Special Edition: Eco Paints and Painting with Serene

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It’s plastic-free July! And to reflect on plastics and explore alternate materials, Serene is running her wonderful workshop on plastic-free, eco-friendly paint making.

Serene has taught us to draw many sea and land animals who benefit from less plastics in their habitat! This class will be a surprise creature – new to Laneway Learning!

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 special surprise creature who benefits from plastic free paints in their habitat!

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

Vegans note this class uses honey as one of the paint ingredients.

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 from a reference image
  • How to paint a surprise creature 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