Art and Craft

ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
7 Thursday nights - Starts on 5 August from 7-9pm

This class is now FULL. This course is for Beginners. 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$100

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ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium (Intermediate)

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 3 August from 7-9pm

This course is for those who have already attended an art class and wish to extend their skills. The course shows a range of Acrylic painting and drawing techniques. Use Impasto painting for rich colour and textures and Masking fluid for difficult shapes. Learn perspective drawing and painting of objects and Buildings. Draw or paint People and Animals with Acrylics or other drawing medium. You need to provide your own materials.

Fees: NZ$110

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CROCHET FOR RELAXATION: Beginner Course

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts on 3 August from 7-9pm

This course is now FULL. 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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CROCHET FOR RELAXATION: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts on 7 September 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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Digital Photography: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
6 Wednesday nights & 1 field trip - Starts on 4 August 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.

Fees: NZ$100

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HANDMAKING PAPER USING NATIVE PLANTS

Tutor/Facilitator: Rob Kennedy
1 Sunday morning - On 12 September from 9:30am-12:30pm

Paper comes from plants. Aotearoa has lots of really fibrous plants. So let’s make come paper from our local native plants. Come and learn how to make paper while making a new friend or two and developing a deeper appreciation for native plant resources. No experience necessary just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet! The paper we make takes a few days to dry and then will be posted back.

Fees: NZ$80 - Fee includes all materials

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HITOMIZASHI or ONE STITCH SASHIKO:

Tutor/Facilitator: Clare Smith
1 Saturday - On 7 August from 9am -3:30pm

This is a style of stitching used to strengthen fabrics and features straight lines of stitches which make small gridded patterns. In this class you will explore at least three stitching designs which can be worked on plain or checked fabric. Materials fee $2 to be given to the tutor.

Fees: NZ$85

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KNITTING: Beginner/IntermediateCreative Relaxation

Tutor/Facilitator: Pat Hammond
4 Thursday nights - Starts on 5 August from 7-9pm

Want to knit but think it’s too difficult? It’s not….did you know that all knitted pieces are a combination of just two stitches? In this class, you’ll master the basic knitting techniques - casting on and off, and knit and purl stitches . We’ll also take a look at interpreting knitting patterns, which is often the part of this craft that knitters find most difficult." The first hour will concentrate on beginners and the second hour on intermediate.

Fees: NZ$60

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LACE MAKING: Beginner & Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Andrea Lynch
8 weeks - Starts on 2 August from 7-9pm

Love lace? Learn the centuries old craft of bobbin lacemaking to make your own lace edgings. The class is suitable for beginners and for those who have already made some lace.

Fees: NZ$115

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LEARN TO SEW:

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
1 Sunday - On 12 September from 9am-4pm

This course is a perfect opportunity to learn some basic sewing skills. You will learn how to read a pattern, how to cut out fabric, how to thread a sewing machine and change settings, basic sewing skills (straight and curved seams) and hand sewing as you work on constructing a bag. The pattern will be provided by the tutor; you will need to supply fabric, zip and thread. Students may bring their own machine or use a college Bernina).

Fees: NZ$90

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MACHINE QUILTING WITH RULERS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Di Barnden
1 Sunday - On 29 August from 9am-4pm

For this class you will need to have a specialised Ruler Foot suitable for your sewing machine. This is not a free motion foot. I have some examples below. This is very important, without a ruler foot you will not be able to use any rulers for quilting.

Fees: NZ$85

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MENDING YOUR CLOTHES:

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 25 September from 9am-3:30pm

Develop a sustainable wardrobe, avoid adding to the landfill, make your clothes last longer, learn how to fix holes, rips, tears and ladders (in knit garments) You must have sewing machine experience.

Fees: NZ$85

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METAL JEWELLERY: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 15 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$170 - Includes materials for ring and bangle

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METAL JEWELLERY: Extension Workshop

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 12 September from 10am -4pm

For those who have already completed a beginner Metal Jewellery workshop this day will give you a chance to extend your skills.

Fees: NZ$170 - includes some silver

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OVERLOCKER BASICS/SEWING WITH KNITS

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On Saturday 14 August from 9am-3:30pm

An introduction to the overlocker, develop skills to use this equipment safely and efficiently. Learn how to use the overlocker for seaming knit garments. Prior Sewing experience essential. Some overlockers are available to use during the course or bring your own

Fees: NZ$85

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Patchwork: Crisscross

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
2 Sundays - On 23 May & 13 June

This quilt has been designed specifically to use Moda’s fabric range “Bella Solids”. But the choice of fabric and colours is up to you, patterned or plain.

Fees: NZ$150

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PATCHWORK: Finish It Up

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

This class is now FULL. Time to get those unfinished projects under control. Bring along those that you are stuck on, or bring them all and we will sort out their sticking point and move them in the right direction.

Fees: NZ$85

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Patchwork: Finishing School (UFO)

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

Students bring ufos (unfinished objects), or problem projects, or anything that they may need help with. You may need help to finish your quilt top, or learn how to baste and quilt your top or learn how to finish binding your quilt.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Jelly Roll

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 5 September from 9am -4pm

This could possibly be the easiest quilt you will ever make.Take one jelly roll and two contrasting fabrics and a border fabric.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Scrap Happy

Tutor/Facilitator: Di Barnden
8 Wednesday nights - Starts on 4 August from 7-9pm

This class is now FULL. How would you like to turn your scrap bin into a quilt or two? In this term long class we will look at different ways to use your scraps for maximum effect. Throughout the class you will be introduced to a variety of blocks and setting ideas.

Fees: NZ$115

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PATTERN DRAFTING:

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
8 Wednesday nights - Starts on 4 August from 7-9pm

Learn basic pattern making techniques to make pattern alterations to an existing pattern or block. By the end of this course, you will have created a pattern for a garment that you have designed. Prior pattern making knowledge is not necessary.

Fees: NZ$110

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PATTERNS FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GARMENT:

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
1 Sunday - On Sunday 15 August from 9am-4pm

Have you found a garment that fits you well and you wish you could clone it? By learning to create a pattern from an existing garment you will have the skills to do so. In this course you will be shown how to create a pattern from an existing garment. You will then have an opportunity to apply this knowledge as you work on your own pattern/s for your chosen garment/s. Sewing and/or basic pattern knowledge is recommended as you should be familiar with terms such as seam allowance, straight grain, bias, darts etc.

Fees: NZ$85

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POTTERY: Intermediate Wheel Work (July)

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts 26 July from 7-9:30pm

This class is now FULL. Wait list only available. This course is only for those students who have completed at least one Beginners Wheelwork class or have an equivalent amount of wheel throwing experience. The aim of the course is to extend students who can already centre and throw a basic cylinder, and will provide tuition to begin making pieces that are larger and with more complex shapes, such as vases, jugs, pots with lids and types of serving dishes. Please note that glazing will be done on the final week, so it is essential that students can attend on that evening as there are no alternative opportunities to glaze work. The costs for clay, firing and glazing materials are extra and will vary depending on how much a student makes. Please bring $40 materials deposit payable in cash to the tutor on the first night. Some students may not use all this deposit however productive students may be required to pay more. This class is held at Gear Homestead Woolshed Potters clubrooms, Gear Homestead, Okowai Road Porirua and is for ADULTS ONLY.

Fees: NZ$170

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POTTERY: Hand Building

Tutor/Facilitator: Linda Savell and Jackie Haddow
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 27 July from 7-9:30pm

This class in now FULL, Introduction to hand building with clay or extension for previous students. Techniques covered are pinch pots, coils, slab work and glazing. It should be noted that glazing will be done on the 7th week so it is important that students are able to attend on that evening as there are no alternative opportunities to glaze work. We will all be using the same clay. Clay, firing costs, and glazing materials are extra and will vary depending on how productive you are. Please bring $50 materials deposit payable in cash to the tutors on the first night. (some students may not use all this deposit however productive students may be required to pay more) This class is held at Gear Homestead Woolshed Potters rooms, Gear Homestead, Okowai Road Porirua and is for ADULTS ONLY.

Fees: NZ$170

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RARANGA: Beginner Kono (4 corner basket)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Sunday - On 19 September from 9am-5pm

Learn how to extend your skills a make your own kono wananga .

Fees: NZ$45

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Raranga: Beginner Putiputi (flowers)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Sunday - Starts 22 August from 9am-5pm

This class is now FULL. Wait list only available. Tutorial on how to weave putiputi (flowers) including Chrysanthemums, Roses and Calla Lily. Harakeke (flax) and tools are provided for use on the day. We also have a shared lunch, please bring a plate of kai to share. No experience required, 10 people max

Fees: NZ$45

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RARANGA: Intermediate Kete Pikau (back pack)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Sunday - On 29 August from 9am-5pm

This class is now FULL. Make your own kete during the day.

Fees: NZ$45

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RARANGA: Intermediate Own Project

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Sunday - On 26 September from 9am - 5pm

For those who have been learning Raranga and want a workshop and help making their own project.

Fees: NZ$45

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Sewing for Beginners (Techniques & Construction Methods)

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 3 August from 7-9pm

This course introduces you to a range of information to help advance your sewing journey. It is an ideal course if you are wanting to gain confidence with construction of different design elements. By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of how to construct darts, pleats and gathers as well as a variety of pockets; zip insertion; placket construction; and waistband options. You should have prior knowledge of how to thread a machine and sew accurate seams.

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing for Beginners (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Janet Barnes
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 5 August from 7-9pm

This class is now FULL. There is room in the Tuesday class. This class is for people who are wanting to gain confidence with a sewing machine. And those just starting can work through a project making a shopping bag to introduce them to the sewing machine and sewing techniques.

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
8 Monday nights - Starts on 2 August from 6:30-8:30pm

The class will cater for intermediate sewers. 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$110

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Upholstery

Tutor/Facilitator: Raewyn Dawe
8 Monday nights - Starts 18 October from 7pm-9pm

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

Fees: NZ$140

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WOODWORK: Skills & Projects(Tuesday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 3 August from 7-9pm

Learn wood working skills 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. No recycled timber allowed.

Fees: NZ$120

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WOODWORK:Skills & Projects (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 5 August from 7-9pm

Learn wood working skills 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. No recycled timber allowed.

Fees: NZ$120

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ZENTANGLE Method

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
1 Sunday - On 12 September from 10am-4pm

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Fee includes a materials pack.

Fees: NZ$95

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