I’ve put together a list of workshops, events and classes available in Auckland Area for you to try! There’s a variety of options from sculpting, painting, printing, learning new languages or setting your next semi-precious stone ring! This list covers a variety or locations from North Shore to Onehunga and Waiheke Island where you will learn from the best and progress or begin on a skill you’ve always wanted to tackle.
Studio One Toi Tū offers more ways for Aucklanders to meet and share ideas, skills and practices – with each other and visitors. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, a maker a resident or a visitor, creativity can become part of your life in Auckland.
GTO Printers offers letterpress workshops throughout the year to anyone interested in an enjoyable hands-on alternative experience to computer design. The workshops are for beginners, no experience necessary.
Applied Arts, Languages, Fine Arts, Lifestyle, Dance, Holiday programme – you name it! UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture was founded in 1981, when the former Howick Borough Council purchased the Uxbridge Presbyterian Church and associated buildings. The Council facilitated the establishment of the Uxbridge Community Projects, an incorporated society, to operate the facilities for the community, providing arts and cultural activities.
Peter Minturn Goldsmith School
This course is an excellent opportunity to connect with your creative side, catch-up on a project, or use the workshop resources, and learn the PMGS way. We warmly welcome you to come and enjoy making jewellery at the bench. This course focuses on the use of fundamental skills in jewellery making, utilising our fully equipped workshop. You can re-enroll for a 10 week term as much as you want, some people have been at the same bench for a decade!
The girls at Crushes are always coming up with great workshops whether it’s making floral crowns, learning how to hem your vintage finds or pouring your own candles.Keep your eyes peeled for new events or stay updated via their newsletter!
Takapuna Art Supplies
Here’s what Jim and Sandy have to say “Takapuna Art Supplies is the only art store in Auckland that is solely owner operated and for this reason we believe that our customer service is hands-on and will remain unmatchable. Our shop has a feeling of community where local artists like to come in, stay awhile, share their most recent work or just drop off literature about their up coming exhibition. We both have Bachelor of Fine Art Degrees and backgrounds in Illustration. Jim also taught Drawing, Painting, Design and Illustration at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, for nearly two decades. We have always had a small studio space at the back of our shop, and it isn’t uncommon for Jim to pull a customer back to his drawing table for an impromptu demo!”
Due to repeated inquiries we have now expanded our shop with a larger studio space where we can hold scheduled workshops and classes.
Jim and Sandy also hold weekly Friday Life Drawing classes from 6 to 9pm for $15 (cash at the door).
Esther Mcdonald, Thea owner and designer will be taking small classes of 4 to ensure each student gets plenty of one-on-one time and a wheel each. Esther has 5 years pottery experience and 12 years teaching experience, she is vibrant, a clear communicator and specialises in functional ware.
This is the first time the Thea studio will be open for lessons and it’s a great opportunity to be behind the gram and to see how the pots are made.
Auckland Ceramics Site
There are 8 regular daytime and night classes and frequent weekend schools and there are different teachers for each of these classes. Potters like Margaret Sumich, Peter Lange and Renton Murray are long-serving tutors. The members gather on one evening each month for a social/educational evening and specialised firings are held from time to time – salt, wood, soda and anagama.
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