“Tell me what you want to learn, and I’ll teach you”

Watercolour painting, Intaglio printmaking and general art classes. Art-business consultation and training for artists and art-business-people.
Weekend workshops, weekend retreats, longer schools, individual tutorial, ongoing classes. At your space, at Christine’s studio in Lismore, or via skype.
– Thirty years as a full time professional artist. Read CV
– A trained and experienced teacher having  taught every age group from kindy to older people and university level.
– Experienced Toastmaster (ACS,CL)
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Studio Door Art workshops by Christine Porter at her home in LismoreNSW Australia. A variety of single day classes about watercolour, printmaking and art-business
Monthly single-day workshops at Christine’s studio in East Lismore. February-November (none in December or January) Topics include various watercolour and printmaking  projects. Follow Christine on Eventbrite. to receive regular updates when new programs become available. Or contact Christine’s to book directly here

Make a Watercolour Painting, from start to finish.
Paper for Watercolourists and other artists. 
Wet-in-WetWatercolour and how to control it.
Easy Drypoint Printing – 50 ways to print your drypoint.
June 8:
Creating the Illusion of distance for painting and drawing.

July13 How to Draw
August 10 Colour for Watercolour
Sept 21 Managing White in Watercolour
October 26 How to Finish your Watercolour
November date to be advised, Easy Drypoint,

In this workshop we learn how to match a colour exactly to the object we are painting. I explain which tube colours I use, and my version of the colour wheel. We learn how to make grey, black and that great  north coast challenge: GREEN. I show you a way to record colour mixes so they are a useful resource and we do a tube audit of your paints to see what you have. Suits beginning and experienced artists. Experienced artists, or anyone who has attended this workshop before, will be encouraged to extend their knowledge and to experiment more widely. More information and to book using credit card or paypal go to Eventbrite .To book directly download enrolment form below.

One of the tricky parts of painting in watercolour is not using tube white. This workshop explains how to leave the white bits, what works with lifting out and which store bought masks work. Being able to handle white is one of the key elements of painting in watercolour. This is a chance to experiment in a safe place. There are a variety of challenges I’ll be presenting, once we’ve worked out the basics, depending on the experience of the artist.
Suits beginning and experienced artists. 
PS this is a really fun day of painting, don’t be put off by the word “challenges”. More information and to book using credit card or paypal go to Eventbrite . To book directly download enrolment form below.

OCTOBER 26, 2019 HOW TO FINISH YOUR WATERCOLOUR This workshop is one of the most important that I teach. Developed in response to the questions: “When is my painting finished ? How do I know when to stop ? There’s something wrong with my painting, but I don’t know what it is? I introduce “The Four Fingernails of Success” to look at the big picture our. We look at ways of stepping away from the easel to see more clearly. I explain “The Seven Questions for Seeing” which give us specific information about what the audience will see. Artists will be encouraged to bring a “failed” painting to evaluate and adjust by working through these step by step processes. More information and to book using credit card or paypal go to Eventbrite. To book directly download enrolment form below.


FULL MOON ART RETREAT               Twice a year Christine takes a small group of artists to a sheep station near Tenterfield. A long weekend of drawing, painting, printmaking in the shearing shed, out in the landscape and under the full moon. A relaxing weekend for beginning and experienced artists immersing ourselves in this beautiful part of the world. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for more details.2019 dates: Oct 11-14.  SOLD OUT 


 HOW TO DRAW                  Learn how to draw what's in front of you, accurately. Using still life, from real life and from the straight edge world of architecture. This can be a small section in another day, or a full day by itself.
HOW TO DRAW                  Learn how to draw what’s in front of you, accurately. Using still life, from real life and from the straight edge world of architecture. Part of the 2019 Studio Door Art Workshops.

PERSPECTIVE A workshop that investigates the four main painting elements that contribute to the Illusion of Distance in representational painting. A study of perspective that is more than just drawing railway lines and boxes. Part of the Studio Door Art Workshop, series, this will be repeated in 2020.


Watercolour has a terrifyingly reputation, however it is very simple to use – perhaps it’s that simplicity that creates difficulties in people’s minds. Christine LOVES watercolour and has, after more than 30 years with the medium, developed language and strategies to share this love.

Making art is more than handling the media. Yes, you do need to know how to manage the paint/paper/white edges etc, but Christine believes that is only one part of successfully creating an artwork. She has created a series of single day workshops that can be taken on their own or blended with others. None is a pre-requisite for any other. Often smaller versions of each class are incorporated into a single workshop depending on the needs of the participants.
Be you, not your teachers’ clone. Christine is passionate about creating independent artists. Her teaching strategies are about showing, experimenting, strategies, note taking and projects to do at home. Each class has followup email/phone support with Christine.
Each student is an individual Classes have a minimum number, every class can be modified to suit the needs of the artists in the group. Raw beginners are welcome, experienced artists are challenged, artists from other mediums are encouraged.

"How to paint with watercolour" Workshop by Australian Artist Christine Porter
    HOW TO PAINT WITH WATERCOLOUR                             This workshop is about the medium of watercolour. By lunchtime on the first day, the student will have explored everything there is to know about painting in watercolour (after that it’s just hours at the easel). The class investigates what makes this medium special, how to handle its peculiarities– collating the learning experiences in a small sample book for reference. Can be one or two day workshop. Suits: beginning artists, painters from other media, watercolourists with some experience, lapsed watercolourists.
Title Make a watercolour painting from start to finish with small watercolour of strawberry.
HOW TO MAKE A PAINTING                    This is a day about how to make a picture. Beginning with choosing the subject, making notes, devising composition, painting, problem solving, framing and storage. Colour and tone are investigated.  Students come away from this day with a small painting illustrating their understanding of how to approach any subject from conception to completion. Suitable for beginning artists, painters from other media, watercolourists with some experience, lapsed watercolourist. Part of the StudioDoorArtWorkshop series.
"Painting in the field" workshop with ChristinePorter Australian Artist
                               PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR                   This workshop, about taking your studio out into the great outdoors, addresses challenges such as getting there without the need for a sherpa, what to pack, how to start, how to take all that LANDSCAPE and fit it onto your page. Depending on the site we look at how to paint trees, buildings and people in the environment. It’s about how we don’t need to go all the way to Paris to find inspiration, and how the meditative nature of sitting in a comfortable chair in the out-of-doors is one of life’s great pleasures. ( read Christine’s blog post  about this topic) Can be taken as a full day out in the field, or as part of another class.Suits all artists


Because so much about printmaking revolves around technique, Christine’s workshops usually involves working small, collating  plate-making, inking, wiping and printing experiments into a self printed,    studio resource book. Some students may create their own individual projects if the time permits: others may take the time to simply experiment further.

VENUE The classes can be held at your place, or in Christine’s studio
CONTENT – different methods of inking, wiping and printing plates  Suits those who work in edition or in unique states. Includes inking intaglio and relief; masking, dolly wiping and more.
-other printmaking topics: which ink does what, how colours, pigments and brands differ, using white and black ink, materials other than ink, multi plate techniques, developing narratives, safe workplace practices + Professional aspects of printmaking such as the implications of editioning, signing, storage and post-print care.
All workshops suit:
– artists with some experience in printmaking
– artists from other media
– high school art teachers, with or without printmaking experience
– primary school teachers who may feel that this sort of art is too difficult for their classroom
– people who’ve never made a painting, etching or even a singe piece of art before in their whole lives.

Colour Printmaking workshop - Intaglio. with Australian Artist Christine Porter
COLOUR (INTAGLIO) PRINTING                      These two workshops are about the printing part of print-making. Explore the many different ways of printing in COLOUR from the plates created during the workshop (various drypoint and engraving techniques on a different surfaces) as well as from student’s own, already etched, plates.  Depending on the experience of the participants, 1) NOW ADD COLOUR.  This workshop is a time of experimenting with ways to add colour easily without having to etch more metal. Suits the experimental printmaker who wants to create a variety of marks easily, or the scientific printmaker who likes to test images first. A full day /days of technical interrogation. 2) FIFTY WAYS TO PRINT YOUR ETCHING 2-3 days to literally print a single plate in 50 variations. Heaps of fun.
Drypoint Engraving Workshop with Australian Artist Printmaker Christine Porter
                                    DRYPOINT                                 Drypoint is the simplest form of printmaking, where an image is scratched into a flat surface, originally copper. In this workshop Christine explores tools and methods needed to make a simple drypoint plate, using a number of techniques on different surfaces, including  household materials.DRYPOINT AS A NOTE-TAKING TOOL: Christine uses metal and acid in her own practice but has developed teaching methods that has quick results allowing for more information to be taken back to the artist’s studio: more time for experimenting with the various inking, wiping and printing options available. DRYPOINT AS SKETCHING TOOLS – EN PLEIN AIR: Taking the sketching plates out in the open, sketching and bringing them back into the studio to work up into finished artwork or artist books. Image: plastic plate from the MagpieXIII drypoint 2017
Solar Plate Printmaking workshop with Australian Artist Christine Porter
                     SOLAR PLATE PRINTMAKING                          A less toxic printmaking form, where when the  light-sensitive surface laid over a metal plate is exposed to UV light in order to create a new surface that is sturdy, waterproof and ready to be wiped intaglio or relief. This precludes the use of acids traditionally used to etch a metal plate and makes for a safer studio. From this new technology have come different and exciting ways of making a mark including using found objects and “drawing” with a photocopier.The materials needed for solar plate are more expensive so the materials fee per student is more than for other printmaking workshops. The workshop includes many of the inking and wiping topics covered in the colour printing workshops.


“My Vision is that all over Australia and the world emerging artists will have access to the same information, motivation and opportunities as those involved with art institutions, industry bodies and/or the business world. My Mission is to create a level playing field for all artists through education and motivation, regardless of the concepts behind, subject matter or medium of the artwork created, regardless of  the geographical situation or demographic of the artist.” 

_Success and the Business of Artwork_ Art-Business Professional Development workshop for artists by Art-Professional Christine Porter
SUCCESS AND THE BUSINESS OF ARTWORK                     Christine has been teaching about being an art-businessperson since 1996 in direct response to her own years as a regional artist without easy access to art-professional information. Her workshop entitled “Success and the Business of Artwork” is a series of modules that can be taken as a weekend workshop, lecture, a series of individual units or individual consultations. The content in them draws on her own years as a professional artist, her understanding of industry bodies and what they can offer and was refined when she was a casual academic teaching within the Arts Industry Studies unit at Southern Cross University. Topics include: making sales, valuing your art, the artists’ product, record keeping, acceptable standards, transporting fragile items, copyright, copying, multiples, conservation, industry bodies, how to get into the studio and stay there. etc Suits: emerging artist, professional artists with a particular problem, hobby artists, art groups with mixed membership, professionals outside the industry dealing with emerging artist.
_Individual artist consultation_. Art-business with professional artist and trainer, Christine Porter
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION – The teacher as experienced bystander                                                      Christine works with artists as their individual mentor. Often these are one-off consultations where the artist has a particular situation or problem. The discussion results in the artist having a greater understanding of the steps needed to achieve their aims and goals, and of the industry as it relates to them in this specific situation. As needed, referrals  to other industry professionals and any pertinent reference material are included. Sometimes this consultation can be via telephone or skype. The aim here is not to question or give advice on how or what the artist is making, but simply to talk about what to do with it next.  Venue can be at any cafe or meeting room near both the artist and the teacher. Cost will be an hourly rate but no travel costs if Christine is already in the area. (Mug by Ken Done)
Free fifteen minute art-business or watercolour consultation_ By professional artist and art-business-person Christine Porter
FREE FIFTEEN MINUTES – short questions
               If you have a simple question Christine is happy for you to contact her by phone or email. In fact she welcomes these sort of contacts. Most problems can be solved easily. If it looks too complicated she will organise a formal consultation or referral to another professional.
Cost: FREE if it takes less than 15 minutes to answer. Some of the questions so far have been about copyright, framing, exhibition problems. Some of the answers have included referral to accountants, industry bodies and particular internet sites. Christine is your person in the industry, in the days before Google, she remembers very clearly what it was like to not really know where to get the information. This is  your chance to find out.      
Full Moon Art Retreat Details. Contact Julia or Christine for more information or to book.


Information for the participants and organisers of workshops employing artist Christine Porter

Workshop space – painting:
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. Running water and electricity are handy.
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
Workshop space – printmaking:
Same as above but add one extra trestle table or similar for the press. May need a bit more walking around room. The room may need better ventilation for printmaking as Christine uses oil based inks. Will need covers on the tables.A detailed list of equipment needed will be supplied to the organiser in time.
Pregnant and breast feeding women need to be aware that oil based inks ( though no solvents) are used in printmaking classes. 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
Ideal class size between 10-15 participants.  For printmaking there needs to be a max of 10 per etching press.
Teenagers younger than 14 find the learning experience less accessible in an adult workshop. This workshop does not suit primary aged children: it’s better to have a dedicated children or adolescent class. There are several children’s art schools in the northern rivers. Christine is happy to create small classes for children if the need arises.
The tutor will bring:
All materials needed to attend to the learning experiences: all paper, paint, clean-up, other consumables– usually  reimbursed by the participants, but could be reimbursed by the organisers.
In printmaking class, she will bring her travelling etching press.
Extra materials for resale at cost if there is not an art supply shop in your town
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 for Christine to come to your town to teach
Tuition fee (daily rate) + travel (if more than 1 hour from Lismore) + accommodation
If she is already working in your town, she may reduce the travelling fee.
Materials costs per student start from $15 per day, depending on the workshop, its length and any extra materials purchased.
Contact Christine for a quote
Fees for Studio Door Art Workshops
$120 per person. Includes all materials, tools and learning experiences + smoko and lunch. Discounts are given for students who have attended a previous Studio Door Art Workshop
Christine offers barter (garden, handyperson) for one place in each workshop