Our programmes

Important Dates for 2017

Term One: Tue 31 Jan - Thur 13 April
(11 weeks)
Term Two: Mon 1 May - Sat 8 July
(10 weeks)
Term Three: Mon 24 July - Sat 30 Sept
(10 weeks)
Term Four: Mon 16 Oct - Sat 16 Dec
(9 weeks)

Please note: Māpura Studios welcomes enrolments at any point during a term.

Māpura Studios offers innovative art programmes for children, teens and adults of all abilities, with particular care given to ensuring those with diverse needs are provided for.

Each programme consists of approximately 10 sessions which mirror the New Zealand school term structure. Any person of any background and life experience who is interested in developing their creativity is welcome. Enrolments are possible at any point during a term.

The sessions provide a learning process in visual arts education especially orientated to the requirements and circumstances of our artists; they also promote and encourage self-development through the vehicle of creative expression.

Below is a list of our core classes. Click on the green links for more information.

During the enrolment process, we work to place an individual into a programme that best suits them. Contact us to discuss the best options (info@mapurastudios.org.nz or Ph 09 845 5361).

Or you can register your interest online and we will contact you with more information.

 


An open studio cartooning group focusing on comics and illustration.This course will enable the students to focus on their own imagery and ideas and develop the skills to pursue these ideas into completed form, either as finished self-published zine / comic books or shared with the wider world through digital media.

Taught by professional comic book artists Tim Danko.

This collaborative, “give it a go” programme is open to all ages and abilities. No previous musical experience or skill is necessary. Voice, soul, instinct, melody, rhythm, repetition and variation expressed using simple traditional instruments alongside absolutely anything that can make a sound. 

This group is designed for primary-aged children from neighbourhood schools. Young artists can explore different media, including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, and embark on a journey of artistic discovery.


A rewarding introductory programme aimed at youth and adults who want to learn a range of art making processes and mediums: painting, drawing, 3-D, printmaking and clay-work. Artists are assisted by tutors to explore and research their own ideas and topics of interest, and to share their work with the group.

This programme is aimed at our more experienced artists. They work in a self-directed manner, identifying and developing ideas of their own choosing; they are encouraged to gather resources and undertake simple research in regard to their work.

Suitable for new and returning artists, The Open Studio’s provide a simple, dynamic format for art activities. In a supportive, empathetic learning environment, artists develop creative community while they are involved in meaningful creative industry. 


A structured in-depth art therapy programme for people who have experienced a stroke and who wish to engage in a person-centred, therapeutic group process. The basis of art therapy is to utilise creative resource to bring about healing and effective rehabilitation. 

A focused programme that continues to support people making the transition from the arts therapy programme to eventual involvement in Leading a Creative Life.

A supportive, instructive and stimulating environment for people living with stroke-affect (or similar disability), to develop a strong visual arts practice. The art making process, and being part of a creative community, offer participants the opportunity to regain motivation, and to grow a sense of new identity and purpose.


In this innovative programme we use music, ‘dance-movement’ and rhythm with visual art, to encourage participants to use their imagination to extend their body beyond what they think is possible. This programme is particularly beneficial for people in wheelchairs or living with physical impairment.

Aimed at teenagers of all abilities aged 12 years plus. A supportive and safe environment is provided for teens to form sound and healthy relationships with one another and to share and explore their creative ideas.

This group is designed for school-aged children with special needs, especially ASD. Using an organic approach to learning and group activity, the facilitators take the lead from each child encouraging them to make their own decisions and to follow their own topics of interest.


Life drawing with a live model, taught by artist Margaret Feeney. There will be a focus on the gesture, energy, and character of the figure, and various strategies for applying media, and establishing the proportions of the figure.

A unique programme aimed at youths with very high needs who are making the transition from school. Regular programmes are delivered to small groups from Carlson School for Cerebral Palsy.

Artilepsy is a group of people who have come together to express themselves by creating art in a safe, warm, family environment.
Art therapy allows students to express themselves as a group or as individuals, to forget about their problems and access a whole life they thought they could never find again.


An open studio art group for teenagers of all abilities aged 12 (approx.) years plus; particular provision is made for teens with autism and other special needs. A safe environment is provided for teens to form supportive relationships with one another – and to share and explore their creative ideas.
These sessions are held at PHAB Clubrooms, Takapuna, North Shore.

Allowing teenagers to express themselves creatively can increase self-esteem, communication and art abilities and also have lots of fun!

This programme will provide a safe and supportive environment, specifically tailored to the individual needs and abilities of each person in the group. This is held at Pukekohe Youth Centre.

Making art at Māpura Studios is a great way
to deal with what life dishes out.
— Allyson Hamblett