Out & About with Watercolours

Led by Jan Thomson from Nelson Lakes
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October 2021
2 day workshop NZ $395pp
Minimum 4 – Maximum 8 people

Please note a full refund will be given if we have to cancel a workshop due to a NZ Government Covid 19 Level 3 or 4 lockdown.

Have you always wanted to try painting outdoors? This 2 day workshop will be a relaxed way to give plein air painting a try in a small, friendly group of like minded painters in beautiful Collingwood!

Each day Jan will take you out to paint at two different spots with different subjects, depending on the weather conditions. Each session will include time in the studio beforehand talking about techniques, and a critique session afterwards to help sort out any painting problems that we’ve faced together. Meals will be enjoyed in the Art Haven garden overlooking the Collingwood mountains.

This workshop is not suitable for total beginners  – you will need to be comfortable with basic watercolour painting techniques.

Jan Thomson is a talented watercolour artist from Nelson Lakes. She loves to get out and paint – capturing light and mood, and getting people to notice places and things that we often take for granted. She especially enjoys painting New Zealand landscapes – the beautiful alpine environs from the birds, plants and mountains which surround her home. Light is always the biggest drawcard for her.

Jan holds regular solo exhibitions, as well as exhibiting with The Nelson Suter Art Society. Her work is held in private collections both in New Zealand and overseas and she is represented at Van Helden Gallery in Days Bay, Wellington and Wall to Wall Art, Nelson.

Feedback from some of Jan’s recent workshops:
“I just want to say what a great weekend it was. I can say without reservation that I found your class more constructive and helpful than any other art class that I have attended. Clearly you have spent considerable time and energy distilling your art knowledge into a format that can be easily understood by budding painters who are keen and willing to learn. Quite a skill, I think.”
“Loved every minute, feel more confident”
“Your tuition skills are superb and innovative, thanks from my heart for helping me start on this new adventure”


MATERIALS LIST – please bring:

  • List to come


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.

9.45am onwards arrive at Art Haven studio to set up
10am – 12.30pm workshop (with tea break)
12.30 – 1.30pm lunch
1.30pm – 4pm workshop (with tea break)
4pm – 6pm free time
6pm Visit Lisa Chandler’s studio
6.30pm dinner
Optional art movie

9.45am onwards arrive at studio
10am – 12.30pm workshop (with tea break)
12.30 – 1.30pm lunch
1.30pm – 4pm workshop (with tea break)
4pm – 4.30pm pack up, clean and depart when ready

2 day workshop NZ $395pp


  • Minimum of 10 hours professional tuition
  • 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!


  • 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
  • Travel insurance

BOOK NOW!  places are limited to 8 participants