Acrylic Painting – beginners

Led by Lisa Chandler
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February 2021
NZ $395pp
– includes all materials
Minimum 4 – Maximum 8 people

Totally new to Acrylic Paint, or just starting out? Then this beginners workshop is for you! Lisa will take you through the different kinds of Acrylic paint and painting surfaces available. She will explain what you need to know about the bewildering range of Acrylic mediums and recommend what to buy so you don’t waste your money. Hands on exercises will guide you through colour mixing, mark-making, and constructing a painting. Lisa will also guide you through a variety of experimentations with Acrylic mediums and multi-media effects so you can see what can be achieved.

At the end of this workshop you will be confident applying Acrylic paint, and have a toolkit of techniques and tips to help you develop your painting!



9.30am onwards arrive at the studio to set up (workshop starts at 10am)
10am – 12.30pm workshop (with tea break)
12.30 – 1.30pm lunch on the patio
1.30pm – 4pm workshop (with tea break)
4pm – 6pm Free time (studio stays open till 6pm)
6pm onwards drinks and snacks on the patio
6.30pm Dinner on the patio
Optional art movie

9.30am onwards arrive at studio (workshop starts at 10am)
10am – 12.30pm workshop (with tea break)
12.30 – 1.30pm lunch on the patio
1.30pm – 4pm workshop (with tea break)
4pm – 5pm pack up, clean and depart when ready



  • Minimum of 10 hours of professional tuition
  • All materials
  • Healthy regional foods  – 2 morning and 2 afternoon teas, 2 lunches and 1 dinner with selected drinks
  • All art equipment ie: table/easel/chair/water containers/scrap paper/rags etc
  • Access to a library of books on contemporary painters
  • Optional movie night – art related of course!
  • Comprehensive workshop notes to take home


  • Transport to and from ART HAVEN – check out our location page for details
  • Accommodation – check out our accommodation page for options
  • Travel insurance

NZ $395pp
BOOK NOW! places are limited to 8 participants

Many thanks for your excellent and inspirational workshop and your generosity of artistic knowledge plus yummy meals! When I returned home my mind was still going in circles thinking about all the changes I would make in my art practice.  It is always a very enjoyable experience working beside other artists, seeing them work out their problems, until they reach a happy result. Not worrying about food preparation and cooking was a bonus – especially when it was so good! Thank you too, David, for your behind the scenes work.  A great team effort.
Anne, Motueka, March 2020

“A weekend at Art Haven with tuition from Lisa Chandler is inspirational. I learnt so much in a relaxed atmosphere, with wonderful catering and beautiful surroundings thrown in. Perfection. And I meant every word of that! We revelled in your good cooking and it was so good not to be distracted by providing our own. Thank you too for that support from your partner (to my shame his name escapes me!) I told him he deserved a cut!! Loved your clear instructions and positive comments. First and foremost thanks for an unforgettable, great weekend
Bridget, Nelson, March 2020

I attended a weekend art workshop with Lisa in Nelson, New Zealand. It was a well organised, stimulating and enjoyable course. Lisa is very generous with sharing her knowledge, techniques and expertise. She is also a valuable critic, which is always delivered in a positive manner. This course gave me the confidence to continue developing my new painting skills
Mary Jean Chisnall, Nelson, New Zealand