The Painting Workshop

Next Available: Thu, 05 Apr 10:00AM
7.0 hours x 4 Days



No matter where you are on your painting path, honour yourself as a creative and take an inner and outer journey. Shift what's in the way, experience real ME time, unleash and express your authentic creative voice and paint a fabulous HERO piece. This is a full immersion. You will not be the same again!

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Nothing is as versatile than a still life AND a vase of flowers gives us lots of opportunities to explore colour and beauty. Van Gough, Margaret Ollie and Matisse responded to the beauty in their own unique way and you will too! Working from carefully composed still life studies, we work in a broad colour palette of acrylic paints and a variety of tools so you will feel confident to respond in your own unique way.


Located in a working artist’s studio nestled on the bushy fringes of Melbourne, join a limited group of 6 and over 4 glorious days, fill your inner tank with local produce, great company and freedom to express yourself artistically while you work on a BIG beautiful take-home HERO painting that will become the heartbeat of your home.

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Formally trained in painting, printmaking, adult-ed and psycho-spirituality, Shani Alexander believes colour revives the spirit! Rather than teach you ‘how to paint’ Shani weaves her unique skill set into the design of her programs to offer you a painting experience with a whole lot more  than just your beautiful HERO painting. You will be fully immersed in colour, food, music and company and will enjoy the freedom to loosen up, soak up the energy of a working artist's studio, embrace colour and also get to know what ignites your artistic soul. 


Shani is a gentle, deeply present and intuitive teacher whose workshops are known for the expansion her participants experience. "in a 'listen to your divine guidance and set your spirit free' sense", Robyn 2015.  Shani nurtures her students through into creative expression and they are set free to feel fully alive. "all my senses came alive with the plunge into colour, movement and it fed my soul and body", Sue 2016.  Shani utilizes all her professional skills to tailor the workshop uniquely to your needs so that you get much more on many unexpected levels than just the BIG beautiful HERO painting you take home. "Shani will push you , coach you, guide you, instruct you, cry with you, laugh with you, prescribe intuitive homework for you, feed you, nurture you, nourish you, paint with you and celebrate with you....Heaven!...and cheaper than therapy. I got a level of myself I didn't even know was calling" Tish

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PAY by installments to make it easy!

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Class Schedule

PAY by installments to make it easy! 10-5 Thurs - Sun   FEB:8-11  MAR:1-4  APR:5-8 AUG:2-5  SEP:6-9  OCT:4-7  NOV:15-18

What you will learn
  • How to paint a big bold HERO painting that will will generate the heart beat of your home
  • How to get around a big canvas and make your colours pop
  • How to loosen up and respond to the colours and shapes
What you will get
  • All food including morning tea, home cooked local produce lunch & wine and cheese to finish!
  • Freedom to express yourself
  • Hang out with a select group of like minded people
  • All materials including a ready-to-hang, 100x100 cm canvas & quality acrylic paints
  • An unforgetable painting experience that will revive your spirit
  • Explode in self expression
  • Tuition, inspiration and guidance
  • Soak up the energy of a working artist's studio
  • Discover what music ignites your expressive side
  • Work Books
  • A big bold painting that may generate the heartbeat of your home

What to bring
  • Your intention to create
  • A big apron and comfortable shoes
  • Smart phone with lots of space
What to wear

Casual layered clothes (Warning: This might get messy)

Appropriate for

No experience needed Suits between 15-80

Formally trained in art, entrepreneurship, adult education and psycho-spirituality, Shani Alexander is known for her joie de vivre and paints with a boldness that flaunts her joy of living, grabbing life by both hands in celebration. It wasn't always this way for Shani, who was a grand finalist in the 2010 Entrepreneurship Challenge for a national company that she walked away from after her brother died. Her natural grieving allowed her to go inside and rethink the direction of her life and what emerged was a transformational change to workplace chaplaincy, a tree change and returning to her first love, painting.  She sees them all powerfully linked as working alongside suffering has put into focus the gift of life and how vibrant and alive everything is.  Her philosophy is to capture life because she understands the human spirit and the healing power of her message is that colour can help you rise above the ordinary.  

Shani studied painting and printmaking at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and the themes of spirituality, colour and expressionism are woven into the details of her designs which she often re-works to curate strongly together as a complimentary story. She has participated in numerous shows and works and practices from her studio where the Yarra Valley meets the city of Melbourne.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Refunds Policy

This workshop is limited to the number of people advertised and will fill your tank with local produce, great company, inspiring conversation, music and freedom to express yourself artistically BUT it isn't refundable so, if for some reason you cant make it, you can transfer yourself or another participant to another Painting Workshop

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06 March 2018 • The Painting Workshop

Spent four inspirational days with Shani taking us through the steps to create a bold, colourful painting. Her care and support with each student in the group made the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling. As far as the finances, the course was excellent value for money as all the materials and lunchtime meals were included in the cost.


13 February 2018 • The Painting Workshop

This was the second time I have done a Shani Alexander workshop, and it was equally rewarding. As well as coming home with an amazing painting, I feel I've learned heaps about painting and discovering me, as well as just being able to immerse myself in some me-time. Great food, great sisterhood and the best teacher around!


05 December 2017 • The Painting Workshop

I completed a three day painting course with Shani recently and enjoyed it immensely. Didn't expect to feel so comfortable but our group was lovely. The food, outlook on the verandah over the lovely garden and painting tuition was wonderful. We all left with lovely canvases, fond memories and, hopefully, can remember all we were taught after the celebration bubbles on our last day! It was a magical experience which I gave myself for my 70th birthday and I couldn't be more pleased. Halina

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