Clare Nicholson, pottery and painting teacher

Clare Nicholson

5.0 (24)

I am a Sydney-based exhibiting artist with a beautiful art studio set within a large subtropical-inspired garden in Sydney's Inner West.

My life-long passion for making very fine artworks includes sculpting, painting, drawing, and textiles. I also have a passion for teaching others, and love to support those wishing to find their own creative journey - whatever that may be or whatever shape it might take!

Unusually, my practice is multidisciplinary, so I cover many aspects of artmaking using a range of different materials and skills. For example, working three-dimensionally, my skills include sculpting and mould making. I work in materials such as clay, bronze, silver, wax, wood, aluminium, polyurethane, plaster, resin, concrete and even patillage (sugar-plate)! For two-dimensional works, I paint in oils, acrylics and watercolour. For drawing, I generally use lead pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and crayon in order to achieve great detail, but at other times, playful media, such as wire.

I hold a PhD and Master of Fine Arts (both 1st-class division equivalent) and a Graduate Diploma of Education. Along with private tuition in my studio, I've also taught in the Sculpture Department at UNSW Art and Design, within community adult education, rural and remote high schools.

My life is and has been artmaking! Come and join me for some serious fun in a friendly, inclusive, working art studio :)






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Alicia Wandek Apr 2022

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 10 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull



Wow! Clare has an incredible knowledge of bones, shadows & watercolour. She took me on a journey & I was surprised with what I achieved with her guidance. I particularly appreciate that each workshop Clare teaches has different details & techniques demonstrated. I am building my watercolour skills. Thankyou


Claire Cooke Apr 2022

41 ClassBento workshops attended • 35 reviews

Learn How to Draw Anatomy at Home



Clare is an amazing teacher! Thanks for the great template. I love the style and unique opportunity.


Alicia Gilmore Jan 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Learn Watercolour Painting: Anatomical Vertebrae



Clare is a gifted artist and teacher who is able to clearly explain each step, offering suggestions and advice, making this a fun and enjoyable activity. I thoroughly recommend her lessons!


Icy Icaro Dec 2021

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull



This class was everything I needed to get a head start on learning how to use watercolor paints! Clare was very welcoming and professional, she was very accommodating with my pace and my questions. The materials were quality as well. I'm very happy with the outcome of my painting and most important, the knowledge I gained through this class! Highly recommend to those who would love to learn the art  + more

Painting workshop review by Icy Icaro


Ashlee Dec 2021

18 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart



I loved this class! Clare was a wonderful teacher; very patient, encouraging and accommodating :) I'm proud of the painting I created with Clare's guidance and learnt so much in the process. I would certainly recommend this class to others!

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart review by Ashlee


Renata Patriota Nov 2021

Learn Watercolour Painting: Anatomical Vertebrae



I had such an AMAZING TIME doing Clare’s course I’ve done the course with my sister-in-law, who has recently moved for a far away land. Clare’s course was such a great opportunity for us to bond and chat again, while also being creative. Clare is a very encouraging teacher and has give me the tools to come up with a painting that I’m very pleased with Thank you, Clare ! Looking forward  + more

Painting workshop review by Renata Patriota


Lauren Sargeant Nov 2021

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull



I really enjoyed this class. Clare is lovely, she communicated clearly throughout and I had a lot of fun. I learnt lots of new tips and tricks and I'm proud of what I achieved.

Painting workshop review by Lauren Sargeant


Alicia Wandek Nov 2021

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 10 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Pelvis



Wow! Clare has an incredible knowledge of bones, shadows & watercolour. She took me on a journey & I was surprised with what I achieved with her guidance. The skull I painted looks real! Thanks Clare.

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Pelvis review by Alicia Wandek


Claire Cooke Nov 2021

41 ClassBento workshops attended • 35 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Pelvis



I really enjoyed this class! Clare does a great job guiding you through the techniques. I always learn something new.

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Pelvis review by Claire Cooke Sydney


Georgie Tyson Nov 2021

Learn Watercolour Painting: Anatomical Vertebrae



Wow! Wow! I absolutely loved doing this class with Clare! She was so thorough and gave amazing direction to achieve different watercolour techniques. I loved having a finished product at the end that I can frame and hang. Clare was also extremely patient and was able to answer all questions - as well as giving lots of time. I will definitely be doing another of her classes. Loved it! Thank you, Cl  + more

Painting workshop review by Georgie Tyson Sydney


Nicki Powell Oct 2021

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart



Absolutely loved this class. I was a complete beginner & Clare walked me through it gently, explaining absolutely everything as she went along so that by the end I had developed a decent level of confidence. Still need lots of practice, but I could not have had a better start. The kit was very well thought out too. I look forward to taking another of Clare’s classes soon.


Alix Madden Oct 2021

17 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Learn Watercolour Painting: Anatomical Vertebrae



Excellent class, Clare is so passionate and a very clear and easy to follow teacher. She always gives extra time to make sure you've got the techniques.

Learn Watercolour Painting: Anatomical Vertebrae review by Alix Madden Sydney


Claudia Seisdedos Oct 2021

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull



Great class, I had heaps of fun! Quite comprehensive and easy to follow directions from Clare. I also feel that the end result of my color painting skull was good too. I will definitely frame it

Painting workshop review by Claudia Seisdedos


Rebecca Chalmers Oct 2021

Learn Watercolour Painting: Anatomical Vertebrae



Clare is a patient, friendly and thorough teacher. As an absolute beginner, I learnt a lot about watercolour painting and techniques. Class moved at a very reasonable pace. Clare was happy to answer questions and explained the process well. The kit was carefully packed and had a lot of great quality supplies to get started. Especially in lockdown, it's nice to sit down, be a little social, and try  + more

Painting workshop review by Rebecca Chalmers


Karen Spencer Oct 2021

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 10 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart



Loved this class had a bit of a laugh and learned some new techniques worth doing Clare is a great teacher and very informative she slows down if you need extra time great class

Painting workshop review by Karen Spencer


Alicia Gilmore Oct 2021

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart



Clare was generous with her time and clearly explained and demonstrated each of the steps, discussing techniques and tips. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and am very happy with the results!


Liz Newnam Oct 2021

Learn Watercolour Painting: Anatomical Vertebrae



Claire was amazing-- I was really hesitant to try watercolours again after not really connecting with them back in high school-- but painting with Claire's guidance, she personalised the experience and answered all of my questions along the way, and in the end had a wonderful experience. I also really like how the class works towards a work of art-- and not drilling painting just circles over and over again-- that you actually have a really lovely picture in the end to show for it-- I know mine is going into a frame on the wall. :)


Matthew Forschinger Sep 2021

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull



What an excellent class, the teacher was fantastic! Clare took her time to go through each step thoroughly and patiently waited so every student understood and kept up to the same section. Although my painting looks nothing as good as hers I had a great time learning :)

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull review by Matthew Forschinger


Mel Singer Sep 2021

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart



I had such a great time taking Clare’s course . She is so didactic, encouraging and has established such a great rapport with us students :) I’m not very artistic but Clare has really encouraged me to connect with my creativity and to develop my art work in my own pace and form. Thank you, Clare. I’m really looking forward to taking your next courses

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart review by Mel Singer


Matt Steele Sep 2021

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart



My partner and I absolutely loved Clare's course! It's been many years since I have done any watercolour and I was expecting my work to turn out a total blotched mess, but with Clare's expert guidance and knowledge I ended up with a piece that I'm really proud of. My partner and I have framed our works and will put it up on our daughter's wall :-P Definitely keen to do another one of Clare's courses  + more

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Heart review by Matt Steele


Belinda Johnson Sep 2021

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull



An interesting class with a great teacher made it a very enjoyable experience. Thank you


Brooke Matthews Sep 2021

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull



This was a great experience - I had heaps of fun and Clare was very very helpful! Clare goes at a good pace and if you have any questions, she is more than happy to answer. You can see she has a lot of passion for art and especially water colours. Would highly recommend!

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull review by Brooke Matthews


Alix Madden Sep 2021

17 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull



Excellent class, Clare is so detailed with her instructions and teaches each technique so its easy to apply. Such a fun class.

Watercolour Painting for Beginners: Anatomical Skull review by Alix Madden Sydney


Claire Cooke Sep 2021

41 ClassBento workshops attended • 35 reviews

Learn Watercolour Painting: Anatomical Vertebrae



This is my favorite class bento experience so far. I loved that the techniques were incorporated directly into the final painting. Clare provided excellent demonstrations throughout the class and was always willing to answer my questions. I can’t wait to try another class with her.

Painting workshop review by Claire Cooke




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