Online Course: Painting with Confidence!

“Honestly, I’m blown away by this course. I learned SO much that I will definitely use. Everyone in the group was amazing to work with too.  Really was a fun and informative experience.  I am so excited to use these new skills and I’m truly very grateful.  I hope you do this again because I have so many people that I would love to share this with!” Julie

Online painting course

ANNOUNCEMENT – SOLD OUT

I will announce future classes for the Fall of 2021 in my newsletter – please subscribe here.

If you would like to join me in person, I’ll be teaching this course in August 2021 for The Gibsons School of Arts… see the details here. SOLD OUT

Thank you for your interest.

“Your course has sparked a rewarding endeavour which is enriching my day to day life.” Bev

“… your presentation, communication, information and instruction was professional and I also felt an intimate heart connection with each of us that made me look forward to each segment.” Denise

“Over the years, I have taken numerous art workshops, never have I had an instructor share so much of herself, her vast knowledge and her creative expression. She has a kind nature and a wonderful, welcoming personality. She is articulate and shares her love of life and  encouraged us to dive deep into our work. Her class started simply, including the use of tools and painting basics. I was able to follow eagerly and learned many valuable painting techniques.  The supply list was limited and functional. The time Marlene allotted to the processes was well regarded. I had ample time to reflect and practice the many challenges to becoming a more successful artist.I would highly recommend Marlene’s class to every painter. I thank her for showing me the rewarding life that painting , and all that goes with, has to offer.” Patricia


a small group of 4 painters on ZOOM for 4 days of learning.

When I’m painting, I sometimes feel that the freedom I have to choose colours, the subject and technique can actually be stifling, stop me from starting and make me constantly second guess my decisions! Does any of this sound familiar?

I have found it helpful to create some boundaries before I begin so that I can paint with more confidence. This structure actually gives me more freedom, does that make sense?

In this workshop, I’m going to share all my tips and tricks so that you can create your own personal reference guide to support your art practice.  Having a foundation to lean on will give you greater confidence while you paint.

This workshop is a good fit if this sounds like you:
  • Help! I don’t know how to start or restart.
  • Motivate me please, my brushes are lonely!
  • I’m drifting from one painting to the next and I crave some unity.
  • My paintings feel like someone else painted them (ugh).

This experience is not a good fit if you desire to have a completed piece at the end because we are going to use the time together to experiment and try out different techniques. While I’m primarily an abstract artist, this workshop is open to those who prefer to work in realism too because the same principles apply and how you paint is as important as what you paint.

photo: Laara Cerman
Our time together will unfold like this:

2 Evening get togethers  – approx 1.5 hours
Classes 10am – 4pm class time with 1 hour lunch break
(and mini breaks during the day)

Price $525*

I’ve designed the course for 4 full days plus two mini meet ups. I will give us a week break in between so that we can explore on our own before we meet back up for the remaining 2 days.
* Includes GST

It is my desire that after our time together you will:
  • Have created a colour palette, complete with samples, that you are excited to work with for the foreseeable future.
  • Feel confident with your unique mark making and want to explore with new tools and techniques.
  • Be excited to dive deep into a subject and who knows, you might even create a body of work around it!
  • Know at least 5 different ways to start a painting.
  • Address specific questions with me one on one.
  • Relax into free time to just paint in a supportive environment.
  • Bonus! It will be a small group so you are going to meet some really amazing like-minded people.
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