Watercolour Workshops

One Day Workshops

One-day watercolour workshops are available on request for small groups.

Based at the cottage studio/gallery a full day painting plein air if possible in the beautiful surrounding area.

Weekend Painting Retreats

A full weekend with everything watercolour as far as possible plein air.

Two nights accommodation and meals provided with two days tutoring and evening demonstrations.

Small groups of up to four at our cosy independent cottage / gallery.

We are only 45 mins from Auckland.

Please Contact Bernadette to book watercolour retreat workshop.


Date: 7 May 2017 4:24:19 pm NZST
Subject: weekend workshop review
From: Adeline Prouse


I would like to thank you for a wonderful weekend of painting. The whole weekend was a great experience.

Your warm welcome, the food, and of course the wealth of knowledge you passed onto us with the paintings we did and demonstrations you did.

We grew with confidence and proficiency with your guidance.

Thank you again and we look forward to another weekend sometime in the future.

Regards, Adeline and Olivia

Date: 7 May 2017 4:18:02 pm NZST
Subject: Weekend Workshop Review

Dear Bernadette, Thank-you so much for an absolutely wonderful weekend. I learnt so much about watercolour painting from you. I felt a bit apprehensive at first, that I was not experienced enough, but came away a lot more confident - with some amazing paintings I had accomplished under your tuition. Your explanations and demonstrations were very informative and your help & encouragement most advantageous. Your very warm & caring manner is just lovely. Your home-cooked meals were so delicious, we were very spoilt. Our accommodation was lovely – such a cosy & relaxing atmosphere. Your teaching skills, cooking & hospitality were just the BEST.

Thank-you again Bernadette,
Kindest regards, Sheryl Davis.

Date: 6 May 2017 1:04:17 pm NZST
Subject: Weekend Workshop

Hi Bernadette

I want to thank you so much for making our weekend workshop with you such a success and so much fun. I feel I have learnt a lot and look forward to putting my newly acquired skills into practice. You filled us all with enthusiasm and a renewed love of watercolour painting.

Thank you again
Kind regards
Wendy Webb

Date: 9 April 2017 9:09:08 pm NZST
Subject: Feedback from Pam French

Just want to say another EXTRA special thank you for today's workshop, Bernadette. I normally get extremely up-tight and end up with a severe headache and wonder WHY I keep attempting what I feel is an elusive medium. Today though, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole time - as did everyone else....AND....this was ALL down to YOU and your friendly, happy and expert tuition.
Looking forward to more. XX