Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Paints with Serene

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Come and learn how to create eco paints from all natural ingredients! And put them immediately to use as you learn to paint a realistic Maori Octopus.

Did you know that know that traditional acrylic paints, while bright and cheery, contain plastics that end up in our waterways? Not just their packaging, but the paints themselves. So whenever we use acrylic paints and rinse our brushes at the end, small plastic particles are going into our waterways. 

In Serene’s class you’ll learn to make your own eco-friendly paints – how to prepare the paints from simple household ingredients. Then you’ll be guided step-by step in drawing a Maori Octopus – just one of the water babies who your eco paints will benefit!

No art experience required – just come and have a wonderful time!

Vegans note this class uses egg as one of the paint colours.

What will we cover?

In this hands on class you’ll learn:

  • How to make paints from everyday kitchen ingredients and waste
  • What paint is and how modern paints affects the marine environment
  • The cultural impacts of paint and colour
  • Natural vs Synthetic paints – what is the difference?
  • How to draw a Maori Octopus from a reference image
  • How to paint a Maori Octopus in 3D

All materials provided.


  • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
  • Quiet Spaces
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees 
  • Auslan Interpreted Upon Request

    Who will be Teaching? 

    Serene (kiat chen) (she/her) is a visual creative who loves bringing joy to others via art and environment.

    She likes doing an enjoyment sandwich each day which involves piano, drawing and making her partner cringe.

    You can find her on her website or Instagram at @serenekitchen.

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    More about accessibility 

    Photo of Artist’s own work.

    Any other questions or ways we can assist with accessibility? Just shoot Maddy (she/her) an email at