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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 09:30 am

Newtown art workshops prove popular with community

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HEAD START: Louise McCrone (left) and Jess Beale (right) had fun making dino’s.

Do-it-yourself dinosaur toys, up-cycled jewellery, and creative map making attracted creative types to a series of workshops held in Newtown recently.

The workshops, which included “Creating by Chance” and “Art with Acrylics” were held over the past two weeks.

The sessions were taught by local artists, and also included skills in print making, lino printing and stencil work.  .

Anna Porter, co-ordinator for the centre, said there had been good attendance at the events and the most popular classes would be run again.

Hosted by the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, the evening workshops are an annual event, which ran for the third time this year.

“This year they were timed to coincide with warmer spring weather and daylight savings,” Ms Porter said.

In previous years the workshops were run alongside the Newtown Festival, and the new timing was designed to encourage more people to attend, she said.

Ms Sarah Shore, a teacher at Haitatai Primary School and a self-confessed “fabric-aholic” held the “DIY dinosaur” class.

Ms Shore described her style as “organic”.

Ms Louise McCrone and Ms Jess Beale (both pictured right) took the opportunity to attend and created dinosaur toys for a mutual friend’s baby, expected in November.

The event is supported by Creative New Zealand and the artists taking the workshops receive a koha and a budget for materials.

The community centre will also be holding an art supplies swap.

From the 14th to the 19th of October unwanted supplies can be dropped off at the community centre, and new ones picked up on the afternoon of the 19th.

For more information about the  art supplies swap click here.


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DIY DINO’s: Examples of Sarah Shore’s work provide some inspiration.


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