“I love these art courses. You not only learn valuable lessons in art, personal development and achievements, but you develop wonderful friendships with people all over the world. Tara CONNECTS you to heart, mind, body and soul.”

Deborah G.

Calm from Chaos - a peaceful art workshop

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It’s time to take your art to the next level

You know you’re an artist. You’ve been taking courses, learning techniques, and honing your skills. You know how to use your supplies, how to start and finish a painting. You’re no longer a complete beginner.

But you’re looking for more. You want to move beyond making art in the style of those who’ve taught and inspired you. You want to make work that’s more expressive, more consistent, and a true reflection of your unique voice and vision as an artist.

The Happy Artist Studio is designed to help you take your art to whatever the next level is for you.

Full access to 13+ courses, printables and audios in the Happy Artist Studio – join with a monthly or annual subscription.

Great for:

  • creating your own ‘bespoke art degree’ {the year long membership option gives you a focused container}
  • committing to taking your art to the next level, whether that means deepening and clarifying your personal practice, or moving towards becoming a professional working artist
  • immersing in your art process and practice until you know it inside out and feel confident, clear, and excited about your next steps
  • making your art your own – release the copying, the influence and the limitations for your most expressive, truest art 

“I have never felt better about my art, my style(s), my marks than when I have taken your courses. I really relish them. For that I am so appreciative and thankful for how you give of yourself. I have a huge value and need to be authentic in my art and you have helped me discover and deepen that.”

Penney Mellen

Into Nature - creative collaborations with the natural world

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An easygoing artist’s adventure into the natural world

A refresh and reset button for artists, Into Nature is a restorative, no pressure course about immersing in the natural world, absorbing its inspiration and healing, and bringing that into our art.

Great for you if:

  • You recently finished a project/artwork and are in the ‘Afterslump’ – feeling a bit flat and like a pause is in order, but still wanting to make things
  • You’ve found this year a ‘challenge’, and are either exhausted, drained of energy, low on inspiration, or all of the above
  • You haven’t been in touch with nature much recently and miss it
  • You’ve never been much into nature but have an inkling it might do you some good to get to know it a bit better
  • You’re the sort of person who doesn’t find doing literally nothing very relaxing, whereas doing something simple and creative feels restorative and well-filling
  • You’ve seen my walking stories on Instagram and want more of that!
  • You want both comfort and inspiration just now
  • It’s been go go go and you’re ready for a bit of a slow down, a reconnection with nature {and yourself}, through the medium of art

“Tara is a brilliant facilitator with a warm heart who brings out the best in people who love making art.”

Carol-Lynn Bond

Abstractify

OPENS JANUARY 2021

Uncover, explore and develop your unique artist style

This course is all about putting more of you back into your art, using the dynamic and untamed style of abstracted and expressive painting as your way in. Why ‘Abstractify’? Because loosening up my marks and my approach to colour and shape, and unbinding myself from copying, has revolutionised the way I make art, and this course will show you how you can do it too – your way.

Great for:

  • moving away from old limiting habits and stuckness
  • discovering what’s ‘yours’ in your art so you can develop it further
  • freedom within flexible containers – enough to spread your wings but not so much as to be overwhelming
  • a variety of approaches to painting

“Before, I felt like I was often overworking things. Now I feel that I know a little bit more about myself as an artist, what I like and don’t like and most importantly what I need to explore more in order to come closer to my goals. It’s easy to follow the instructions, the videos are VERY helpful, well-made, you are encouraging, and open to free and personal expression.”

Gina Axlund

Expressive Charcoal

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Discover charcoal to create more expressive, you-style art

Charcoal is an incredibly versatile, earthy, sensuous, and fun to use medium, and very well suited to expressive art making. In this course we’ll cover the basics of charcoal so you can start to feel more confident about using it, and then we’ll jump into a heap of fun exercises and things you can try to help you better express yourself with this marvellous medium.

Great for:

  • loosening up your marks for freer, more expressive drawing
  • exploring the versatility of charcoal in your art
  • developing mixed media work
  • experimenting with different subjects and ‘ways in’

“Expressive Charcoal was my favourite of ALL your courses! Am going to be re-joining in with this one.

Because of you I have BIG love for charcoal.”​​​​​​​

Sharon Bruster

Sharon Bruster

Calm from Chaos - a peaceful art workshop

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Refresh and reinspire your work with ideas from famous female artists

A ‘sequel’ to Artist Inspired which also stands alone, this course takes you on a painting adventure with a selection of well known women artists from history.  Explore their ideas, stories, and techniques as a means to developing your own unique artist voice.

Great for:

  • refreshing a stale art practice
  • developing your own style without resorting to copying or overly heavy influence
  • indulging in some fascinating art history
  • discovering new approaches to your own work

“I SO appreciate the thought you put into your courses. I love how you fit in so much inspiring and useful teaching in a way that is simple & clean – and therefore visually digestible online (reading online is tough on the eyes so we tend to skim anyway). Your presence and humor comes through wonderfully in your work & video commentary, in a way keeps us focused on the art. And I really appreciate the insightful details like “if you loved this artist, you may like” and the lists of words to keep in mind when experimenting with each artist’s approach. Brilliant!”

Elizabeth Teal

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