If you have ever wanted to explore your creative side but have been too nervous to give it a try, then here is the ideal opportunity. Mairangi Arts Centre’s term three art programme begins towards the end of July with an abundance of options available.
The centre offers a wide range of classes both during the day and in the evenings, covering watercolour, acrylic and oil painting, drawing skills, printmaking and clay to name but a few. There are options available for complete beginners through to those with advanced level skills. In addition to the well-established favourites a number of brand new classes will be added to the centre’s art programme. A fascinating evening class in Art History will delve into 14th and 15th century Renaissance Art (primarily in Italy) while the selection of daytime classes will expand to include clay wheel throwing and hand building. In this class students will learn a variety of creative techniques in addition to glazing skills. Digital Photography will enable students to leave behind the restrictions of‘auto mode’ and learn how to access the camera’s aperture or shutter speed. At the same time, students will also pick up some useful tips for composition and lighting. The course will also include an introduction to Photoshop.
New creative opportunities for children and teens include ‘Exploring Great Artists Through Mixed Media’, ‘3d Art Making’ and ‘Art Colab for Teens. Art Colab, for those aged 13-17 years, is a platform to explore and experience the meaning of ‘taking action’, both individually and collaboratively.Discussions on contemporary art will be complemented with drawing, painting, 3d construction and installations.
JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME (9-20 July)
Banish boredom these school holidays! Mairangi Arts Centre has a wonderful holiday art programme with classes such as creating a pencil case and fridge magnet, making an emoji desk organiser, painting a monster animal pet or painting using the work of Warren Pohatu as inspiration. Classes run from 10am-3pm and aim to be both fun and educational. For full detail visitwww.mairangiarts.co.nz
Te Ao Maori (to 22 July)
Mairangi Arts Centre is proud to present this exhibition of emerging artists based in Tamaki Makaurau, working with matauranga Maori through contemporary forms. The exhibition is part of our Matariki (Maori New Year) programme.
Taonga Puoro Workshop (free) 11am-2pm Sat 14 Jul
Taonga Puoro (Maori musical instrument) specialist Jerome Kavanagh shares his collection of uniqueand rare Maori musical instruments, from the Nuru (whale’s tooth nose flute) to the Koauau Toroa(Albatross wing bone flute) in this family-friendly, educational event. The centre gratefully acknowledges the Creative Communities support for this event.
Mairangi Arts Centre’s friendly team welcomes all enquiries, so please do contact the centre forfurther information or advice on art class selection. We hope to see you at the centre soon.
Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Road, Mairangi Bay 09 478 2237 www.mairangiarts.co.nz
Hours: 9.30am-4pm Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm Sat/Sun.