Welcome to WSA

Please note that our office is closed from the 22 December to the 15 January. Enrolments by email will be processed after our return in order of arrival.

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 2018 have now started. please download the new programme here.

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Summer art school for children at WSA


Monday, 22 January, 9am to 12pm
Make paper-maché bottle people, learn blending 
and colour mixing with acrylic paint

Tuesday, 23 January, 9am to 12pm
Improve your drawing skills and create 3D dot art paintings


Wednesday, 24 January, 9am to 12pm
Accomplish pop-out paper art and reflection artwork


Thursday, 25 January, 9am to 12pm
Assemble geometric colourful tissue pieces and crazy pasta sculptures


Friday, 26 January, 9am to 12pm
Learn to draw moving figures and use oil paste and dye to bring your imagination to life



Our classes are suitable for children  5-12 years old and run from 9 am to 12 pm. The fees are $30 per session or $125 Monday to Friday. For bookings email artschool@wsa.org.nz

WSA adult Summer workshops 30 January to 3 February

Tuesday 30 January

Watercolour starter course with Paulette Bruns

Get started with watercolours and take the time to play around.

$135, $120 for WSA members, materials not included

 

Wednesday 31 January

Colour theory and practice with Rhiannon Jackson

For a full day of colour practice, come along and learn about contrast and colour theory and practice the use of colour with collage.

$140, $125 for WSA members, incl. materials

 

Saturday 3 February

Beginners sketching and drawing crash course with Sybille Schlumbom

Learn drawing techniques and strategies to get into a drawing routine to follow at home, while travelling or on your lunch break.

$ 150, $135 for WSA member,  incl. materials

 


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 painting experience.

Following programmes are indicative only until confirmed for the next programme.

Monday 9.30am to 11.30pm, Untutored painting, $80 , members $65
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, $135, members $120                       

Learn the basics of a fascinating medium

Monday 9.30 to 12pm, Drawing + Painting Portraiture, Alex Pearce, $150, members $135 incl. model

This class gives you the opportunity to develop portraits from drawing to painting in your own medium

Monday 4pm to 5pm, Children’s art, 5 - 7 years, Paulette Bruns, $88
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,  $88
Explore, create, get inspired by materials and colours- and just do it!

Monday 6pm to 8pm, Watercolour, Paulette Bruns,  $135, members $120
Our watercolour classes are small in size, which makes it easy for the tutor to adapt to beginners and continuers alike

Monday 6pm to 8pm, Oil painting, Nici Peacock,  $135, member$120
Structured introduction to oil painting, suitable for absolute beginners but mixed class with continuers and advanced students

Monday  6pm to 8.30pm, Experimental printmaking, Caroline Peacocke, $145, members $130
Discover the principles of printmaking and continue the creative journey by creating experimental woodcuts

Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am, Oil painting, Jennie De Groot, $135, member$120                                           Get support and instructions while working on your own projects in oil

Tuesday 9.30 to 11.30, Oriental painting, Danbee Park, $135, members$120                                                    Oriental painting focuses on brush control, use of water and ink and incorporating the elements of yin and yang in your work

Tuesday 9.30am to 12pm, untutored woodcuts, includes materials,  $75, members $65
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, Heroes and Monsters for 7-9 years, Lianne Moore, $88

“I WEAR A MASK, AND THAT MASK IS NOT TO HIDE WHO I AM, BUT TO CREATE WHO I AM.” – BATMAN

If you could be a superhero what would your superpowers be? If you could be a monster what type of monster would you be? In these workshops we will investigate the idea of heroes and monsters in traditional and contemporary mask making. Students will use their imaginations to design, draw and make their own papier-mache superhero or monster mask. But wait there’s more! We will look at the poses of superheroes and wear the masks take fabulous photos which will then be turned into drawings and paintings. How fantastic will this course be?! Pretty fantastic...see you there.

Tuesday 4pm to 5.30pm, Exploring art techniques, 8 - 13 years, Vivien Hendy, $88                                     Children explore art and design using different materials in this after-school class               

Tuesday 6pm to 8pm, Contemporary watercolour, Kate Symmans, $135, members $120                              During our Contemporary Watercolour class we will be experimenting with illustrative applications, creating textures using a variety of materials and playing with colour…or a lack of!

“During our Contemporary Watercolour class we will be experimenting with illustrative applications, creating textures using a variety of materials and playing with colour…or a lack of colour! Limiting the control over our application will leave us free to play with dripping, splattering and quick gestural movements to create fun and lively works of watercolour art. Using a combination of still-life, urban scenes and landscapes utilising images and our imaginations, we can explore a variety of water colour techniques from the traditional to the modern and everything in between.”

Tuesday 6pm to 8pm, Still life drawing, Sybille Schlumbom, $135, members $120     

Learn basic drawing skills and advance your skills using dry medium.

Wednesday  9.30am to 11.30am, Watercolour, Paulette Bruns, $135, members $120
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,  $145, members $130
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 $145, members $130.                            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, $88
Children develop art skills in a range of media

Wednesday 4pm to 5.30pm,  Painting for 13 - 18 years, Rhiannon Jackson, $88                                             Recent Wintec graduate Rhiannon explores the use of colour in painting with art enthusiastic  high school students 

Wednesday 6pm to 8pm, Colour theory and practice,Rhiannon Jackson, $135, members $120  There is more to colour! deepen your understanding in colour theory by using what you have learned straight away

Wednesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Life drawing, Alex Pearce,  $165, members $150 (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, $75, members $65
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, Watercolours, Haydn Rive $135, members $120
Watercolours for beginners and continuers

Thursday 9.30am to 11.30am, Experimental works on paper untutored, $80, members $65
Take your works on paper further by bouncing ideas with like-minded artists

Thursday 9.30am to 12.00pm, Etching and drypoint, untutored, $75, members $65
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, $88
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,  $88
Children explore art and design using different materials in this after-school class

Thursday 6pm to 8pm, Expressive Landscape, Lianne Moore, $135, members $120 

“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). 


Thursday 6.30pm to 9pm, Introduction to creative practice, Sybille Schlumbom, $155, $140 members, incl. materials

This class gives you an overview of different materials, techniques and artists practice while emphasising on creating rather than skill building. Have some fun after work while getting an idea how "they" did it. You will also develop more confidence in your own creativity.  Make life more colourful!

Example: Decalcomania, Max Ernst

Example: Shooting paintings, Nici de St Phalle 

Friday 9.30am to 11.30am, Watercolour workshop untutored,  $80, members $65

Watercolourists working side by side

Friday  9.30 to 11.30, Advanced in acrylic and oil, Pieter Swanepoel, $135, member$120
Reflective painting in any medium or even multi-media: not just pictures, not just techniques, but thinking about both content and making, during the process of painting. Be challenged, don't be a bore, come and explore

Friday  4pm to 5.30pm , Art after school, 10 - 14 years, Sarah Oliver,$88
Aimed to inspire and extend children’s art practising skills 

Friday  4pm to 5.30pm, Art after school, 7 - 9 years, Rhiannon Jackson, $88 Our new after-school programme with our colour loving tutor Rhiannon