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LABORARTRY

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY

RAGLAN ARTS SCHOOL

EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH

Whether you are a beginner or someone wishing to take your art to another level, you have come to the right place.

You’ll find weekly classes and weekend workshops for kids, teenagers and adults. Small class sizes allow for one-on-one tuition when appropriate.

You will learn a great deal about the process of art making as well as ways to evaluate the results. It is in the process that valuable insights are discovered.

Exploring new techniques, with time for creative play, you can experiment and resolve problems.

It is through exploring the possibilities of your medium, physical and digital – paint, inks, clay, photography, materials, devices – that you will create art that is unique and powerful.

Join one of our classes without delay and unlock your artist potential.

printmaking workshop, Raglan, 2022

Courses early 2023, February–June

Tuesdays

Adults

Life Drawing

Ongoing course with Stuart Shepherd and Guests

Weekly

Adults, Tuesdays 6pm–8pm

Saturdays

Adults

Introduction to Character Design

4 week course with Arshad Mirza Baig

Early 2023

Adults, Saturdays 10am–1pm
4 weeks. 6 students maximum

Weekends

Early 2023 – Adults

Super Sculpey workshop with Dyana Wells

Super Sculpey Figurines

Weekend Workshop with Dyana Wells

Early 2023

Adults, 9am–4pm Saturday & Sunday. 8 students maximum

Full Curriculum still to be announced

ABOUT US

Our team includes tutors and mentors holding academic recognition in fine art, cinema and literature [M Fine Arts RMIT; B Media Arts (Hons); Dip Teaching; M Creative Writing (Hons); Dip in Art & Creativity]. Collectively we posses more than 100 years of experience in the creative arts fields. 

Stuart Shepherd

Stuart worked as an art director and sculptural model-maker for the commercial T.V. industry in N.Y.

He also worked on Peter Jacksons “LOTR” and helped develop curriculum at Massey University, Bay of Plenty Polytech and Hungry Creek art school in Auckland.

Dyana Wells

What I am noticing with my current experimenting is I am remembering my childhood, the feeling of cutting and glueing and shaping, and the concentrated delight and absorption in my tasks. The pleasure of competence and just being amongst the textures of my materials. Parts of me that had been forgotten are being reclaimed and re-membered.

Marten Ten Broek

I am an an artist and an educator, amongst other things. I have concurrent streams of work in a range of media, with thirty years of relentless practice. Recent work processes I am engaged in are painting, hammerforging steel and iron cutters, tools and knives, making and keeping bonsai, some ceramics, lots of drawing. In earlier iterations i have written,performed and recorded a few albums of music.

Arshad Mirza Baig

Arshad Mirza Baig

Whilst enjoying a 20 year career as an artist serving the animation industry in roles diversifying from Animation Director to Lead Story Board Artist and Character Designer, AMB has committed himself to the preservation and advancement of the art of Hand Drawn Animation – also known as Traditional Animation or Classical Animation.

Rodrigo Hill photographer

Rodrigo Hill

As an established artist Rodrigo has exhibited his work both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

He positions himself as a photographer/lens-based artist specialised in gallery installations and publications.

Rodrigo’s photography practice focuses on people, places and its intrinsic relationships.

Brian Thurogood

Brian Thurogood

No matter whether a designer, creative director or systems manager, my roles have tracked alongside the inspired changes to the publishing industry over the past 40 years — the Apple years!

Now graphic design and web design and ‘traditional’ art often meld into multi-medium projects and installations of great complexity or, just as surprising, minimalist works that retain great depth. What a time to be a creative!

Wanda Barker artist and author

Wanda Barker

I am a mixed media artist and writer from Raglan Whaingaroa NZ.

I work with acrylic/oil paint, oil stix, crayons and fabric on canvas or paper, and make sculptures from building foam, cardboard, dolls, lace, beads and whatever I can get my hands on.

Why Laborartry?

Drawing on rich traditions of contemporary arts, experimental art and modern multimedia technologies and practices, Laborartry tutors show and inform in a variety of courses and workshops.

From weekly courses where you can develop at your own pace, through to immersive 3 day workshops, you’ll have every opportunity to explore and develop your own creative visions.

Why Raglan?

Since at least the 1970s, Raglan Whaingaroa has included a melting pot of creatives of all descriptions – artists, musicians, photographers, potters, weavers, sculptors, jewellers – to name a few.

Formerly a seaside town of sunny beaches and cheaper rents, Raglan is now a thriving community of all ages and lifestyles and, yes, the rents have gone up a bit!

But we’re here and would love you to join us.

Previous Courses during Term 4, 2022, October–December

Mondays

Adults

Experimental Printmaking

8 week course with Dyana Wells

From October 17

Adults, Mondays 6pm–8pm
8 weeks. 6 students maximum

Tuesdays

Adults

Life Drawing

Ongoing course with Stuart Shepherd and Guests

Weekly

Adults, Tuesdays 6pm–8pm

Wednesdays

Adults

Visual Storytelling

4 week course with Stuart Shepherd

From October 19

Adults, Wednesdays 6pm–8pm

Thursdays

Adults

Painting – Finding Your Voice

8 week course with Dyana Wells

From October 20

Adults, Thursdays 6pm–8pm
8 weeks. 6 students maximum

Saturdays

November – Adults

Practical Workshops

4 week course with Marten Ten Broek

From November 5

Adults, Saturdays 9am–1pm
4 weeks. 1 to 6 students maximum

Saturdays

November – Adults

Table Top Sculpture

4 week course with Stuart Shepherd

From November 26

Adults, Saturdays 10am–1pm
4 weeks. 6 students maximum