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.

Workshop Dates

Workshop—Monday 20 December 2021 – ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT

Great news! New workshop dates ” Learn to Paint Amazing Abstracts.”

ALL LEVELS. NO experienced needed

Workshop—Monday 29 Nov 2021

Workshop—Saturday 04 December, 2021

Workshop—Monday 20 December 2021

I still have left for my “learn to paint abstracts course for the full day 10 till 4, Scroll below for details and call or email to save your spot, 021 873 833, cassandra@cassandragaisford.com


Laura painting feedback

October 20! A great leap for freedom…

We made a great leap for freedom and held our first regular art class at art@rangitane last week, followed by the second on Wednesday. Super great fun and I am so inspired by the progress participants have made in such an uber short time.

Message me to arrange a date that suits…with a history of COVID snap lockdowns there is too much uncertainty to schedule for sure. Consider getting a group of besties or work colleagues together for a fun and educational play date. Or, do as one super kind mother-in-law is doing, purchase a gift certificate to attend a future playdate for a loved one.

Learn to paint colour, joyful abstracts with award-winning artist Cassandra Gaisford. Small, social, in-person workshops around the globe.

Discover a new hobby or resurrect a slumbering passion. Can’t make it in person? Be sure to check out my online classes, feedback continues to be rewarding. Invest in ‘your-self.’


Abstract Painting

Would you like to experience the joy and freedom of abstract painting? Learn to paint colourful, joyful abstracts with award-winning artist Cassandra Gaisford. Small, social, in-person workshops.

The purpose of this workshop is to inspire you with new ideas, whether you are revising your work, beginning afresh or embarking on a new direction. This is why this workshop applies equally to the beginning and advanced artists. It covers core principles, including composition, values, colour harmony, texture, inspiration and other important elements of abstract art—including the all-important, how to get started!

Over the course of this workshop, you will discover the unique process of intuitive painting, including mark-making, action paintings and engaging with a blend of 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.

Beginning artists will receive support and encouragement. 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 and engaging artworks. You will be encouraged to work in teams as well as receive one-on-one instruction. Each participant can expect to make two small abstract paintings and one medium-sized painting.

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

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


Level / Technique

Beginner and Experienced 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 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.

Payment via online transfer….or


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—Monday 29 November 2021

Workshop—Saturday 04 December 2021

Workshop—Monday 20 December 2021


nan review

“That was so much fun. I learned so much and feel so much more confident. I know what I’m doing now!”

“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.”

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

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

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 an all levels course—beginners are welcome as are experienced artists. You are totally in safe, non-judgemental and skilled hands. A willingness to experiment and play is the only pre-requisite

Is there an age limit?

Anyone over the age of fifteen is able 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. In the event of a COVID lockdown, the course will be provided online.

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)

Classes will be small, social and fun

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

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!

P: +64 (0) 21 873 833
E: cassandra@cassandragaisford.com


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