Art and Craft

ABSTRACT ART ADVENTURES:

Tutor/Facilitator: Paula Kerslake
1 Saturday morning - On 3 March from 9am-1pm

Explore and experience abstract art using alternative ways to apply paint and create texture with some special tools and practical techniques. NO PAINT BRUSHES ALLOWED. Explore the freedom of using colour and abstract design to paint your own art masterpieces. Unleash your inner creativity with some easy to learn techniques. Perfect for beginners who wish to expand their imagination, master new skills and have fun.

Fees: NZ$45

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ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 31 July from 7-9pm

This course is for Beginners and Intermediate Students. Learn basic drawing skills using pencils, charcoal and watercolour pencils. Create colourful graphic images with both oil pastels or soft pastel. Paint with Acrylics to portray images using a watercolour glaze technique or use thick Impasto Acrylic paint like oils.

Fees: NZ$105

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CAKE DECORATING: Unicorn Cake

Tutor/Facilitator: Marie Donald
1 Saturday - On 30 June from 9am -4pm

Learn how to make this stunning unicorn cake. What will I learn: -how to make ganache and cover a cake in ganache -how to cover in fondant -how to make, colour and pipe buttercream to create a beautiful unicorn mane -how to make modelling chocolate to make the horn Tools, fondant, ganache, modelling chocolate and buttercream provided. You will need to bring a cake (recipe provided) and cake board and something to take home your creation. Class size limited to 8 students.

Fees: NZ$100 - Includes icing. You need to bring cake

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COLLAGE ART:

Tutor/Facilitator: Paula Kerslake
1 Saturday - On 15 September from 9am-2pm

Find your inner artist with this introduction to the exciting world of collage art techniques. Explore colour, design and collage mixed media techniques. Create your own abstract collages to take home and enjoy.

Fees: NZ$60

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CROCHET FOR CALMNESS: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Wednesday Nights - Starts 29 August from 7-9pm

Been to Monique's beginner class or already know how to crochet then come along and extend your skills with new projects.

Fees: NZ$60

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CROCHET: A day of relaxation

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
1 Saturday - On 8 September from 10am - 4pm

Have a day filled with crochet, and relax in the company of other crochet addicts. If you can crochet already, whether as a beginner, intermediate or advanced, than this is for you! Bring your own project and yarn, or we can work on a project together, maybe a crochet bag? We will have a shared morning tea and lunch, so if you can bring a plate that would be great. Hope to see you!

Fees: NZ$75

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Digital Photography: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
5 Wednesday nights & 1 weekend field trip - Starts 25 July from 7-9pm

Learn how to get the best out of your camera by learning basic camera operating techniques, lenses, exposure, lighting, depth of field and how to make rather than take photographs. Also includes basic computer improvements to photos. The weekend fieldtrips will be on the dates which best suits most students.

Fees: NZ$90

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FANTASY ART & CARTOON DRAWING:

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
4 Thursday nights - Starts 16 August from 7-9pm

Do you like to think outside the square? This course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience keen to develop further skills. This 4 week course will allow you to express your imaginery ideas creating Fantasy Art and Cartoons. Using pen, coloured pencils, Acrylic paint & Gouche you will be able to illustrate your own colourful unique artworks.

Fees: NZ$60

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Machine Quilting

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 27 May from 9am-4pm

This is a beginner’s class and during the course of the day we will cover all aspects of quilting including; marking your quilt design, batting, basting, setting up your machine, thread, straight line quilting and free motion quilting.

Fees: NZ$85

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METAL JEWELLERY: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 5 August from 10am -4pm

Making silver rings and things…..learn a range of jewellery making techniques including forming, shaping, soldering, texturing, sawing, filing and finishing. The emphasis is on practical skills leading to finished items of jewellery. The silver for a ring and a bangle is included in the course costs as is copper to practice with, saw blades, solder etc. Silver to make additional items can be purchased at a reasonable price. All tools are provided. No previous experience necessary. We will be working with hot metal and tools so workshop clothing and covering footwear please; no open shoes, slides, sandals or jandals allowed. This is for your safety in the workshop.

Fees: NZ$135 - Includes materials for ring and bangle

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METAL JEWELLERY: Open Workshop

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 26 August from 10am-4pm

Been to a class with Kristelle before? Revive your skills, build on your skills, tackle more advanced projects! Some silver included in fee.

Fees: NZ$135

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MODERN ART:

Tutor/Facilitator: Paula Kerslake
1 Saturday - On 26 May from 9am - 2pm

Find your inner artist with this introduction to the exciting world of modern art techniques. Explore some modern abstract art techniques including cubism and pointillism dot art and create your own modern abstract paintings to take home and enjoy. This modern art workshop is perfect for both beginners and experienced artists who wish to expand their imagination, master new skills and have fun. This course has been CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$60

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MOSAIC DESIGN:

Tutor/Facilitator: Andrew Mitchell
8 Wednesday nights - Starts on 1 August from 7-9pm

Explore the art form that is Mosaics and learn how to recycle broken china and tiles into beautiful creations. You will have the opportunity to complete several mosaic projects such as terracotta pots, picture frames, cement tiles or sculptures. Additional materials fee.

Fees: NZ$105

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OVERLOCKING:

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Saturday - On 26 May from 9am-3pm

Learn how to master stretch fabrics with confidence using an overlocker. The course will cover topics much as how to do hems, elastic cuffs, plackets, rolled hem, flat locking, inserting lace and adjusting tensions.

Fees: NZ$80

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PAINTING FOR BEGINNER TO ADVANCED: Learn, Grow, Create

Tutor/Facilitator: Gerda Smit
4 Monday nights - Starts 6 August from 7-9pm

Gerda Smit’s workshops are a testament to her approachable, giving nature, and hands-on teaching style of 22 years. Students will leave this workshop excited; ready to experiment more on their own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth. The workshop will include individual painting time, personalized instruction aimed to promote your progress. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. This class has now been CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$60

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PATCHWORK: Beginner Star Sampler

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
10 Thursday nights - Starts 3 May from 7-9pm

Want to learn about Patchwork? This course will teach you all about blocks, how to use a rotary cutter, piecing, colour ways etc

Fees: NZ$130

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PATCHWORK: California Roll Quilt

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 1 July from 9am-4pm

In this one day class you will finally be able to turn your cherished Jelly Roll into a quilt top. This is an ideal class for a beginner, as well as for the more experienced quilter. If you don’t have a jelly roll you can just cut 2½” strips from your stash.

Fees: NZ$85

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Patchwork: Christmas Capers

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
8 Thursday nights - Starts 15 February from 7-9pm

Christmas Capers is a fun project that uses small amounts of fabric that does not need to be Christmas themed. It is ideal for fat 1/4's and scraps. Participants will learn about various methods of Applique, constructing fast flying geese, half and quarter square triangles, and embellishments.

Fees: NZ$105

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PATCHWORK: Circles and Squares

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 15 April from 9am- 4pm

This is an ideal project to show off those themed fabrics that you may have been collecting. I have made my quilt in African themed fabrics and have taken my colour palette from nature, using earthy tones. This quilt is not limited to cultural fabrics and would look just as striking in large and small florals, New Zealand themed fabrics, leaf fabrics, and different shades of one colour

Fees: NZ$85

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Patchwork: Dresden Table Runner

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 16 September from 9am-4pm

Dresden Plate Quilts occupy a remarkable place in quilting history because of their unique shape and their ability to use even the smallest scraps of fabric to make a balanced, orderly, eye-catching pattern. The pattern is still popular today, since all types of fabric can be combined together to produce a cheerful, pleasing quilt which brightens even the simplest of rooms. This Dresden plate is entirely machine stitched and uses a wedge template making this table runner avery quick and easy project. An ideal project to make in your favourite Christmas fabrics.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Mystery Quilt

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 8 April from 9am-4pm

This is an ideal project to dive into your stash and pull some coordinating fabrics out. This quilt really lends itself to being a scrap quilt as long as you have a consistent background colour running throughout.

Fees: NZ$85

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Patchwork: New Small & Finished Projects

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 9 August from 7-9pm

In this class you will make small projects that are suitable to give for gifts or to keep, they include a classy pencil class, a journal cover, scarf and small sewing kit. Or you can come along and work on a project you would like to get finished.

Fees: NZ$105

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PATCHWORK: Whirly Gigs

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 26 August from 9am-4pm

This small lap or cot quilt is perfect to showcase charm squares (5” x 5”). Don’t be limited to charm square collections; a variety of 5” squares cut from your stash can go a long way towards stash reduction. This quilt is the perfect place to showcase some large stitch quilting which will be covered in the class.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATTERNS FROM EXISTING GARMENT: (August)

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Saturday - On 18 August from 9am-3pm

Bring along your favourite garments and make patterns from them or bring one garment and fabric and make a copy of it. Sew skills essential.

Fees: NZ$80

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POTTERY: Beginner/Intermediate Wheel work

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts 20 August from 7-9:30pm

Learn to centre clay on the wheel and the beginnings of throwing basic shapes such as cylinder, bowl and plate. This course is suitable for those who are beginners or have already completed a course with Anne. Materials and all firing costs (approx. $30) are extra and are paid directly to the tutor. Please note this class is held at Gear Homestead Okowai Road, Porirua. This class is now FULL

Fees: NZ$155

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POTTERY: Hand Building (Sept)

Tutor/Facilitator: Linda Savell and Jackie Haddow
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 4 Sept from 7-9:30pm

This class is held at Gear Homestead Woolshed Potters rooms, Gear Homestead, Okowai Road Porirua The class will be an introduction or an extension for those who have attended a previous course to hand building with clay, We will be making work using pinch pots, coils and slab work. Materials and all firing cost are extra therefore $40 for clay, firing, and glazing materials is payable to the tutors on the first night

Fees: NZ$155

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POTTERY:Wheelwork Beginner (April)

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts 16 April from 7-9:30pm

Learn to centre clay on the wheel and the beginnings of throwing basic shapes such as cylinder, bowl and plate. This course is suitable for those who have completed an 8 week course or who are beginners. Materials and all firing costs (approx. $30) are extra and are paid directly to the tutor. Please note this class is held at Gear Homestead Okowai Road, Porirua. This class is now FULL.

Fees: NZ$155

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PRINTMAKING: Woodcuts, Linocuts & Drypoint Etching

Tutor/Facilitator: Andrew Mitchell
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 10 May from 7-9pm

Discover the art of printmaking to create beautiful artworks for your home or for gifts. You will learn the basics of developing a design for a print, carving designs for block printing, and drypoint etching. You will utilise both hand printing techniques and using an etching press to create a small edition of prints.

Fees: NZ$130 - Fee includes materials

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Raranga 1 Day Wananga Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Saturday - 30 June from 9am - 5pm

Minimum experience required (people who have made putiputi) - Kono/Konae. Also for the Experienced weaver - whiri kete or wall hanging Note: All registered students will be contacted by the tutor to discuss what they would like to create, where to harvest harakeke and what type of harakeke needed, preparation of harakeke and tools to be sourced for the day.

Fees: NZ$30

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Raranga 1 Day Wananga Intermediate (August)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Saturday - On 25 August from 9am-5pm

Minimum experience required (people who have made putiputi) - Kono/Konae. Also for the Experienced weaver - whiri kete or wall hanging Note: All registered students will be contacted by the tutor to discuss what they would like to create, where to harvest harakeke and what type of harakeke needed, preparation of harakeke and tools to be sourced for the day. This workshop has now been CANCELLED.

Fees: NZ$30

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Monday nights - Starts 30 July from 7-9pm

Learn how to harvest and prepare Harakeke (flax), including kohua (boiling), weave putiputi a place mat and a wall hanging while using traditional techniques and methods, including karakia, tikanga and Te reo Maori. This class is great for those with no experience to minimum experience. I believe the most important part of weaving is the preparation and basics, I am privileged to be able to teach you and guide you through your first stages of Raranga.

Fees: NZ$65

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Intermediate)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 31 July from 7-9pm

This class is for those who are experienced at weaving with Harakeke and/or other materials. You must understand the tikanga, reo and how to prepare Harakeke for weaving. Minimum of experience – putiputi, kono and konae. This class is a pathway for those that wish to move on from the beginners class. You will learn how to weave whiri kete and are welcome to inquire about weaving other items. Come along and become one of our Tuakana weavers and 'get your weave on'.

Fees: NZ$65

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RECYCLE & PRODUCE BAGS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Sunday morning - On 9 September from 9am - noon

Learn how to make a reusable shopping bag and produce bag to reduce plastic waste. Then take it to do your grocery shopping. A class for beginner sewers (more advanced sewers can use overlockers) Fabric etc is available for you to use or bring your own

Fees: NZ$30

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Relaxation through Crochet: Beginner Course

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Wednesday Nights - Starts 1 August from 7-9pm

Crochet is a great activity that settles your mind and is relaxing too. Crochet and the repetitive movements help the brain make more serotonin, which helps to decrease feelings of depression. Learn to crochet by making little projects (a flower keychain, crochet hearts and granny squares). Learn about different stitches and notations and how to read patterns. Crochet is a great craft to learn, you can make awesome things for yourself or join a community craft group and crochet for a cause!

Fees: NZ$60

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Roman Blinds & Curtains

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 2 September from 9am-4pm

Make a Roman blind or Curtains for your home during this one day course. This is a condensed course so if you are making a large blind you may need to do the last finishing and stringing at home.

Fees: NZ$85

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Sewing for Beginners (Tues)

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 31 July from 7-9pm

Want to learn about sewing but don’t know where to start. Learn how to understand a pattern, work out the material needed and what sewing words mean. Start by making a bag followed by a project approved of by the tutor. (If you wish to make your own project you need to go to Monday night sewing)

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing for Beginners (Wed)

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 1 August from 7-9pm

Learn how to understand a pattern, work out the material needed and what sewing words mean.

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing for Intermediate & Advanced

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
8 Monday nights - Starts 30 July from 7-9pm

The class will cater for intermediate and advanced sewers as well as tailoring. All students will be helped, shown techniques and short cuts. Bring pattern, material & sewing kit, current sewing project, or idea to the first lesson.

Fees: NZ$105

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T SHIRT TO TUNIC:

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Saturday - On 18 August from 9am-3pm

From a T shirt to a Designer Tunic. Come and get a free t shirt pattern of your size then turn the pattern into a designer tunic. Construct the tunic and wear it home. Materials are required and sewing skills essential.

Fees: NZ$80

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Upholstery

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 1 August from 7pm-9pm

Learn how to revitalise your furniture using equipment you already have at home. Sewing skills essentials.

Fees: NZ$130

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Upholstery Workshop

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 weekend - On 15 & 16 September from 9am-3:30pm

Spend a weekend working on your project. Storage is available. You will need to enrol early so that the tutor can contact you re any requirements.

Fees: NZ$160

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WOODWORK MADE EASY (Monday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Ben Espinosa
8 Monday nights - Starts 30 July from 7-9pm

Learn wood working using hand tools and the type of power tools found in the home. Choose your own project at your level of ability and learn skills while completing the project.

Fees: NZ$105

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Woodwork Made Easy (Wednesday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gareth Rees
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 1 August from 7-9pm

Learn wood working and wood turning, sharpening, tuning, using hand tools and the type of power tools found in the home. Choose your own project at your level of ability and learn skills while completing the project. You provide your own materials.

Fees: NZ$105

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ZEN ABSTRACT ART :

Tutor/Facilitator: Paula Kerslake
I Saturday morning - On 7 April from 9am-1pm

Explore and experience Zendoodle art using the practical art techniques of ink and watercolour. It’s time to tangle. Explore the freedom of using colour, expressive line, pattern and tangles to create your own beautiful Zen Abstract artworks. Unleash your inner creativity with some easy to learn techniques that are very relaxing and possibly addictive. Perfect for beginners and experienced artists who wish to expand their imagination, master new skills and have fun.

Fees: NZ$45

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