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This workshop is perfect for those who feel a bit stuck and need to know where to start or how to get back into creating. For beginners to experienced. Get creative and treat yourself to these popular Jane Kellahan painting workshops. Have private tuition or share the experience with friends in your own home or Jane's studio in stunning Wanaka (caravan accommodation available).  https://www.lakewanaka.co.nz/

These workshops will help you paint freely, emotively and give you confidence and direction. Jane will take you through the planning process, teaching you a safe proof method of how to make a great work of art. She draws on her 25 years’ experience of developing unique techniques and processes helping you prepare a canvas and bringing it to life. Using fast drying oils, you will come home with a piece of artwork to hang on your wall and be proud of.

One day, one person, all materials excluding art board -  $500
One day, two people, all materials excluding art boards - $420 each
Wanaka Accommodation (sleeps 2-3) - $50 each per night or rent a local Airbnb
Past student references below.



Held at the new Wanaka Community Hub, Wanaka.



Held at the new Wanaka Community Hub, Wanaka.



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Lorraine Cholmondeley Smith, Taupo

It was with eager anticipation that I attended a day's workshop with Jane. With no idea of what to expect, I was delighted to discover a new and fascinating method of art making that she presented.

Jane’s ease of guiding me through the innovative process was stimulating and thought provoking. It will be interesting to introduce this art making into my future work.

THIS ARTWORK IS FOR SALE, 45 x 61 cm, oil on canvas, $650


Jacinta Parry, Kapiti

I spent an inspiring two days with Jane, also squeezing in some time to explore Wanaka’s beautiful scenery, food, and wine. Jane was so generous sharing her depth of experience, techniques and providing helpful advice. I found Jane’s approach insightful, refreshing, and holistic as she took the time to understand me and connected her teachings with my other passions, such as photography and nature. Her approach helped me see how I could connect all these creative elements and start to develop an “unpredictable “stye of my own. Jane’s passion for art and teaching style pushed me out of my comfort zone and has given me the confidence and direction I needed. Thank you for the great hospitality, creative inspiration, new techniques, and goal setting. Highly recommend Jane’s workshops.

Karen Piercy, Wellington

I would like to thank Jane for reawakening my excitement about creating art. She has taught me to look at paintings differently, assessing whether they are a feast for the eyes and what makes a good painting. The techniques she teaches are simple but the thought processes that go into what to do with those techniques is where the value lies in having a one-on-one workshop day with Jane.  I can't wait
to get started on my next painting.

Jenny Geelan, Queenstown

"Meeting Jane and attending her art workshop was very timely for me. I was at a stage where I was looking for new techniques and inspiration. Jane gave an abundance of both. I am very grateful for her guidance and knowledge. I feel very inspired to continue with oil paints. The workshop was nicely paced with generous amounts of materials provided. Jane continuously gave tips and constructive criticism that were very helpful. The environment was relaxed and  we were given space to explore our own expression. Thank you so much Jane, I will definitely attend another workshop with you."

Sarah Vivian, Wellington

“I had a fantastic day painting with Jane. She taught me what aspects make a good painting, and how to apply these to my own art. The day with Jane was hugely informative, as well as fun. I have come away with a wealth of valuable knowledge and have grown my capabilities as an artist. I highly recommend!”

Alice Beach, Arrowtown

"I had such an inspiration day with Jane, she really shared her amazing knowledge and talent and helped me rediscover my creativity. A highly recommended workshop - 5 Stars"

Pauline Gibbs

"I was fortunate enough to spend a day with Jane, whose work I have admired for many years. I have been dabbling with various mediums, styles for many years but felt the need for some direction. Jane’s overriding advice is to find something you are passionate about and to keep exploring this, be organised and methodical in your approach and practice.  Jane is very generous in sharing techniques she has developed over time. The process I followed, alongside Jane was lots of fun using new materials, observing and incorporating techniques, evaluation of the work progressing and adding the final touches to make the work come together. Inclusive is a checklist entitled “what makes a good painting”, as well as materials required, and information to inspire, challenge and reflect on.  I would really recommend the one on one experience."


"A day with Jane...it was so much fun, plenty of good laughs, lots  of learning, totally out of my comfort zone, supportive, creative and  explorative. With Jane's guidance and positivity, I felt I could achieve anything. Thank you for an amazing  day Jane."


"Jane has reignited my exploration for painting; with generous  sharing of her painting techniques, theoretical knowledge and life  experiences of the art world. I thoroughly recommend Jane as a
teacher/tutor whether you're new painting or experienced, it doesn't hurt to learning new things."

Antoinette Beck

"I would describe both Jane's painting style and personality as Original, Colourful and Experimental. She imparts her knowledge and demonstrates her techniques in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Jane has shown me a whole new way of using oils and given me the direction I was seeking, I can't wait to put it into practice!" 

Lynda Hensman

"Jane Kellahan workshops will leave you inspired and ready to take your art to a new level. Professional yet fun, I gained so much knowledge on using different techniques as well as applications. Money and time well spent, I certainly will be booking another workshop later in the year. Motivational and Inspirational. Thanks Jane" 

Karen Wiggin

"Jane gave me the courage and techniques to raise my paintings to a whole new level. Her workshop was inspirational and her tutoring style was fabulous. The two day private workshop left me feeling elated and eager to continue my painting journey. I now have two fantastic works on my wall at home." 

Jenny Davis

"I recently had a two day, private painting course with Jane Kellahan and found the whole experience uplifting. Jane was very generous with sharing her knowledge, techniques and expertise. She was also a valuable critic, which was always delivered in a positive way. I really felt a great sense of achievement and confidence to carry on developing my new skills. Thank you Jane!" 

Joyce Stretton

"During the last four years I have attended a number of art workshops. Jane's by far, was the most organised, stimulating, exciting and enjoyable course. Leaving the result to the process we followed was so liberating. I could reel off lines of superlatives about this workshop, this would be meaningless except that in the past, one of my professional duties was assessing teacher's lessons. I'd give Jane's an 'excellent'. I hope to attend another one." 

Jenny Davis

"I booked into Jane's group workshop because I have always admired her paintings and I went along, that first morning, feeling very nervous and apprehensive. But, I needn't have worried -Jane was so positive and encouraging. Also, she was very generous with her talent and techniques and I loved the whole weekend experience. I had never used oils before, but Jane gave me confidence to try something new. One painting I did has been much admired and I have had many offers to buy it! On the strength of that experience, I have booked into another workshop." 

Jan Fry

"I had such an enjoyable two days taking part in the Art Workshop. The atmosphere was very relaxing, great music, and only 12 in the class kept it intimate and friendly. There was plenty of interaction between each other as well as with Jane. I thought it very good value, all materials provided and wine. I now feel well equipped to take my painting to a higher level, and am very motivated after spending this time with Jane, whose work I have long admired." 

Fiona Harrington

"The workshops are a great way to begin thinking in a different way. We experimented with a chosen palette and a range of tools which many of us had not used before. This was a good way to explore different effects and colour mixing. The quality of the materials were excellent which was quiet refreshing. Jane's approach was both encouraging and helpful. You leave feeling inspired." 

Susan Weir

"Great workshop - like a good movie I am still thinking about it some months later. The workshop was well planned with inspiring instruction and included good food, wine and a meeting of like minds." 


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