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Art Classes Are Not Just for Kids

Lake House had an exciting line-up of School Holiday fun with a theme based around the biennial Wood Sculpture Live Event last month.

Kids were able to try many different sculptural forms including ceramics, cardboard and recycled materials construction, Ponga pots, Fun-clay, stained glass silhouettes, multimedia mosaics on canvas, and woven paper fans. There were also a number of painting, printmaking and watercolour classes for those who didn’t want to sculpt.

Adults don’t miss out on all the fun, however, as the Lake House Term Two arts programme offers art classes in an exciting range of art mediums.  Popular classes in drawing, ceramic sculpture and acrylics are filling fast. Tutors are all either professional artists or highly trained and recognised educators.

Something different to look out for is the One Day Workshop series with Denice Symons.  Denice runs a different workshop in her studio every Wednesday during term 2, ranging from drawing, portraiture, pastels, printmaking, painting, mixed media, and collage.

For those of you who have had a taste of Screenprinting in the past and would like to learn more and develop your own style, Susanne Khouri is running Screenprinting part II during term two.  This is a six-week course starting on Thursday 16 May at 9.30 in the Printmakers studio. If you want to try your hand at Ceramic Sculpture, there is still space in the Tuesday evening session of this popular course with Bill Hayes.  Bill is an experienced sculptor/teacher who runs a fun and informative class where you will learn all the hand-building techniques you’ll need to build just about anything, big or small.

Sculpture is in the air, with smaller sculptural works by the Wood Sculpture artists in the Becroft Gallery until 12 May and their outdoor exhibition until 26 May.  In the Becroft Gallery from 14 May are Auckland Patchworkers and Quilters Guild with their stunning annual Dorothy Collard Challenge.  This year’s theme is ‘Word Art’.  The Dorothy Collard Challenge is a judged exhibition with prize money awarded to the three top entries and a trophy given to the winner.  Also on 14 May, in the Café Gallery, is the talented mother & daughter duo, Nanette and Kim Randall.  “Here and There” is a response to New Zealand culture, land and seascapes and also of the Mediterranean history, beauty and eloquence as seen through the eyes of a travelling New Zealander.

Lake House Arts Centre is located on Barry’s Point Reserve in Takapuna. It is a beautiful heritage building and a good example of a 19th century Edwardian/Victorian villa. It once stood proud on Takapuna Beach but was moved in 1996 to Barry’s Point Reserve to live on as an active and vibrant arts centre. The Lake House galleries have a constantly changing exhibition programme and the centre boasts 11 studios on site with a range of artists including a ceramicist and bronze caster, painters, printmakers, photographers, fabric design and performing arts, as well as the HQ for the NZ Body Art Awards. The vibrant and varied arts education programme has something for every member of the family, running weekend workshops, after school classes, holiday programmes and adult daytime classes.

Lake House is open 9:30am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed on public holidays.


by Channel Editorial