New Zealand born artist and tutor, Maxine Thompson is recognised for depicting people and animals in life-like pictures.


She has been named as a Master Pastellist by the Pastel Society of Australia and also by PANZ Pastel Artists of NZ.

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Animal Portraits: Fast and Free


This demonstration shows how to produce animal portraits in 10 to 15 minutes, and how the least fuss often creates the most effect.

It’s entertaining to watch a blank page become a pet’s likeness – pet owners become entranced as their pet’s portrait appears in front of them.


With farm life - owning my own cat, having farm dogs as friends, cows, bulls and calves, and my own horse to be responsible for, it was natural that I developed a love for animals, which flowed into my art.

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Ancient towns: perspective and tone for atmosphere


Student Experience Level: All Students

This workshop is an exercise in perspective to ensure the buildings’ shapes are believable. Students will be exploring exercises in tonal values to confirm the shapes suggested by the perspective drawing. Using reference photos of interesting ancient towns, students will achieve a realist or impressionist-style pastel painting.


Maxine’s interest in the art of painting buildings began with farm buildings, sheds, barns, pump houses and dog kennels. Art teaching tours throughout Australia and New Zealand heightened her interest in old homesteads, windmills and sheds. Teaching on art tours in the Greek Isles, Morocco, Alaska and France enthused her to create pastel works of ancient buildings – stone, brick, clay, timber – each has textures and characters inviting to the artist.

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Eyes of Character (human)


This demonstration will look at a variety of expressions evidenced in the eyes, in impressionist and realist styles. Students will take home an appreciation of a wide range of expressions in portraiture.

When I was a child, drawing eyes was the beginning of my artworks.


Even into my career as a professional artist, I regard myself as a portrait artist. The best fun I get, still after 30 years, is with portraiture – creating eyes to be read as characterful by viewers.

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Rooftop views: a higher perspective


This demonstration covers aerial perspective as well as linear perspective to give the feeling of height and distance. Students are encouraged to make notes and sketches to enhance learning and recall their learnings from demonstrations at a later date.

I’m a climber – hills, mountains, stairs, trees, ladders. The view from up there is all mine (unless you come with me). The bird’s eye view of the world requires perspective uncommon in many paintings. Capturing an experience such as the view from on high can be delightful.

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