Create yourArt, Create your Life
Why Learn from me?
I have over 25 years of experience as a professional artist.
Author of Keys to Creativity, The Joy of Paint, and illustrator of many books including Paradise Found.
TV appearances on Sky Landscape Artist of the year.
In-person workshops for many organisations and individuals.
Features in Artists & Illustrators magazine, The Illustrator Magazine, Psychologies magazine and Who's Who in Art.
Selected for Artists' Residencies in Paris, Cannes, and Saumur.
Over 150 joint shows, and solo shows at the Museum of Naive Art, Paris and MOMA Wales.
I am also trained by and accredited by Golden Artist Paints as one of their Artist-Educators.
I understand paint and the painting process, and the psychology of being an artist, and love to share the joy painting can bring. I've been sharing my skills and encouraging people to enjoy making their art for many years now, and am proud to name many now professional artists as my alumni, and would love you to join me.
You can book my courses and workshops by following the link below. If you have any questions please do email me.
"I think Helen is a great teacher and she generously shares all she has learnt about creating art" Carla Jefferies
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Just Paint - the step-by-step workshop to get you confidently and creatively painting
Online, self-paced, downloadable
Follow a demo painting from start to finish and learn:
* How to develop confidence with paint.
* About the paint, tools, and techniques of the professional artist.
* How to use colour, line and design to improve your paintings.
* And have fun whilst doing so.
For beginners and improvers, these tools and techniques are vital for those wishing to paint creatively and enjoy the process of developing their own practice.
"I've noticed I can sketch much more confidently now, I've also been realising more and more how art reflects life, and how much I learned from our sessions about standing back and looking at the overall picture, and not getting bogged down with details, how everything influences everything else (like putting a hint of all your colours into blends!). So, I just wanted to let you know how much I've gained from getting to know you and participating in your mentoring sessions." Lynne Davies
"I most enjoyed just listening to Helen talk about art. It makes me excited to think that this is my new adventure.
I can no longer do my old hobbies, so I am relieved and happy to have found something I can enjoy, after a couple of years of not being able to do anything creative at all."
"This is the first time I have taken part in an online course and it worked really well. Because I was at home on my own, I didn’t feel distracted by others in the group and wasn’t tempted to compare work. A large group in a room face to face may not have been so productive for me, as I feel I made really good use of the time.
Helen’s way of teaching was superb, with a great mix of demonstration and theory, along with encouragement. I feel that I was challenged to get out of my comfort zone and explore new ways of working, which was exactly what I wanted."
I live in Tenerife so being able to do this workshop from home via Zoom was fantastic!
Helen is such a good teacher in how she explains and demonstrates and even though we were not in the same room I didn't feel like it took anything away from the experience.
I felt more comfortable and free being in my own home and therefore not intimidated by seeing others work.
I enjoyed all of it, spending time with Helen and seeing how she builds a picture was wonderful, pushing and challenging my own creative self, seeing everyone else’s work and different styles at the end of the day.
As a complete beginner, I didn’t have high expectations but taking photos each day of my work I can now see the massive improvement from day 1 through to day 4.
I have learnt so much and looking forward to my 121 feedback with Helen, and to continue learning my new hobby!
I loved being able to ask questions of someone so talented as Helen. Making new art friends. Daily lessons which were fun.
Having my journal at the end of the week as a reference. I wish I could do it every day.
I have attended training with Helen before, but not one on Journalling the Essentials, therefore I knew the course would be well planned and fun! As well as packed full of excellent advice and that I’d be pushed beyond my comfort zone!
Thank you again for a lovely day ... I will definitely be coming along to paint with you again.
I'm an engineer so everything I do at work is about detail and precision. I love the colours in your paintings and how you manage to simplify the images and keep them recognisable but stop them looking childish.
Now I feel a lot more confident about how to build my painting up in layers - and not get too worried about it looking a mess at the beginning. I've learned so many new techniques and tips - thank you.
I lacked confidence to start my own project and initially worried I would not be able to keep up - this soon dissipated however.
I enjoyed being able to plan and draft an interesting landscape I learned so much and Helen put me completely at my ease. I was very happy with Helen’s advice and suggestions throughout.
The day was intense but extremely enjoyable. I could have come back the next day to paint more!"
Booking myself a spot on the course was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Helen is not only an accomplished artist but she is a natural teacher and an excellent mentor. Her guidance and honest advice, both with my artwork and in beginning my new career as an artist, are invaluable.
I cannot recommend the course highly enough!'
What an absolutely brilliant; superb; inspirational; magical; creative; uncomfortable; positive; collaborative; supported; encouraging; challenging; refreshing; freeing; calming; energising; roller-coaster of emotions day
....LOVING IT.... LOVING IT!!
And her comments 4 years later - Little did I know four years ago today, that a weekend with Helen Elliott was going to change the direction my life would take - and improve it beyond measure. Feeling really blessed that I am where I am right now.