With the education wing now completed and in use, Estuary Arts Centre manager Kim Boyd says that this term the hard work begins of making the new facility a buzzing and effective place for learning and participating in art and wellbeing classes.
This month the main gallery will feature art by Estuary’s group of tutors who will be teaching in the Term 1 and 2 Arts Education Programme.
Kim says that the exhibition’s opening on February 6, (3pm–5pm) will be a great opportunity for the public to talk to the tutors and find out more about what they offer before deciding which class to sign up for.
Kim says the aim of the arts education programme is to provide high quality classes with a small tutor to student ratio.
Options include life drawing, beginners’ ceramics (with Roy Burgoyne), textile art (quilting and embroidery), mosaics, printmaking and fictional writing.
All tutors are either trained art teachers and/or artists. Elaine Matthews Venter is a trained arts therapist who will be coordinating the therapeutic ‘Creating Happiness’ class. Life Drawing tutur Alan Croggan comes to the centre with a wealth of experience, having taught for many years at Hungry Creek.
Children’s after school classes offer opportunities to explore new mediums and advanced methods.
Weekend workshops will be linked with the exhibition programme – so, in March while the Artful Fashion exhibition is running there will be artist talks including Jeff Thomson, Bev Goodwin and Kim Boyd and a workshop by Storm MacKraken on chainmail making.
Info: the programme is at www.estuaryarts.org, phone Estuary Arts Centre on 426 5570 or visit the centre in Western Reserve, Orewa.