We have a range of Classes and Workshops open to members, and to non-members subject to available spaces. To become a member and receive priority bookings and discounted rates please refer to our Membership information.  Membership also entitles you to attend our untutored Activities

Check out our current Class and Workshop information below.  We have courses for those who want to know how to begin to paint, or draw, or quilt, or applique, or make cards.

Our range of advanced classes are best for those with experience who want to extend their skill set or explore new mediums or techniques or simply practice their art or craft in a more structured manner in the company of other intermediate level artists.

We also have a comprehensive Children's Art Programme with  after-school classes that focus on teaching art in a fun and practical way.  

To register for any of our Classes or Workshops please contact the office.


Children’s Art Classes

Mon Art:  Margaret Taylor - covers drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. Also explores the works of NZ Artists as inspiration. Students keep a visual diary to help chart their inspiration, ideas and class work.

Feb 12th for 9-12yrs Time: 4- 5.30 pm   Cost: $84             

Tue Art:  Margaret Taylor - covers drawing, painting, collage and making. Younger class focuses on fun exercises to stimulate each child's imagination. Older class extends that work through more self-directed activities and challenging assignments.

Feb 13th for 5-7yrs Time: 3.25–4.25pm   Cost: $85            

Feb 13th for 8-10yrs    4.30–5.30pm   Cost: $85     

 Tue Drawing :  Lorraine Tarrant - 6-10yrs class is a fun and very creative art class in which children are encouraged to observe objects carefully and draw. The class will cover basic pencil skills like line, tone and texture and how to use these to produce good drawing work. The 11-16yr class helps students develop and extend their drawing skills through practice of techniques that help make a drawing look accurate and real. Students will learn how to improve their observational skills as a basis for effective drawing and practice drawing a range of different subjects to hone their observation. In both classes they will receive specific feedback and advice on improving and developing their technique.  

Feb 13th for 6-10yrs Time: 3.30-4.30pm  Cost: $95

Feb 13th for 11-16yrs Time: 4.30 5.30pm Cost: $110

Thur Art:  Margaret Taylor - covers drawing, painting, collage and making. Younger class focuses on fun exercises to stimulate each child's imagination. 

Feb 15th for 5-7yrs Time: 3.30–4.30pm   Cost: $85

 Thur Art:  Julie Moonlight -covers a broad range of mixed-media style art that incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture and making to encourage and extend each child's art style.

Feb 8th for 8-12yrs Time: 4– 5.30 pm Cost: $95

The term lasts 8 weeks for all classes this term except Monday which lasts 7 weeks due to Easter.

Material Costs for all art classes are included in the fees. For the drawing class a book is provided on enrollment and should last at least a year.  Other supplies are provided during class. If your child is very keen and active with their drawing and the book runs out before Term 4, a new one can be purchased from the tutor for $7.

Please email Margaret at the office for an enrollment form.



Class:   Absolute Beginner Watercolour

Tutor:   Robyn Eastgate-Manning

Day:     Thursday 22 Feb—11 Apr   Time:    Evening 7-9pm

Skill: Designed for absolute beginners in watercolour.

Cost: Members $145 Non-members $185 for 8 weeks.

Objective:  To provide a basic foundation in watercolour painting that enables you to develop your skills through practice outside of class time. Each week Robyn will demonstrate a different technique then lead you through an exercise that will help you to learn that technique.   The notes that you take and her feedback during the class will help give you confidence in applying that technique in your own time and to other subject matter.  Learn how to:

  • prepare your paint and paper for painting and sketch a loose outline to guide you in your painting
  • decide which brushes to use at different stages of the painting process and how to apply the paint
  • mix and apply a wash – various types, paint “wet-in-wet” or glaze your paint in layers
  • use “dry brush” technique to best effect.
  • develop soft and hard edges
  • mix a range of colours from your limited palette.
  • Students bring their own materials, some for sale through the office.

 Class:   Advanced Beginner Watercolour

Tutor:   Robyn Eastgate-Manning

Day:      Wednesday 21 Feb—11 Apr  Time:    Evening 7-9pm

Cost: Members $145 Non-members $185 for 8 weeks.

Skill:  This course is designed as the next step for early stage beginners who have mastered a few basic techniques.  Participants must complete the Absolute Beginners course before advancing to this one. It also suits anyone who needs a refresher after a break from watercolour painting who already have experience. Each week Robyn will reinforce existing techniques and also extend your skills by teaching new subject matter or techniques.  Students bring their own materials, we have basic paper, brushes and paint for sale through the office.




Class: Beginners Drawing     Tutor:  Helen Casey

Day:    Monday 19 Feb—16 Apr   Time:  1.00pm—3pm (No class Easter Monday 2 April) 

Cost for 8 weeks: Members $98 Non-members $145 

Do you want to learn how to draw?   Helen is a local artist with her own successful gallery in Makara.  Most people would love to be able to draw what they see but believe that being able to draw well is only for the lucky few "gifted" with inborn talent.

 In fact, drawing ability is dependent on learning how to 'see', being the result of many hours of observational practice.  The ability to express oneself artistically comes from having learned basic perceptual skills which develop from being willing to practice, paying attention, making lots of mistakes and learning from them. My lessons begin with basic drawing skills in pencil, learning to use line and tone through certain time tested exercises that train the mind and the eye to work together in order to see things 'as they are' so as to draw realistically. Students bring their own materials:

  • range of graphite pencils 2B-6B
  • A4 or A3 cartridge paper – 120gsm
  • kneadable eraser
  • blade or pencil sharpener.

Class: Intermediate Drawing  Tutor: Helen Casey

Date:   Monday 19 Feb - 16 Apr  Time:  10am to 12pm (No class Easter Monday 2 April) 

Cost for 8 weeks:  Members $98 Non-members $145

 This class is designed for those with some experience in drawing, who have mastered the basics.  Each week Helen will bring along a selection of items that the group will set up as a complex still life to challenge their observation and rendering skills. Students bring their own materials:

  • range of graphite pencils 2B-6B
  • A4 or A3 cartridge paper – 120gsm
  • kneadable eraser
  • blade or pencil sharpener.

Class:  Intermediate Watercolour  Tutor:   Robyn Eastgate-Manning

Day:  Tuesday 20 Feb-10 Apr   Time:     9.30am to 12.30pm

Cost for 8 weeks: Members $100 Non-members $145 .

Do you want to loosen up your painting? Robyn is a practicing artist and experienced tutor. Her teaching encourages more experimental approaches and capturing the mood of an image.  Each week she demonstrates a technique that students can immediately apply to develop their skills. She also reviews work students have completed between class to  reinforce each week’s learning.  Students bring their own materials. 

Class: Acrylic/Oil Landscapes Tutor: Maria Bozina

When: Tuesday 20 Feb—10 Apr  Time:  1.00pm to 4.00pm

Cost for 8 weeks: Members $120 Non-members $160

Do you want to learn how to paint landscapes in Acrylic or Oils? Maria is an accomplished artist who teaches a wide range of techniques that will improve your abilities.  Landscape painting is challenging, so let Maria be your guide and learn:

  1. how to develop perspective and depth in your painting
  2. how to mix effective colours
  3. how to use tone and shade to provide interest in your painting
  4. how to depict light; in the sky, on the hills or sea.

This course suits those with painting, or drawing experience. However, it does not have to be in acrylic or oil.  Students bring their own materials and a list is available from the office.

Class:   Recreational Watercolour Class Tutor:   Barry Keate

Day: Friday 9 Feb-13 April   Time:    1-4pm (No class 16 Mar/30th March, Easter Monday)

Cost: Members $80 Non-members $125 for 8 weeks

Do you want to learn how to paint Watercolour in great company?  Barry teaches beginners the basics of painting in this enjoyable medium.  Over a few weeks your ability and confidence will grow as you work through a range of exercises to build your skills.   Other who attend are those who enjoy a recreational style of painting in like-minded company. This is a great group to join for encouragement and support, whatever level of skill and experience you have. We also have a number of acrylic artists in the class, so if this time works better for you than the Tuesday acrylics class, do join the group.  Students bring their own materials and for those new to watercolour, a list is available from the office.














Introduction to Collage                                       Tutor:    Rosemary Stokell

Days:   Friday 23rd March    6.15-8.15pm and Sunday 25th March   9.30am to 4pm

Cost:  $95 members or $135 non-members

 After the success of this course last year and some requests to repeat it we have decided to run this course again.   In it you will be introduced to some of the methods undertaken to produce a collage in the form of some exercises.  If you remember, when these works were displayed on the walls, they turned out to be little art pieces in their own right. On registration you will be given a material list.

 Taking Collage beyond the Basics                     Tutor:    Rosemary Stokell

Days:   Friday 25th May  6.15-8.15pm and Sunday 27th May 9.30am to 4pm

Cost:  $95 members or $135 non-members

This is the natural follow on course for people that have completed Introduction to Collage.  In this one you will be combining what you have learnt from the first workshop with other media and taking the exercises to a further level. Again you will be surprised with the results and seeing them on the walls.

 Pen and Ink Wash –Hillside Buildings                Tutor: Ian Hulston  

Day:   Saturday 24 March   Time:  9.30am - 2.30pm

Cost:  $55 members and $85 non-members.

We will focus on perspective drawing then painting of Wellington or European style character buildings with a pen and wash style. While the course is designed primarily for acrylic washes, those experienced in watercolour wash may also participate to learn how pen and ink work can add to their paintings.  The day covers:

  1. Selecting a suitable image of a character building that is not too complex.
  2. Mapping out angles of perspective and tracing your drawing onto watercolour paper.
  3. Choosing and mixing colours to the right consistency to allow for an acrylic “wash” application on to the artwork, then building up tones for dimension.
  4. Finally adding various weights of pen lines to create character and more dynamic images.
  5. Various subject matter, unrelated to buildings, will be available to work on. You can bring along your own images to be painted in this particular style. Students bring their own materials.