Workshops

EXPERIMENT with ways to develop your painting practice during Weekly Sessions

ESCAPE your everyday with a creative Weekend Workshop


Art Haven is excited to share creative workshops especially for painters in a light-filled art studio overlooking the tiny seaside town of Collingwood in stunning Golden Bay at the top of the South Island, New Zealand. Nestled on the hill, amongst native bush and with views over the Collingwood estuary and mountains, Art Haven is the ideal venue for inspiration, creativity and artistic development.

Art Haven workshops are perfect for you if you answer YES to any of these questions . . .

Do you feel like you are currently in a creative rut? Art Haven’s  knowledgeable tutors can assist you to develop and extend your art practice through carefully designed workshops in acrylic, pastel, printmaking, watercolour and more . . .   be inspired with insights into the contemporary painting scene, new techniques and tools to re-energise your painting practice.

Is fear holding you back from experimenting in the studio? Art Haven’s tutors are all professional and experienced artists and they can offer you strategies to give you the courage to work through this common emotion. The Art Haven studio is a supportive and caring environment, yet we will also challenge and push you to take risks with your painting.

Do you feel like you need to escape the normal stuff for awhile? Then come and join us in beautiful Collingwood. The half acre section of native bush is crisscrossed with bush paths; hammocks, bean bags and benches offer secret hideaways for those moments of relaxing contemplation. Couple that with delicious and healthy(ish) home cooked meals, and non-stop art talk, and you’ll go home feeling refreshed and inspired.

Do you feel like you need a break from the solitary space of your studio?  All painters love the solitary space of their studio spaces but at Art Haven we also strongly believe in the importance and value of connecting, sharing with, and supporting fellow painters. All workshop participants can join the private Art Haven facebook group. 

Art Haven PAINTING workshops are all about living and breathing art and creativity 24/7 – they offer an exciting learning experience in a supportive environment, an artists support group, a chance to escape your daily routine and an opportunity to feed your creativity.

For painters who want to experiment, escape and extend . . . Art Haven looks forward to welcoming you to Collingwood soon

I’ve had the most wonderful experience at Art Haven with the brilliant Lisa Chandler. She’s a fantastic teacher and a very talented artist, I learnt a lot in my full day class. Lots of tips and a great help with the process of what and how to paint. Loved using all the different tools to create something very unique. We had a gorgeous lunch and delicious home made treats throughout the day. A lovely small group and definitely coming back, love love loved my little cottage in the garden too. It’s a little slice of heaven up here. Thanks so much
Martha, Ireland, January 2020

My weekend workshop at Art Haven would have to be a solid 10 out of 10 on my scale of enjoyment. John Cornish has such a brilliant teaching method and made every one of us feel great about what we were doing. Lisa Chandler your art is fantastic and your cooking and hosting were also tops. Can’t wait to go again”  
Gwen, Nelson, February 2020