Paint Ya Pal!

Spend the day painting and hanging out with your mate.

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In this Live workshop we make it easy for you to hangout, catch-up and laugh together with your pal while you paint each other’s portrait.

Experience Creative Fun TOGETHER!

Alyson Mae Pallete with Sepia stills image

You don’t need previous art experience. This day of painting fun is for everyone!

I’ll be sharing all the fabulous hints and tricks from my face-2-face workshops in this Live online Paint Ya Pal workshop.

What you’ll experience together:

How to work with oil or acrylic paint

Easy tone mixing method

Step-by-step guidance, hints and tricks to complete a portrait

How to paint a portrait from life techniques

Painting in sepia, you will create a classical portrait (no flesh colour fear)

Chat-function enabled so you can chat to each other throughout the day

No big expensive art kit needed

You will be amazed by your results!

Even if you are completely new to art, Paint Ya Pal Portrait workshop will remove the scary-seriousness and have you painting portraits with confidence. You and your dear friend will develop portrait painting skills you didn’t realise you had.

Paint Ya Pal in Lockdown

Meet your artist mentor – Alyson May

My inner critic used to hinder my creative progress. Until one day I said enough. I adapted (something we have all had to do lately)!

No longer would I allow the scary-seriousness of art stop me experiencing the fun and joy of painting I remember from my childhood.

Since that life changing day, 25 years ago, I offer inspiration, guidance and support to everyone who wants to bring art into their lives.

With my relaxed and easy to follow tuition you will walk away feeling like you should be wearing an oversized art smock and a french beret.

Why learn from me?

I am driven by my passion and dedication to developing artistic skills and knowledge in all of my students to produce confident and creative individuals. My students are empowered by the wonders of what they can create. This empowerment filters into their daily lives. This is the true benefit of learning to create with me.

Imagine how it is going to feel when you are painting with confidence and bravely exploring your creative abilities.

Here’s the facts:

 I’ve created hundreds of confident artists who started out as total newbies

I have originated and refined my Portrait Painting Method for 15 years which is why you get excellent results.

My students come first. I live and breathe teaching to make your experience the best it can be. I understand how much courage it takes to paint.

Alyson Mae Artist

Online One Day Workshop
Paint Ya Pal

with Alyson May


Great value for your online experience.  You will learn so much from the close up demonstration videos where you can really see paint handling and mixing techniques, and how to paint a portrait from scratch with amazing results.



Amazing teacher. Alyson’s workshops are lots of fun and value packed. Well worth the money.

Yvonne. Yarra Valley, Vic


We have been so lucky to get such a talented artist to learn from. Anyone can be a great artist with a great mentor.

Sara – Cire Community Hubs Coordinator

When and how?

Materials Image for Sepia Portrait

On Saturday September 19, you and your painting pal will join me on ZOOM for a fun filled day of painting.

Let’s get ready and make sure you have everything you need.

Computer, phone or iPad with a webcam (your pal wants to see your lovely face to paint)

Charger for device (don’t laugh…if I didn’t list it you would’ve forgotten it)

3 x paints (oil or acrylic paint); Black, White and Burnt Sienna

Medium for your paint (medium No.1 for oils or water for acrylic paints)

Palette and palette knife

3 x brushes (small, medium and large)

2 x A4 canvas

Gloves to protect your skin from paint

Rag (old sock or tea towel)

More details in your Welcome Pack once you have registered.


What if I change my mind?

I understand life happens. Transfer to another workshop (subject to availability) when 7 days’ notice is given.

What if my painting pal can’t make it on the day?

That’s a shame…but no worries.  A reference image for you to work from will be supplied.

Do I need any prior experience?

None whatsoever!  I will show you the how.  Most students have never painted portraits before.  You will leave this workshop with confidence and feeling like you have been painting for years.

Do I need any fancy equipment?

No! There are alternatives to most art materials, e.g. a white ceramic plate works well as an artist’s palette; and, a bench with a pile of books to rest your canvas against makes a good easel.

Do I need to dress up?

No need to dress up! Do the class in your pajamas if you like!

Paint Ya Pal - Alyson Mae Workshop

Online One Day Workshop
Paint Ya Pal

with Alyson May



Guided tuition throughout the day

Easy to follow examples of each portrait stage

A completed sepia masterpiece of you Painting Pal

A downloadable pdf of the day’s hints and tricks

Private Blueprint of Portraits Facebook group to share your portrait and ask for specific feedback from me

So go on…take the ‘not-so-scary’ step, and unleash your inner portrait artist with ya pal.

The only thing you need to worry about is how to say thank you to the many compliments you will get about your portraiture from family and friends…and where to hang all those magnificent paintings.

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