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.

Term two has now started, but there are still a few classes for adults and children that  still have spaces available.  You can download the class schedule here. Please email artschool@wsa.org.nz to enrol and for enquiries.

The schedule for term 3 will be available soon.

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. Prices may vary from term to term due to the length of the term.

Monday 9.30am to 11.30pm, Untutored painting, $100, members $85
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

Monday 9.30am to 11.30pm, Beginners Watercolours, Paulette Bruns, $165, members $150                      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.

Monday 9.30 to 12pm, Drawing + Painting Portraiture, Alex Pearce, $180, members $165 incl. the model      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. 

Monday 4pm to 5pm, Children’s art, 5 - 7 years, Paulette Bruns, $120
Our afterschool children’s classes are developed for certain age groups. Art and creativity are fostered by exploring a range of materials and techniques

Monday 4pm to 5.30pm, Craft club, 8-12 years, Wendee Barrett,  $120
Explore, create, get inspired by materials and colours- and just do it! This class focusses on fun, material and colours in a craft manner rather than the process of art making.

Monday 6pm to 8pm, Watercolour, Paulette Bruns,  $165, members $150
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. rather tha

Monday 6pm to 8pm, Oil painting, Nici Peacock,  $165, members $150
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.

Monday  6pm to 8.30pm, Experimental printmaking, Caroline Peacocke, $175, members $160
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.

Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am, Oil painting, Jennie De Groot, $165, member $150                                        Get support and instructions while working on your own projects in oil

Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am, Drawing, Alex Pearce, $165, member $150                                                      Get an idea and deepen your understanding of dry media, e.g. pencil and charcoal, in this morning class with our experienced life drawing and portraiture tutor Alex Pearce.

Tuesday 9.30am to 12pm, untutored woodcuts, includes materials,  $100, members $85
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

Tuesday 4pm to 5.30pm, 3-D after school for 10-13 year old, Sybille Schlumbom, $120 + material                An introduction to sculptural work, including clay, paper mache, assemblage (sculpture assembled from ready-made/ found materials)

Tuesday 4pm to 5.30pm, Exploring art techniques, 8 - 13 years, Vivien Hendy, $120                                    Children explore art and design using different materials in this after-school class 

Tuesday 6.30 to 8.30pm, Oriental painting, Danbee Park, $165, members$ 150                                              Oriental painting focuses on brush control, use of water and ink and incorporating the elements of yin and yang in your work


Tuesday 6pm to 8pm, Expressive Landscape, Lianne Moore, $165, members$ 150 

“A Landscape is a piece that is both emotional and psychological”. Jim Hodges

What do you see when you go past the Waikato River or when you look at farmland and the hills and valleys of New Zealand / Aotearoa? This beginners investigation into landscape painting helps you learn the basics to express your response to a landscape. Starting with the traditional Romantic idea of landscape (such as those of Casper David Friedrich) students will investigate the idea of landscape as a place of awe and beauty and build skills to create recognisable landscapes.  Students will then push their ideas into more contemporary landscape concerns and find ways of using the brush to create expressive works of Art (Van Gogh, Toss Woolaston, Julie Mehretu). 

Wednesday  9.30am to 11.30am, Watercolour, Paulette Bruns, $165, members$ 150 
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

Wednesday 9.30am to 12pm, Painting + drawing techniques, Nici Peacock,  $175, members $160
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

Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am, Acrylics as you like it, Haydn Rive $165, members $ 150                            This is a mix of step by step instruction as well as being encouraged to follow your own direction and vision

Wednesday 4pm to  5.30pm, Art after school, 7-9 years, Paulette Bruns, $120
Children develop art skills in a range of media. 

Wednesday 4pm to 5.30pm,  Painting for 13 - 18 years, Rhiannon Jackson, $120                                          Recent Wintec graduate Rhiannon explores the use of colour in painting with art enthusiastic  high school students 

Wednesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Life drawing, Alex Pearce,  $200, members $185 (incl. model)
Observing and drawing - classical human figure study allowing for exploration in different media.  Model fees are included in the class fees

Wednesday 5.30pm to 8.00pm, Exciting etching untutored, $100, members $85
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

Thursday  9.30am to 11.30am, Watercolour and pastel, Haydn Rive $$165, members$ 150 
Watercolours for beginners and continuers

Thursday 9.30am to 11.30am, Experimental works on paper untutored, $100, members $85
Take your works on paper further by bouncing ideas with like-minded artists

Thursday 9.30am to 12.00pm, Etching and drypoint, untutored, $100, members $85
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

Thursday  4.00pm to 5.00pm,  Children’s art, 5 - 7 years, Paulette Bruns, $120
Art and creativity are fostered by exploring a range of materials and techniques in this after-school class

Thursday 4pm to 5.30pm,  Exploring art techniques, 8 - 13 years, Vivien Hendy,  $120
Children explore art and design using different materials in this after-school class

Friday  9.30 - 1pm, six week class , Paint like Picasso, Pieter Swanepoel, $165, members $150  

Paint Like Picasso: The Early Cubist Years

This is a series of classes designed by artist and educationalist Pieter Swanepoel with the specific aim of guiding students in a step-by-step manner towards painting like Picasso.

The first series of classes will look at how Picasso’s Early Cubism came into being. Attendees will first study Picasso’s art works in order to gain an understanding of Cubism. They will then make sketches, drawings and collages of still life objects under strict supervision of the tutor. Swanepoel insists that the management of such preparatory work is absolutely necessary in order to move on to the actual painting on canvas.

The end result of the series of classes will be a completed Cubist painting, supported by a body of preparatory work.

Friday 9.30 to 12pm, Experimental printmaking, Sybille Schlumbom, $175, members $160  
An introduction to the principles of printmaking and different materials and techniques

Friday 9.30am to 11.30am, Watercolour workshop untutored,  $80, members $65                      Watercolourists working side by side

Friday  4pm to 5.30pm , Painting and drawing 10 - 14 years, Sybille Schlumbom, $120                                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

Friday  4pm to 5.30pm, Art after school, 7 - 9 years, Rhiannon Jackson, $120                                              This class is an art treat for children with our colour loving tutor Rhiannon. Children are learning the use colour with paint, paper, glue, scissors and all materials colourful and fun that serve the purpose.

WSA adult Autumn workshops

Our workshops are back! 

If you want to get back into art, have a headstart into the second term or just can't find the time to commit to a full term, indulge in this one-day workshop on the 28 April. Email artschool@wsa.org.nz to enrol.

Oriental painting with Danbee Park, Saturday 28 April, 10am to 4pm incl. 1h lunch break . Learn brush control, use of water and ink and to incorporate the elements of yin and yang in your painting. $155, $140 for members, incl. materials


Children’s July school holiday programme at WSA

Our classes are suitable for children 5-12 years old and run from 9 to 21 July, 9am to 12pm,  $35 per session or $150 Monday to Friday

To enrol please email artschool@wsa.org.nz

Our programme will be online soon.