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Arts Council unveils winter workshop programme

May 6th, 2014

The big event of winter calendar, the Motueka Arts Council's Winter Workshops, is ready to start, with 21 mostly new courses available to choose from.

The Winter Workshops have been increasingly popular in recent years, providing a wide variety of arts-related courses to help divert us from the colder months. The first begin on May 21st and some continue through into mid-August.

This year a new workshop co-ordinator, Pania Konecna, has been appointed and with her a raft of new ideas for activities. First up is a course in Improv Theatre, a challenging but fun type of improvised acting, and run by Damara Sylvester.

Improv is the art of coming to the stage with an open mind instead of a script. Each interaction is spontaneous, every story is fresh. These workshops teach the basics of how to build a story in the moment and how to support yourself and your fellows actors to go with the flow!

No previous theatre experience is necessary, and it's open to all ages. The maximum number of places available in this class is 12.

Other classes available through the series are:

  • Exploration of the body through dance (tutor: Jane McKinstry)
  • Modern Crewel embroidery sampler (Emma Marshall)
  • Hand-sewn felt dudes (Emma Marshall)
  • Painterly painting (David Ryan)
  • Mosaics workshop (Elvira van der Waay)
  • Silver jewelery making (Oliver Mitchell)
  • Poetry with Riemke Ensing (Riemke Ensing)
  • Traditional Maori musical instruments (Richard Nunns)
  • Koauau [Maori flute] making (Tim Wraight)
  • Chinese cookery (Ryoko Takahashi)
  • Body percussion (Lenny Chick)
  • Machine softies (Emma Marshall)
  • Illustrating nature (Kim Ireland)
  • Tie-dying basics (Jenell Howells)
  • Bonsai (Che Vincent)
  • Physical theatre (Damara Sylvester)
  • Singing for fun (Barbie Coles)
  • Nuno scarf workshop (Shirley Wallace)
  • Mixed media collage (Fleor Woods)
  • Exploratin of hand printing techniques (Jen Bowmast)

For full details of all the courses (when, where and costs), and to register, download the programme here »


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