Welcome to WSA

Art School

Our Art School is situated in the iconic ArtsPost building.

Following you find our class schedule for the following term and  holiday programmes,.

Entrance of art school

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

Our schedule for term four will be available shortly. Follow us on facebook to keep up to date. 

Programme description

The Waikato Society of Arts has established the Art School in the 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. These classes allow for experimenting with WHAT it is you paint as well as HOW you choose to paint it.

Monday 9.30am - 11am, , Art mix, Dougal Fraser, 5 wks, $95 , members $80
Dougal introduces students to a different medium every week, pastel, acrylic, oil and watercolour will be covered. A good class to attend if you are returning to the arts after a long time or are an absolute beginner.

Monday 9.30am - 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,  Drawing + Painting Portraiture/ morning and lunch time class, Alex Pearce, 9.30-12pm: $150, members $135 incl. model; 1pm - 2.30pm: $95, members $80 incl. model. This class gives you the opportunity to develop portraits from drawing to painting in your own medium.

Monday 4pm-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-5.30pm, Craft club, 8-12 years, Wendee Barrett,  $88
Explore, create, get inspired by materials and colours- and just do it!

Monday 6pm-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-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-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 - 11.30am, Oil painting, Jennie De Groot, $135, member$120
Get support and instructions while working on your own projects in oil.

Tuesday 9.30am - 12pm, untutored woodcuts, includes materials,  $75, members $65
Work along 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 - 5.30pm, Art after School, Paulette Bruns $88

Aimed to inspire and extend children's art skills in a fun environment

Tuesday 4pm - 5.30pm, Drawing + painting 13 - 18 years, Grace Elgie, $88

Fine art graduate Grace engages young individuals with contemporary art, whilst supporting each artist’s creative opinion and process. “The term contemporary art is loosely used to refer to art of the present day and of the relatively recent past, of an innovatory or avant-garde nature” TATE

Tuesday 4pm-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 6.30pm-8.30pm, Life Drawing, Pieter Swanepoel, $165, members $150(inc. model) 

Learn about the disciplines and freedom of the art of drawing. These classes show you how to use various drawing materials to both copy the human form accurately and pictorially and what possible meanings could be attached to such drawings.


Wednesday  9.30am-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 - 12pm, Painting + drawing techniques, Nici Peacock,  $145, members $130
Develop and refine your painting and drawing skills. A lot of the students return in this class, so you will learn alongside fellow artists with a wide range of skills.  

Wednesday 9.30am-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 - 5.30pm, Art after school, 7-9 years, Paulette Bruns, $88
Children develop art skills in a range of media.

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

Wednesday 6pm-8pm, 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 6.30pm-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-8.00pm , Exciting etching untutored, $75, members $65
Entry level experience in the etching process is required to work alongside this group of enthusiastic print makers. Please express your interest in our beginners etching class starting in term two (Friday morning) to gain the necessary experience.

Thursday  9.30am - 11.30am, Watercolours, Haydn Rive $135, members $120
Watercolours for beginners and continuers.

Thursday 9.30am - 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 - 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 print makers. Please express your interest in our beginners etching class starting in term two (Friday morning) to gain the necessary experience.

Thursday  4.00pm-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 - 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-8pm, All-or-Nothing Painting classes , 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.

Thursday 6.30pm-8.30pm, Evening Portraiture, 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


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


School Holidays

Our Spring Holiday programme for October will be available here soon!

Our classes are suitable for 5-13 year old children and run from 9am to 12pm. The fees are $30 per session or $125 Monday to Friday. For enquiries and to  express your interest email artschool@wsa.org.nz