Becoming an Artist - Introduction to Studio Practice


Term 1, Jan 30 - Apr 10 (11 weeks)
Term 2, May 1 - July 2 (10 weeks)
Term 3, July 24 - Sep 25 (10 weeks)
Term 4, Oct 16 - Dec 11 (9 weeks)

Enquiries & enrolments
Contact: Alex McPherson
P: 09 845 5361 

Becoming an Artist is a dynamic programme aimed at youth and adults who want to extend their creative capabilities in imaginative and innovative ways within a range of diverse art making processes. This programme delivers a particularly vital, stimulating, community-centred and social environment. It is particularly suited and orientated to youth.

Tutors respond to the individual interests and learning needs of each person. They introduce a diverse range of media (painting, sculpture, print-making, drawing, and clay-work), demonstrating techniques and methodologies, assisting artists to grow their skill and knowledge base.

Artists are encouraged and enabled to experiment, explore and research their own ideas, and to push the boundaries of their imagination and chosen medium.  Creative challenges are placed to the artists – such as multi-media installations, used as models for stimulating spatial perceptions in drawing. The idea is to have the artists see and think differently –to operate outside the norm. This approach works extremely well for youth, and for people living with autism and diversity.

Becoming an Artist provides a sound experiential process for artists to progress their learning and capabilities in art making – and to enjoy expressing themselves and their world view through multi- media. The artwork produced tends to be inventive, unique and highly creative. The process itself, and the collective work environment, stimulates spontaneity, the imagination, and mental, emotional and physical dexterity.

The programme also offers to youth (and adults) a strong peer group experience and sense of social community – a place to feel at home in, to belong, and to be involved in activities that are enjoyable and meaningful.  Each week there is the opportunity for artists to share their work and ideas with one another within a facilitated group circle.  


I am now an artist. I used to say I was nothing / no-one. I can’t tell you how great it is to be something!
— Pearl Schomburg