• Tutors


Mairangi Arts Centre employs professional tutors to teach adult classes, children’s classes, and school holiday programmes.

Our tutors are carefully selected for their ability to impart their knowledge to students of all levels, from complete beginners through to those with advanced skills. Most tutors are also currently practising artists.

If you have a talent, skill or expertise , Please click here to fill in our Tutor Expression of Interest form.

Listed below is some information about our tutors and their  background as well as a brief summary of their teaching philosophy.


    Amanda is an artist-teacher and curator. She finished her BA in Art Studies majoring in Theater Arts and Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She represented the Philippines in the Indonesian Art and Culture Exchange program (2008). She also finished her MA in Art Education in Boston University, Massachusetts, USA. She is currently completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy in Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland, New Zealand.



    Artist Belle Han welcomes you to ignite your passion for art. She has been teaching art in both Korea and New Zealand for 29 years and has successfully supported artists to find their own style.  Her group exhibition early this year at our Centre, Dreamworks, showcased the diverse range of art practices by artists she works with.

    Join her in this studio environment to express yourself. She welcomes those interested in using water based paints such as acrylic, watercolor or gouache as well as dry mediums such as pencil or pen. If you are a beginner, she is happy to assist you on the start of your creative journey as well.

    See her work here

  • Mac Brian Millard


    Brian Millard is one of New Zealand’s leading watercolourists with an international reputation as a master of this challenging medium. He is represented by major galleries at home and overseas. His work has recently been featured in the publications, New Zealand in Watercolour and New Zealand’s Favourite Artists, edited by Dennis Robinson. Brian has taught at Mairangi Arts Centre since its inception and served for several years as a board member. Most recently he represented New Zealand at the acclaimed Salon de L’Aquarelle at Saint-Laurent sur Gorre, France. His work is held in the Thai Royal Collection and in private and corporate collections world wide. He has won numerous awards amongst them The Rai Hammond award for watercolour, the KG Frazer Art Award and awards from The Australian Artist and The International Artist magazines.


  • MAC Chloe Lam Profile


    Chloe Lam is an artist who recently moved to Auckland. Besides her bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication (Graphic Design), she is also a holder of a master’s degree in Art and Education from Birmingham City University. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Visual Art at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.



    Ekarasa Doblanovic is a Italian/Croatian-born, New Zealand artist. She graduated in 2014 with Master Degree (Honours) in Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, NZ. Her creative practice encompasses painting and installation with collaborative and participatory projects “Imagine the Land”, working across New Zealand and Australia as well as internationally.

    Doblanovic’s works embody a strong sense of materiality in which the tactile and haptic quality of colour and organic earth materials heighten the sensation and affect of colour and its material nature. She uses pure pigments and fabricates her own colours to activate a consideration of colour in its truest state as the primary voice of her works, above form and composition.

  • MAC Estell Profile


    Estel Slabbert is a highly respected art educator who has taught at Mairangi Arts Centre since 1997. Over the past two decades, she has given numerous workshops in primary schools around the Auckland region. Before immigrating to New Zealand in 1997, Estel ran a design company that produced silk screen prints for interior decoration. The business printed silk screen designs on fabric, with colours being hand-painted to create unique items. As a professional artist, Estel has worked for Intona Design Studios (Johannesburg) and the Library and Museum Services (Pretoria). Estel is committed to sharing with her students all that she has learned and discovered on her own journey as an artist and tutor to encourage students to explore and extend themselves as far as possible.


  • MAC HArri C Profile


    As soon as I was able to hold a pencil, I was drawing wobbly faces and bodies. That interest never left, and I have been drawing portraits ever since! While illustration has always been my primary focus, I dabble in all kinds of creative processes including watercolour, jewellery design, resin-pouring, mixed media sculpture and installation work. My degree in Visual Arts and Minor in Game and Play Methodology combined into a love of making playful art that can be enjoyed by anyone. After working full-time for a few years and squashing art in on weekends, I have spent the last year working on my own practice full time, and developing an online presence. https://www.instagram.com/ladyleliel/


  • MAC Jackie Ziegler Profile


    I have been stirring my soap pot for over 30 years and teaching soap making and other courses for the past 15 years. Making my own skin care products has always been my obsession and I love to pass on my knowledge and passion to others.

    With a degree in science from Massey University, my courses focus on both theory and practical experience, because I strongly believe that when you understand the processes of soap making, it will allow you to make better soaps, both in quality and design. I have taught as varous community colleges, centres and schools. I also advise and help companies create and improve their own formulations. I have helped found and am currently the (interim) chair of the New Zealand Soap Makers Association.


  • MAC Jame Lawrence Portrait


    James Lawrence is a practising artist based in Auckland. His practice involves a strong intuitive process and expressive brushwork and layering which allows for chance discoveries. Interested in the autobiographical nature of painting, James often re-works his paintings, creating a layered history of the process. Energy, movement and color are core aesthetic principles in James’ work and classroom. His lessons are often experimental, with an emphasis on colour and composition while showing students basic painting skills.

  • MAC Jill profile


    Teaching Philosophy:
    All students, children and adults, can learn and succeed, but not in the same way and not in the same day. It is my role as a Teacher to recognise each individual’s skill, to inspire and encourage so that they find their own paths. This brings about confidence and the more confident they are, the more they are able to bring their creativity to their projects.

    The beauty of children working with clay is that it stimulates the child’s curiosity. That curiosity engages imagination, excitement and lighting of a fire of discovery.



    “Liam Addison is an Auckland-based creative, heavily influenced by Cinema and interactive media, expressing his passion for Film, Writing, Animation, Illustration and Music.
    A graduate of Animation college and Southsea’s Film school, Liam continues to learn and improve on his skills through the various projects he and others create.
    As someone who expresses themselves through art, Liam wants to share his knowledge with confidence, fundamental skills and creative expression In support of young artists.”



  • Lou Profile


    Lou Pendergrast-Mathieson is a practicing glass artist based in Auckland. She has been glass casting for over 20 years, and currently works out of her studio at Mairangi Art Centre, where she also runs a successful crystal glass class. She exhibits widely in New Zealand and overseas. Teaching is something Lou enjoys because students bring with them a wide variety of skills and life experiences to the class, which enhances her own practice. She also loves to share her knowledge and skills with others, and enjoys getting others to experience such a unique material. Glass is not only a beautiful, tactile material but it also plays with transparency and light.

  • MAC Melissa Mead profile picture


    Melissa Mead is an American born New Zealand potter. After being mostly self-taught for 10 years she has immersed herself in the Auckland Ceramics Community. Through the generosity of some of the best New Zealand potters she has learned techniques from coiled forms to printing on clay. Melissa has experience with a multitude of firing methods, glaze theory and surface decoration. She draws inspiration from the inspiring Aotearoa and our connections to one another. While she mostly creates functional wheel thrown pottery it is often altered and refined with handbuilding. Melissa works in two clay worlds – the rich dark raw clays fired in atmospheric conditions and the more contemporary translucent colours on fine clays fired in oxidation.

  • MAC Michelle Male profile


    Michelle was interested in art from an early age, sketching portraits of family and friends and then, in her teens, going on to study languages and art at college.

    Michelle is a full time artist and tutor and can often be seen sketching and painting in and around Devonport. She draws her inspiration from New Zealand’s vibrant colours and stunning coastal scenery. Passionate about sketching and painting people and animals, capturing movement and that moment in time. Enjoying working in pencil, ink pen, water colours, and oils, her paintings are bold and rich in colour.

  • MAC Mike Peebles profile


    Teaching Philosophy:
    Developing and expanding an artist’s creative talent, exciting the viewer with an array of colour, moods, emotive forms and a multitude of creative themes. As artists we are visual entertainers for others to experience.

  • MAC Noe profile


    I have always been a creative person with a desire to learn. My time in technical high school taught me to work with tools and different materials. Later in college, these skills helped me in my fashion design career, where I also learned about drawing, photography, sewing, and digital art.These tools have allowed me to express myself in different ways over time and that is why I am constantly learning.

    These days I mainly use watercolours and digital techniques, to create characters and my own little universe.


  • MAC Ricki Meaker profile image


    I am a self-taught, practicing artist and sculptor. I enjoy all kinds of creative outlets such as renovation of old furniture, mosaic, recycle art, sculpting with various mediums, painting and mixed media. I love trying new techniques and learn through my own mistakes. I thoroughly enjoy children and love to inspire them to tap into their own sense of creativity.

  • MAC Russell Ness


    Russell has always been fond of drawing and originally trained as a graphic designer.

    Russell moved on to qualify as a teacher and taught art in Waimate and Alexandra where he
    was head of the art departments. He also taught art in Kristin School, Auckland.
    Over his 9 years as a teacher and since leaving teaching in the 90s, he has undertaken a
    range of art and design projects. He has illustrated 3 children’s story books and a number of
    technical texts. Russell has painted in oils, acrylics and mixed media. He has also created a number of prints using printmaking techniques such as intaglio, serigraph or screen printing, etching,
    engraving, linocut, woodcut, monoprint and dry point. He continues to draw and paint whenever he can find the time and these days prefers landscapes in watercolours. He combines a wealth of knowledge with an ability to connect and relate well to his students.

  • MAC Susannah Portrait


    During her time as a primary school teacher Susannah focussed on nurturing art and musical skills in her young students. She spent some time as a graphic artist then returned to teaching as a music teacher. Susannah works across a range of media including aquarelle pencils, watercolour, gouache, graphite pencil and ink as well as oils and acrylics on canvas. Her practice is informed by the natural sciences, palaeontology, mythology, history and music while her themes centre around the physical world and the metaphysical. A major component of her art practice has always been illustration/cartooning and commissions for portraits. She is passionate about encouraging children to develop their art skills through observation and exploration.

  • MAC Yeonjae profile image


    Yeonjae Choi is a ceramic artist and educator from New Zealand. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT, Melbourne, where she also taught art to children. She has a love for ceramic sculpture and the calming yet fragile process of building ceramic art. Yeonjae endeavours to inspire her students to dive into the experimental world of ceramics and bring their amazing ideas into fruition by equipping them with new and fun techniques in working with clay.


  • MAC ying profile image


    Art is for everyone! Ying believes everyone has a story and creative flair within that can be expressed through drawing. A lot of people give up drawing due to lack of confidence or thinking that it’s too complicated. Ying simplifies the drawing process by teaching her students to start a picture with a basic element and encouraging them to further express their creativity through various drawing techniques. She invites us to discover and appreciate the details of our everyday life through art; the movement of sea patterns, favourite stalls in the Sunday market, the beauty of the falling Pohutukawa tree leaves, little-gems around the neighborhood..


  • Tutor Xinli


    Surrealism artist XinLi Deng

    2003-2007 has been working as a conceptual designer, illustrator, and animator at companies such as Animi8, Binary Star, Future Skill, Computer Express, and La Luna Pictures.

We are closed tomorrow 25th April in remembrance of Anzac Day. We will reopen on Friday the 26th and resume our normal hours on the weekend.

Lest We Forget.
Kia Ora friends, 

You are invited to our upcoming Meet the Artists Morning Tea. Friday the 3rd and 10th May, at 10:30am. Come along and enjoy some art and conversation, with a hot drink and biscuits. 😊☕
🎨 Calling all talented young artists in our community! 🌟
🚀 We're thrilled to announce the launch of our Youth Exhibition, exclusively for youth aged 12-25! 🎉

🗓️ Submission Deadline: May 19th
🎨 Exhibition Dates: May 25th - June 16th

Click the link below to enter and showcase your child's creativity! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to have their artwork displayed! 👇


Spread the word and let's celebrate the talent of our local youth together! 🎉

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