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What is veil painting? Exploring the four elements through gesture

30 September @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| $65


With artist Fiona Campbell

This online workshop uses the four elements – warmth, air, water, earth – to build on the foundations of the wet-on-dry watercolour technique, introduced last April in What is veil painting? And why do we do it?

The workshop teaches classic veiling; participants will create an artwork with a nature theme with guidance from the presenter. The workshop will be recorded and available for three months. 

Why we use this technique?

The workshop demonstrates the classic veiling technique, as used in therapy and meditative practices. We use the theme of the four elements to explore how different brush strokes embody different activities and moods, and the effects this has on both painting and painting.  

Each element has a different gesture that characterises the phenomenal world of Nature. These gestures provide variations in veiling approaches that go beyond being mere ‘outer’ techniques and point to how we must learn to paint out of our inner soul life rather than out of ‘special effects’. 

The workshop also explores the fundamentals of the anthroposophic approach to painting. 

Who is it for?

For anyone interested in learning more about this unique watercolour approach to enlivening colour. 

For anyone interested in the anthroposophic approach to art, colour and painting. 


Saturday 30 September, 2023 at 2.00pm AEST


$65 includes video recording 

How to register 

Book here

How to join the workshop

The Zoom link and a list of materials will be sent to you after you register.

For more information

Please contact Fiona Campbell 


About the presenter

Fiona Campbell PhD is a visual artist, researcher, lecturer and arts educator. She does interdisciplinary research on phenomenology, creativity and cognition and has been a professional artist and arts educator for more than 30 years. 

Fiona provides a wealth of professional and teaching practice with this specialist watercolour approach, including 35 years as a professional artist, 10 years art therapy practice and 12 years as a lazure/mural artist. 

Fiona has been involved with Anthroposophy for over 40 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the core principles and practice of Steiner’s work to her classes. She draws on Rudolf Steiner’s Colour lectures, his ‘portfolio’ of training sketches for artists and his numerous references to the role of art and the task of the modern artist. 

You can find out more about Fiona here or listen to an 2021 ABC Soul Search interview with her about the anthroposophical approach to art.


“The basis of artistic creation is not what is,
but what might be; not the real, but the possible.

Rudolf Steiner, in The Aesthetics of Goethe’s Worldview


Photo credit: Trees in Sunny Air, © Fiona Campbell


30 September
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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