“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.

Ready to clarify and strengthen your artist voice, and share your work with the world?


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 membership is designed to help you take your art to whatever the next level is for you, and become a happy artist – practicing, thriving and fulfilled.

Full access to courses and learning materials valued at £2000, a private and welcoming community, and monthly themes to support you in creating your life as an artist. Join for a month, or join for a year and get two months free! 

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 developing your art into a business 
  • 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’ve been having great fun working through the Happy Artist Studio. I love your overall approach to art and your generous and down to earth teaching style, and I’ve found your lessons really thought-provoking and inspirational. I just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work, heart and soul you obviously put into your courses; they are genuinely some of the best I’ve ever taken.”
Angie H.

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

“I have been considering starting a new project since my motivation has been a little stale and I felt I needed a gentle push to expand my visual vocabulary… I’m taking a breath to explore with the aid of the Into Nature course from Tara Leaver…. 

Tara’s course couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed an excuse to pause, turn away from the distressing news cycle, and take some time to just explore. I find that when I remember to do that then I discover a renewed energy for my art work. I am enjoying the lessons! …having lots of fun and may never actually move on from the second lesson.😆 “

Ann N.

You CAN release the realism and make looser, more expressive, ​​​​​​​more abstract art

Does your art often get tighter and tighter until your paintings feel overworked?

Do you find it hard to stop yourself making realistic art, especially when you use reference images?

Do you want to loosen up your painting style so it’s a bit {or a lot} more abstract?You are not alone and you can change this! And Loosen Up can show you how.

Great for you if:

  • You’re tired of getting stuck making tight, realistic art
  • You want to make art that feels as deliciously free to create as it looks when finished
  • You want to learn how to make your art more abstract, whether just a little or all the way
  • You’re open to moving beyond your own boundaries, perceived limitations, and ‘yes buts’
  • You love to explore and experiment and don’t need {or no longer want} step by step instructions
  • You’re not daunted by a challenge to your status quo

“What a liberating course – I learned so much about letting go!”


Refresh and develop your art with ideas from women artists


Dive into a diverse mix of female artists from past and present, explore their ideas and techniques, play and experiment to your heart’s content…
and use what you learn to develop the unique voice of your own art.

Great for you if:

  • You’re in an art rut and could do with some fresh new energy and inspiration
  • You love exploring the work of other artists but find it hard not to just copy them
  • You love making art but work best right now with a jumping off point
  • You want to develop your own artistic voice
  • You love art history
  • You like to work at your own pace.
  • You have an experimental, open mindset and like to explore ideas
  • You enjoyed Artist Inspired and would like to explore the work of some female artists now 😊


“I love how you fit in so much inspiring and useful teaching in a way that is simple & clean – and therefore visually digestible online. 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

Make a collection of small original paintings on postcards in your own unique style in this process oriented and fun online workshop!

A fun and simple project to create a collection of small original paintings, practice making consistent work, and give as gifts, keep, or sell.

Great for:

  • A simple process for creating a cohesive collection of small paintings {which you can apply to large paintings too!}
  • A way to make gifts {birthday, anniversary, housewarming, just because…} with your art
  • A way to make small original art to sell
  • A fun, low key project that you can do any time, with minimal investment and plenty of potential for impact
  • More insights into my own process than I usually share! {And plenty of emphasis on doing it your way. 😉 }
  • A workshop that would also make a lovely gift for an artist! {See the FAQ at the bottom to find out how.}


“The Painted Postcards course is easy to fit into a busy life: I found it flexible, affordable, and packed with useful prompts – in fact there’s a massive amount of education in this short and very accessible course. It’s amazing how working on a series of small paintings together produces such exciting results and a new sense of your own style and identity as an artist.”

Sarah Pyne