Family Ties

Family Ties

A Two Day Art Class for Beginners and Dabblers

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This workshop is all about using the beautiful connections we have in our circle - be it connections of human family - or animals - or people that are not related by blood but are your family, and turning our printed images into works of art. Who forms the matrix that gives our lives cohesion and meaning? In this workshop, we will write, tear, glue, paint, swap stories and food, and create in words, photographs, paint and texture, deliciously personal art that celebrates our ‘Family Ties’.

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What you will learn

  • You will create beautiful paintings with collage, paint and texture.

What you will get

  • In this workshop, we will write, tear, glue, paint, swap stories and food, and create in words, photographs, paint and texture, deliciously personal art that celebrates our ‘Family Ties’.
Parking Info

Plenty of parking on the property.

What to bring

  • You will need to bring along some images of family (whatever that means to you) to incorporate into your painting. And your lunch. All art supplies will be provided.

What to wear

Casual, comfortable clothing you don't mind getting a splash of paint on.

Appropriate for

Beginners and Dabblers are welcome.

Malini Parker

(377 Reviews)

“Life is a big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can!” -D. Kaye

Hi there, I’m Malini, scientist-turned-artist/writer/teacher. I’m delighted you stopped by :) If you’re here because you’ve heard of my unique art workshops for beginners, you're in the right place!

SO ... Is this you?

Have you ever gazed longingly at a beautiful work of abstract art, and thought, “I wish I could do that, but I don’t have a creative bone in my body!” Do you yearn to express your creativity, but you just don’t know how? Are weekly art classes impossible, because you just can’t spare the time? Yes, yes and yes? Well then, things may be about to change for you!


The ABSOLUTE BEGINNER: You’re the one that’s always been curious about your artistic side, but you haven’t a clue where to begin. Or the one that’s never had the time to attend weekly art classes. Or perhaps it all seems too overwhelming … maybe you feel you’ve left it too late to learn. Hey, I designed this workshop for YOU! In one jam-packed, fun day, you’ll lose that fear of the unknown. And learn absolutely heaps. I’ve got you covered!

The NOW-AND-THEN-DABBLER: So you paint a little. But you love it a lot! And you dream of one day learning how to do it all  ‘properly’. Now’s your chance. Use my seven step process to give you some clear structure. Let my intensive but oh-so-fun approach invigorate you. You’ll be painting with more purpose and passion in no time!


I meet hundreds of wonderful, worried, would-be creatives in my workshops.And in just ONE DAY, I fill their hearts and hands with possibilities! It’s an insanely busy day, full of laughs and love, and the beautiful art that emerges is just spectacular. This event that began in my backyard just a few years ago, with five young folk who were keen to learn to paint has now grown into my consuming passion and helped transform the lives of so many people.  It is an incredible honour to be part of another’s creative journey, and that delight I witness in my students as they rediscover their creativity… aaah, it makes my heart sing :)

Thank you for your interest in me and my work. It would be my honour to make a difference in your life, and help unlock your creativity!

You have so much joy ahead of you :)


Malini Parker

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5.0 (4 reviews)
Kylerated it
21 Nov 2022
I loved the way Malini encouraged us to explore our creativity. Her workshop was informative whilst also delving into our own rawness and then using that emotion and feeling to create beautiful pieces of art. Malini shares her own journey and in doing so, allows her students to relax into the process, thereby reducing the scariness and replacing the anxiety of “having to be perfect” to one of relaxation and enjoyment. I loved the workshop and it’s definitely sparked my dormant inner artist.
Tiyanarated it
20 Nov 2022
Spending time in her studio and being taught by Malini is like being bathed in fragrant oil. She is always so encouraging and kind and I come away so inspired from her workshops.
Jaynerated it
20 Nov 2022
As an absolute beginner it was amazing to spend a weekend learning so much so quickly and be able to come away having achieved what I only dared hope I might be able to do. The beautiful setting and Malini’s generous and supportive nature create such a wonderful learning environment. I totally recommend her classes.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a credit note.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A transfer can be requested 21 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

In these uncertain times, let me reassure you of my policies to help you navigate the 'unexpected'!

If you have to reschedule because of Covid or any other genuine medical emergency, your booking will be transferred to an alternative future date that suits you, or I offer full credit that you can redeem later.

If a workshop has to be rescheduled because of illness on my part, your fee will be held in credit until such time as it's convenient for you to be able to attend.

If you enrol in a course -- and then want to swap to another date, you may, provided you give 3 or more weeks' notice.

If you enrol in a course -- but then decide you don't want to do the course, you may give your spot to a friend or colleague, like a lovely "gift certificate."

If you enrol in a course -- and simply don't show up on the day, your spot is forfeit and will not be re-scheduled.

And that's pretty much it.

I do not offer refunds for any workshops, and all sales are final. Once you register for a workshop, I hold a space especially for you, and commit fully to you and your participation.

And rest assured that if Covid upends things, we can work around that to light up your beautiful creative self, when the timing is right 🙂

I look forward to sharing a creative adventure with you ... it really is the BEST sort of adventure!

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