This Intuitive Painting Workshop is a one-day group workshop in my studio that will teach you how to paint with acrylic paints in a fun-filled, expressive & INTUITIVE creative process…

 You’ll leave with 2 original & unique abstract paintings you’ll be PROUD to hang on your wall & the skills to paint many more!


Does your heart cry out for more creativity in your life?

Would you love to pick up a paint brush, mix beautiful colours, and allow yourself to paint and PLAY?

Do you want to feel safe to express your creativity within a supportive group and be guided through the whole process by an award winning artist?

If you’re like me, you’d also love to feel connected to your creativity in the way you did as a child. When it was safe to explore, get messy, discover new things and surprise yourself with what you could paint and create.

There’s no doubt our lives tend to be super busy today. Our responsibilities to work, our families and ‘getting ahead’ can easily overtake the simple pleasure of painting and expressing ourselves.

Yet, a part of our hearts still yearns to slow down and carve out time to express our creativity.

Listen to that nudge, that yearning…

It’s calling you to experience life, & yourself, in a deeper & more fulfilling way…

I’m Nicola Newman, creativity teacher & professional artist.

I’ve been exhibiting my artwork since 2002 and I adore pulling out my brushes, squeezing out some paint, turning on my favourite tunes and painting the day (or night!) away.

A couple of years ago my hubby and I built a beautiful new art studio on our property in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which means I can now share my love and passion for painting with you, through teaching workshops and hosting painting retreats.

I’ve taught warm hearted creatives around the world how to paint with acrylic and oil paints, tap into their intuition, navigate through their inner critics’ harsh words and finally let go with a paint brush in hand and be delighted by what they can create.


I’d love to help you do the same.

Painting is a soul nourishing form of self care and pure self expression.

I invite you to give yourself the space to slow down, tune into your heart’s desires, play with luscious acrylic paints, and unleash your creativity in a way you’ve never experienced before.

If that sounds like medicine for your soul and music to your ears, this workshop is for you.

Let’s play & PAINT!

Beth Cregan

Beth Cregan Paintings

“Intuitive Painting with Nicola takes your logical, left brain off the hook completely. Her teaching style is open and supportive and in this space, you immediately relax and begin to explore colour, texture and mark making.

There is no right or wrong – just endless, playful possibilities.”

Nicola’s intuitive painting process is both simple and tremendously powerful. From the moment you mix your colours, you start a journey of learning to trust your creative heart. I experienced a great sense of freedom and alertness – I was totally engaged in the process for hours!

I have never painted before so I was amazed at the results.

To me, this process tells the story of life itself. You chose your colours, you make your impact on the world. You honour the parts you love and let other parts slip away.

I’m totally hooked!

And what’s more – I’m seeing this playful and intuitive process cross over into my teaching and my writing.

~ Beth Cregan

“Painting with Nicola is so much fun!”

I absolutely loved expressing myself and having Nicola guide me during the process.

Nicola has the ability to make you feel comfortable, free and playful. Allowing you to let go of your ego and play just like a child. She is a brilliant heartfelt teacher who leads with love and passion.

~ Melissa Ambrosini




Workshop Details

(More details will be emailed upon registration)

Your Investment

$349 AUD (plus GST)


This Intuitive Painting Workshop will be hosted in Nicola Newman’s studio on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. The studio is located in the hinterland behind Noosa. Detailed directions to the studio will be emailed upon registration.


TBA (Get on the waiting list at the bottom of this page to be notified of the next enrollment dates!)


All materials will be provided including acrylic paint, 2 x canvases, an assortment of brushes, palettes, spray bottles, rags, acrylic glazing medium, water jars, and a personal painting station. Extra canvases will be available for purchase in the studio.


We will provide a healthy and delicious catered lunch on the day. An abundance of gourmet snacks and refreshments will be available, along with fresh herbal teas (from Nicola’s organic veggie patch), tea, coffee and filtered water.


This Intuitive Painting Workshop will be limited to 6 participants. This will ensure you enjoy an intimate group with plenty of one-on-one attention, personal support, and space to explore and create.


Accommodation and transport are not included in the price of the workshop. Resorts and hotel options, should you desire to stay on the Sunshine Coast for the weekend, will be provided upon reservation.


No experience is required to attend this Intuitive Painting Workshop. Beginners are warmly welcome! As are more seasoned painters with a desire to explore and discover new painting techniques.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for this event. However, your registration is transferable. Simply pass on the new attendees details ASAP so we can prepare for them.


Once you’re enrolled in the workshop, you’ll receive an email confirming your booking with details regarding the studio location and more. Please feel free to email any questions to

The Intuitive Painting Workshop Includes:

  • Full day of facilitated workshop time, including plenty of one-on-one time with Nicola
  • Two 60 cm x 60 cm canvases (additional canvases available for purchase, $20 each)
  • An assortment of brushes, acrylic paint & acrylic medium
  • Palettes and spray bottles
  • Gourmet catered lunch
  • Tea, coffee & snacks
  • Discount on future courses
  • Inspiration and connections to last a lifetime



“Spending a couple of days with Nicola painting in her studio was one of the most liberating and therapeutic experiences of my life.”

At the time, I was grieving the loss of a dear friend and wanted to channel my emotions onto the canvas.

Nicola not only taught me some great painting techniques, but she gave me the permission I needed to get messy, make mistakes and to let go of how I “think” it’s meant to be.

Susana Frioni

The Intuitive Painting Workshop is For You if:

  • You’d love to explore painting in a safe, fun-filled environment
  • You have a creative heart that needs love and attention, and you need direction and inspiration
  • You want to take positive action to nurture yourself and your creativity
  • You sense being part of a supportive community of like-minded people would help you get started
  • You’ve spent hours on Pintrest & Instagram looking at artists’ paintings, but don’t know how to begin
  • You think it might be incredibly rewarding, soul-satisfying and fun to let go and let yourself paint (you’d be right! :) )

And… What If You’ve Never Painted Before?

No worries! I’d love to teach you how! During this Intuitive Painting Workshop I’ll teach you how to boldly take the first move and make a mark on your blank canvas, right through to the process of using composition, colour and balance to complete two original abstract paintings you can take home to hang on your wall.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve created this Intuitive Painting Workshop to be perfect for beginners.

If you feel you’ve never been able to express your creativity, are looking for a safe environment to explore new skills, or if you’d like to learn painting as a totally new skill, this workshop will be perfect for you.

I take you right through the basics in a fun and engaging way, so you can get your feet wet and dive into the joys of painting with acrylic paints.

I’ve taught doctors, lawyers, yogis, public servants, retirees, children of all ages, veterinary surgeons and town planners how to paint and express their innate creativity.

You don’t have to have any art experience to do this workshop. I’ll teach you how to tap into the creative potential you may never even know you had.

You’ll have a whole new world of art, painting and creativity open up to you. And it will be great fun!

As a fellow creative, I know what it’s like to look for fresh inspiration.

We can all learn from each other and I promise to share with you techniques I’ve developed over the years to keep me engaged with my career and artistic process. If you’re looking for fresh inspiration, you’re in the right place.

My aim with this Intuitive Painting Workshop is to offer you a selection of painting styles which draw from your intuition, and not just teach you one way to paint. So rather than having you follow me with a ‘paint by numbers’ approach where you copy each of my brush strokes, I’ll give you demonstrations of painting techniques and provide you with processes you can play with to develop your skills and explore your unique creative expression.
You’re welcome to bring your favourite coloured paints, however all materials, including paints, will be supplied at the workshop. Just wear clothes you’re happy to get paint on!
If you are driving, you may like to bring an old sheet or tarp to lay in your boot to transport your 2 canvases home. Alternatively, if they are wet or you don’t have room in your car, we can pack and ship your canvases to you via Star Track couriers. We send an invoice to each student once the paintings have been shipped. The cost of shipping ranges between $50 – $150, depending on your location.
If you’re flying, we can pack and ship your canvases to you via Star Track couriers. We send an invoice to each student once the paintings have been shipped. The cost of shipping ranges between $50 – $150, depending on your location. Alternatively, you’re welcome to take the paintings off their stretcher bars, roll them up and carry them on the plane.
There are no refunds for this event. However, your registration is transferable. Simply pass on the new attendees details ASAP so we can prepare for them and make sure they have all the details they’ll require for a great day.
After you’ve registered you’ll receive an email confirming your place in the workshop, along with details on accommodation options, and all the juicy details of the workshop.
A range of accommodation options will be emailed to you upon registration. To give you some ideas, you can stay in Noosa and drive to the studio (approx 40mins), drive from Brisbane for the day (approx 1hour 45mins) or stay in a local B&B (15mins drive). You will need your own transportation to the studio.
We’ll provide a fresh, delicious catered lunch, plus snacks including nuts, fruit, cheese, tea and coffee. We’ll do our best to cater to your requirements (vegan/gluten free etc), however if you are on a strict diet, you may be best to bring your own packed lunch and are more than welcome to use our fridge to store your food.




“I absolutely love Nicola and the experience of painting with her opened up a new way of expressing myself.”

I was so surprised by how moving it was to simply let go and paint and I couldn’t have even tried it without Nicola’s gentle guidance.

For me, exploring creativity in this way was more about letting go of inhibitions and finding a new way to ‘speak up’ – something I struggle with at times.

After painting with her, you’ll feel proud, energised and, I dare say, free.

Amanda Rootsey

About Nicola

Nicola-NewmanNicola Newman is an award-winning artist who believes life is better when we express our creativity. She’s held 17 solo exhibitions and has her artwork collected in both public and private collections, including the Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Mirvac, Lendlease and Toyota Finance.

She studied fine art at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, has developed a ten-week online program “Flourish with Painting & Creativity”, co-produced three documentaries on contemporary Australian artists, been awarded a Presentation & Development Grant from Arts Queensland, exhibited her artwork internationally, and hosted painting and creative workshops and coached artists and beginners to paint abstract and realist paintings for 10+ years.


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