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Spring Sketchings at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Art in the Park – Spring Sketchings at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Aspiring artists will have an inspiring setting and tuition this Saturday (18 September) at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary’s first-ever art day called “Spring Sketchings”.

The event, part of the city’s Spring Festival, is open to anyone interested in creating art in the unique urban sanctuary, says Sanctuary Marketing Co-ordinator Geraldine Hulls.

“Some of Wellington’s leading artists will run short workshops for children and adults throughout the day at various locations around the Sanctuary. It’s a chance for Wellingtonians and visitors to learn from professionals, express their creativity and meet others who like to dabble with paint, pencil and other media.”

Tutors offering workshops include Island Bay printmaker and painter John Drawbridge, Mt Victoria painter and sculptor Claire Jennings, and scenic artist Mark Hill, who paints backdrops, murals and film sets. There will also be hands-on activities for children such as rubbings.

“The event is an excellent opportunity for people to see world-renowned artists like John Drawbridge, who has produced some of this country’s best known public murals, such as those in the Beehive, National Archives and the National Library.”

Spring Sketchings follows on from a successful creative writing day held earlier this year at the Sanctuary.

Participants in this Saturday’s event can submit their artworks into a competition for judging with prizes donated by businesses and organisations like Eco-store, The Learning Connexion and Ace Education.

There is no charge to take part in the event, apart from the normal admission fees for the Sanctuary. “The event will reinforce the value of the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in our community as a place of learning, discovery and expression.”


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