Wonderful Watercolours!

Led by Jan Thomson from Nelson Lakes
Beginners / Refresher

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April 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.

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.

Art Haven is excited to be bringing Jan to Golden Bay to share her talent. This two day workshop is suitable for beginners, and also for people who haven’t painted for awhile – taking them back over the basics, and refreshing their skills. The workshop will cover different watercolour techniques and materials on the first day, then participants will learn how to put it all together to create a painting on day two.

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:

  • Artist grade watercolours: Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna (dark, if you have the choice), Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red or Pyrrole Red Light, Rose Madder, Aureolin
  • No.8 round brush – synthetic watercolour brushes are fine
  • Either a mop (if you have one!) or just a cheap 2″ wash brush
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil (4B) and kneadable eraser
  • Watercolour paper  – I use Fabriano Artistico Rough 300gsm , which I can supply at $16 per sheet, which will be plenty for two days. You will need either two full sheets or about 10 A4 size pieces and 2 x A3


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.

9.30am 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 (studio stays open till 6pm)
6pm onwards drinks and snacks
6.30pm dinner
Optional art movie

9.30am onwards arrive at studio
10am – 12.30pm workshop (with tea break)
12.30 – 1.30pm lunch
1.30pm – 4pm workshop (with tea break)
4pm – 5pm 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!
  • 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
  • Art materials unless listed
  • Travel insurance

BOOK NOW!  places are limited to 8 participants