Developing Ideas

6 Day Workshop including a 1 day art tour led by Lisa Chandler
Sunday 17 May – Sunday 24 May 2020
NZ $1200pp
Minimum 4 – Maximum 8 artists

Often painters say that they don’t know how to get started – that they have a gem of an idea or some imagery that interests them but just aren’t sure how to take the next steps. . . .  sometimes figuring out how to get started is the hardest part.

This hands-on workshop led by professional painter Lisa Chandler will give you creative steps and tips to develop your ideas and teach you how to explore a subject deeply to create an engaging and cohesive series. The workshop is ideal for intermediate painters.

On Sunday arrive in Collingwood and check into your own accommodation.
Welcome drinks and dinner at Art Haven from 6pm

On Monday arrive at the studio anytime from 9am to set up. Workshop starts at 10am with participants introducing their art practice to the group. Lisa will discuss ways to explore, investigate and address your ideas in an increasingly deeper and more expressive way,  through tools like brainstorming, mind-mapping and mood boards. Consider how to communicate your ideas/emotions through paint.
Studio open 9am-6pm. Workshop 10am-4pm. M/A teas, lunch 12.30pm, drinks from 6pm, dinner 6.30pm

On Tuesday create a mood board. Using the ideas on your mood board move onto painting small scale and experimental sketches to trial a variety of ideas quickly.
Studio open 9am-4pm. Workshop 10am-4pm. M/A teas, lunch 12.30pm, own dinner

Wednesday continue with your painting experiments. In the afternoon Lisa will showcase a couple of contemporary painters, and run through some practical steps to create your series.
Studio open 9am-6pm. Workshop 10am-4pm. M/A teas, lunch 12.30pm, drinks from 6pm, dinner 6.30pm

On Thursday we head out of the studio to re-energise ourselves by exploring some of the inspiring artist studios and galleries in Golden Bay.
Meet at ART HAVEN at 9.30am for a 10am departure. Own M/A Teas, Lunch and Dinner

On Friday pick one of your small sketches to use as the basis for a larger painting. In the afternoon Lisa will lead a group discussion on how to balance the intentionality and consistency of your ideas, with creative exploration and unexpected happenings during the painting process.
M/A Teas, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday, our last day, continue with your own painting. In the afternoon enjoy a supportive group critique session, along with tips on the best way to critique your own work, and ideas on evaluating your series as it progresses. Clean and pack up.
Studio open 9am-6pm. Workshop 10am-4pm. M/A teas, lunch 12.30pm, drinks from 6pm, dinner 6.30pm

Sunday check out of your accommodation and depart Golden Bay at your leisure, or stay on for a few more days to explore the stunning environs. Click HERE to find out more about ART HAVEN’S location.

Throughout this workshop Lisa will offer individual guidance to assist participants develop their own style and ideas. Lisa also understands that everyone works at their own speed so there is some flexibility within the workshop schedule for each participant to either work faster or slower.

After 6 inspiring days head home with lots of tips and tricks to assist your creative process, lots of experimental painting sketches for further development and a finished painting (or well underway at least!)

6 day workshop including a 1 day art tour
NZ $1200pp


For this workshop, you will need to bring a ‘new idea’ or ‘theme’ with you that you can ‘flesh’ out over the weekend. This can be based on anything that inspires you – a photograph/s you’ve been thinking about painting for awhile, a particular subject or emotion, a person, a colour or texture that appeals. For example a landscape painter might choose a theme around a specific location, or a season, or a particular subject (large or small – like mountains or leaves) or a specific emotional quality that you want to express. The important thing is that you choose something that inspires and interests you!

Please bring the following:

  • A selection of your own photographs/sketches to work with (as above)
  • Pencils, rubber, coloured markers etc
  • 1 x A4 or A3 blank sketch book or single A4/A3 pages of cartridge paper
  • A pad of A3 Acrylic canvas painting paper
  • Acrylic paint and any mediums you usually use
  • Painting brushes and tools
  • 1 or 2 stretched canvases  – maximum of 100 x 140cm

Onsite equipment and materials will include a small cork board each for your mood board, collaging supplies to assist in making your mood board, a table, chair and easel for each participant, water containers, painting palettes, rags, scrap paper, newspapers and a library of art books.

Are you travelling? ART HAVEN can tailor an art pack for you, with everything you need for this workshop, including a cardboard tube so you can take your paintings home with you. Please request further details on the booking form.

6 day workshop including a 1 day art tour
NZ $1200pp


  • Minimum of 25 hours professional tuition
  • Healthy regional foods  – 5 morning and afternoon teas, 5 lunches and 5 dinners with selected drinks
  • All art equipment ie: table/easel/chair/water containers/scrap paper/rags etc
  • A small cork board for your mood board and some source material
  • A 1 day guided tour of artist studios and galleries in Golden Bay
  • Access to a library of books on contemporary painters
  • Comprehensive notes and list of resources
  • An ART HAVEN journal
  • Access to the private ART HAVEN online Facebook community so you can connect with other artists prior to the workshop, interact and share your work (and memories) and continue to support each other afterwards


  • Transport to and from ART HAVEN – check out our location page for details
  • Accommodation – check out our accommodation page for options
  • Art materials unless listed above
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners (there are a variety of places to eat in Collingwood covering all budgets)
  • Travel insurance
BOOK NOW!  places are limited to 8 participants