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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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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

7pm - 9pm

9 weeks
25 Jul to 19 Sep
Non member
$195.00
member
$180.00

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
26 Jul to 20 Sep
Non member
$345.00
member
$325.00

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
26 Jul to 20 Sep
Non member
$235.00
member
$225.00

Expressive Portraits

Learn the fundamentals of drawing faces, and how to bring them to life with a variety of techniques. Students will enjoy developing their own style to create unique portraits. We will experiment with pencil, watercolours and acrylic paints. 

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

 

Ages
12-17 years
Tuesday

4.30pm-6pm

8 weeks
26 Jul to 13 Sep
Non member
$180.00
young member
$165.00

Lively Sketching with Pen & Wash

Come and join Michelle for a Sketching and drawing course. Let's get that sketch book going and develop skills with pencil, pen, watercolour and charcoal creating lively drawing with expressive use of line and mark making. We will learn more about tone, contrast, colour and form, looking at genres such as landscape, botanical, objects, animals.

This is a fun experimental class with lots of tips and tricks along the way.

 

Ages
Beginners and Intermediate
Tuesday

9.15am - 11.45am

9 weeks
26 Jul to 20 Sep
Non member
$245.00
member
$225.00

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

1pm - 4pm

9 weeks
26 Jul to 20 Sep
Non member
$305.00
member
$285.00

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
26 Jul to 13 Sep
Non member
$180.00
young member
$165.00

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 -11 years
Tuesday

4:30pm - 6pm

8 weeks
26 Jul to 13 Sep
Non member
$215.00
young member
$200.00

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
12- 17 years
Tuesday

4:30pm - 6pm

8 weeks
26 Jul to 13 Sep
Non member
$180.00
young member
$165.00

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
27 Jul to 21 Sep
Non member
$265.00
member
$235.00

Soap Making

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

Over six evenings, we will cover the basics of soap making and you will create six beautiful soaps to take home with you. Each evening will focus on a different colouring and swirling technique. This class is aimed at both beginners and advanced soap makers, for those wanting to explore colouring techniques, even if you have never made soap before. All materials are provided ($60 value) and included within the class fee. 

 

Ages
Beginners to Advanced
Wednesday

7pm-9pm

6 weeks
27 Jul to 31 Aug
Non member
$230.00
member
$215.00

Watercolour

If you are keen to develop proficiency in watercolour, this is the class that delivers results. Many of Brian’s pupils gain professional status - you could be one of them! This class is not suitable for beginners - you may like to send an example of your work to the office to make sure this class is suitable for you.

 

Ages
Intermediate
Wednesday

1pm - 4pm

9 weeks
27 Jul to 21 Sep
Non member
$265.00
member
$235.00

Crystal Glass Evening

Students will work on their own work and learn to make glass objects via wax models, silicon mould-making, kiln mould-making. Lots of fun and a great class environment. Suitable all levels, beginners to advanced. Glass costs extra.

 

Ages
All levels
Wednesday

7pm - 9pm

9 weeks
27 Jul to 21 Sep
Non member
$300.00
member
$280.00

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
27 Jul to 21 Sep
Non member
$265.00
member
$235.00

Wednesdays Introduction to 3D Art

KIds will explore three-dimensional building with a variety of sculpting mediums ranging from ceramics to paper-mache, homemade porcelain and paper clay as well as natural and recycled materials. There are so many ways to create a sculpture and in this class kids will learn to use a bit of innovative thinking to achieve their creative goals. Age 5-7 years

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

 

Ages
5-7 years
Wednesday

4.30pm - 6pm

8 weeks
27 Jul to 14 Sep
Non member
$220.00
young member
$205.00