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KATIE MCKINNON - the editions

TEENS ART WORKSHOP ONLINE - Mindful Surfscape Painting with Katie McKinnon | Monday 6 April 2020 4-5pm


KATIE MCKINNON - the editions

TEENS ART WORKSHOP ONLINE - Mindful Surfscape Painting with Katie McKinnon | Monday 6 April 2020 4-5pm


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MINDFUL SURFSCAPE PAINTING. An intuitive, abstract workshop recommended for teens aged 13+, facilitated online by Australian artist Katie McKinnon. Workshop duration 50 minutes.

The workshop will encourage children to connect with their creativity. To champion their natural ability and believe they can. To direct their focus to the process and not the outcome. To be present in the simple joy and wonder of painting, establish a sense of pride in achievement, accept the flow and organic nature of painting, the unique skills of ourselves and others and build emotional resilience. To find and develop their own unique style to encourage their ongoing art practice.
And of course, to share this SUPER FUN journey with friends. Professional artist Katie McKinnon will guide workshop participants through a number of abstract painting techniques, tips and tricks, to create a beautiful painting inspired by the Australian natural world. 

Attendance to each workshop is strictly limited. Workshop cost of $30 is per child +$10 for one or more additional related children located in the same home sharing a camera/screen. Maximum 3 children per home. Prices include GST. Private family workshops are also available, by appointment. Should you have any questions, please reach out to

After you have registered for the workshop, you will receive a special Spotify playlist of music, inspired by the surf beaches of Australia, to enjoy before and after the workshop. This will be sent via email, together with instructions on how to access the workshop and a list of materials.


Please prepare in advance from this list. Try to make do with materials that are available from your home. Experimenting with new, found materials is fun. It is not important to have every item. One option from each bullet point is necessary. The other items are just suggestions to further your practice.

Australian Art Supplies stores offering delivery services are listed below the materials.

ESSENTIAL MATERIALS (select one option per bullet point)

    2-3 sheets from a Canvas pad OR thick art paper OR draw and wash pad OR smooth YUPO paper OR watercolour paper OR a stretched/unstretched canvas

    Any blue and green watercolour or acrylic paint in a tube OR liquid acrylic paint or coloured pigment ink, OR food colouring.
  • WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT. In a tube is best OR flowing liquid acrylic or white pigment ink.
    • CUPS. Disposable or plastic cups OR glass jars, at least 3. Plus one cup of fresh water.
    Small spray bottle, recycled perfume atomiser or mister, filled with water. Large spray bottles will also work, please set nozzle to a medium-fine/slow mist.
    • Clean kitchen sponge/scourer
    • Paper towel, wet wipes or wet cloth for cleaning.

Whatever items you have from this list, found at home (just a few, not all):
paddle pop stick, wooden skewer, glitter - especially silver, gold and blue shades, salt or salt flakes, clean sand, bottle tops, cling wrap, doilies, fabric scraps or cut up pieces of old clothing, coffee filters, egg poaching bags, empty tea bags and their swing tags, textured paper towel, cupcake wrappers, facial tissue, recycled packaging like coffee lids and soft plastic, bubble wrap, painters masking tape, found objects and leaves, sticks and pebbles from the garden.

If you can, find a visual art diary at home. This can be an old exercise book, scrapbook, notebook, sketchbook, pad of art paper, or printer paper stapled or bound together like a book. Be creative and think sustainably. What can be re-purposed or reused? This will be our MINDFUL ART JOURNAL, and we will use this to prompt an ongoing daily art practice, mindfulness and gratitude.

Prepare your space with a splash mat or drop cloth covering your table, and the floor if necessary. 
It is essential children protect their hands with kitchen rubber gloves, waterproof garden gloves, or vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves if available (best). Food colour in particular is highly pigmented and will temporarily stain skin.
Wear old clothes that can get a little painty, a big shirt or an apron. Tie long hair back. Please bring an open mind and a growth mindset. Our workshops will focus on the process of intuitive painting over outcomes, trying new things, being gentle with ourselves and others, practicing upcycling and sustainability, being present, really enjoying our creativity and having fun.


Artshed Online 

Melbourne Artists’ Supplies – order by phone and they will arrange delivery to the local Melbourne area. Melbourne 9639 6622  -  Hampton East/Moorabbin 9553 3663  -  Brunswick 9387 1331

Officeworks, Bunnings, Australia Post outlets, larger conventional supermarkets and smaller independent supermarkets also carry art and craft supplies and food colouring. Most offer contactless home delivery services.

Children should be supervised by a parent or carer during the workshop. Care will be taken by the workshop facilitator to encourage gentle and careful art practice, however art practice can sometimes get a little messy, so please ensure you take the recommended steps to protect your clothing and property.
If your child is unable to attend a scheduled workshop due to illness, or if there are technical difficulties with the broadcast, we will arrange for you to join another workshop.

Please keep noise (music, pets, younger children) in your home to a minimum to ensure all participants can hear the workshop. Workshops are facilitated via ZOOM. Participants should log in 10 minutes prior to the start of the workshop, to ensure their equipment is working, and to connect and chat with Katie and the other workshop participants. Should you have any questions, please reach out anytime to

Learn more about Katie McKinnon, her art and design practice and workshops.


Image credits:
2. Bells Beach via Surfer Galaxy
5. Bells Beach via Rad Season