Chance to develop artistic talent

Anyone eager to develop or improve their abilities as a creative artist should check out Creative Matakana’s annual week of arts workshops.

The workshops kick off in May, but spokesperson Kathy Hunter says it pays to get in quick. Bookings open on January 13 at 8am and some courses are booked out on the same day.

Five-day arts workshops in 2020 will include screen-printing for sculpture with Jeff Thomson; travel sketching with Erin Hill; painting with Toby Raine; textile art with Alysn Midegelow-Marsden; fiction writing with Anne Kennedy; painting and drawing with Helene Carpenter; and making your own ukulele with Lindsay Marks.

There are also short courses (2-4 days). Artist Di Halstead will teach still-life photography, Ingrid Anderson will tutor fabric screen-printing and Mandi Lynn will give workshops on smartphone photography and video. Tabatha Forbes teaches delicate botanical painting and Fleur Woods teaches advanced embroidery.

In addition,  there are five ‘architecture and design days’, with input from leading industry professionals and the chance to see some exceptional local homes. Info: