Introduction to Painting Course

A four session course that is informative and relaxed for you in Canberra

4 x 2.5 hours Class size 1 to 10

label $250 (or 4 payments of $62.50 Afterpay)

Looking to improve your art skills? This course is a great, all-round painting and drawing series of four classes with professional artist Margaret Hadfield

All materials are supplied in this course which gives a taste of acrylic, oils, watercolour and pastels. Margaret will share her tips and knowledge with you to take you into her world of art making.

She covers perspective in the landscape and architecture. Not only is Margaret a talented artist but also a successful teacher of all mediums.

Margaret believes in quality materials to start with-no matter what your level is.

Course outline:

  • Week one: colour- in acrylic. We make a colour chart together that will be an important resource for you and set you up for future classes.
  • Week two: drawing and gently into watercolour and learning to really look. We complete three exercises and lots of shared insights.
  • Week three: oil painting - experience the advantages of modern oils and painting perspective in the landscape. We complete a painting in this session. Margaret will give a special tour of her works in the gallery and share the insights of her art to a higher level.
  • Week four: pastels- The medium of pastel and also unravelling architectural perspective. A wonderful 'shed' pastel piece is completed.

Knowledge required
Beginner friendly and colour blindness is catered for.
What you'll get
  • Shared knowledge and all materials for the various mediums.
  • A piece of work every session.
  • All brushes and boards/ paper supplied.
What to bring
No requirements. Smocks available.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 4 consecutive sessions, at the same time every week.

Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old).

Adult accompaniment is not required.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


Artists Shed, 88 Wollongong St Fyshwick ACT

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Margaret Hadfield
Margaret Hadfield

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“It is only paint, loosen up” are just two of the sayings my students now throw back to me. We have a laugh and enjoy our few hours painting together. They learn from me and I learn from them. It is magical to know that I empower them to get in touch with their creative flair and enjoy the simple pleasure of expression through painting’. Margaret Hadfield-Zorgdrager.

Margaret Hadfield –Zorgdrager was born in Coonabarabran, New South Wales in 1956. Her parents Pieter and Tryntje migrated to Australia in 1951 from the island of Terschelling, the Netherlands. From a very early age she knew art was her essence, and sold her first painting at age 13. Margaret perfected her craft through self-development and was inspired by nature’s beauty. Light flows through her seascapes/landscapes; very large murals and portraiture. Margaret has held several successful solo exhibitions, including one in the Netherlands.

For the last 32 years she has been a resident artist in the Canberra region, firstly as the co-founder of the Artist’s Shed, and now her own gallery called the ARTISTS SHED in Fyshwick. Margaret paints in all mediums and her landscapes, portraits have featured in numerous art awards, including the Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Paddington Art Prize, Peter Norville Art Prize, Country Energy Art Prize, Portia Geach Portrait Prize and Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize.

In 2013 Helen Reddy, Natasha Stott Despoja, Geraldine Cox, Prof. Fiona Wood, Matilda House-Williams and Lauren Jackson, each ‘sat’ for portraits which Margaret painted.

Margaret has won the Gallipoli Art Prize and her Gallipoli Series number 24 military themed paintings commemorating the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel. Six of these were exhibited by the Australian Government between 2010 and 2012 in the Netherlands, Turkey and France. This series will be exhibited widely over the ensuing years, commencing with a solo exhibition in the Griffith Regional Gallery, NSW, in April, May 2015, followed by a solo exhibition in “The Q”, Queanbeyan, NSW in June 2015, and then on to Singleton Library, NSW, and then Corowa Art Gallery.

In 2014 Margaret’s painting of the 2013 Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet entry was purchased by the National Maritime Museum, Sydney, and her painting of HMAS Perth now hangs onboard the warship. In 2014 Margaret was special guest of the RAN when her painting of the submarine AE1 was used by the media and official ceremonies in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

Margaret Hadfield’s unique teaching style has developed from this vast experience and her knowledge of visual artist supplies. Her highly successful four x 2.5 hour class “Absolute Beginners Course” has enabled many to develop their own artistic pastimes and careers. This course instructs colour mixing, brush and palette knife techniques and the development of individual styles. This enables those who wish to join Margaret’s popular regular day and evening classes for artists of all abilities, purely recreational or otherwise. Margaret’s classes are open to adults and high school students.

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Emma Fettell Dec 2023

Margaret is a fantastic teacher, really engaging and friendly. It is awesome being taught by such an accomplished artist. Highly recommend.

Sharon Levinge Nov 2023

Loved this course! Informative and relaxed and accessible for all levels of ability and experience. Great introduction to different mediums and having materials provided and set up was a huge time and money saver. Margaret’s teaching style is very down to earth and she’s very generous in sharing her vast experience as an artist.
Definitely recommend!

Peggy Gould Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Our teacher was great, friendley and approchable.
The venue was just right for us comfortable lovely
All materials were provided and of good quality.
We did a colour chart and learnt with 3 primaries you can do every colour
Margarite spoke to the class with great knowledge.

Louise Zaja Jul 2023

Fantastic overview for a newbie to art. Loved every single bit of it and will definitely continue on. Thank you Margaret you are a fantastic teacher and I so look forward to many more lessons from you

Introduction to Painting Course review by Louise Zaja - Canberra

Teacher's response

Thankyou for your lovely comment Louise. So pleased you enjoyed the classes and gave it a go !

Meg Ryan Feb 2023

Incredible experience! Margaret was so generous with her expertise as she gently guided us beginners through different techniques and mediums each week. Such a calming and wonderful few hours, with amazing people each weekend. Definitely the highlight of my week! Thanks to Jo as well, for always being so welcoming and making our class coffees every weekend. :)

Nicole McAlonan Jan 2023

A fantastic course, regardless of your level of expertise. I am very much a beginner and there were several in my class with a lot more experience. I love that Margaret instructs in watercolour, oils and pastels, teaching how to paint something that you would be proud to hang on your wall. This is more than a Pinot and Painting session. She has high expectations for her class and they rise to meet them.
My submitted photograph probably does not do Margaret a lot of favours until you take into account that this is the first time I have ever done anything like this. Perspective in pastels. It was only as Margaret sprayed the fixative that I falsified how I could have improved it and made the perspective work better. I guess I learned something.
My intention is to use what I have been taught, play around, experiment, and then go back to the Art Shed and learn some more. I wish I had learned this years ago.

Introduction to Painting Course review by Nicole McAlonan - Canberra

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