Welcome to WSA

WSA Art School

Our Art School is situated in the iconic ArtsPost building.

Entrance of art school

With experienced tutors covering a range of mediums, we offer art classes for all ages.

Enrolments for term four are now open. We do have a few exciting new classes, make sure you read the programme careful and come back to us with any questions you might have! You can download the class schedule here. Please email artschool@wsa.org.nz to enrol and for enquiries.





Children’s school holiday programme at WSA

We are looking forward to the Oktober school holiday programme

Our classes are suitable for children 5-12 years old and run from Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm during the school holidays.

Fees are  $35 per session or $150 Monday to Friday

To enrol please email artschool@wsa.org.nz 

Monday, 1 October

Learn acrylic painting skills and clay modelling

 Tuesday, 2 October

Create stunning colourful artwork using multiple mandala patterns, and use your drawing skills and pegs to make cute creatures

 Wednesday, 3 October

Make vibrant 3D kaleidocycles and learn how to draw different hairstyles and hats

 Thursday, 4 October

Make optical illusion art and monochromatic collage

 Friday 5 October

Learn creative watercolour techniques, how to use the vanishing point to draw perspective and develop your composition skills

 Monday, 8 October

Learn more acrylic painting skills and clay modelling

 Tuesday, 9 October

Create artworks with oil pastel and dye and stamp, scrape and splatter to your hearts content!

 Wednesday, 10 October

Make rolled and folded magazine creations and design patterns to paint

 Thursday, 11 October

Learn how to draw realistic clothing and costumes and work with watercolour in blue

 Friday, 12 October

Have fun creating funny face expression flip books- and 3D word art

 

    




Programme description

The Waikato Society of Arts has established the Art School in 1970. 
All our tutors are professional creatives, and we try to keep the balance between solid skill-building classes to strengthen student’s core competency and new, contemporary classes that will push their boundaries. 
See how far you can push the boundaries of your art experience. Note that classes, due to the small size, cater for new and returning students and there might be variations in the class schedule to keep you interested and challenged.

Following programmes are indicative only.  

 Untutored painting         Join an untutored class get some input and inspiration for your work. Many of our long-term students join an untutored class at some stage to make use of our studio space and enjoy company while working. This class works in painted mixed media

Beginners Watercolours         Learn the basics of a fascinating medium. Paulette teaches watercolour techniques step by step, for returning students there will be variations in the basic techniques.

Drawing + Painting Portraiture      This class gives you the opportunity to develop portraits from drawing to painting in your own medium. A model will be present for part of the time for you to learn the process of developing a piece of art from initial sketching to painting. Artist in all mediums welcome. 

 Children’s art, 5 - 7 years                 Our afterschool children’s classes are developed for certain age groups. Art and creativity are fostered by exploring a range of materials and techniques


 Watercolour, Paulette Bruns         Our watercolour classes are small in size, which makes it easy for the tutor to adapt to beginners and continuers alike. this class focusses on technique, responding to students skill levels.

 Oil painting, Nici Peacock          A structured introduction to oil painting,  a mixed class with continuers and advanced students, suitable for absolute beginners but with individual challenges for the advanced.

Experimental printmaking 
Discover the principles of printmaking and continue the creative journey by creating experimental woodcuts. Caroline starts with an introduction to the principals of printmaking and the handling of the printing press with different monotype and monoprint  techniques (monotype: individual, non-repetitive prints from one plate that have the same image treated individually. monoprint: unique print from one plate, for example created by drawing on perspex) . Students will then move on to creating woodcuts from their own designs. While this class focusses on woodcuts and monotypes, it is a great beginners course to get to know our print studios and printing presses, even if you want to move on to etching.

Oil painting, Louis Abrezol      Get support and instructions while working on your own projects in oil

Untutored woodcuts, includes materials      Work with experienced printmakers and inspire each other. Not suitable for absolute beginners, an introduction to the use of our printing press in one of our tutored classes is prerequisite

After school for 7-9 year old      Our afterschool children’s classes are developed for certain age groups. Art and creativity are fostered by exploring a range of materials and techniques

Exploring art techniques, 8 - 13 years, Vivien Hendy           Children explore art and design using different materials in this after-school class 

Watercolour, Paulette Bruns        Start or extend your watercolour painting skills in this class. Beginners and continuers will be able to pick up new tricks in this small mixed level class

Painting + drawing techniques, Nici Peacock     Develop and refine your painting and drawing skills. A lot of the students return to this class, so you will learn alongside fellow artists with a wide range of skills

Art Introduction  Rhiannon Jackson             The perfect class for absolute beginners to get an idea about different media, This class will help you make up your mind about where to go next, oil, watercolour, print or drawing? 

Acrylics as you like it, Haydn Rive    This is a mix of step by step instruction as well as being encouraged to follow your own direction and vision

Art after school, 7-9 years, Paulette Bruns    Children develop art skills in a range of media

Painting for 13 - 18 years, Rhiannon Jackson     Wintec graduate Rhiannon explores the use of colour in painting with art enthusiastic  high school students 

Wednesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Life drawing, Louis Abrezol      Observing and drawing - classical human figure study allowing for exploration in different media.  Model fees are included in the class fees

Exciting etching untutored
Entry level experience in the etching process is required to work alongside this group of enthusiastic printmakers. Please express your interest in our beginner's etching class starting in term two (Friday morning) to gain the necessary experience

Beginners Acrylics, Louis Abrezol    Acrylic is a versatile medium that can be used in many ways. Learn basic skills or continue to develop your knowledge of the medium.

Experimental works on paper untutored      Take your works on paper further by bouncing ideas with like-minded artists

Etching and drypoint, untutored     Entry level experience in the etching process is required to work alongside this group of enthusiastic printmakers. Please express your interest in our beginner's etching class starting in term two (Friday morning) to gain the necessary experience

Children’s art, 5 - 7 years, Paulette Bruns    Art and creativity are fostered by exploring a range of materials and techniques in this after-school class

Exploring art techniques, 8 - 13 years, Vivien Hendy     Children explore art and design using different materials in this after-school class

Watercolour workshop untutored      Watercolourists working side by side

Painting and drawing 10 - 14 years, Rhiannon Jackson       Aimed to inspire and extend children’s art practising skills in two-dimensional work. Illustration and visual storytelling will give the framework to develop skills in different media(e.g.dry brush acrylic, collage, oil, drawing, pastel, crayons, wax resist) and apply these to small works on paper

Art after school, 7 - 9 years, Dante Bruns      Children are learning the use colour with paint, paper, glue, scissors and all materials colourful and fun that serves the purpose.

31 August, 28 September, 26 October, 30 November, 6.30 - 8.30pm: Last Friday figure drawing with Kate Symmans. $25 per session (bookings essential). Bring a friend, wine and nibbles and join us for tutored figure drawing, focussing on different aspects of the dressed or dressed up model- folds, lights, shadows, movement.