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Create your Art,   
Create your Life

"I would never have started painting if not for your courses at beginning of year!
You started me on my journey and now I paint nearly every day .. I will always be grateful 🙏"
Lor Rudd

why learn with 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, as well as 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 international  Artist-Educators.


Helen Elliott Art workshops

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 links 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
The Art Class
Autumn term
live, online every Wednesday starting October 4th
Suitable for enthusiastic beginners, improvers as well as those who want creative community and connection throughout the winter months.

Topics covered include:

Tools and materials

Paints and papers

Keeping a workshop journal

Making your own sketchbook

Easy colour theory

Applying colour theory to strengthen work Finding favourite colour mixes

Developing your style

Abstracting the landscape

The language of flowers Intriguing interiors

Learn in your own way.

Paint along with me to complete two paintings using the above learning, paint your own pictures applying these skills or just watch.


Meeting in person online on a weekly basis, learning will build session by session, via structured lessons and demonstration paintings. Students are welcome to paint along or simply watch. the sessions.


Each week there will be time to review individual work and have feedback on paintings, if desired.


Each session is recorded and will be available to rewatch, so no worries if a session is missed.


The Art Class runs in terms of 8 weeks, payable in advance. 

Autumn term 4th October - 22nd November.

£15 per session.

Just Paint Workshop- downloadable

the step by step, self-paced course to get you painting with confidence


  • Self paced

  • Downloadable

  • 18 Lessons

  • Immediate access

'Just Paint' is an exceptional ‘how-to’ self-paced online workshop. 
Follow a demo painting start to finish and learn:
* 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 how to 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. 

Currently closed

We have intakes twice a year. Please join the waiting list to be informed of the next opening.

"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."

Kasturi Tussler,

"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."

  Sarah Jones, 

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!

Sharon McCully

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.

Ali Woodgate,  

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!

Rosemary Oldham,

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