Welcome to the Secret Garden!



I'm so glad you are here! The Secret Garden is waiting for you. Inside, we will create a variety of floral still-life scenes, covering everything from classical painting techniques to newer, more modern, and occasionally down-right weird methods of making art. It'll be a wall-to-wall flower-palooza and the party is just getting started! 

Wondering of you are in the right place? Good question! Are you...

  • Looking for someone to guide you through no-fail methods and new techniques to take into new directions?
  • Hoping to stop making decorative objects and start making art that is meaningful, personal and expressive?
  • Looking to add new ideas and techniques to your established art practice?

Yes! I thought so. Welcome to the Secret Garden.

What Happens When You Sign Up

You'll have access to the full course 30 seconds after you finish registration. It's about four hours of video split into three key sessions; Composition, Form, and Color; plus a bonus session concentrating on a larger piece. Each of the three key sessions (more on these below) will go through three separate paintings, and the bonus session goes through one large painting. So, if you follow along, by the end you will walk away with ten finished paintings, or more! Let's keep these florals coming!

Here's a quick snippet of what's inside this course.

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Here's what Secret Garden artists have to say:

Better than I expected!

 Amanda does a great job of breaking the steps down and explaining the process very thoroughly. She made it very simple and fun. We didn’t need a lot of supplies which also made it easy. I was very happy with the results. I would definitely take another online class with Amanda!!

-Lori P

I cannot recommend this class enough

I have admired, loved and bought Amanda's work for years. It never occurred to me as a non painting art enthusiast that anything approaching her level of amazing would be attainable. But that’s how good a teacher she is! My fifteen year old daughter (who is a highly self critical perfectionist) and I decided to do it together and we are having such fun! Not only has it been a great bonding experience for us, but it has taught us so much about how there are no mistakes, how to be more accepting of where we are, and of how we can still create something full of joy and beauty no matter our level of experience. I can’t recommend Amanda's class highly enough. Take it. You won’t be disappointed!


A fantastic amount of teaching at an affordable price

Amanda teaches in detail, very clear and articulate. She’s lots of fun too. Comes with access to a wonderful group of encouraging people on Facebook. Great video and sound quality. I’m an experienced painter and found a lot of worthwhile take away in the course. Thank you, Amanda.


Here's another peek inside the course and my no-fail floral methods


Tell Me About Each Session

Session 1: Composition

We learn how to make a basic bouquet, grounding it in the most ideal location for visual success. 

Session 2: Stroke

We learn how to elevate our brushwork, infusing intention and energy into every stroke. 

Session 3: Color

We learn multiple no-fail techniques for building a diverse palette, using both classical instruments like the color wheel, as well as some of my favorite apps (everyone loves that last part!). 

Bonus Session 4: Big, Loose, Light

This session covers frequently asked questions I get from those taking the Secret Garden. At the end you will walk away with a giant high-key floral painting with all the loose and lovely trimmings!

I'm interested but I'm a visual person. Any images of results?

The before/after photo below is from Kristin who is in her 30s, but had very little experience painting before. 

“My only prior painting experience was limited to paint-by-numbers. This class changed my entire perspective on art. This is the best gift anyone has ever given me. Thank you so much!” - Kristin


Please understand, this is not a stroke-by-stroke class. I am not teaching you to copy a single image; I am teaching you a time-tested recipe for building an infinite variety of floral artwork. Beginners and seasoned artists will both learn something new! Want more photos? Check out #thesecretgardenartists on Instagram or Facebook.

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In Case We Haven't Met...

Amanda Evanston Freund is an award-winning artist, author, and life-long color enthusiast. Her course, “The Secret Garden,” is a celebration of the botanical world at large. Blending 15 years of experience with a drive to help others discover their own creative spirit, Amanda leads workshops focused to allow each participant to go home with something they will be proud to hang on any wall. Dedicated to the celebration of ordinary life, most days she can be found in her Evanston studio and gallery with her design assistant and spirit dog, Abraham.