Teaching

Christine Porter Australian Artist. Painter, printmaker, teacher, publisher and writer. christineporter.com.au

An experienced teacher

Christine knew in grade two that she was going to be a teacher. She would have no idea what this would mean half a century later. After teacher’s college, she went north and west in 1984, working as a governess on a cattle station near Charters Towers, then further west again with the Qld Department of Education the following year, moving with them from one end of Qld to the other, ending up in Goondiwindi. She only stayed in the classroom for 8 years, but even after she went full time as an artist she has included teaching as part of her practice.

She teaches about the technicalities of painting with watercolour, and about painting and drawing in general; about printmaking especially intaglio inking, wiping and printing and associated plate making. She teaches and consults about the professional side of the industry, and writes in various formats about those subjects. 

This page provides an overview of what she does, but If there’s anything that you’d like to learn, that you don’t see here, please talk to Christine to see if she can help. 

Teaching Summary
More than thirty years as a full-time professional artist. 
A qualified and experienced teacher having  taught every age group from kinder, to university and adult classes.
Has been teaching art since 1990 and art-business since 1996.
Registered teacher in Qld., with appropriate working with children documentation in NSW and Qld. 
Experienced Toastmaster (ACS,CL)
Her teaching strategies include explanation, demonstration, notetaking, taking into account the various learning styles of her students. 

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What does Christine teach?

Painting Classes 

Watercolour 
Drawing 
Making a painting from start to finish 
Creating the illusion of distance 
How to finish your painting 
Retrospective Compositioning 
How to be an artist 
Which materials – paper, paint, brushes 
How to mix colour 
Painting in the field 

Printmaking Classes

Intaglio printing techniques 
Drypoint on metal, plastic and found plates 
Colour (Intaglio) printing 
Multi plate processes 

Art-Business Classes 

Information and guidance about being an art-business-person 
Individual project planning
Long term career consultation 

Class/Lesson Types

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

THE STUDIO DOOR ART WORKSHOPS
– Lismore

2021 INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS 
This can be one-on-one at Christine’s studio in Lismore, or via Zoom.  Please call her to set up a time, and get a quote. 

2021 STUDIO DOOR WORKSHOPS 
Because of the Covid situation, Christine won’t be running these workshops in the same form as she did in 2018-19. As the year progresses this may change. Watch this space! 

photo of Christine reaching up to turn a camera selfie off. Included are the words 2021 online classes. and webaddress www.christineporter.com.au/teaching/

ON-LINE WORKSHOPS 
– The world wide web

In June 2020, Christine received a grant to develop some on-line classes. She spent a large amount of time researching, experimenting and learning. In 2021 she plans to gather than information together and present at least one on-line series, maybe a couple of other lessons. If you are interested in more please contact her. 

News will be announced on FB and INsta when the time gets closer. 

 

 

Full-Moon-Art-Retreat-weekend-art-workshop-with-ChristinePorter-on-a-sheep-station-near-Tenterfield.-Learn-to-paintrelax-and-enjoy-this-beautiful-place

FULL MOON ART RETREAT 
 – Tenterfield 

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. No dates planned for 2021 yet, especially due to Covid19 and border closures. Contact us if you’re interested in a weekend like this.

OUTSIDE WORKSHOPS - The Rest of Australia

Logo of the Alstonville Art Group. The letters AAG, picture of a brush and some swooshy colours CREATING THE ILLUSION OF DISTANCE
Alstonville Art Group
February 2021

Three half days of tuition with guided home activities. Topics include linear and aerial perspective, creating new language to describe and use them. Suitable for all artists except that oil painters will need to work in acrylic or watercolour during class-time.

Art club members only. Standby for confirmation of dates, times and venue. 

Logo for Studio West End. Three casement windows on red background with workds studio west end underneath

 

SOLAR PLATE PRINTING 
Studio West End, Brisbane 
March 6-7, 2021 

Learn how to use the sun to etch a plate, how to manipulate for textures, second plate, key plate, photographic or drawn images etc. We look at using the medium in the hot weather and how to store it. Some time exploring various wiping techniques. Small class only. No experience necessary, though intaglio printmakers will get the most from this class. 

Contact Adele via their website for website for bookings.

Logo for Cowper Art Gallery and Studio. A line drawing of a church with text below of title.

 

[TOWARDS] FIFTY WAYS TO PRINT YOUR ETCHING
Cowper Gallery and Studio, Cowper near Grafton. 
12-15 April, 2021 

This is a shortened workshop after the popular 5 day Grafton Art Fest had to be postponed again because of Covid. 

In  those five days we could have created fifty different inking, wiping or printing variations of your etchings or drypoint plate. In three days we can work towards that number. We will, in the time we have, experiment, explore and extend our understanding, using drypoint plates made on the day, or our own pre-etched plates. We’ll put all the learning into a useful studio resource book, or you can work on your own project. Topics include selective wiping, multi-plate processes, masking, edges, and ways to add colour such as chine colle and watercolour monoprint. 

Very limited numbers. Contact Kerrie via her website  to book.

Logo of Murray's Art and Framing. The words and a bit of a frame around it.

 

WATERCOLOUR (topics to be confirmed) 
Murray’s Art and Framing 
Toowoomba, Qld
June 18-20, 2021

This will be a two- three day workshop dealing probably with a general “creating the illusion of distance” that will suit artists in all painting and drawing media. 

Closer to the time there’ll be more information about the exact format and topics in this workshop. 

Contact Roslyn via Murray’s Art and Framing website. 

Invite Christine to your place

To your school

FREE ARTIST VISIT
If she is visiting your town, Christine is happy to come to your school, especially if you live in a remote or regional town. She can talk about being an artist, show her work, demonstrate, or talk about your topic.

She is happy to create a workshop situation as well, if your school has some extra in the budget. Ask her about the exciting ArtBird project that she’s done with several small schools. 

To your art group 

Are you the Workshop co-ordinator?
If you’d like to invite Christine to work with your art group, the first step is to email her to set up a time to have a phone conversation. She’ll  discuss your art group’s needs, experience, and how she can help you. Here are some guidelines for a start:
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Prices /Fees 

  • For workshops in your town
    Workshop fee: Daily rate + travel if more than 1 hour from Lismore + accomodation 
  • One hour School Visit – free if she’s in your town already.
  • Studio Door Art Workshop 
    $120 per day includes tuition, notes, lunch, morning/afternoon tea 
  • Individual Consultation 
    From $60 per hour depending on type and length of consult
  • Contact Christine for current price list 
With the early days of 2020 putting a stop to face to face art classes, follows are a list of the types of classes Christine teaches. As you can see many of them were taught in 2019. They will be taught again. Contact her directly if you’re interested in learning more about any of the topics. All  can be translated to a digital learning situation if, when you read this, we are still in lockdown, if Christine hasn’t programmed that particular class yet, or if you live too far away for face-to-face.

Watercolour Classes

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, after more than 30 years with the medium, has developed language and strategies to share this love.

Title Make a watercolour painting from start to finish with small watercolour of strawberry.
How to mix colour - watercolour workshop with Australian Artist Christine Porter
"How to paint with watercolour" Workshop by Australian Artist Christine Porter

 

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.

SAMPLE CLASS: 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. 

General Art Classes

Many of the workshops Christine teaches cross over to other media. These three workshops in particular suit artists from any media. 

 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.
"Painting in the field" workshop with ChristinePorter Australian Artist



SAMPLE CLASS: 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

Printmaking Classes

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.

Drypoint Engraving Workshop with Australian Artist Printmaker Christine Porter
Colour Printmaking workshop - Intaglio. with Australian Artist Christine Porter

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.

Sample Workshop – 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.

Art Business Classses

“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    – WORKSHOP or  LECTURE                 
Christine has been teaching this topic since 1996 as a direct response to her own years as a regional artist, in the days before the internet, when information was harder to come by. Her workshop entitled “Success and the Business of Artwork” is a series of modules that can be taken as a one or two day workshop, lecture, or individual consultations. The content in them draws on her own years as a professional artist and her understanding of industry bodies; information  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, basic marketing, using the internet etc
Suits: emerging artist, professional artists with a particular problem, hobby artists, art groups with mixed membership,  outside industry people dealing with emerging artist.

_Individual artist consultation_. Art-business with professional artist and trainer, Christine Porter

 

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION                                                    This can be a one-off consultations, or a series of consultations where the artist might have a particular situation or problem. As needed, referrals  to other industry professionals and any pertinent reference material are included. Presented in person, via telephone or with zoom. 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 . 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 
               Christine welcomes a phone call if you have an art based query. It’s best to send her an email first to make a time. 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.