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.

Our term dates for 2019 are as followed:

Summer school holiday programme: 21 to 25 January

Term one (8 weeks): 4 February to 1 April

Autumn school holiday programme: 15 to 26  April

Term two (9 weeks):29 April to 28 June

Winter school holiday programme: 8 to 19 July

Term three (9 weeks): 22 July to 20 September

Spring school holiday programme: 30 September to 11 October

Term four (8 weeks): 14 October to 9 December

WSA Art School Autumn term two

Our second term at the art school in 2019 runs from the 29 April to 28 June.

Please note that some classes have dates that differ from the regular school term.

Enrolments are now open,please email email artschool@wsa.org.nz  for more info or to enrol.

You can download the class schedule here.



WSA School Holiday Programme

Our school holiday programme for the April holidays has come to an end. We are looking forward to see you again in July.

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       Paulette Bruns.  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     Louis Abrezol. 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                Dante Bruns, Paulette Bruns. 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, 12-16 years Paulette Bruns. A small size class for teenagers interested  in watercolour painting 

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  Caroline Peacocke. Discover the principles of printmaking and continue the creative journey by creating experimental woodcuts.  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  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     Louis Abrezol. 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 

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

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 

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

Experimental techniques  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

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.

22 February, 26 April, 31 May, 28 June, 19 July, 30 August, 27 September, 25 October, 29 November 2019, 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.