Workshops

EXTEND your painting practice with our Regular Sessions

ESCAPE your everyday with on one of our creative Weekend Workshops

EXPERIMENT or try out new techniques on a Half or 1 Day Workshop


Art Haven is excited to share creative workshops in a large, fully equipped light-filled studio in the seaside town of Collingwood in stunning Golden Bay at the top of the South Island, New Zealand.

Art Haven workshops are perfect if you are just starting out on your creative journey or if you need help to extend your existing creative practice. We offer a range of workshops, tutored by professional and experienced artists, that are suitable for total beginners, through to intermediate and advanced artists.

If you feel like you’ve always wanted to explore your creative side, come and try a workshop at Art Haven. We offer regular and one-off workshops designed especially for beginners.

If you feel like you are in a rut with your art, 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.

If fear is holding you back from experimenting in the studio Art Haven’s tutors 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.

If you feel like you need to escape the ‘normal stuff’ for awhile come and join us in beautiful Collingwood. Our developing garden offers space for relaxing contemplation with or without an art book from our library, and Collingwood beach is ideal for long meditative walks. Couple that with delicious and healthy(ish) home cooked meals, and non-stop art talk, and you’ll go home feeling refreshed and inspired.

If you feel like you need a break from the solitary space of your studio – come and join us! All painters love the solitary space of their studios but at Art Haven we also strongly believe in the importance and value of connecting, sharing with, and supporting fellow painters. 

Art Haven is the ideal venue for inspiration, creativity and artistic development. We offer an exciting learning experience in a supportive environment, a chance to escape your daily routine and an opportunity to feed your creativity.

For artists of all levels 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

Thanks so much for such a great workshop. I found it really inspiring and instructive, and I  love the way you teach. Extra privileged to have such a small group and the whole weekend has been very restorative.
Liz, Nelson, June 2020

Thanks for a great weekend. I enjoyed John’s enthusiasm and variety of different exercises to invigorate our creativity. It was really helpful and reassuring to plunge into a variety of playful techniques with minimal pressure. I loved the small group so we all could interact well, and it was a lovely light space to work in. The food was very tasty and healthy which was really enjoyable for sure, thanks so much for your efforts. The Saturday night video clips was great exposure to other artists and what they are doing, as well as having relaxing chat time to get to know others a bit more. Kind regards to you three for such a smooth running weekend.
Sally, Golden Bay, February 2020