Anise Art

A calming sanctuary for relaxation and a working space to simply create.

HOW TO Art Skills for the Absolute Beginner

A ‘HOW TO ‘workshop in Basic Art Practice. You can DO IT!

Monthly Workshops held every third Friday of the Month. Group numbers 3+ participants

Have you ever wanted to know HOW to paint with watercolours paints and gouache, or draw with charcoal, or how to create different tones and textures using oil and chalk pastels?

If you answered YES then I can assist you. What I find from previous students is that they feel they lack the basics, that is why I teach these amazingly simple skills that you can learn with ease and grace.

I know in my 40 years’ experience that when you learn the specific techniques and skills associated with any art medium step by step through DEMONSTRATION and PRACTICE your own understanding, confidence and desire to create, becomes a whole lot easier!

I have spent many long hours creating Art Skills programs for schools and universities, so I know what procedures and teaching methods work BEST for every kind of learner in a step by step manner.

I start from scratch with every student whether you are a beginner, a novice or professional…what I have noticed is that everyone who has been to my classes learns something new, and has become inspired to connect with their art again!

This workshop format is for set for adults with a desire to explore Art Skills in a fun, supportive, nonjudgmental, relaxed environment with an expert Arts Educator.

All the art workshops are held in the Art Studio, at Lake Cathie. Each workshop is 3 hours in length, starting at 10.30am and finishing at 1.30pm. All art materials are provided for, so all you need to bring is a little snack/ lunch and water for yourself to munch on during the session. You are welcome to use your own brushes if you have them, and please bring along your previous art pieces as we can all learn from them too.

The workshop includes the cost of the tuition, use of all art materials, and a FREE Gift to utilise in each workshop. All workshops must be prepaid prior to workshop commencement date. Please read our TERMS and CONDITIONS so you are aware of our policies regarding refunds. Workshop Fee is available on request. Brushes can be purchased in the studio. Please request this with your booking.

Please call the Wanda to book and reserve your spot. A minimum of 3 people for each workshop.

How To Art Skills for the Absolute Beginner Program 2020


JULY 17 2020 : Watercolour Workshop

Learn how to effectively paint and create with watercolours mediums, and learn the 6 skills and techniques of watercolour painting by demonstration and practice. You will understand how to use the taklon paint brushes for a specific technique. You will then be taken step by step HOW TO create a water colour landscape from scratch that will enable you to paint your own landscapes and seascapes at home or on location. As a bonus in this workshop I will also demonstrate how you can use watercolour pencils, and pens to enhance your water colour musings.

AUGUST 21 2020: Go With Flow Liquid Acrylic Pouring Workshop

You will learn the process, techniques & science behind this cutting edge art process to create beautiful Abstract Art.

This will all happen in a fun, supportive and creative environment in our studio at LAKE CATHIE

This Workshop starts with an introduction to the painting basics, colour theory Pigment weights all in an information booklet . You will be observing a series of simple demonstrations explaining the step by step practical techniques and how to create a fabulous result.

You will learn how to create cells-tree ring pouring, String pulling and Free fall

No previous experience necessary.

All art materials & canvas supplied.

What Students should bring: Refreshments, Pen, notepad, enclosed shoes and old clothing as you will get paint on you!

SEPTEMBER 18 2020: Chalk (soft) Pastels Workshop

There is a real ART to learning how to use chalk or soft pastels. It is an amazing medium that’s versatile and so easy to use. There are specific skills and papers you will explore and play with. You will also learn how to blend like an expert, and then be shown which products to use like fixatives so that your artwork remains colourful and beautiful. You will create a delicious seascape from scratch so that you can practice at home. I will also advise which soft pastels are best for you and you can purchase them from the studio. You will receive a FREE sampler of paper types for use with soft pastels.

OCTOBER 16 2020: DRAWING Skills Workshop

In this workshop you will learn and understand the tools required for great drawings, which pencils to use for specific effects, and more. You will learn the 8 specific skills necessary to create great drawings, and how to recognise these skills in other drawings. I will demonstrate the continuous line technique, how to use charcoal carefully, and how to draw and create a still life drawing from scratch using the specific skills just taught. Be prepared to be amazed! You will receive a FREE set of three effective drawing pencils.

NOVEMBER 20 2020: Oil Pastels Workshop

Oil pastels has always been one of my favorite drawing and painting mediums because it is so versatile and forgiving. In this workshop you will learn the 8 specific skills how to use the oil pastels to their advantage. You will also complete a scene from one of the modern painters Diego Riviera or Frida Kahlo. I will demonstrate the whole process to you step by step utilizing the 8 skills taught to you at the beginning of the lesson. In this particular class I will demonstrate how to mount your artwork in different ways effectively.


“I loved the watercolour workshop especially learning how to create different tones of colour, and maximizing use of the taklon watercolour brushes! It was a very relaxing class- and I cannot wait for the next one, wahoo! Thank you, Wanda.”

Claire Smith

“I was able to pick up some new skills in the drawing class. I loved the Indian Ink workshop too. Wanda packs in so much value into every workshop. Loved It!”

Gail. W.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the workshops held?
Anise Art Creative Wellness Studio

6 Melaleuca Avenue Lake Cathie
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M: 0422 029 084

How long are the workshops and what time do the workshops start?
Each workshop is a 3 hour workshop.
We start promptly at  10.30 am  and finish promptly at 1.30pm.

What will I receive for my payment?
All art materials provided. A FREE gift of specific materials associated with the workshop choice.
Bring your own lunch/ snacks

Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own watercolour brushes if you have them. You can purchase sets at the studio. You will be using taklon brushes in the class.
Bring previous watercolour pieces to the class as a learning tool.

What should I wear?
Casual Clothing please. Art Aprons are provided. Please bring casual jacket for winter weather.

What are the Anise Art Studio’s Terms and Conditions?
CLICK HERE to view Terms and Conditions

Anise Art Studio

Shop 1 / 1661 Ocean Drive
Lake Cathie NSW 2445