On this page you will find:

1. Information on In-person Watercolour Painting Workshops & Classes

2. Mastermind Group Online Mentorship for Emerging Artists


1. Information on In-person Watercolor Painting Workshops & Classes:

Tutoring for 25 years, Susan has hosted workshops in New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Europe. She has conducted very successful and much sought-after watercolor workshops in Australia in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. In each of those years she has held two x 3-day workshops in Maroochydore on Queensland’s beautiful and inviting Sunshine Coast. The workshops have attracted artists from near and far – Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and China. Now (Nov 2022), that the Covid situation appears to be more settled and with a degree of normailty returning, Susan is planning to conduct 2 more 3-day watercolour workshops in Oct/Nov 2023. If you are interested in receiving information about these workshops please let us know, using the message box in the form below. We have not finalised the details for the 2023 workshops yet, but much of the information will be similar to that for the 2019 workshops. Therefore, for your reference, please check out the information relating to the 2019 workshops below the form.

If you have any questions about the 2023 workshops please feel free to ask them via the message box in the form below.

Join Susan for a fun 3-day watercolour workshop, full of insights, breakthroughs and learning. Susan very much looks forward to sharing all she knows about watercolour painting with you! Exciting times ahead!! 

A wise teacher not only shares the solutions to problems – she opens your eyes to all the additional uses and potential of the knowledge she shares!

I want to help you feel the exhilaration that comes from painting with confidence!

Details for Susan’s October 2019 Maroochydore Watercolour Workshops:


Susan’s workshops are for all skill levels. See Susan talk about her 2019 Watercolor Workshops in Maroochydore in the video below.

Scroll down below the video to find all the information about the 2019 workshops. This is for your reference, as the information relating to any future workshops will be similar.

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 NZ$250 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.


After reading the detailed information on this page, if you wish to apply for a place on Susan’s  2019 Sunshine Coast workshop series, simply complete the form below. We will come back to you with availability and offer you the opportunity to secure your place with a deposit payment of NZ$250. 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.

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.

About Susan:

Internationally acclaimed New Zealand artist Susan Harrison-Tustain is a highly experienced art workshop tutor and art instruction DVD/Video Download 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). She was a featured artist on Series 10 of the Australian TV show, now enjoyed world-wide – ‘Put Some Colour in Your Life’. 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.

Susan’s Workshops:

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’.

Susan says:

“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:

  • Observation
  • Analysis
  • Deliberation
  • 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 2019 Maroochydore Workshops

The First 3-day Workshop Dates are:

Pre-workshop get-together (optional) on evening of Thursday 10th October 2019
with 3-day workshop on Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October, 2019.

The Second 3-day Workshop Dates are:

Pre-workshop get-together (optional) on evening of Thursday 17th October 2019
with 3-day workshop on Friday 18th October to Sunday 20th October, 2019.

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/Video Downloads or attended a previous workshop will be an advantage. 


Susan will teach each day from 9am to 4pm, with a break for morning tea, an hour for lunch, and afternoon tea at 4pm. Nevertheless, Susan will often continue teaching after 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$1,250.

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$250) 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 2nd August 2019.

Cancellation Policy:

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.

The Venue:

Maroochy Conference Room
The Sebel Hotel Maroochydore
20 Aerodrome Road
Queensland 4558
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 much 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.

Click HERE for more information on the Sebel Hotel Maroochydore:

Below is the special artists’ package information/accommodation available at the Sebel Hotel where the workshops will be held. When booking accommodation with the Sebel Hotel please tell them you are attending Susan’s workshop and you would like the special pricing shown below. The rates have been provided by Chrissy Hulsby, the Conference and Event Sales Manager at the Sebel Maroochydore.

Nightly rate:

1 bedroom pool view apartment AUD$199 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$235 (usually from approx AUD$360 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$118 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

Mastrius Mentorship

2. Mastermind Online Group Mentorship for Emerging Artists

Have you ever wished YOU could have ACCESS to a MASTER ARTIST who you could ask for help with a painting you are struggling with – or help you overcome any hurdles you may be facing?


Maybe you have some burning questions you would like to ask someone who has had over 30 years of EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE and IN-DEPTH UNDERSTANDING of PAINTING and TEACHING. As well as a passion to HELP YOU EXCEL.

What I teach is different, easy-to-grasp and will help you to discover the exhilaration of painting successful MASTERWORKS that capture those magical moments that take our breath away.


What is Mastrius?

The name says it all! Master Artists Mentorship – helping artists find their wings and excel!

What Do I Offer?

  • Live, online Mentorship for emerging artists (artists that have some experience and are ready to discover how to excel).
  • One 2-hour session per month via Mastrius.
  • Although I will be using watercolor & oil, much of the information I share will relate to any medium.
  • The benefit of being able to share this experience with a small group of up to 7 other, similar stage artists. The guidance I give each of you will benefit you all.
  • I focus on the hurdles you currently face – but I also extend you so much further, making my Mastermind group even more far-reaching for you.

My Most Often Asked Question From Artists:

During the many years of teaching artists of all painting skill levels around the world via my international workshops – artists often speak of the frustration they feel at being ‘stuck’ and don’t know how to leave the ‘plateau’ they have found themselves on.

They liked their work, but they didn’t know what was missing in their paintings and where to go for help.

This is my specialty! 🙂

My greatest passion is to empower artists with knowledge, so they can take a giant leap off that highly populated plateau, so many of us have found ourselves on at some stage during our painting journey, to the next level and beyond.

As well as helping you with current hurdles, I also share easy to understand invaluable insights and new awarenesses that will open YOUR eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. 

What Does This Involve?

  • The best way to learn is to focus on paintings/subjects that YOU want to paint or are painting.
  • In these ‘critiques’ I will share knowledge and insights that will help you to create masterworks.
  • This Master Mentorship Group is specifically designed to allow YOU to submit a painting – at any stage of the work – along with written information where you tell me your goal and vision for your painting.
  • You may like me to help you through all the stages of a painting and love to be a part of our group for many sessions.
  • Or maybe you would like just one session to get you on the right track.
  • YOU can tailor the number of sessions you join to YOUR needs.

You May Just Want to Ask Questions

You are also welcome to ask any questions. Tell me where you feel you are struggling. Through a monthly, two hour live mentorship session – I will help you and up to 7 other artists to:

  • Overcome your fears and frustrations
  • Remedy and troubleshoot painting issues YOU are facing
  • Teach YOU how to overcome those hurdles that are stopping you from reaching your full potential
  • Teach YOU how to observe where the problems might be in your work
  • The knowledge I share with you will help you to self-critique your future work!

I Will Use The Following To Help You To Visualize The Impact My Suggestions Can Have On Your Paintings:

  • Mini demonstrations
  • Pre-prepared demonstrations
  • Adobe Photoshop – I can make changes to your paintings using Adobe Photoshop. This will allow me to show you the ‘before and after’ impact of my advice – on YOUR work
  • My ‘works in progress’ or my completed works – these allow me to show you how lessons I’ve learned have allowed my work to have that professional edge and could give the same to YOUR work too. 

The breakthroughs I teach are ‘lightbulb’ moments that could well revolutionize your painting journey – as they have mine and so many other artists around the world.

I  will open YOUR eyes to the logic behind all I teach so you can have a solid base of understanding and logic that you can spring-board from! 

My mentoring sessions are both PRACTICAL and INSPIRATIONAL and, if you are like hundreds of Mastrius artists around the globe, they may just change your life.

Our artist mentorship group STARTS SOON!

Join me! Learn more by clicking on the following link to take you to my Mastrius page:

Susan Harrison-Tustain Mastermind+

I’d LOVE to see you there!


Future Online & Group Mentorship Workshops

In 2022 Susan will be providing Workshops and Mentorship Groups online. Her workshops and teaching are always in high demand. If you are interested in the possibility of taking part in any of these, please let us know in the message box in the form below. Then, you will be the first to be offered the opportunity to secure a place.

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