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Creative classes on offer at Nathan Homestead

Creative classes on offer at Nathan Homestead

Find new creative skills, or extend existing ones this summer. Manukau City Council's Manurewa Community Arts Centre (Nathan Homestead) has a sizzling new summer timetable that will help you get into a range of creative projects in the new year.

One of Auckland’s leading interior designers will be passing on pearls of wisdom to local residents wanting to solve the mystery of using colour around their home. Sylvia Sandford will be leading a four-week course at the arts centre during February. The course is the latest in the ‘This Old House’ series, and this time the theme is ‘Living with Colour’.

“Summer is a great time to pay some attention to home renovation, and this course will give people lots of ideas and practical advice about planning colour schemes and combinations,” says programme co-ordinator Pat Kadarmia. “And just because this is one of our ‘This Old House’ courses, it’s not only for people with older houses – it’s for anybody who is interested in interior design, or wanting to get the most out of their home,” she adds.

Participants will also explore the psychology of colour, its properties, and the colour wheel.

Are you dreaming of an exciting garden area or landscape plan? Another ‘This Old House’ course on offer is Landscape Design with Rema Hinds. The four week short course starts on 10 March.

“Rema will give participants an introduction to landscape design, looking at design themes, colour, space, water, lighting and much more. Rema is an award winning landscape designer who can help turn your dreams into a stunning reality,” says Mrs Kadarmia.

Many other classes are available at the arts centre. New for term one is an evening watercolour class for the beginner or intermediate skill level. Tutor Kay Scott is a qualified teacher and is currently working on a master of fine arts at Whitecliff College of Art.

The popular class Drawing Fundamentals with tutor Liz Domett has moved to Monday nights. This course is ideal as a foundation for classes in other media.

And if you’re into photography, join the ‘bug man’ Don Campbell in one of the four classes he’s taking this term. Don gained his nickname through his passion for all things with six or more legs! His Principles of Photography class is perfect for beginners, there’s an advanced course, a course just for kids and a one day photographic ramble in the Waitakere Ranges

Enrolments are being taken now for all the courses detailed in the latest free Arts in the City catalogue, which will be out soon in arts centres and libraries around the city. Or call Manurewa Community Arts Centre on 267-0180 for more information on any of their courses.

Course details: This Old House Series 1 – Living with Colour: Four-week course starts Monday 10 February, 7.00-9.00pm. Tutor: Sylvia Sandford. $65.00.

This Old House Series 1 – Landscape Design: Four-week course starts Monday 10 March, 7-9pm. Tutor: Rema Hinds. $65.00

Don Campbell, Photography: Principles of Photography (basics), 10-week course starts 30 January, Thursdays 7-9pm. $75 + materials. Advanced Photography, 5-week course, starts 26 February, Wednesdays 7-9pm, 4 Sunday photo shoots. $75 + materials. Photography for Kids, Two 5-week courses, Starts 30 January and 13 March, Thursdays 5-6.30pm. $40 + materials. One-Day Workshop: Waitakere Ramble, Sunday 23 Feb, 9am - 3pm approx. $50 + materials.

Watercolours: beginners/intermediate : 10-week course starting 5 February, Wednesdays, 9.30-11.30am or 7-9pm. $85 + materials. Tutor Kay Scott.

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