Wanaka workshop: Saturday 14th October

Saturday 14th October 2023
10.30am – 3.30pm
Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wanaka

$245 Earlybird (ends Saturday 30th September)
$275 Standard

Learn how to trust your creativity, release emotion and create intuitive abstract watercolour paintings.

You will be surprised and thrilled to be taught as well as experience the tools that I use to get into a creative flow. I will teach you that you don’t need to wait until inspiration shows up but rather that you can manifest creativity through regulating yourself with calming and soothing practices such as breath work, meditation and connection with self. 

You will be taken on an art experience that sees you feel filled with clarity and inspiration to create abstract watercolour landscapes under my calm guidance.

If you feel apprehensive about creating in watercolour I will show you how to let go of that fear by connecting to yourself first. Then your creativity will shine.

If you feel excited and inspired to create but simply don’t know how the watercolour process works, I will show you how to capture that passion and channel it into trusting that you might make mistakes but that it is all part of the process and that surrendering to that mistake is where your magic starts to unfold in a painting.
You will take home 1 - 2 finished abstract watercolour paintings.


10:30am: Welcome and cacao hot drink and biscuit
Introduction – about me and my art
Line drawing + laughter
Art demo
Dancing, shaking and silliness
Painting – 1 hour
1pm: Lunch + connection – 1 hour
Talk – overcoming failure 
Painting – 1 hour
3:30pm: End


Nourishing lunch, snacks, hot drinks and refreshments.
All materials provided.


A sense of openness to learn and to connect
Your own water bottle (to stay hydrated!)
A image of your favourite landscape or sunset/sunrise (optional)
A notebook (optional)
Anyone seeking a creative, inclusive art experience
A beginner artist with no or very little experience in watercolours
An artist established in another area but wishing to explore a different medium and to learn tools for channeling creativity.
Ages 15 and above.


Enter the code COLLECT at checkout to receive free shipping for your ticket. If you live in Wanaka I will deliver it by hand or you are welcome to visit my studio to collect, if out of town, shipping is free and I will post it to you.

Payment plans available. Pay for the Earlybird ticket in 3 payments of $82.
Please email me direct to set this up and secure your place in the workshop - sophie@sophiemelville.com
Workshop photos by Anneke Photography