Learn a New Skill

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 13 February 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: 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Marie Donald
1 Saturday - On 17 March from 9am - 4pm

Learn to make ganache cover a cake in ganache, covering in fondant , decorating ie making a flower or a drip cake. Students need to bring a cake.

Fees: NZ$95 - Fee includes icings (You need to bring cake)

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CREATIVE WRITING: 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Angel Domingos
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 13 February from 7-9pm

A creative writing course for beginners. We will cover the basics of fiction writing from gathering ideas for a story to character development. Understanding the story arc and learning how to ‘show not tell’. This will be a fun and creative environment to help you get that story from out of your head and on to paper.

Fees: NZ$105

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CROCHET FOR CALMNESS: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Wednesday Nights - Starts 14 March 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$55

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Digital Photography: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
5 Wednesday nights & 2 weekend field trips - Starts 14 March 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$100

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DIY: Do It Yourself Interiors 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On 24 February from 9am-4pm

Can't find a tradesman? Lots of small jobs around the home you can learn to do yourself with some simple tools. Without prior experience, come and gain skills you need to renovate for a fraction of the cost. The course involves 'hands-on' practise, and mistakes are part of learning.

Fees: NZ$105

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DIY: Do It Yourself Exteriors 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On Saturday 3 March from 9am-4pm

Want to improve the outside look of your home and can't find a tradesman. Learn the skills in this practical class to do it yourself.

Fees: NZ$105

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E MAIL SYSTEMS: 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 25 February from 9am-4pm

Setting up customised email lists. Create a customised signature block. Utilising specific filing options. Add attachments to messages. Save attachments to your computer. Find specific messages. Demonstrations will be done using Gmail, but students could use other email systems during the course.

Fees: NZ$85

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GENEALOGY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: Beginner 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Jan Powell
3 Monday nights - Starts 12 February from 7-9pm

This course is for absolute beginners, or those who haven't been hunting for long. Learn how to check Births, Deaths & Marriages: Parish Registers: Census and Electoral Rolls: Newspapers: Shipping/migration: Use social media for genealogical research: and Genealogical Proof Standard.

Fees: NZ$55

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ITALIAN LANGUAGE:Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Antonella Sarti
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 15 February from 7-9pm

For those who have some knowledge of Italian and want to continue their studies.

Fees: NZ$105

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MAORI LANGUAGE & CULTURE: Beginner Wednesday

Tutor/Facilitator: Tina MihaereRees
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 14 February from 7-9pm

A beginner course for those who have no or little knowledge of Te Reo. This class is now FULL

Fees: NZ$65

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Middle Eastern Cuisine 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Rolla Farah
5 Wednesday nights - Starts 14 February from 7-9pm

Learn how to prepare Palestinian Middle Eastern Cuisine such as kebabs, shawarma, falafel, humus and taboulah salad.

Fees: NZ$110 - Includes all ingredients

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MORRIS DANCING: 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Appleton
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 14 February from 7-8pm

This course will be held at the Tawa Pipe Band Hall by Redwood Station. Come along to enjoy a new form of fitness. Morris Dancing is traditional English Dancing. It has a long history, and has survived periods of repression. The main purpose of the course is to teach the steps and formations of two traditions so that students will be able to perform two dances from each tradition. At the same time, students will learn about the origins and history of Morris Dancing.

Fees: NZ$75
Fees: NZ$50 - second fitness class in same term

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Musical Keyboard Skills 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Jean Hollier
8 Monday nights - Starts 12 February 6:30-9pm for 2 hours

Learn to use the musical keyboard. One hour individual and group tuition plus practice time using the schools' electronic keyboards. Usually split into 2 groups with start times of either 6.30 or 7.30pm

Fees: NZ$105

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OVERLOCKING:

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 25 February 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 Saturday afternoons - Starts 3 March 2018 from 1-4pm

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.

Fees: NZ$105

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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: 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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Pattern Making from Your Favourite Garment 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Saturday - On 10 March 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.

Fees: NZ$80

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POTTERY: Introduction to Wheel work

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts 12 February 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. 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: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.

Fees: NZ$155

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Raranga 1 Day Wananga Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Saturday - 17 March from 9am-5pm

Weave a kono (4 corner basket with lid) from Harakeke. All flax for this project is provided. Please make sure you have enrolled no later than 14 March so that there is time to harvest the flax.

Fees: NZ$30

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Raranga 1 Day Wananga Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Saturday - 24 March 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: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Monday nights - Starts 12 February 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 13 February 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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Relaxation through Crochet: Beginner Course

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Wednesday Nights - Starts 14 February 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$55

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Roman Blinds & Curtains

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 11 March 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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SELF DEFENCE: Krav Maga(Age 15+) 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Gabriel Molina
1 Saturday afternoon - On 17 February from 12noon -3pm

Krav Maga (contact combat) is a tactical self-defence system developed by the Israeli Defence Force. Its application and efficiency in the real world setting has been proven to be highly effective. Because of this, it is a self-defence system that is used widely by the military special forces, law enforcement agencies and bodyguards.

Fees: NZ$40

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Sewing for Beginners (Tues)

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 13 February 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.

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing for Beginners (Wed)

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 14 February 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 12 February 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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STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS: 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Sam Allison
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts 13 February from 7-9pm

Considering taking big leap into self-employment and opening your own business? Get insights into what's really involved from a successful local businessman, find out what you need to know and learn the tools available to help you on your way.

Fees: NZ$55

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T SHIRT TO TUNIC:

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

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

Fees: NZ$85

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Taichi: Introduction 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 13 February from 6:45-7:45pm

Taichi is an exciting, fun, exercise for your body and mind.This is the art and exercise that the Chinese have been practicing to keep healthy. flexible, balanced, active,sociable and youthful.

Fees: NZ$75
Fees: NZ$50 - second fitness class in same term

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THE SIXTH SENSE: Developing Intuition for Personal Growth 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Camilla Watson
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 13 February from 7-9pm

We all possess that natural intuitive ability which is known as the ‘sixth sense’. This series of eight classes will help you understand and develop your own sixth sense (intuition) for personal healing, awareness, and growth.

Fees: NZ$105

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WOODWORK MADE EASY (Monday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Ben Espinosa
8 Monday nights - Starts 12 February 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 14 February 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. There is another course starting Monday 30 October.

Fees: NZ$105

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Xero Basic (Saturday) 2018

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Saturday - On 17 March from 9am-4pm

In the best Xero course in Wellington learn about this new web-based accounting package which is growing rapidly in use in the small business sector. This is a beginner course in Xero but you are expected to have some accounting knowledge.

Fees: NZ$85

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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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