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Unleash your inner Van Gogh in one afternoon paint class
Paint Sip Munch Repeat at Paint 1
Paint Sip Munch Repeat at Like to Paint 1 - All photos Tricia Ziemer

I have always wanted to paint but never had the time nor skill, so when this workshop came up, I was rapt. I was also astonished that the professional instructor, Gaye Lyons, said I would walk away with a completed canvas in a short half-day course. Everything was supplied including the canvas, all the paints, brushes, aprons, Gaye's painting expertise and lovely bounce of people to bounce ideas off.

Turn your inner Picasso to a canvas on display in shop
Turn your inner Picasso to a canvas on display in shop

I secretly was not sure I believed her. The only painting I have ever done is paint by numbers or painting walls inside my house. My cutting in is average. I am not sure it would pass The Block or Shaynna Blaze's critical eye. So how was I going to achieve this artwork in such a short time?

I headed off on a Sunday afternoon looking very much to dipping my foot in the water and coming home with a painted Twelve Apostle. Which are, for those who do not know Victoria well, are a stunning set of rock formations off the coast of south-west Victoria, between Queenscliff and Lorne. I quipped with my husband, "I will be home later this evening with my Van Gogh and we can sell it and live off the millions". He humoured me with a hearty laugh. He's a good egg.

Professional Painter and Instructor Gaye Lyons
Professional Painter and Instructor Gaye Lyons

But how was this truly going to unfold? The secret is a very inspiring and skilled teacher in Gaye, who did a tremendous amount of the prep work. She had set up all the easels, the brushes, pre-mixed the paint, and put what I would call a base coat of apricot on our canvass. It was dried and ready for our Picasso strokes.

Prepared canvas with masking to help keep your painting neat
Prepared canvas with masking to help keep your painting neat

Next, we learned how to use the brushes, and how to mix the paint with the water to, get the best result. It had to be not too runny or you get drips nor too thick or you got ridges. I think my house painting did help here, as I only got a few drips I had to repair.

Learn the use of water with paint
Learn the use of water with paint

But the fine art of staying in the lines was a little harder for me to achieve. I thought my paint by numbers might have held me in good stead, but when I did this I was aged about 10. Somewhere I lost the skill. It was a horse print that my Grandmother gave me. She kept it in pride of place for many years.

Masking Technique
Masking Technique

Then we learned another painting secret Gaye used a "masking technique" so we could go over our Apostle lines a bit and then take the mask off and we were back within our drawn Apostle. This mask was like a glue product that then rolled off like clear play dough.

What a brilliant product. They need to extend this to house painting. All those years of masking tape, where the paint runs under anyway.

Munch and Sip stunning nibbles
Munch lovely nibbles and Sip while you paint

And while all this magic is happening, Gaye had put on a stunning array of nibbles and drinks for all taste buds.

Thus we truly sipped and munched while Gaye gave us instruction and then added the magic of our paint. And believe it or not, my image started to emerge. We pushed through a bit longer than the class but when I got home, my family thought it was fab. I do not think I quite achieved the puffy clouds or waves perfect, but they thought it came up a treat. See the last picture and in this article and tell me what you think. I would love to receive your comments. Should I go for a career change?

We all did a lovely job and walked away with completed work
We all did a lovely job and walked away with completed work by Jo Gregory

Liane Keegan Opera Singer created fantastic waves
Liiane Keegan Opera Singer created fantastic

I thought we all did a lovely job. I met some very lovely ladies including the Opera Singer, Liane Keegan. She is currently singing around Melbourne and has a Judy Garland show coming up soon. Watch out for that article. And boy did her white waves come up stunning. They looked like they were truly crashing on the beach. Surfers would be so there.

Gaye instructs us along the way tp create your masterpiece
Gaye instructs us along the way to create our masterpiece

But then I just had to get know more about Gaye and what inspired her to paint and to come up with such an innovative workshop idea.

Gaye talked about how she travelled to Italy to work at a villa in exchange for free accommodation. When she arrived she was surrounded by stunning landscapes and talented artists at the villa. She absorbed it all and it started her on her life journey as a talented artist, art shop owner, and instructor.

Gaye admits that she was a late bloomer coming to art late. When she finished her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts in 2003 she wanted to be able to make a living from her achievements. She said, "Once I had enough confidence, I started running weekly art classes." I told her what I had told my husband about creating my Van Gogh and asked Gaye how she was going to take me from a blank canvas to a finished painting. I needed to wow him.

Gaye said, "As you can see I have done a bit of prep because as you can see if people want to leave with a reasonable painting, and I want people to leave with a painting they are very happy with as well, I must prep. So I have drawn some of the basic imagery and put down a basic layer of apricot paint and mixed the paints. And you have a photocopy of the painting you are trying to copy next to you".

Gaye said she had been in her current studio for about 5 years and been doing taking weekly classes. But this Paint Sip Munch Workshop was a recent creation. I asked her what inspired her to do this new workshop. Gaye said, "I started to realise many people do not have the commitment or the time to attend a course every week. And yet they would still like to paint and experience painting at an entry-level. Even with my other classes, I specialise with absolute beginners but it is very different because they have more than three hours. So I put together this course and this is the very first one.

This is the Inaugural Event. And I want people who do not know how to paint to come and realise painting is not brain surgery. I want to demystify things and instil that you can paint well at an entry-level."

Well, it did take me a wee bit of time to relax into the painting, and not overthink it, but Gaye created such a cosy atmosphere it was not long before I got into the flow of the paints. Splendid job indeed, if I do say myself.

Soothing concentration
Soothing concentration

I also asked the other ladies why they were there. Liane Keegan said, "I did a textiles course when I was living and singing in the UK but we did very little painting. I then started to go on and do a bit of acrylics on my own. But I have never had any instruction so I am very interested in seeing how to build the painting from the ground up."

Jo Gregory said, "No I have never had any art lessons at all and I have not done art since year 11. But I am surrounded by artists. My son is doing a fine arts degree and I thought I should try to unearth some inner creativity."

And believe it or not, all three of us left at the end of the course inspired and with a completed artwork. It was such a feeling of accomplishment. I can highly recommend this workshop if you want to find inspiration and your inner artist.

Now for the vital details:
Included are all materials and delicious snacks.
BYO Drinks but tea and coffee are provided.
The dates and bookings are on the website

The location is at 10 Remont Court, Cheltenham. Heaps of parking on the weekend. You are quite close to the beach here, so I headed down early and took advantage. It was the perfect beach day for a lovely lunch. The group size is intimate and feel free to book several friends in with yourself and enjoy the ambience of shared dreams.

Cost is $65 and suitable for 16 years and above.

This is a very reasonable price for what you walk away with in terms of your painting and self-esteem.

Once you arrive, you stow your gear, help yourself to treats, greet others and then you essentially paint, sip, much and repeat.

My Van Gogh, let me know what you think
My Van Gogh, let me know what you think
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Why? To be inspired to paint your first artwork
When: As per website dates
Phone: 0412 977 780
Where: Like to Paint , 10 Remont, Cheltenham
Cost: $65
Your Comment
Looks like great fun!
by janhe (score: 1|14) 409 days ago
I was quite surprised when I realised this only cost $65. I think it's a great deal.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 421 days ago
Looks fantastic, I can't wait to sign up. The paintings look great too.
by annem (score: 0|2) 420 days ago
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