Welcome to WSA

Art School

Our Art School is situated in the iconic ArtsPost building.

Following you find our class schedule for the following term and  holiday programmes,.

Entrance of art school

With experienced tutors covering a range of mediums, we offer art classes for all ages.

Please find following our schedule for term three and follow us on facebook to keep up to date. You can download the programme here.

 Winter programme 2017 revision.pdf

Programme description

The Waikato Society of Arts has established the Art School in the 1970. 
All our tutors are professional creatives, and we try to keep the balance between solid skill building classes to strengthen student’s core competency and new, contemporary classes that will push their boundaries. 
See how far you can push the boundaries of your painting experience. These classes allow for experimenting with WHAT it is you paint as well as HOW you choose to paint it.

Monday 9.30am - 11am, , Art mix, Dougal Fraser, 5 wks, $95 , members $80
Dougal introduces students to a different medium every week, pastel, acrylic, oil and watercolour will be covered. A good class to attend if you are returning to the arts after a long time or are an absolute beginner.

Monday 9.30am - 11.30pm, Untutored painting, $80 , members $65
Join an untutored class get some input and inspiration for your work. Many of our long term students join an untutored class at some stage to make use of our studio space and enjoy company while working. This class works in painted mixed media.

Monday,  Drawing + Painting Portraiture/ morning and lunch time class, Alex Pearce, 9.30-12pm: $150, members $135 incl. model; 1pm - 2.30pm: $95, members $80 incl. model. This class gives you the opportunity to develop portraits from drawing to painting in your own medium.

Monday 4pm-5pm, Children’s art, 5 - 7 years, Paulette Bruns, $88
Our afterschool children’s classes are developed for certain age groups. Art and creativity are fostered by exploring a range of materials and techniques.

Monday 4pm-5.30pm, Craft club, 8-10 years, Wendee Barrett,  $88
Explore, create, get inspired by materials and colours- and just do it!

Monday 8 May to 2 July, Watercolour, Paulette Bruns,  $135, members $120
Our watercolour classes are small in size, which makes it easy for the tutor to adapt to beginners and continuers alike.

Monday 6pm-8pm, Oil painting, Nici Peacock,  $135, member$120
Structured introduction to oil painting, suitable for absolute beginners but mixed class with continuers and advanced students

Monday  6pm-8.30pm, Experimental printmaking, Caroline Peacocke, $145, members $130
Discover the principles of printmaking and continue the creative journey by creating experimental woodcuts

Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am, Experimental Acrylics, Pieter Swanepoel, $135, members $120
Experience the possibilities of acrylics, suitable for beginners and advanced students that are looking for new inspirations. 

Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am, Oil painting, Jennie De Groot, $135, member$120
Get support and instructions while working on your own projects in oil.

Tuesday 9.30am - 12pm, untutored woodcuts, includes materials,  $75, members $65
Work along experienced printmakers and inspire each other. Not suitable for absolute beginners, an introduction to the use of our printing press in one of our tutored classes is prerequisite.

Tuesday 4pm - 5.30pm, Drawing + painting 14 - 25 years, Grace Elgie, $88
Serious young artists have the opportunity to learn from recent fine arts graduates and practitioners 

Tuesday 9 May to 27 June, Exploring art techniques, 8 - 13 years, Vivien Hendy, , $88
Children explore art and design using different materials in this after school class.

Wednesday 4pm - 5.30pm, Watercolour, Paulette Bruns, 9.30am - 11.30am, $135, members $120
Start or extend your watercolour painting skills in this class. Beginners and continuers will be able to pick up new tricks in this small mixed level class.

Wednesday 9.30am - 12pm, Painting + drawing techniques, Nici Peacock,  $145, members $130
Develop and refine your painting and drawing skills. A lot of the students return in this class, so you will learn alongside fellow artists with a wide range of skills.  

Wednesday 4pm - 5.30pm, Art after school, 7-9 years, Paulette Bruns, $88
Children develop art skills in a range of media.

Wednesday  4pm - 5.30pm , Art after school, 10 - 14 years, Sarah Oliver,$88
Aimed to inspire and extend children’s art practicing skills 

Wednesday 6pm-8pm, Watercolour, Paulette Bruns, $135, members $120 
Start or extend your watercolour painting skills in this class. Beginners and continuers will be able to pick up new tricks in this small mixed level class.

Wednesday 6.30pm-8.30pm, Life drawing, Alex Pearce,  $165, members $150 (incl. model)
Observing and drawing - classical human figure study allowing for exploration in different media.  Model fees are included in the class fees.

Wednesday 5.30pm-8.00pm , Exciting etching untutored, $75, members $65
Entry level experience in the etching process is required to work alongside this group of enthusiastic print makers. Please express your interest in our beginners etching class starting in term two (Friday morning) to gain the necessary experience.

Thursday  9.30am - 11.30am, , Watercolour, Sue Burnett, $135, members $120
Learn new ways to approach watercolour, a medium with endless possibilities.

Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am, Experimental works on paper untutored, $80, members $65
Take your works on paper further by bouncing ideas with like minded artists

Thursday 9-30am - 12.00pm, Etching and drypoint, untutored, $75, members $65
Entry level experience in the etching process is required to work alongside this group of enthusiastic print makers. Please express your interest in our beginners etching class starting in term two (Friday morning) to gain the necessary experience.

Thursday  4.00pm-5.00pm,  Children’s art, 5 - 7 years, Paulette Bruns, $88
Art and creativity are fostered by exploring a range of materials and techniques in this after school class.

Thursday 4pm - 5.30pm,  Exploring art techniques, 8 - 13 years, Vivian Hendy,  $88
Children explore art and design using different materials in this after school class.

Thursday  6pm-8pm, Abstract painting , Pieter Swanepoel, $135, member$120
Abstraction in theory and practise is the focus of this class.

Thursday 6.30pm-8.30pm, Evening Portraiture, Alex Pearce, $165, members $150(incl. model)Observing and drawing - classical human figure study allowing for exploration in different media.  Model fees are included in the class fees


Friday  9.30am - 11.30am,Making marks on paper, Carril Karr, 6 wks, $105, members $90
What material leaves marks on paper- and how can I use this experience to get into the creative flow? This morning class is an ideal introduction to develop a creative routine. Carril encourages students to adopt different drawing materials and simple exercises to keep sketching, doodling and drawing as a part of your day.

Friday 9.30am-11.30am, Watercolour workshop untutored,  $80, members $65
Watercolourists working side by side.

Saturday 9am - 12pm, Fluid acrylics and watercolour, Kate Symmans,  4 wks, $135, members $120
Watercolour is a hard medium to master, requiring a lot of discipline and patience. What is the next step? And is liquid medium in the wider sense able to translate into contemporary pieces? Extend your skills and understanding in this Saturday morning class.

Saturday 9am - 12pm, Capital DRAWING (term 3), Sybille Schlumbom, 4 wks, $135, members $120 

Get big and bold with lines, textures and surfaces in unexpected ways!

School Holidays

Enrol in time for the Winter holidays! 

Our classes are suitable for 5-13 year old children and run from 9am to 12pm. The fees are $30 per session or $125 Monday to Friday. For enquiries and to  enrol email artschool@wsa.org.nz

Winter Holiday art school for children

10 July to 21 July

WSA Art School, Upstairs ArtsPost, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton

Paulette has prepared an exciting programme again for the July holidays:

Monday 10 July & 17 July

Try your hands on Picasso style paintings, followed by drawing skills & tips

Tuesday 11 July & 18 July

Create one colour multi tonal paintings and work with clay

Wednesday 12 July & 19 July

After charcoal and collage artwork we create some woolly creatures

Thursday 13 July & 20 July

Get an introduction to watercolour abstract art and find some ways to make artwork from newspaper

Friday 14 July & 21 July

We make textured leaves & trees and embrace the season with winter landscape artworks