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Classes & Workshops

We are driven by a vision of nurturing the continuous discovery of diverse and innovative art experiences, through engaging and empowering our diverse communities through the arts.

We believe that all people have the right to recreational activities that inspires imagination and creative learning. We understand that creative activities and engagements within a supportive and positive environment can provide constructive opportunities for people to feel a sense of belonging, fostering community place-making.

Our Education Programme is grounded in our core values of Including and Respecting all people, Responsibility in the way we work and the sustainability of our organisation, Striving for Excellence, and Valuing and Embracing the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and as such, we are committed to providing safe, accessible, enjoyable, and excellent standards of recreational and educational services within the community.

 

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Make your own handmade paper

In this class you will learn how to make your own unique handmade paper by using recycled newspaper and other natural materials such as leaves and flowers. You will then use your handmade paper for a fun art activity.

Ages
6 - 13 years
Thursday

10am-3pm

28 Jan
Non member
$60.00
young member
$55.00

One Line Funky Portrait

One line portrait is a fun class where you will learn drawing, painting, pattern making and reverse painting on recycled Perspex. You will take home a unique expressive and colourful face ready to be hung on the wall.

Ages
6 - 12 years
Friday

10am-3pm

29 Jan
Non member
$60.00
young member
$55.00

Pinch Pot Garden Snails

Learn how to covert some ordinary pinch pots into fun and quirky garden snails. All work will be painted and glazed.

Ages
5 - 12 years
Friday

10am-3pm

29 Jan
Non member
$70.00
young member
$65.00

Intaglio Etching

Learn the techniques to produce intaglio etchings using zinc plates, grounds and acid. For the more experienced, Lisz will push boundaries using a variety of technical skills.

Ages
All levels
Tuesday

9:30am - 12:30pm

9 weeks
09 Feb to 06 Apr
Non member
$250.00
member
$220.00

Tuesday Afternoon Clay Making

Melissa Mead

Come join a dynamic three hour class tailored to share the passion of handbuilding, throwing and glazing.  You will be guided and challenged to use a foundation of skills for creating functional or sculptural forms.Clay/glaze/firing not included in price. Suitable all levels. 

Ages
All Levels
Tuesday

12pm - 3pm

9 weeks
09 Feb to 06 Apr
Non member
$325.00
member
$310.00

Tuesday Evening Clay Making

Melissa Mead

Come join a dynamic class tailored to share the passion of handbuilding, throwing and glazing.  You will be guided and challenged to use a foundation of skills for creating functional or sculptural forms.Clay/glaze/firing not included in price. Suitable all levels. 

Ages
All levels
Tuesday

7pm - 9pm

9 weeks
09 Feb to 06 Apr
Non member
$220.00
member
$210.00

Advanced Watercolours

A user-friendly class with excellent demonstrations for intermediate-advanced students. In depth knowledge delivered with humour and plain speak. Relax, enjoy and learn.

Ages
Advanced
Tuesday

1:00pm - 4:00pm

9 weeks
09 Feb to 06 Apr
Non member
$290.00
member
$270.00

Expressive Acrylics Evening

Enjoyable and fast-paced, this class explores the versatility and techniques of acrylic paints with emphasis on abstract design principles. Fabulous tutor demos and step-by-step guides.

Ages
All levels
Tuesday

7:00pm - 9:00pm

9 weeks
09 Feb to 06 Apr
Non member
$180.00
member
$165.00

Intermediate Painting

This class will focus on drawing skills such as composition, perspective, drawing techniques and cartooning. Students will then use this as a basis to develop a painting.

***Students must be within the stated age range.***

Ages
11- 17 years
Tuesday

4:30pm - 6pm

8 weeks
09 Feb to 30 Mar
Non member
$180.00
young member
$165.00

Tuesday Let's Draw & Paint

We will have fun making art with paint, pastels, crayons, collage and mixed media. Children must have started school to be able to join this class.

***Students must be within the stated age range.***

Ages
5 -7 years
Tuesday

4:30pm - 6pm

8 weeks
09 Feb to 30 Mar
Non member
$165.00
young member
$150.00

Tuesday Introduction to Clay

Get to know clay - how it works and what you can do with it. Learn basic techniques to help you bring your ideas to life.

***Students must be within the stated age range.***

Ages
8 -12 yrs
Tuesday

4:30pm - 6pm

8 weeks
09 Feb to 30 Mar
Non member
$200.00
young member
$185.00

Tuesday Exploring Art

What's your favourite animal on land and under the sea, now or long ago? Using paint, pastels, pencils or crayons we'll create feathers and fur, teeth and claws, scales and fins.

***Students must be within the stated age range.***

Ages
7 - 13 yrs
Tuesday

4:30pm - 6pm

8 weeks
09 Feb to 30 Mar
Non member
$165.00
young member
$150.00

Beginners' Soap Making

Soap Making

Learn how to make soap from scratch using the cold process technique. 

Over six evenings, we will cover the theory of soap making, the different oils and fats used to make soap, how to calculate your own recipes, colouring and fragrancing your soap, and how to add various ingredients to your soap. Aside from the theory, you will also make a small loaf of soap each evening for you to take home and keep. All materials are provided  ($60 value) and included within the class fee.

Ages
Beginners
Tuesday

7pm-9pm

6 weeks
09 Feb to 16 Mar
Non member
$215.00
member
$200.00

Exploring Acrylics

A painting adventure designed for those who would like to extend their creative thinking. Different painting styles will be explored to develop an individual approach.

Ages
All levels
Wednesday

9:30am - 12:30pm

9 weeks
10 Feb to 07 Apr
Non member
$250.00
member
$220.00

First Steps in Watercolour

Learn step by step everything you need to know to produce saleable paintings under the guidance of one of New Zealand's most respected artists. This is a structured course that begins with the basics and builds towards proficiency through practice exercises and demonstration. If you are a total beginner or have some expertise already, this is the course for you.

 

Ages
Beginners - Intermediate
Wednesday

9.30am - 12.30pm

9 weeks
10 Feb to 07 Apr
Non member
$250.00
member
$220.00