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short courses

• cast glass and decorative sandblasting

• Sculptural Totems ** FULL **

• Contemporary Fabric ART

208A. Cast Glass and Decorative Sandblasting

Tutor:  Liz Sharek

Fee: $300 for 2.5 days | Extra materials: $30

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is two and a half days long and is being run twice. Monday 7, Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 morning. 
Then Wednesday afternoon, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 May.

208A: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday morning

208B: Wednesday afternoon, Thursday & Friday

Glass is the most intriguing of materials and this exciting workshop will give participants the chance to have a go at making some glass in the kiln. It’s a chance to cast a piece of glass sculpture, make a glass brooch and to have some fun decorating glass objects using a sandblaster. It is a hands-on course that requires no previous experience with glass. Come with your ideas and have a great time finding out a bit more about this captivating material.

Each two-and-a-half day course will include:

1. Carving a bas (or low)-relief into a pre-prepared refractory mould and using pate-de-verre to make a small cast glass work.

2. Designing, constructing and fusing coloured glass to make a piece of jewellery.

3. Using sandblasting techniques to decorate glass objects such as bottles, jars and glasses to give that ‘wow factor’ to ordinary things found at home.

Liz's Bio

Liz has a Masters in Art and Design from AUT (2008) and holds a degree in Design from Unitec, where she specialised in glass-making. She has tutored kiln forming classes at Artstation (now Studio One Toi Tu) and at Whanganui Summer School.

Liz has exhibited widely in New Zealand and overseas and her work is included in a number of collections including those of Te Papa and The Glass Museum in Ebeltoft, Denmark.

She has won a number of awards over her 15 years as a practicing glass artist. She now lives and works as an object-maker in beautiful Matakana.

210. Sculptural Totems

Tutor: Louise McRae

Fee: $350 for 3 days | may 7 – May 9 INCLusive
Extra materials and tools to be advised 

Please note: This course is FULL - email to go on a waiting list, or perhaps try something else...

A totem is a symbol, spirit being or sacred object which serves as an emblem to represent a person or a group of people (perhaps a family, clan or tribe). This sculpture workshop is an opportunity to consider and create your own totem, using a range of materials including wood, concrete and paint. With Louise’s experienced guidance, you’ll learn to use woodworking tools and simple concrete casting techniques over three days to create a beautiful, meaningful totem pole for your garden.

The class will begin by discussing and developing ideas around connection to land and place. The totem pole is seen as a thread that connects land to sky. What are the symbols of nature that speak to you? Once we understand the creative process and have done some problem solving, we can look at the tools, learn some woodwork and casting techniques, select our materials, and begin. At the end of the workshop we will consider placement strategies and exhibit your work in a beautiful local garden.

Louise's Bio

Louise McRae has exhibited in galleries around New Zealand since 1998. She paints demolition timber, then splits it by hand into shards and reassembles it into wall-hung works. Colours are interspersed with metallics, and burning and charring wood is an important part of her process.

Louise completed her Master of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in 2016. Her main galleries are Seed in Newmarket and Gallery 33 in Wanaka. She has been a finalist in the Wallace Arts award a number of times and has recently been a key speaker at the annual Decon and Re-use conference in Portland, Oregon.

211. Contemporary Fabric Art – Impressive Metals

Tutor: Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Fee: $450 for 4 days (211) Monday 7–Thursday 10 May
OR $250 each for either 2 days (211A or 211B see below) 
Materials: TBA

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop can be taken over two days (211A - Monday 7 / Tuesday 8 or 211B - Wednesday 9 / Thursday 10) or as a four-day session. They are designed to work independently or as development sessions depending on your availability and inclination.

Metal shims are available in copper, aluminium, brass and pewter, wires are available in many thickness’s, colours and metals. All are able to be manipulated with easily available techniques including embossing, burnishing, colouring and texturing. These properties lend themselves to include metal as part of a textile/mixed media repertoire.

211A. Monday and Tuesday 7&8 May

Explore the possibilities of fine shim metals, some of which can be found in the domestic environment. You will colour, emboss, and cut your metals then apply to a textured surface filled with fibres, beads, and stitching to create a really impressive artwork.

211B. Wednesday and Thursday 9&10 May

Weaving with metal and wires creates fabulous textural and sculptural surfaces. You will spend time embossing, colouring, and shaping metal and wires to create your unique weaving which can be designed as a panel, hanging or three-dimensional object.

No previous experience is necessary as Alysn will introduce the skills and materials and work closely with you to develop your final artwork.

Alysn's Bio

Alysn is an internationally recognised contemporary textile artist working in many media including metals, papers, heat resistant fabrics and stitch. She has published five books, exhibited and taught widely over many years. She is now resident on the Tauwharanui Peninsula where her inspiration continues to be drawn from both natural forms and from her internal musings...