Art masterclasses on soon at Whitireia

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Are you an artist looking for a new dimension? Or a jaded art teacher looking for new ideas? In July and August, Whitireia Community Polytechnic may have just what you are looking for. It's almost Mastercrafts time of the year at Whitireia. That's the time when the Art Department gathers together a wealth of artists who share their expertise with students and members of the public here at the Porirua campus.

This year, twenty of New Zealand's leading crafts people (including top artists Susan Flight from Australia, Māori  artist Fred Graham and past Wearable Art winner Donna Demente) are running classes in the following topics: terracotta clay, enamelling, fibre arts, off the wall painting with en-caustic medium, whakapapa sculpture, movable jewellery, wearable art-machine embroidery, drawing, carving, on clay and wood, knife making, mask making, painting with acrylic, silvercasting, figure drawing, mixed-media sculpture, bookbinding (on all five days), low-fired clay sculpture, Netsuke carving/coconut carving, relief print/monoprint, assemblage (across four days) and photographing craft (across three days).

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Last year's participants said they learned "heaps of techniques that will be useful," "how to be true to my own visions and seek inspiration within myself and not from other works." "how to recognise materials' strengths and enhance them."

So, if you have some experience in art, why not come and join the students - it's a great opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time.