Workshop Details
In a Cherry Hood workshop students work from a photograph of a face to produce a fabulous artwork in her style.

Cherry helps each student with their individual needs and demonstrates exactly how she makes a painting from scratch.

What to Expect

Cherry shares and demonstrates her own unique method of making a large scale watercolour painting.

While this is not a portrait painting workshop the scaling up part of this workshop can help students to get a very good likeness when they do wish to make a Portrait.

Each morning of the workshop, Cherry gives a new demonstration of part of the process she uses to make her paintings; she shares her simple scaling up technique which allows artists to overcome the foreshortening and distortion which can occur in larger paintings. Scaling has been used by artists for many centuries, but the famous artist, Chuck Close is a great example of a contemporary artist who uses a grid to scale up to achieve his huge paintings of the human face.

As an art student Cherry utilised the all over grid, however over time she has reduced and very much simplified her method of scaling. Her unique method enables painters to get the exact proportions of a face and the correct position the features of the face. This shortcut to drafting the face allows students much more time to enjoy learning Cherry’s very loose painting style with the beautiful medium of watercolour. Students are not overburdened with ‘drawing’ or copying the image of the face onto the paper. Students who use projectors are welcome to bring images which are already drafted onto their watercolour paper.


Cherry Hood is producing a workbook which describes and illustrates her unique drafting technique. Being a workbook it is designed to be used during the workshop. Much of the process being difficult to grasp without Hood’s demonstrations. (Her second workbook will be about painting.)

The photo above is from the First Workbook showing how to organise your workspace. The book lists all the materials needed and gives step by step written and photographic directions to Hood’s unusual scaling technique.

Hood will be providing this workbook to her residential students who attend classes at her studio in Goulburn. The next workshop will see students following their workbook while watching the demonstration. Then they take their book to a table to follow as they make paper rulers and scale their photo up for their painting.

Away workshop participants can buy a workbook for $20, and it will be for sale to the public for only $20 while it is in the desktop publishing stage.


Cherry has recently introduced the use of projectors into her workshops and has acquired two so students can learn to use this most popular method of drafting. Students can bring their image on a USB or email their image.

Cherry has dozens of images available for students to use. Students are, of course, welcome to bring their own images as long as they’re very sharp and clear and printed out on A4 paper so that the face is at least 25 cm in height.

Cherry assists each participant with their individual needs and problems. During the workshop she does special short demonstrations of eyes, hair and other features as needed.

“To make a very good painting is a better goal than to make a great likeness.” Students of all levels usually achieve at least one very good painting by the second day of the workshop.

Cherry inspires students to really go for it with large brushes and very watery washes of paint to make their large paintings. She demonstrates and encourages each student to use loose painting techniques, the pouring of washes from containers, dripping and moving the paint around the paper by tilting manipulating it. The use of all kinds of methods other than the use of a paint brush.

The aim is a great painting rather than a great likeness! Cherry wants each student to grow in experience. This is a workshop aimed at encouraging students to make a fantastic, interesting and unique painting.

Workshop FAQ

Class size
Only 6 or 7 students maximum can attend the course. Parents or partners who share a room or bed can also stay for $195 for 2 nights.
Crystal Hill is in Towrang which is on the Sydney side of Goulburn NSW and only 2 hours from Sydney CBD.

Participants will automatically be booked in for their accommodation. No need to book separately on Stayz / HomeAway.
The homestead and apartment are blocked out specifically for students for the workshop weekend.
Please make sure to advise us if you do not require accommodation.


Each student has their own bedroom with a queen size bed.
All bed linen and towels are provided.
Parents or partners who share a room or bed can also stay for $195 for 2 nights.

Meals, drinks & snacks
All meals, snacks and non- alcoholic beverages are provided.
Coffee, tea and snacks are available at all times.
You are welcome to bring wine or drinks of choice.
Arrival & departure

Participants may arrive on Friday afternoon from 2.30pm, and settle in, unpack and meet everyone. Dinner is at 7pm
You can also stay on Sunday night if it suits your travel plans, for an extra $95.

Groups & individuals

Groups of 3 to 6 people can apply for an exclusive workshop, and individuals may apply for a private workshop.


The cost of two day workshop is $850 per person.
Just $655 for the workshop for locals who do not require accommodation, and $195 for two nights accommodation for travellers.

Payment can be made via Direct Debit, PayPal, Credit Card and Apple Pay.
50% deposit is required to confirm your booking, the balance is due 2 weeks prior to your arrival at the workshop.
Contact Cherry Hood to book.
50% deposit is required to confirm your booking, the balance is due 2 weeks prior to your arrival at the workshop.