Rosie Hutchinson is the education coordinator at Estuary Arts.
A short course teaching English as a second language through art will be launched at Estuary Arts Centre in Term 3.
The course will essentially cover traditional drawing techniques, but it will be delivered in both Mandarin and English. The tutor will be Jessica Li.
Centre education coordinator Rosie Hutchinson says the centre is keen to break the language barrier so that people are able to take the many courses and workshops on offer.
Estuary Arts runs various after school and holiday programmes for children, 23 adult courses, and half-day, full-day and weekend workshops.
“It is very exciting that we are able offer a course like this,” Rosie says. “There is a large Chinese community in and around Orewa, which we would love to accommodate and language is often a barrier.
“We believe that art is for everyone and that there is a bit of art in everyone. Our courses are not just educational, but can often end up as an important part of our participants’ lives, with new friendships formed every term.”
Rosie is also promoting the course with Orewa Library’s ESOL students who study at the library each week.
The cost is $195 for the eight three-hour sessions, held weekly. Estuary Arts members receive a 10 per cent discount.
The course starts on Thursday, August 5, at 9.30am.
Info: Estuary Arts 426 5570.