Life in the Big Top and a welcome distraction!

The Next season of Mermaid Circus  starts next week. This time Teesha and I are limiting the class numbers and we are nearly full!

I am just so glad I have all the fun and busyness to immerse myself in, because it lifts my spirit thinking of Frida Koalho.

Next Session Starts September 2nd!

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Come one, come all to witness the
Greatest Show in the Seven Seas!

{Prepare to be MERmesmerised!}

Click the Play arrow for your invitation!

Mermaid Circus is an Online Workshop unlike any other and an event not to be missed.
Your Ringmasters :

What happens when you put your favourite things together?
Teesha LOVES the Circus.

I LOVE Mermaids.

So when Teesha and I decided to collaborART  Mermaid Circus was born!

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Mermaid Circus is all about wild, soulful creativity!


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In 8 action-packed weeks :

  • See how an Artist’s Style is ‘born’ and how to apply that to continue developing your own voice.
  • be endlessly inspired to create your own masterpieces!
  • Step by step tutorials on drawing, painting, collage, lettering, composition and journal making.
  •  Accelerate your way to free expression in your artwork.

Due to demand, Mermaid Circus will be opening for its second session on
September 2nd!  If you missed out last time, don’t hesitate
to splash into this rather astounding experience with Teesha and I!

Mermaid Circus September 2013

But rather than me telling you about the magic we created
how about I hold up a seashell and you can hear
the whispers from the Mermaids themselves:

“The deliciousness of the videos in this class has been beyond words.
I continue to love watching your art and teaching evolve, Jane!
You have taught me so much, through all your classes, and I never get tired
of watching you pull forth another wondrous being from the page.”
Susan Z
“Of all the workshops I’ve taken over the past couple of years,
this is the one that really grabbed me and wouldn’t let go…in a good way!

xo Kim


Student artwork created in Mermaid Circus!
“Oh fantastic Jane-what work ethic you have!
Packing so much in right to the end-…
I can only describe it as the catalyst
for setting a big shift into action somehow. ”
Jan K
“When I opened my email announcing the arrival of the Mermaid Circus,
I couldn’t believe my luck! My 2 favorite artists were getting together to
teach a class celebrating my favorite subject, Mermaids.
It just had to be magical – and let me say, it is!…

I thank you both for all your fabulous inspiration and gentle instruction.
You have made my little art world a dreamy, fun and uplifting place to be in.
I never want to stop swimming in these creative waters!

Jessica W


“Jane and Teesha, your Mermaid Circus class has been nothing short of astounding!
I have loved every part of it over the last 8 weeks and can’t believe how quickly time
has flown! …The videos have given us a birds eye view into your studios,
arts and your busy, creative minds. They are treasures.

…You have nurtured a wonderful warm group of mermaids within Facebook!
It has been a safe place to share and meet new friends….
Thank you both for giving so much of yourselves to your mermaid clan.

I am totally thrilled to have been a part of this special group.”
Robyn W


Wow, I think, is the best word to describe the Mermaid Circus.
(Well maybe WOW WOW WOW is better!). Wow best encompasses the
anticipation and enthusiasm that I felt not only before the workshop started,
but all the way through, as well.

It also expresses the admiration I feel for both of the ringleaders, Teesha and Jane,
both of which I was well familiar with. And it was such a pleasure to be part of
such a fabulous group of artists, all mermaids/clowns/artists in their own right.
I was constantly filled with awe, wonder and total amazement during the
entire time and it will remain long into the future.

And there were thrills, and surprises around each and every corner.
This has been a truly extraordinary adventure into the deep. …

The techniques, tips, secrets, bits of wisdom
and encouragements were over the “big” top.

My brain is swimming with inspiration …
And my art table is full of many WIP, so much so that I have had to leave notes
with each one and a list of ideas that are just percolating …


A big wow to learning new, expanding my borders and unfolding my wings
(or rather fins). Mermaid Circus is definitely the greatest show on earth!!!

Marcia B


So when I say Mermaid Circus was beloved and awesome, I mean it.

Examples of amazing Student Artwork!

And we can’t wait to do it all again!

Here are the details to join us :

Class dates: from Monday September 2nd 2013 for Eight weeks
Classroom remains open until January 26th.
So you end 2013  and start 2014 with mermaid circus magic!
Price for Mermaid Circus $195


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Next Session starts September 2nd!

Click here for the General Workshop FAQ page

Here are answers to the most asked questions so far:

  • The Mermaid Circus Classroom opens on September 2nd and closes on Jan 22nd.
  • There are 8 weeks of Live classes.
  • You have three months continued Classroom access after the Live class is finished (closes on Jan 22nd).
  • Prices are in Australian Dollars.
  • Class Access will be sent to your Registered Paypal email address on opening day – Sept 2nd.
    Keep your eye on your email, including junk mail, for the VIP access.
  • Do I HAVE to be in the Facebook Group? No, but it is alot of fun and a great place to share your work in a private, support space.
  • Skill level: suitable for anyone with creative confidence! ( If you are an art newbie, complete Jane’s foundation class ‘Supplies Me’ first.). If the artwork in the video excites and inspires you, dive on in! Ultimately you are the only one who can gauge your suitability, but be brave!
  • Do I need hi-speed internet? Yes, the videos are high quality and their are lots of them.
  • Are the videos downloadable: no
  • Supplies:
  •  Some paper for bookmaking if you would like to make the shaped journal.
    3 x large sheets of Hot Press Watercolour paper – 22 x 30 inch, 140lb or 300gsm.
    Recommended brand :Fabriano artistico 140 lb, hot press paper, or Strathmore Mixed Media 400 or 500 series.
  • Liquitex Matte Medium: click here
  • Prismacolor Coloured Pencils: click here
  • Acrylic Paint Pens or markers: click here
  • Access to a colour copier and ink jet printer will be beneficial.


Run away to the Mermaid Circus with us!

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 ( If you have any problems registering, please email us for assistance: info (at)

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