Mangawhai winter workshops offer opportunity

Anyone wanting to unleash their inner artist should head to Mangawhai Artists Gallery over the winter months for a wide-ranging series of art classes and workshops.

Beginning on Saturday, June 9, there will be eight weeks of different workshops at the Moir Street gallery, teaching aspects of drawing, painting, mosaics and printmaking, all led by experienced tutors and practising artists.

Winter Workshop programme coordinator Nicola Everett says they have something for all levels of experience and everyone is welcome, whether they are new to art or more experienced.

“Workshops are suitable for beginners, you only need an urge to learn and play,” she says. “With the range on offer, there is plenty for more experienced artists as well – this is an opportunity to try something new and be creative.”

Elena Nikolaeva will be running four workshops.

There are 13 workshops in all, plus other demonstrations and activities, ranging in duration from a single session of less than two hours up to a course of six weekly sessions.  Topics include Digital Drawing, Hands On Charcoal, Painting With Spatula & Squeegee, Perspective in Landscape Painting, Mosaic With Found Objects, plus a whole week exploring different printmaking methods from July 14 to 19.

As well as the workshops themselves, Mangawhai Artists have also planned some drop-in events for Saturday mornings when the village market is running, including a free customised T-shirt bag-making session on June 30 and a Fish Print fundraiser on July 23, plus demonstrations of artists at work on June 9 and 21.

The Winter Workshop Programme runs from Saturday, June 9 through to Sunday, August 5. There will be a display of work created throughout the programme held on the final weekend at the gallery between 10am and 3pm.

Full details of the courses, tutors and how to book a place can be found at