercolour – extension class

This class is a longer workshop or series of classes. It sets out to provide the artist with opportunities to both record techniques and practice them in real world paintings.
suitable for beginning artists, painters from other media, watercolourists with some experience, lapsed watercolourists
materials:
Artists may need to bring their own painting gear, however paper appropriate to the learning experiences will need to be purchased from the teacher. Some paint and brushes will be available for purchase if required and if there isn’t an art shop in the town.  A detailed material list will be sent prior to the workshop.
media: watercolour on paper
class size
: up to 15 unless every participant is at the same stage of development
other: see notes below

watercolour in the classroom

Christine has had much success working with high school art groups creating learning experiences resulting in young artists feeling more comfortable drawing what is in front of them. For more information about workshops created for primary and high school classes as well as professional development for teachers go to the artist in the classroom.


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Retrospective Compositioning 

This is a workshop that looks at what happens after the inspiration and indeed most of the perspiration. It’s about the logic of what your audience sees and how to get them to see what had inspired you. It explains the reasons for some of the compositional “rules” we’ve been taught, such as “never put anything in the middle” etc. We look at thirds, halves and how patterns and geometry can take control of the painting without us even knowing it.In this workshop, Christine will explain briefly how she makes a painting – which may be different to what you have been shown before. Then she’ll describe how she analyses a finished piece using the four fingernails of success theory (how to tell if a painting really is a failure) and the seven questions to see with (how to look beyond the subject to the picture itself). Armed with these tools, and with the tutor’s support, the participants will work on and resolve their own previously “failed” or unfinished works during the day.

This workshop is aimed at creating independent artists, with strategies to solve problems such as what to do when teachers or peers are too far away or how to train your “innocent bystander” so that he or she actually helps. Participants will leave this workshop with, as well as an improved painting or two, a greater understanding of what their painting is saying and how to identify the potential for success in all the paintings we do.
suitable for
(but not a pre-requisite) artists who have a few paintings under their belt
material:
artists will be working with their own materials, but will need to bring at least three paintings that they’ve given up on, finished and hate , or think could be better + two pieces of A4 paper – one for each set of questions that will change the way they view their painting forever. A detailed material list will be sent prior to the workshop.
media:
any works on paper especially water based media. Adjustments can be made for artists who work on board or canvas
class size:
up to 10
other:
see notes below

How to be an artist

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General art classes for artists setting out, who aren’t sure about how to fit this new thing in their lives, or for experienced artist wanting to think about their practise. 
It can be taken as a 1-2 day workshop, extended to a short residential school, or taken as a series of classes over a few weeks. It’s about the BIG IDEAS like “being an artist is about choices” to the small practical ideas like “being an artist means having a comfy chair”. The workshop can be taken as face value: a series of watercolour, drawing and artist-bookmaking activities, or it can be the starting point for working on your own ideas about being an artist.

It provides the building blocks for developing an art practice.  “How to draw what is in front of you” right through to “how to take an idea and turn it into an exhibition”. Christine’s experience as a full time artist, as well as her time involved with the university system gives her a chance to pass on a wide range of information.
Within a broad framework, this workshop is driven by the needs and experiences of the group. Christine is happiest when someone says “but how do I do … ?”

artist-photo-by-gail-gallowayIn 2013 and 2015 The Borderline Art Group in Tenterfield invited Christine to create a series of workshop days over a ten day period, based on the idea of the “Tenterfield Traveller”. Activities were held in the railway museum, gallery and at the top of Mt Mackenzie. New teaching activities were written with attendance at each activity being independent of others. It was hugely successful, and the participants and teacher alike enthused.

img_8788-e1447317728511-300x300In 2015 Christine worked with a group of preteen girls each Thursday afternoon for a term. They developed a bound book to record their art activities answering the question “being an artist is” , and had lots of fun – as only preteens can !

 img_0205In 2016 a variation of this was created for a residential school at “Moorabinda” near Tenterfield, where participants stayed in the shearers’ quarters, made artwork in the shearing shed and out in the field (including under the full moon) and spent 3 days sharing the space and the activities with other people who just wanted to experience some art. It is hoping that this will be repeated at intervals during the year. If you think you’ve got some family, friends and neighbours who might like to “play” for a weekend, contact us to talk about what worked at “Moorabinda”, or find out if there are spaces in upcoming schools there

suitable for all artists
pre-requisite: none
materials: may be supplied as part of the workshop cost, or purchased at cost from the tutor. Artist will need to bring all their usual painting gear. Details will be worked out depending on the needs  and aims of the group.
media: watercolour on paper, pencil/pen/pastel on paper, printmaking etc
class size: up to about 15

NOTES

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workshop space
Large enough so that each participant has 1 metre of desk space each (card table size )
Good ventilation is needed, but not vital as there are no fumes
The tables should be “art” tables and may get dirty, even though we don’t generally use staining colours
Workshop needs will be discussed at the planning stage of the workshop
tools and equipment

A detailed list of equipment needed will be supplied to the organiser in time.
limitations
Watercolour is a non-toxic medium so women who are pregnant or breastfeeding will be able to take part
The workshop space is not a safe place for children under school age
Closed in shoes must be worn – students without shoes will not be able to take part
Many more than 15 in the class takes the personal attention away from individuals
Teenagers much younger than 14 find the learning experience less accesible in an adult workshop. This workshop does not suit primary aged children: it’s better to have a dedicated children or adolescent class
the tutor will bring

All materials needed to attend to the learning experiences: all paper, paint, clean-up, other consumables– to be reimbursed by the participants at cost
Extra materials for resale at cost if there is not an art supply shop in your town 

christine-porter-watercolour-teacher-11 students may need to bring :
Some tools and equipment, however beginning, inexperienced or disorganised students are welcome and will be catered for
A detailed materials list will be supplied before the class for those students who work better that way
fees

Christine charges a tuition fee (daily rate) + travel (if more than 1 hour from Lismore) + accommodation
Materials costs per student start from $15 per day, depending on the workshop, its length and any extra materials purchased.
For more information go to fees and booking