WSA Art School
Our Art School is situated in the iconic ArtsPost building.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.