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Great programme lineup for Winter Workshops

May 23rd, 2017

Motueka Arts Council Workshop Coordinator Sarah Douglas with the yellow program

The Motueka Arts Council has finalised the programme for its highly popular Winter Workshop program, truly offering something for everyone.

The Arts Council employs local artists and craftspeople to teach people some of their skills, while the community benefits by having a wonderful range of opportunities for participation in the arts.

Sponsorship by Rata foundation and Creative Communities Tasman keep the workshop prices affordable and New World and Countdown supermarkets give donations for the tea breaks that participants receive.

"We are extremely grateful to our supporters as they make it a better winter her in Motueka," says workshop coordinator Sarah Douglas. "This year the Floral Art Society donated $100 which will be shared out to those who need a help to pay."

This winter you can choose from 18 options in the programme. They are open to everyone and everyone is welcomed.

Workshops include drawing, painting, printing, pottery, bone carving, Waiata (singing), beginner guitar, natural garden sculptures, art history, making seats and handbags, felting, writing and harakeke weaving.

"Hopefully something to interest everyone and keep our winters cheerful," Sarah says.

"We have two out of town tutors. Ricardo De Raine is tutoring landscape painting in oils. Head along to the NBS window to see his paintings displayed between 22nd May to 6th June.

"And Dame Fiona Kidman, who has recently published a book where the story starts in Motueka tobacco fields, will talk at the Motueka Library on 19th July about her book and the following day take a workshop about writing life stories.

"This year I have included new workshops and found different opportunities for the arty folk of Motueka to try."

"Yvonne Hammond is even bringing her printing press to town! The opportunity to use a piece of machinery such as that doesn't happen often for most of us."

Motueka High School Art teacher Ashlin Kinglsey will help people hone their observational skills in drawing.

Sean Delany is taking two morning workshops to teach bone carving, and Stephanie Jewell will help people get dusty but leave with their own Oamaru stone sculpture.

Singers can join the Waiata and learn from the experienced team of Maihi Barber and Tania Corbett.

The Winter Workshop programme can be downloaded here. You may also view it at the library, Potters Patch and Westrupp jewellers plus other places like cafes and community venues.

You can also join the Arts Council's email database and receive the program by email. Contact Sarah at or 0277213991.

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