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WSA Art School

Our Art School is situated in the iconic ArtsPost building.

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

Enrolment has now opened for term three (please download the programme here), and there are a few new classes available - please email artschool@wsa.org.nz to enrol!

New Experimental print making morning class

A new class has just come up! Join experienced print maker and long term WSA art tutor Caroline Peacocke for her new Monday morning class. Emphasise is on woodcut, but examples of other printing techniques will give you a good understanding of the principles of printmaking. Experienced print-makers can be sure to find new inspirations

Monday 22 July to !6 September (no class on the 12 August- 8 weeks only)

9.30am to 12pm

$165, members $150

Skill development in oils with Jennie De Groot. 

In this class, we address the skill of mixing the colours that you want and avoid making muddy colours when not wanted. To that end, we will make several charts of the oil colours you have so you find out exactly what each mix will do. This will lead to less frustration and more harmonious painting. Best of all, you will have a much better understanding of colour. We also look at value and how this related to colour. We will make paintings in grey-scale and use notan sketches (light/dark) to establish a good composition. The principles of design, composition, tools and various exercises all form part of this class, offering the painter to gain  some skills for continued development.

25 July to 19 September,
9.30 to 12pm,
$175, WSA members $160

Life and  figure drawing with Kate Symmans

Alternating sessions with nude and covered model, you can book in for either/or - or both!

Please note that this class is replacing out "LastFriday figure drawing" sessions.
2 August to 20 September, 6pm to 8pm
$180 for the full term, members $165
$90 for half term, members $82.50

Watercolour beginners with Paulette Bruns

Our Wednesday morning watercolour class for beginners is  back!
Perfect if you haven’t painted for a while or have been waiting to get into the Monday morning class for ages.

24 July to 18 September
9.30  to 11.30am
$145, members $130

Palette knife in acrylics & oils with Geetanjali Gandhi Ahluwalia

Palette knife painting is a great way of learning to paint in a loose style, not giving attention to every detail but rather creating an impression.
This class is suitable for all skill levels; you can be an absolute beginner trying out a painting class or an experienced artist wanting to explore a new painting technique.
23 July to 17 September
9.30am to 11.30pm
$165, WSA members $150

Art for Preschoolers with Parents

We are looking forward to a fun morning activity with preschoolers and parents, making bright, colourful art.
The new preschooler art class is aimed at children between the ages of 3-4 years. The class will focus on the basic skills of using equipment, such as pencils, paint, scissors etc. We are looking and learning about our colours, patterns and breaking down objects/animals into shapes.
Between the ages of 3-4, pre-preschoolers begin to recognise and remember such things as shapes, colour, numbers and letters. They also learn to control the muscles in their hands, which shows in their drawings (as we may refer to as "scribbles"). While the children are learning and having fun, the parents can take part in their journey.
26 Jul 19 - 20 Sep 19
Fridays, 9.30 to 10.30
$120.00 per child with one accompanying adult


New after school classes for 5-7 year old children

We have also established two new late afternoon classes for 5-7 year old children. If you would like to enrol your child to one of the following classes, please request an enrolment form from artschool@wsa.org.nz

Art after school, 5-7 years
Sybille Schlumbom
24 July to 18 September
5.30 to 6.30

childrens art 5-7
Paulette Bruns
25 July to 19 September

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 School Holiday Programme

Enrolments for our July school holiday programme are now open!

Fill Winter with colour this school holidays with the amazing programme our tutors Paulette and Dante have prepared:

Week 1, 8 July to 12 July

8-July     Create a stunning acrylic painting and model with clay

9-July     Paint woolly birds and make geometric artworks

10-July   Make pop-up cards and learn how to use chalk pastels

11-July   Learn drawing tips and tricks and try straw blowing with dye

12-July   Draw with charcoal and work out some watercolour skills

Week 2

15-July   Paint landscapes and make useful pottery

16-July   design black paper dot art work and vibrant scratch art

17-July   Make cardboard 3D creations and create winter leaves

18-July   Create collage art and watercolour leaf prints

19-July   Make paper frame art work and oil pastel and dye painting

Our classes are suitable for children 5-12 years old and run from Monday 8 July to Friday 19 July, 9am to 12pm

Fees are $35 per session, $150 for the whole week

Please  email artschool@wsa.org.nz for an enrolment form

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.