Watercolor Painting Workshops & Classes
Susan has conducted very successful and much sought-after watercolour workshops in Australia in 2013, 2015, 2016 and, most recently, in April 2018. In each of those years she has held two 3-day workshops in Maroochydore on Queensland’s beautiful and inviting Sunshine Coast. The workshops are not just for those living in Australia. They have also attracted artists from New Zealand, the USA, Canada and China.
Currently Susan has not decided on exact dates for her next Australian workshops, but they are likely to be in October 2019. To be among the first to find out dates and details about them please send us the form below. When released, the workshop spaces are taken up very quickly. Those who are on the workshop priority list will have the first opportunity to secure places.
Below, for your interest, is the detailed information relating to Susan’s most recent (April 2018) previous workshops. Note that the general information for the 2019 workshops will be very similar:
Please scroll down this page for full information about Susan and her workshops (including content and structure, dates, times and cost), the venue (Sebel Hotel) and accommodation and workshop reviews. PLUS – see some photos from her previous workshops.
Join Susan for a fun 3-day watercolour workshop, full of insights, breakthroughs and learning.
Susan is thrilled to announce that she has scheduled two 3-day watercolour workshops in the lovely seaside town of Maroochydore, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. She has conducted highly successful workshops there in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and is very much looking forward to returning.
Please note that a large number of artists have expressed interest in attending Susan’s workshops, so places will be reserved strictly in order of receipt of the deposit payment. Please do not make your flight or accommodation bookings until you have received notification that your workshop place has been confirmed by us.
Susan’s workshops are in high demand. If you wish to apply for a place on Susan’s 2018 Sunshine Coast workshop series, simply complete the form below indicating which workshop(s) you wish to attend. We will come back to you with availability and offer you the opportunity to secure your place with a deposit payment. Just put in your Name, Email (please make sure your email address is 100% correct) and Country. Then in the message box tell us which workshop(s) you wish to request. Please don’t delay if you wish to secure a place. Once you have put your details into the form just complete the arithmetic sum (for security) and click the SUBMIT button.
To enable you to pay the workshop deposit we will send you a Paypal payment request. You can then make payment either with your Paypal funds or by credit card – easy! Once payment is made we will send you a confirmation of your workshop place.
If you have any questions about the workshops please feel free to ask them via the message box in the form below.
Susan very much looks forward to sharing all she knows about watercolour painting with you! Exciting times ahead!!
Remember to scroll all the way down this page for the full information about Susan and her workshops (including content and structure, dates, times and cost), the venue (Sebel Hotel), accommodation and workshop reviews. PLUS – see some photos from her previous workshops.
Internationally acclaimed New Zealand artist Susan Harrison-Tustain is a highly experienced art workshop tutor and art instruction DVD presenter (over 30,000 art instruction DVDs sold world-wide). Susan is also the author of a best-selling North American published art book (60,000 copies sold world-wide). Her work features in numerous international books and leading art magazines (including ‘International Artist’, ‘Australian Artist’ and ‘The Art of Watercolour’). She and her husband Richard also lead one-off sight-seeing, painting, photography and wine appreciation tours in Europe.
Tutoring for 25 years and hosting workshops in NZ, Australia, USA and Europe, Susan’s workshops are always in very high demand. Those in Maroochydore have attracted artists from around Australia, plus New Zealand, the USA and Canada.
Maroochydore is an idyllic spot to teach and learn painting. It’s a holiday town – the perfect place for everyone to unwind in a lovely relaxed, friendly atmosphere as Susan shares her unique teaching style and all that she knows about painting and watercolour.
One afternoon, after class, Richard will offer bonus tuition for those keen to learn how to capture great photographs. Richard will share his knowledge of photography and teach you how to get the most from your digital camera and compose images that will inspire you to capture them in watercolour. Partners are welcome to join in this session too.
As usual the workshop places will be allocated on a ‘first in – first served‘ basis’.
“The success of a painting is often determined by the time we take before putting brush to paper. We can be the best artists in the world at wielding a brush – but without the knowledge of our medium, good composition, observation, analysis, deliberation, colour and colour temperature – our paintings will never reach their full potential.”
Therefore my focus begins with teaching you how to heighten your skills of:
- Intelligent Composition
We then focus on the essential ingredients of:
- Susan’s painting methods & techniques
- Colour mixing and colour trails
- Colour temperature: the power and impact of this knowledge is far-reaching
- Learning how to make watercolour paintings dance with glowing translucent jewel-like colour giving a three dimensional reality
- Layering translucent washes
- Brush handling
- Fine tuning: This is the ‘icing on the cake’ when refining our paintings
I feel Benjamin Disraeli could have been describing my teaching philosophy when he so eloquently penned these words:
” The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches,
but to reveal to him his own.”
I believe good teaching is about taking the artist to a window – throwing it wide and opening their eyes to a whole new awareness and a new world of possibilities through the understanding of the essential artist’s tools above.
I would love to teach you how to create paintings that reach out of the frame and captivate the viewers of your work. Our paintings live on long after we have gone and it is this notion that inspires me to share knowledge so you too can feel the joy of achieving and the knowledge that your work will speak to the generations that follow.
Susan’s 2018 Maroochydore Workshops
The Workshop Dates are:
First Workshop (3 days):
Pre-workshop get-together (optional) on evening of Thursday 19th April 2018
with 3-day workshop on Fri 20th April to Sun 22nd April, 2018.
Second Workshop (3 days):
Pre-workshop get-together (optional) on evening of Thursday 26th April 2018
with 3-day workshop on Fri 27th April to Sun 29th April, 2018.
Susan teaches lessons to everyone, while they are seated around her desk, with a video monitor to show a close-up view of her working on her painting. Once artists return to their own paintings Susan will circulate around the room, spending one-on-one time with each artist to move each forward at their own pace and skill level.
Susan’s workshops are for artists of all skill levels, however having studied Susan’s DVDs or attended a previous workshop will be a great advantage. The painting subject Susan will use as a ‘vehicle’ to demonstrate all of the magic she will share with you – will be the same for both workshops. Taking both workshops is a good option for those keen to learn more and also to take advantage of re-creating the study using all of the newly learned skills from the first workshop – with Susan to guide you.
Susan will teach each day from 9am to 4pm, with a break for morning tea, an hour for lunch, and afternoon tea at 4pm. There is the option for artists to continue painting in the evening if they wish to practise the day’s lessons further.
The cost of three days tuition is NZ$1,200.
The price includes tasty morning and afternoon teas during the workshops. Lunch and accommodation are not included. Susan guarantees to limit the number of artists on each workshop to a maximum of 15.
To reserve a workshop place a non-refundable (NZ$200) deposit is required. Please use the form near the top of this page to request a place on Susan’s workshop(s). As soon as we receive your request we will send you a Paypal payment request for the deposit payment. Spaces are reserved in the order that deposits are received.
The balance payment of NZ$1,000 is to be paid any time before (and including) Friday 16th February 2018.
As you can imagine, we feel saddened if a personal emergency, or other circumstances, force an artist to withdraw from a workshop they have booked. We wish to be fair and reasonable to fellow artists. Therefore, if an artist withdraws from a workshop once the balance payment has been made we will refund that balance payment (NZ$1,000) in full if we are able to find a replacement person for that space. Obviously, the more time we have to secure a replacement, the more likely we are to find one.
Maroochy Conference Room
The Sebel Hotel Maroochydore
20 Aerodrome Road
ph: +61 (0)7 5479 8000
The four star Sebel Hotel has kindly put together a very attractive Artists’ Package Rate for one and two bedroom apartment accommodation. This price is hugely reduced from the usual cost of this beautiful hotel.
The Artist’s Package and of course the twin share possibility makes the Sebel pricing very attractive. However there is a great variety of accommodation in Maroochydore for you to choose from should you wish to stay elsewhere.
Below is the special artists package information/accommodation available at the Sebel Hotel where the workshops will be held:
1 bedroom pool view apartment AUD$193 per night (usually from approx AUD$278 per night)
Relax on large private balcony with views of the sparkling pool and town. Apartments are fully self-contained with gourmet kitchen, over-sized living areas, LCD TV, CD/DVD, broadband (for extra cost), laundry, ensuite with spa bath, and private entry courtyard. Queen bed.
2 bedroom pool view apartment AUD$223 (usually from approx AUD$364 per night).
These are excellent twin share apartments as they have two bathrooms and two bedrooms which makes them very economical for twin share (approx AUD$112 per person).
Relax on large private balcony with views of the sparkling pool & town. Apartments are fully self-contained, 2 bed/2bathroom, gourmet kitchen, over-sized living area, LCD TV, CD/DVD, broadband (for extra cost), laundry, ensuite spa bath & private entry courtyard. Queen bed and two single beds.
There are also ocean view apartments available at an additional $30 per night.
The hotel is ideally situated overlooking the ocean and amongst a street of eateries. There is a provisions shop close by the hotel. Maroochydore Plaza shopping centre is approx 20 minutes walk. The rooms have their own kitchens which is another great asset of this lovely hotel and venue.
“Many thanks for your very inspiring and enlightening workshop. I truly had a wonderful time and must say, it was most definitely the best art workshop I have ever attended 🙂 Susan, your energy, patience and technique detailing is truly extraordinary. I left the workshop on a real ‘high’ and even though I felt I was travelling at a snail’s pace during the workshop, I understand that it was important for you to explain everything in detail and to take many questions from all of the attendees (in order to make sure we understood the process involved) and also spend one on one time with each of us.
Additionally, I have never encountered an artist who addressed the psychology of self belief and confidence in one’s work and shared so much of their personal journey. That is something I needed to hear and I love the personal notes you wrote on the books I purchased. My motto now is “the world is your oyster” and “just do it” and “Believe in yourself”. Thank you for believing in us and giving us that ‘push’ to believe in ourselves!
I am sincerely grateful to you and Richard for coming to the land of Oz and giving so much of yourselves; to provide such a memorable learning experience and for the magic you both create with your charismatic, giving and lovely personalities. It was a real privilege to study with such a brilliant teacher as yourself; truly a ‘master’ painter (or should I say ‘mistress’ “M K Australia
“The Workshop was so inspiring and I learnt so…. much. Your style of teaching was so generous, patient and encouraging. Not only are you a brilliant artist but you are also a brilliant teacher. Your passion in sharing your knowledge with others was so touching and I really appreciate it. I realise that you had given up so much of your valuable painting time to both prepare and deliver the workshop. You have significantly helped a number of aspiring artists.
This was so kind and generous of you. Even though I had read many, many books and watched so many videos over the past two years when I have been trying to teach myself, there were so many things I learnt at your workshop that just aren’t covered or explained clearly in these media. To have you not only explain things clearly, but also to demonstrate them and then have us practice the techniques was invaluable. I am now continuing the rose study at home and am quite delighted as I see my painting improve.”J M Australia
“What a great workshop in Maroochydore, wow I learnt so much from you Susan. How generous sending all that written material to us. I feel absolutely spoilt. Thank you! It was good being a beginner. That was the main reason for going. My belief is, if you are going to learn something, don’t get someone mediocre to
teach you or your work will be mediocre. My theory is learn from the best and you know no other way of doing it and you are half way there. The rest is
practice and hopefully some hidden talent. I have a lot to learn about colour and I guess that will be through some knowledge but mainly discovery.
A limited palette of transparent colours makes a lot of sense.
You are the loveliest couple I have ever met and hopefully I will get the chance to see you again. “Pat Australia
” I am finding a painting I’m working on, coming along nicely (thanks to Susan’s methods), just like to say it was lovely to meet you both, and I really enjoyed the workshop, it was evident the amount of work you both put in to the 3 days, to make it very informative, fun and enlightening, I’m looking forward to attending some more in the future.”Val Australia
“Thank you very much for all this added information. It has provided me with a good summary of all the teaching during the workshop at Maroochydore.
I also wish to extend my very best thanks for the workshop – I found it stimulating, enlightening and rewarding as it gave me a better understanding of many of the practices in producing better paintings. I also thoroughly enjoyed it, You and Richard made the workshop so interesting and full of information – it was a pleasure to be there.
I will be going over the DVDs with more focus to allow me to apply the techniques you so generously shared with us.”N S Australia
Instructional Art DVD’s and Video Downloads
Click on any of the DVD images below to find more in-depth information on the contents of each of the DVDs and Video Downloads.
DVD: Watercolor Masterclass Volume One: “Painting Life-Like Leaves and Vibrant Greens” – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
One-on-One Watercolor Workshops with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
Painting Watercolor My Way with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
Watercolor Portrait Workshop with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50