2019 Workshops and Painting Tours with Linda MacAulay


Learn to paint with Australian Artist Linda MacAulay.  Scroll down to find a summary of 2019 painting workshops, classes and painting tours.  Keep scrolling to find more detailed information on each course including dates, locations, costs, times and contact details.  

Watercolour Travel Diary Demonstration/Workshop 

Diamond Valley Art Society

Saturday May 11th, 2019
10:00 am-11:30 am demonstration, open to everyone to come and have a look.
Cost $5 Members, $8-10 Non members
12:00 -4:30 pm
Workshop fee $55 members.
Some materials provided, but feel free to bring your own.
To book a spot, contact Di by May 3rd on 0409 016695.

Keeping a visual diary while travelling, helps capture your experience in way that photographs can’t. A drawing or painting created on location instantly takes you back not just to the scene, but the atmosphere, the feeling and memory of actually being there.
Come along to the demonstration where Linda will show her collection of travel diaries and demonstrate some basic techniques by painting a small example in watercolour and pen and wash.
If you feel inspired join us for the course after the demo where you will be able to put these techniques into practice under Linda’s expert guidance. You will receive comprehensive written notes.
Learn about:
• Which equipment to use….what works and what does not
• Watercolour techniques specific to using pan sets
• Pen and wash techniques
• Design and layout ideas
• Tips for drawing on location
• How to tell a story through your journal.

“Quirky Creatures” – 1 Day workshop 

Quirky Creatures at art’sKool
Date: Sunday 19th May – 10:00am to 4:00pm. Bring Lunch.

Cost: $150 including materials

arts’Kool – Art Classes on the Bellarine Peninsula
0437 582 772
1/20 Everist Road Ocean Grove, Victoria 3226 Australia

To enrol please visit the link below, scroll down to my workshop and fill in the form on line or ring the number.



Working in acrylics and using tonal layering, participants will learn how to create their own unique animal character portrait. Learn what enables an artist to add a human element and expression to an animal or how to distil the essence of a person for a caricature.  Participants are welcome to bring their own photographs to work from or follow my step by step tuition to paint an “emu with attitude.”  If you wish to caricature a person please bring along some photographs of that person. It is better if you bring a few different options. It could be family, friends or a celebrity. You can then choose to do one of the following options on the day.
• Follow my step by step demonstration. We will be turning a person into an emu so you can work from your own reference photographs or I can provide the reference photographs and you can follow along step by step.
• If you wish to caricature a person as a different animal please bring along a photograph of the person you wish to paint along with one of the animal in a similar position. There does have to be some similarity for this process to work. It can take a little time to find to find a combination that works well so perhaps bring more than one option.
You will need to bring a canvas….no larger than 40 x 60 cm with the background painted in acrylic ready for us to start painting our caricature. Often simple and uncluttered backgrounds works best.
Course notes are provided but please bring a pen and a notebook or paper to make some rough sketches.
Please wear old clothes as it can get messy.

Painting Ooraminna – En Plein Air Introduction

12th of June, 2019
10 am till 4 pm at Ooramina Station
$150 inclusions : workshop / coach transfers / Lunch / Morning & afternoon tea / tea & coffee
Contact the station Tel: +61 8 8953 0477 or email info@ooraminna.com.au for enrolment.

En Plein Air is really just a fancy way of staying painting on location. Nothing connects you to the landscape more than painting from life although it can be daunting to know where and how to start.
Spend the day capturing the stunning scenery at Ooraminna Station with Linda’s guidance.
Learn how to:
• Find the edges of the scene
• Mix the right colours
• Determine the focal point
• Discover depth and tone
• Create the illusion of distance
Bring along any medium be it watercolour, oils, acrylics, pencils or just a pencil and paper.
There will be demonstrations by Linda and written notes provided.
Participants to bring their own materials.

Paint a Galaxy at Ooraminna Station

Thursday 13th, June 2019
$185 inclusions : workshop plus all materials/ Sparkling on arrival / Dinner – substantial canapes / coach transfers / coffee / tea
Contact the station Tel: +61 8 8953 0477 or email info@ooraminna.com.au for enrolment.

There is nothing like the night sky in outback Australia.
Come and join us at Ooraminna Station for a night of contemplating the universe…in paint.

Learn to paint a galaxy of stars in watercolour with Australian Artist Linda MacAulay using the unique Daniel Smith Iridescent Watercolours. Explore the joys of painting wet on wet and allowing the medium itself to create fabulous effects.

With all materials supplied this evening workshop is suitable for the complete novice painter or even those more experienced painters who would love to give this a go and try these pigments for yourself in like-minded company. With step by step guidance provided you will produce your two of your own night sky watercolours to take home.

Learn to Paint – Melbourne Studio Workshops

The aim of these workshops is to explore the foundation skills that are necessary to enable artists to take their work to the next level and are suitable for beginners or artists who wish to consolidate their core painting skills.  Each workshop is strictly limited to 4 people and is held in Linda’s Melbourne Studio.
Workshop notes are provided.  More Information is listed below for each session.  Next workshops will be in Sept 2019.  Please email Linda at lmacaulay64@gmail.com  for an expression of interest.

Backgrounds using Acrylic 

Blending, Wet on Wet and Dry Brush Work

One Day Workshop

10 am till 4 pm

11 Wattle Grove, Eltham

Creating the perfect out of focus background adds depth to your painting. Use 3 different working methods for creating backgrounds in acrylics.  Not only will this course teach you how to paint a background but also how to master 3 different painting techniques essential to acrylic painting.

Learn Linda’s smooth blending techniques that allow colours to seamlessly transition almost looking like they have been airbrushed.

Use dry brushing to create depth or a bokeh effect.

Use acrylic paint to create a wet on wet background that looks like watercolour.

Colour Mixing and Colour Theory

Weekend Workshop

 10 am till 4 pm

11 Wattle Grove, Eltham  

Using a systematic, recipe based approach we will learn the secrets to mixing the right colour quickly and accurately each time using a very limited palette. During the day we will begin to create a colour mixing resource folder of recipes that you will be able to use again and again. Once you have this system in place you will be able to add to it constantly expanding and improving your colour mixing knowledge.  Participants will complete a colour mixing and colour theory workbook throughout the weekend.

This workshop will be run using acrylic paint but is also suitable for watercolour and oil painters.  Please let Linda which medium you will work in so she can get the appropriate workbook printed.

Brushwork and Tonal Painting

Weekend Workshop

 10 am till 4 pm

11 Wattle Grove, Eltham

Two elements that are essential to realism are brushwork and tonal painting. Expressive brushstrokes tell a story and define your style. Economical and decisive brushwork is the key to improving your painting speed yet it is something most artists don’t take the time to learn.

Learn about different types of brushes, how they are used and explore the huge variety of marks each different brush can make. Explore how loading your brush, the viscosity of the paint, angle of contact and pressure of contact all can make a huge difference to the marks you make.

One of the most important skills in realism is getting the values correct. Learn simple tips for identifying brush work and tone whilst using them to create a realistic artwork in under 10 minutes. Create your own tonal scale that you can use to improve your painting skills.
It is suitable for painting in all mediums.

Central Australian Painting Trip

Central Australian Plein Air Painting Trip – Mid June 2019 MacDonnell Ranges
Join Australian artist Linda MacAulay for a week of exploring and painting in the stunning MacDonnell Ranges in June 2019. Bring along your watercolours or acrylic paints and learn how to paint this wonderful country en plein air.

Visit Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Glen Helen and Hermannsburg Mission.

The program will consist of 8 half days painting tuition on location with the rest of the day free to explore. Suitable for painters of any level experience in either watercolour or acrylics. Non painting partners are also welcome. Numbers will be strictly limited to keep the group small.

Accommodation will be cabin style and motel style with some meals included and options for self-catering. The first 5 days will be based at Ooraminna Station followed by 3 nights at Glen Helen. Participants can choose to do an optional extra trip to Uluru Kata/Juta National Park.

There is also a tag along option for this trip with participants responsible for organising and booking all their own travel, meals and accommodation. This option is suitable for those who wish to bring a camper trailer or a tent and will only involve the tuition fee.

Final costs and dates will be confirmed soon.

Please email me at lmacaulay64@gmail.com if you are interested in hearing more about this painting trip and I will keep you informed.

Watercolour Sketchbook Tour to France


6th to the 16th of September 2020

Experience the beautiful Perigord region of France through the eyes of an artist by creating your own watercolour travel journal under the expert guidance of Linda MacAulay. It does not matter if you’re a beginner or a more experienced artist this trip will delight and inspire you.

Each day we will immerse ourselves in the stunning French country side, experiencing a visual feast of landscapes, architectural subjects and authentic experiences with the help of our knowledgeable guides.

Watercolour travel journals are perfect for travelling as they highly portable and require limited equipment. Learn how easy it can be to quickly and accurately capture the ambience of your location.
Drawing or painting on location is a process of acute observation…almost a meditation although it does come with its own set of challenges. An artwork done onsite enables you to encapsulate your experiences in a way that photographs never can. It takes you back to the experience and provides a great reference for future artworks.
For those who feel inspired, Perigord Retreats offers a fully equipped studio that is available 24 hours a day. For those who prefer to take it easy, the retreat offers many spaces to relax, acres of gardens and a swimming pool. It is located a short stroll from nearby villages and farmland.

Linda is known for her easy to follow and encouraging teaching style. She will be giving daily demonstrations along with written information on the following topics.
• Tips for working on location.
• Product recommendations…what works and what does not work based on Linda’s extensive testing in the field.
• Watercolour techniques specific to using pan sets.
• Pen and wash techniques.
• Design and layout ideas for your journals.
• Improving your drawing skills with a particular emphasis on perspective and drawing architectural subjects.
• Telling a story with your work.
• Tonal values, composition, lost and found edges.

Linda will also be available during the evening for artists who wish for more one on one tuition or help in the studio.
There will be have ample time to explore, enjoy and photograph our locations as well as working on our travel journals. Non-painting partners are also welcome.
All participants will be sent a list of materials to bring along with product and packing recommendations once a booking has been made.

Contact Linda on 0407 539 800 for more info.

Testimonials from Students

Having watched Linda on Colour in Your Life, I was captivated by her techniques and use of colour and approached her for one-on-one training.

Over 3 days Linda’s wealth of knowledge and teaching skills has transformed my understanding of painting 100%. Her knowledge and practical skills are delivered in a generous warm manner accompanied with a great sense of humour.

Thanks to Linda, I am now looking forward to practicing the skills I’ve learnt and improving my painting far beyond my previous expectations.
Diana Taylor

Members of The Heathcote Artists have just attended a fabulous two day workshop in Heathcote with artist Linda MacAulay. The workshop was inspiring, fun and exhausting. Thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Over the weekend we learned texturising, glazing and other paint techniques to all produce a set picture. Linda’s easy going, fun style of teaching was infectious. The time flew by and by the end everyone was wishing there were more hours in the weekend! We will definitely be getting Linda back again.
Judy Hutchins

President, Heathcote Artists Inc

I can highly recommend Linda MacAulay as a wonderful acrylic tutor.

Linda has held several weekend workshops for the Anglesea Art House to show us her expertise in how to paint in acrylics. We all learnt much regarding acrylic painting mediums and where and how to use the varied products that art shops try to sell us.  How to create textures in our paintings, how to use the “crackle” medium, the use of gold under painting, how to paint beautiful blended skies, and much more.

She is a most competent instructor, very patient, very enthusiastic and works very hard to make sure all in the class get the most from the weekend.
Pat McKenzie

President, Anglesea Art House

Thank you so much for an inspiring weekend of learning.
I am very glad I attended, I had fun and learned much. I’ll put it into practice and my creations should benefit.
It was particularly nice to meet you, as I admired your work in the TV show ‘Colour in your life’ .
I hope to be able to attend another of your workshops in the future.

Elizabeth Goldberg

During 2016, I have attended a series of workshops offered by Linda Macaulay.

Linda would have to be one of the most generous and patient art teachers I have met.  She is only too willing to share her knowledge and takes great delight in her role as a teacher.  She leads her students to develop their knowledge of art with a particular focus on understanding the techniques of working with Acrylic paint.

Whilst the classes were often filled with mixed ability students and with varying degrees of art experience, she was always able to offer individual attention so each student progressed.

Her workshop preparation is outstanding and thorough. At the beginning of each workshop she outlines what she intends to cover. When the workshop is concluded, she spends time reviewing what was covered so consolidation may happen.  Course notes are presented and provided further reference outside of the workshop environment.

If you want to learn more about ‘Acrylic Painting Techniques’ and wish to do so in an informative, relaxed environment with one of the most knowledgeable and talented artists I have met, then these workshops are for you!

Linda has taken me beyond my experience as a watercolour and mixed media artist to a place where I am LOVING exploring and creating artworks with Acrylic paints.
Mary Anderson

Can’t find a date or workshop that suits?  Get your own group together and call Linda to organise a date that suits.

Other workshops Linda can run are listed below.

Individual tuition in watercolour or acrylic painting techniques – If you want to learn a specific technique or just fast track your learning experience call Linda to find out about a one on one class. This is the ideal way to build or consolidate your skills.
Available at reasonable rates.  (From $50 per hour at Linda’s Studio)

Watercolour card making workshop– Learn new techniques while making a set of beautiful watercolour cards. A fun pleasant way to spend the day even if you have never painted before.
Watercolour for absolute beginners, One Day workshop –  Covers basic techniques like wet on wet, tonal layering and brushwork. Learn about materials and everything you need to know to get you started in watercolour. Paint along with Linda’s easy to follow step by step instructions
Push the boundaries of watercolour – experiment with watercolour and mixed media. Throw it on, pour it on and really see what this amazing medium can create. This course is designed for those who want to loosen up and have some serious fun.

Acrylic Painting Techniques – Learn all about the different acrylic painting mediums and how to get a variety of effects that help you create beautiful acrylic paintings.

Introduction to Acrylic Painting One day workshop – Acrylic painting is all about the mediums.  This one day acrylic painting workshop is designed to get you started in acrylics and explores the different mediums and how they can be used to create a large variety of effects.  Learn about surface preparation, materials used, creating watercolour like effects and using impasto.
Art society and public art demonstrations
Linda is available for watercolour painting demonstrations. She is an informative and quick demonstrator with good communications skills and vast experience.
Linda has demonstrated watercolour in a variety of circumstances.
Art societies and clubs.
Expo and Exhibition openings
Shopping centres
Corporate events
Linda has also available to speak to artist groups about “The Business of Art”


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