Carol White is holding a series of free painting classes throughout this month and next.
The mother-of-two, from East Boldon, is encouraging people to give painting a go.
She said: “A lot of people are put off from trying to paint because they weren’t very good in school.
“Some people are also put off because of the cost of buying equipment or enrolling on classes.
“I always tell people that painting is a skill that everyone can learn.”
Classes run at the United Reformed Church in Front Street, East Boldon, Mondays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Sessions also run at Whitburn Library, Hedworth Terrace, on Fridays from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm.
To book call 07916 289 501.