Learn a New Skill

ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 28 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$110

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CROCHET FOR RELAXATION: Beginner Course

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts on 28 July 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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CROCHET FOR RELAXATION: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts on 25 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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Digital Photography: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
6 Wednesday nights & 1 field trip - Starts on 29 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.

Fees: NZ$100

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DYEING WOOL & SILK

Tutor/Facilitator: Clare Smith
1 Saturday - On 17 October from 9:30am - 3:30pm

Learn how to dye wool fabric, felt and knitting wool using wool dyes and natural dyes. Multi-coloured dyeing, shibori and dye painting will be covered.

Fees: NZ$80

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FAMILY TREE: Beginners Guide

Tutor/Facilitator: Jan Powell
1 Sunday - On 9 August from 10am-3pm

This course is for people who are new to genealogy or who need help making progress with their family tree. It will provide practical and theoretical help using a range of New Zealand and overseas records. The course is hands-on, and you will learn how and where to search for people and information. You'll learn how to save your findings on to hand-written pages or a genealogy computer program

Fees: NZ$75

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ITALIAN LANGUAGE:Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Antonella Sarti
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 28 July from 7-9pm

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

Fees: NZ$110

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LACE MAKING: Beginner & Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Andrea Lynch
8 weeks - Starts on 27 July 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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LANDLORDING WITHOUT FEAR: Being a better landlord for you and your tenants

Tutor/Facilitator: Jackie Thomas-Teague
5 Monday nights - Starts 27 July from 7-8:30pm

If you own a rental property, chances are you don’t like to ‘bother’ the tenants with inspections, rent increases, maintenance visits etc. Maybe you are not confident about what you can and can’t do. This course will show you how to develop a successful relationship with your tenants that keeps your investment in top shape – financially, physically and legally. We’ll cover all the things you probably didn’t know you need to be doing, and help you get from where you are now to where you want to be. Will include one fieldtrip to a Property Investors Association meeting.

Fees: NZ$60

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LEARN TO SEW:

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 22 August from 9am-4pm

Would love to learn to sew but not sure where to start, and a whole term of courses is not for you? Then this one day course has been designed for you. Come and learn how to use a sewing machine (students may bring their own or use a college Bernina). Work on a selected sewing project (a bag) which will teach you essential skills and leave sewing confident all in one day.

Fees: NZ$90

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METAL JEWELLERY: Stone Setting Workshop

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 9 August from 10am -4pm

Stone setting is one of the most fun things you can do in a jewellery workshop – it’s a little bit magic, a little bit precision and one of the best ways to grow your skills. This is a one-day class where your creativity and all the techniques you learnt previously come together. We will be making a stone setting, soldering this on a ring and wearing it home. The silver for a ring and a stone setting is included in the course costs as are stones to choose from, copper to practice with, saw blades, solder etc. All tools are provided.

Fees: NZ$145 - Includes some materials

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MIDDLE EASTERN MEALS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Rolla Farah
5 Wednesday nights - Starts on 29 July from 7-9pm

Learn how to prepare Palestinian Middle Eastern Cuisine such as kebabs, shawarma, falafel, kidra, kefta, couscous, basbousa, sfiha, humus and taboulah salad.

Fees: NZ$115 - Includes all ingredients

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MUSICAL KEYBOARD SKILLS: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Nate Geldard
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 28 July from 7-9pm

Always wanted to learn the piano of keyboard! This is your opportunity for beginners.Get the basic skills in a fun setting.

Fees: NZ$110

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Musical Keyboard Skills: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Jean Hollier
8 Monday nights - Starts 27 July 6:30-9pm for 2 hours

This class is for past students only. For new students go to Tuesday class. 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. Please bring your own headphones.

Fees: NZ$110

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1A (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Ripeka Bird
8 Monday nights - Starts 27 July from 6-8pm

A course for those who have always wanted to learn NZ Sign Language. A Beginner course covering units 1-3

Fees: NZ$65

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OVERLOCKER BASICS/SEWING WITH KNITS

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On Saturday 25 July 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: Applique & Scraps

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 28 June from 9am-4pm

This quilt covers both machine and hand applique. The applique block is paired with a pieced block to create a very sweet quilt.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Charm Bag

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 21 June from 9am-4pm

Learn to make this special patchwork bag in a day.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Doily Quilt

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

This is the ideal project to use those doily’s we love collecting and that are lurking in cupboards. The quilt is designed to fit any amount of doily’s as you can make it as big or as small as you like. The key to this quilt is to have fabrics that will not over power your doily’s and ones that complement the embroidery of the doily’s.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Stitchery

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 14 June from 9am-4pm

Fees: NZ$85

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POTTERY: Beginner Wheel work (July)

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

This class is now FULL. This class is an introduction to throwing clay on a pottery wheel or for extension for students who have done a previous wheelwork course. Students learn to centre clay on the wheel and the basics of throwing the foundation shapes of cylinders and bowls. 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 $30 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$165

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Raranga 1 Day Wananga Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Saturday - 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$45

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Monday nights - Starts 27 July from 7-9pm

This class is FULL.Come along and learn the basic knowledge and history of traditional and contemporary Maori weaving with Nina Paaka. Throughout the term you will learn reo Maori, tikanga o te whare pora (protocols within the house of weaving), how to harvest and prepare Harakeke (flax), learn how to weave putiputi (flowers), placemat/coaster, konae (2 sided purse) and wall hanging. This is a great way to start your raranga (weaving) journey, all beginners welcome.

Fees: NZ$65

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Intermediate)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 28 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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Sewing for Beginners (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Janet Barnes
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 30 July from 7-9pm

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 for Beginners (Wed)

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
8 Wednesday nights - Starts on 29 July from 7-9pm

Learn how to understand a pattern, work out the material needed and what sewing words mean. If you wish to make your own project under the guidance of the tutor then you need to go to the Monday class.

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
8 Monday nights - Starts on 27 July 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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TAI CHI: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 28 July from 6:30-7:30pm

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 - same person taking second fitness class in same term

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TAI CHI: Intermediate Kungfu / 42 Competition Sword

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 28 July from 7:45-8:45pm

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. For those who have attended Tai Chi before this is an opportunity to extend your skills and knowledge.

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

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WOODWORK MADE EASY (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 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. You provide your own materials. No recycled timber allowed.

Fees: NZ$115

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WOODWORK MADE EASY(Tuesday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 28 July from 7-9pm

This class is now FUll. There is still room in the Thursday class. Learn wood working, 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. No recycled timber allowed.

Fees: NZ$115

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XERO BASIC: (September)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On Sunday 13 September 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$90

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