Painting Day For Parent & Child

If you’re a mum or dad with a younger kiddo, we’d love to have you along for our fun painting day! With no experience necessary, this creative afternoon aims to build fun memories between you and your child.

Our accomplished tutor Natasha will teach you and your little one how to paint a starry cityscape! All materials are included, and you each get to take home your own finished canvasses too.

Children should be aged 8-12, but chat to us if they’re slightly outside that age range!

WHEN: Saturday October 17th 2020

TIME: 1pm – 3pm


Parent and child painting workshop Gold Coast

Art Problems: SOLVED!

Multi award-winning illustrator Tony Champ will solve your art problems!

Maybe you’re struggling with drawing faces accurately? Or you just can’t quite mix the colours you wish you could? Or maybe you need help with composition?

Join Tony for his next monthly workshop experience, where his goal is to solve your art issues, and save your work. All types of painting and drawing are welcome! Get professional tuition in a relaxed, and most definitely fun environment with other like-minded folk.

These workshops are not for beginners. Please bring along your work and kit. Students must be aged 18+

WHEN: Saturday October 24th

TIME: 10am – 3pm

COST: $79

Introduction To Watercolour

Come join our popular watercolour sessions with James McKay, and learn the tricks and techniques you need for successful painting!

One of the best pieces of feedback we receive is “I love how James teaches, he makes it so easy to understand!” So we’re super lucky to have James presenting not only a morning but an evening watercolour painting session with us here at GCAS.

In these sessions, you will learn:
• What are transparent washes, and how to use them
• How to control and enjoy the process of wet-in-wet painting
• How to use light and dark to create depth in your work
• What brush techniques you must know to work quickly and effectively

When you book, please tell us if you prefer an AM or PM session, as we have limited spaces for each.

WHEN: October 12th, 19th, 26th & November 2nd, 2020

AM session: 9:30-12:00
PM session: 6:30-9:00


Beginner Watercolour Workshops

Have you already got a bit of watercolour wet-in-wet technique worked out? Are you keen to learn how to paint ocean waves and water? Then come along to our Beginner Watercolour sessions!

These Monday sessions with James McKay are the perfect “level up” if you’ve been dabbling a bit and would love some more professional support.

In these sessions you will learn:

• Further explorations of wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry techniques
• Colour interactions and layering techniques
• How to achieve water reflections and how to make water look more credible
• How to paint seascapes, beaches, waves and rock formations

When you book, please tell us if you prefer an AM or PM session, as we have limited spaces for each.

WHEN: November 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 2020

AM session: 9:30-12:00
PM session: 6:30-9:00



We’re lucky to have two spaces available here at our school for workshops. We invite local artists, crafters and even those who dabble in digital arts and social media to teach here.

If you would love to teach and share your creative knowledge, contact us and share your workshop idea! We’ll help organise the best time for your workshop, and can offer social media marketing packages to promote your workshop for you.

Hire cost:

1 – 4 hours: $45 per hour
4+ hours: $180 total for half/full day hire

What you get:


Hire of an entire space, either our house studio or large open classroom


Access to kitchen with tea, coffee, fridge and microwave


Access to toilets


Use of standing easels and desktop easels


Use of painting equipment (within reason, as organised prior to workshop)


Use of our painting cleanup area


Access to a funky old-school projector


Large desks and chairs


Use of whiteboard and pens


Free parking



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