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 the following year, with the Qld Dept of Education. She moved with them from one end of Qld to the other, ending up in Goondiwindi. She only stayed in the classroom for 5 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 speak with 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, note-taking, taking into account the various learning styles of her students, often student-led content. 

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What does Christine teach?

Painting Classes 

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 
Plein air for non-painters 

Printmaking Classes

Intaglio printing techniques 
Drypoint on metal, plastic and found plates 
Colour (Intaglio) printing 
Multi plate processes 
Creating Subtlety in your Intaglio 
50 Ways to Print your etching 
Experimenting with drypoint 

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

– Lismore

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. 

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! 

– Lismore

With the advent of the NSW PARENTS’ Vouchers, and the CREATIVE KIDS Vouchers, Christine has formalised the work she’s been doing with creative children in the years since she left the classroom. 

BOOK WORKSHOPS USING YOUR PARENTS’ Voucher by 9PM Sunday October 9., by phoning Christine directly 0407 170 471 

A series of family group experiences where an adult  (caregiver, grandparent etc)  and their child, are guided by Christine to both create artwork in the field, and develop encouraging language and positive art experiences. More details

One-on-one tuition 
Suits high school age children who want to add more to their elective art at school, or simply increase their understanding of a particular media or idea. More details 


 – 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. The November 2022 weekend is fully booked, please contact Christine if you’d like to go on a waitlist. 

Invite Christine to your place

To your school

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
    Christine charges an hourly rate for group classes, which the organiser can apportion according to the numbers they have, and what grants they can access. 
    –  From $100/hour for classes up to 10 participants. Max 10 hour day. 
    – travel ($60/hour to drive there, or public transport reimbursement)
    – accomodation (if more than 1.5 hours from Lismore. Prefer billet)
  • One hour School Visit – free if she’s in your town already.
  • Studio Door Art Workshop 
    $120 per day, per student, includes tuition, notes, lunch, morning/afternoon tea 
  • Full Moon Art Retreat 
    $380 per person for 2.5 days with accommodation and meals. 
  • Individual Consultation 
    From $60 per hour depending on type and length of consult
  • Plein Air Events 
    From $20/person depending on the event.
  • For  STEP AWAY program – $100 per child for 5 sessions, or $30 per child per session casual attendance. 

Some of these fees are negotiable, for example travel where Christine only charges one way if she has other work in the district. Please don’t hesitate to discuss the fees with her. 

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.

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

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


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


               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.