Renee Walden - New Zealand watercolour artist. Art & Illustration.

art retreat in France. September 21



I'm super excited to announce that I will be guiding a 10 day art retreat in Southern France this September 2021. Join me for the experience of a lifetime!

Situated in the peaceful countryside adjacent to a tiny hamlet we’ll be staying at Perigord Retreats, and painting their beautiful surroundings. Beautiful landscapes, medievil villages, flowers, food - everything you need to fill a whole sketchbook with wonderful memories.

And we take care of everything! Find out all the details here.


live painting lessons via zoom



From June to November 2021 I will be traveling through Europe. Why not travel vicariously with me? You can paint along with me from the comfort of your home via Zoom. Each lesson I will be in a different location and will do a painting in real time, while you paint along. Together we'll enjoy the sights and sounds, changing light, and maybe some curious visitors - all the joys of painting plein air. Each lesson will be approximately 1.5 hours long. Student numbers are limited.

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workshops in New Zealand

Watercolour birds painting workshop  

Painting birds in watercolour & collage


In this one day workshop we'll combine watercolour with collage, ink and other fun media to create one-of-a-kind bird paintings. In the morning we'll work on a painting together, with me guiding you step by step. In the afternoon you'll work on a bird of your choice. You'll go home with 2 beautiful birds.


Course cost : $120pp. Most materials provided.


Next workshop - TBA


Painting landscapes in pen and watercolour - full weekend workshop


Join me for a full weekend of learning to paint landscapes. This workshop will cover a whole range of skills including watercolour painting techniques, aerial perspective so that your paintings have a sense of depth, linear perspective so that you can paint buildings, composition and colour theory. We'll paint skies, mountains, water and buildings. And, if the weather is fine, we'll head outside for a sketching session. We'll have a whole weekend to talk art, arty materials, sketchbooks and inspiration!


Course cost is $210. Maximum number of people is 8.


Next workshop - TBC


Painting flowers in watercolour & ink


This one day workshop will include a range of watercolour techniques - wet in wet, wet on dry, glazing, lifting out, softening - using leaves and flowers as way of practising. You'll complete a painting in the morning, painting step by step with me. Then you’ll work on your own painting in the afternoon (with lots of guidance from me).


$120pp. Maximum 8 people. Most materials provided.


Next workshop - TBC


The magic of painting outside


In this 2 day workshop I cover watercolour painting and pen drawing techniques, the tricks of aerial and linear perspective, how to choose a subject and compostion.
I teach a range of skills that will help you head out on your own with confidence.
We'll sketch mountains, lakes, and buildings and you'll go home with many completed sketches.


$250pp. Maximum 6 people. You will need your own materials.


Next workshop - TBA


When is the next workshop?

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What students say...


In no time at all Renee will have you on your way

The hardest thing about Watercolour painting is getting started. So, take the plunge and join one of Renee’s classes, you won’t regret it. Renee is super supportive offering plenty of clear instructions and useful advice. Importantly you’re not left with any time to stare at a blank page – the only way to learn and improve is to jump right in! In no time at all Renee will have you on your way and encouraging you to leave all doubts behind in order to just relax and enjoy the process. I wholeheartedly recommend Renee’s classes and online tutorials. SL, Wanaka, New Zealand



Your encouragement has helped me believe in myself more!

I attended Renee's two day workshop and gained so much by doing so! Not only did it boost my confidence in painting outdoors, but I gained skills to take on landscapes and perspective drawing, both of which I was intimidated by. I have been an artist all my life ... more seriously in the last few years. I found the course suited both beginners and experienced artists. Renee is a wonderful teacher and such a positive person to learn from. I highly recommend you take this course yourself. HB, Lake Hawea, New Zealand



Thoroughly enjoyed my weekend workshop with Renee.

There was a really good mix of practical theory followed by practise and Renee was readily available for any queries and/or difficulties. She is a patient, enthusiastic instructor and I now feel much more confident painting in the field (plein air). The small group was amazing and I fully recommend this workshop. JM, Wanaka, New Zealand



I highly recommend Renee's weekend course.

I wanted to paint with watercolour, but just didn't know where to begin. Going on the course solved that problem for me. Renee is well organised, and she gives you lots of help and guidance to get you started. It's amazing what you can achieve in just two days! JB, Lake Hawea, New Zealand



Just finished another one of @reneewaldenart ‘s online classes. What fun this was!

Thank you so much Renee! I am thoroughly enjoying your classes and learning soooo much!!! :-) It makes some of the things that have intimidated me feel so much more doable. Your generous teaching has been such a gift. MC, Red Bluff, CA, USA



After a Zoom class

That was absolutely fabulous! So great. You teach really well and clearly, and the visuals were really clear also. I also love your videos, but to be able to get immediate feedback or questions answered works really well too. I really hope you do more! DM, Adelaide, Australia