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Progress report on Arts Council's Winter Workshops

July 27th, 2017
[by Sarah Douglas]

The three winter months, June, July and August each year in Motueka become alive with artists taking the opportunity to get creative and enjoy fun times.

Now when I say artists I don't mean professional artists. I refer to other artists. The people who like to beautify their homes, themselves, give handmade gifts, value crafts and arts as part of a better lifestyle for themselves. And what they've been doing has been pretty amazing.

The season started with Whakairo Wheua, Bone carving. Most people made a fish hook, hei Matau. The tutor was Sean Delany. He is a Maori artist with a special interest in Weapons and musical instruments.

The sessions began with a look at some of the art works, weapons and instruments. The work pictured was made by Ian Ramsden.


Terracotta pottery creations with tutor Lyn Shirley was held at the Motueka Pottery Clubrooms in Riwaka.

All sorts of items were made. Plant pots, lizards, pie dishes, balls and a bird bath with birds and people sitting on the edge.

It took 3 weeks to dry the clay out in the winter weather and then the kiln was carefully loaded by the students, fired and the following week opened to amaze us all with what came out.


Felting with Cindy Coleman was very successful. She taught students how to cut out a resist pattern and felt around it to create a 3d item.

It was a day full of excitement as people discovered what could be done and they made hats, slippers, bowls, oven mitts and scarves.

The Woolshed Gallery and tearooms at the top of Takaka hill provided a friendly comfortable venue and even supplied lunch for $4. They run felting classes year round if this has inspired you.


Dame Fiona Kidman (left) took a workshop on life writing and memoirs.

She encouraged her students, reminding them that their stories are valuable and that future generations will find them interesting and not to give up because it does take a determined commitment to write.

Her latest book "All day at the Movies" begins in Motueka tobacco fields.



Pikau with Atawhai Teaukura. This was a workshop for experienced weavers.

It gave extension on skills built up over a few years and was challenging. The preparation took most till late the night before and the results were stunning.


Coming up in the next 6 weeks - enrol now.

Harakeke for beginners - putiputi, kono, kete.
Oil Painting landscapes - introduction class - 3 places left on 6th August
Draw animal and human portraits - realistic photo images with pencil
Sing Waiata - all welcome 6 weeks on Wednesday evening.
Sculpt Oamaru stone - 3 places left on Wednesday 23rd August
Watercolour painting - 1 place left
Contact coordinator Sarah at woolweaving@gmail.com or 0277213991

Draw animal and people Portraits

Have you got beloved pets you want to pay tribute to? Grandchildren and family you want a picture of?

This class with Ashlin Kingsley still has places. She is an experienced art tutor and will help you to draw a realistic image using a photo.

The picture of the dog is one she is working on.



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