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Painting for joy, what, why and when…

Learn abstract painting with me—this is the most fun you’ll have. I promise

Come and paint with me. Abstract painting workshops in the Bay of Islands. Paint those grey, winter days away.

Growing up I was blessed in that I had been given the gift of creativity. It’s only into my mid-fifties that I’ve begun to value it. Growing up the messaging around me was that creativity was something dangerous, precarious, life-threatening.

I realise now that these fear-based believes don’t hold true.

Creativity is my superpower. It’s where magic meets mayhem and transforms it into something beautiful. We all know the last couple of years have been nothing but disruption. Fantastically, numerous studies confirm that people who create are happier. Perhaps it’s being surrounded by all this colour! I’ve learned that having a creative escape exerts a long-term positive impact on me, and I’ve discovered it’s something not everyone has.⠀

Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” This, and the undeniable healing power of art is why I am inspired to share my creative magic in my exploring abstraction art workshops. Come, join me and create something beautiful. No experience needed.⠀I share more about how creativity is the covid cure in my blog.

MindFood Magazine also shared a fabulous article singing the benefits of engaging in arts and crafts. Here’s just a few:

  • Stress Relief
  • Confidence and Self-esteem boosting
  • Increases empathy
  • Improves the quality of life of those with illness
  • Enhances brain functioning
  • Lessens effects of those with serious illness
  • Helps people overcome negative addictions

Promotes joy!

Learn to paint colourful, joyful abstracts with an award-winning artist

Learn to paint colourful, joyful abstracts with an award-winning artist (me! Cassandra Gaisford.) Small, social, in-person workshops-right here in the beautiful Bay of Islands!⠀Discover a new hobby, explore a different medium or resurrect a slumbering passion.⠀

For July dates and details: https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz/workshops-around-the-globe/

My art and creativity workshops are known for being colourful fun, and ever-so-slightly messy. While I do lots of demonstrations, I don’t teach you to paint like me…I teach you how to paint like YOU! You’ll learn through the creative process to find your own voice and style in your art. Importantly, you’ll feel happy!


Beginner Abstract Painting

This one day workshop is intended for beginners who have little or no experience with acrylic painting. Over the course of this workshop, you will discover the unique process of intuitive painting, including mark-making and engaging with a blend of writing and scratching tools to unveil countless approaches to create cohesive and joyous work with colour and composition all while loosening up and losing yourself in the field of colour. Cassandra will be with you every step of the way as she teaches and provides one-on-one guidance and feedback.

Emphasis will be placed on the skills necessary to complete simple artworks. You will be encouraged to work in teams as well as receiving one-on-one instruction. Each participant can expect to make two small abstract paintings and one medium-sized painting.

Workshops are held on a Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm with only four places in each workshop; making it very hands-on and of course, fun!


Level / Technique

Beginner Abstract Painting

Who is this course for?

Everyone who is starting with paints.

Also for those who have been painting but want a fresh start.

For those wishing to explore a new hobby or resurrect a slumbering passion.


One day workshop on a Wednesday – 10am to 4pm.

Number of participants per workshop

4 people.


$345 NZD

Inclusive of all materials. A light lunch and a glass of bubbles to celebrate the end of the course will be provided.

About your instructor

Cassandra Gaisford is a Bay of Islands, Kerikeri-based abstract artist whose work is inspired by colour, and infusing her paintings with feelings of happiness, love and joy. Learn more about Cassandra here and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube

What you should wear?

Clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. You may wish to bring a smock/old shirt etc to change into when you arrive.

Covered flat shoes -worker boots or sneakers (no sandals or jandals).


Each participant can expect to make two small abstract paintings and one medium-sized painting.

NOTE: With all art, the pieces you make need to dry. This may involve overnight, if so you will need to return the following day to collect your work. Items can be mailed at an extra charge.

Workshop Dates

Workshop—Wednesday 14 July 2021

Workshop—Wednesday 28 July 2021

Workshop—Wednesday 11 August 2021

Would you love to get a group of friends or clients together for a memorable day of creativity, fun and play? Please contact me to arrange something truly bespoke

Workshop Venue

Art courses in the Bay of Islands. All classes will be held in my studio, Art@Rangitane. (only 12 minutes from Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand)


“How inspirational you are! I’m enjoying finding out about the artists and styles you comment on and feel excited about my journey so far.”

“I feel more confident and feel that as I continue to ‘play ’ and experiment my work will evolve more and more. It’s a great feeling knowing I have this creative outlet in my life especially nowadays.”

“I’m 72, I’m young at heart and still trying to learn as much as I can so that I can push my art-making to its potential. Thank you for being such an inspiring person.”

To Enrol

Please email cassandra@cassandragaisford.com to confirm your preferred date. To secure your place payment may be transferred via direct credit to ANZ 01 0537 0029284 00. Please place your surname as the reference. To enrol by credit card please click the Paypal link below



Do I need experience?

No this is a beginners course. You are totally in safe, non-judgemental and skilled hands. A willingness to experiment and play is the only pre-requisite. You will not feel overwhelmed.

Is there an age limit?

Anyone over the age of fifteen is able to participate in the workshop.

Once I enrol can I change my workshop date?

This is a non-refundable payment and the workshop date selected cannot be changed or swapped for a future day

Beginner Encaustic Painting

I’m planning an in-person encaustic workshop (painting with molten beeswax and pure pigment) and some abstract art classes in the following weeks. Please email me to register your interest: Cassandra@cassandragaisford.com

All classes will be held in my studio,


(only 12 minutes from Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand)

Drop me a line to find the workshop that’s right for you.

Cassandra Gaisford
Phone: +64  (0)21 873 833
E-mail: cassandra@cassandragaisford.com

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Painting for joy, what, why and when…

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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