Renee Walden - watercolour artist. Art & Illustration.

painting holidays

Painting holiday in France, 2024

FRANCE, 2-11 June 2024


Painting holiday in France, 2025

FRANCE, 11-19 June 2025

10 magical days of sketching in the Dordogne and Lot regions. Art, culture and wonderful cuisine.   10 days sketching, medieval villages, wonderful food and company. A trip of a lifetime! VIEW DETAILS

Painting holiday in Portugal, 2025

PORTUGAL, Sept 2025


Custom painting holidays


Sketching in a tranquil paradise surrounded by nature and wonderful history. Dates to be confirmed. Register your interest.   Plan a trip to Europe with a group of friends. Invite me to join you and we'll sketch together. Plenty of guidance and instruction from me.


Watercolour online classes

ONLINE classes


Watercolour classes in New Zealand

IN PERSON classes

Fun, relaxed classes on Zoom. Join my mailing list to find out what's coming up.   Watercolour lessons in New Zealand. Next workshop - TBA

what participants 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
  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
French Retreat 2023
It was an experience I will remember forever. You helped me by teaching me how to let go of the “how to video “ sessions that I had become accustomed to and to try doing it on my own. This was my first experience doing Plen Air, and I think I absolutely loved it, nothing like it, I will try and incorporate this, when the weather permits. PB, Vancouver, Canada
  French Retreat 2023
I really appreciated your calm, enthusiastic and patient demeanor in your teaching. You nurtured this group from day one on the FB group and upon arrival so that we all already felt like friends. I can't talk you up enough to friends and family. I could not have imagined a more perfect trip other than in my dreams. RC, USA