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Art & Craft experiences

The Alembics Lab 

All year round

Designed for anyone who wants to learn the practical skills of distillation and extraction. The online Foundation courses are the gateway to working with natural flavour and aroma. The specialised courses will elevate your skills and enhance your practice. In person courses also available

Napier Repair Cafe

Hawke's Bay
Last Saturday of the month

Sustainable Napier has a kaupapa of community connection, inclusiveness, and building resilience. Follow them on Facebook to see some of their great events. Perhaps attend the monthly Repair Cafe to get an item repaired or lend them your skills as a volunteer.

The Pencil Room

Hawke's Bay
All year round

Fine art classes taught in a relaxed environment with qualified tutors and small class sizes. Making art can be fun, challenging and therapeutic and it can change the way you see the world. They hope to see you soon at The Pencil Room!

Napier Menzshed

Hawke's Bay
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Napier Menzshed is one of thousands of similar mens sheds that have sprung up around the world. They are part of "Menz shed New Zealand". The Napier shed, in Hawkes Bay, is well equipped with tools and machinary to tackle most projects. In a sense, it is a health initiative for retired men, a step away from isolation and into the camaraderie of a shared project and community appreciation.

Napier RSA Natter and Craft

Hawke's Bay
Second Wednesday of the month, 10am

Work on your crafts and enjoy a chat with the friendly folks at the Napier RSA. They would love to meet you and welcome new members with both arms wide open.

Late Night Which Craft

Hawke's Bay
Thurs 5-7pm

Adulting is hard and life is hectic. It’s important to take time out for you. Research consistently shows that doing arts and crafts can improve mood, mental agility, self-confidence and more. It can reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Join the friendly folks at the Hastings Library!

Seasons Art Classes Nelson/Tasman

All year round

Art Classes over 13 weeks catering for adult learners, ideal for either absolute beginners and also more advanced artists who use a more challenging curriculum to stretch their skills, inspire them or 'get their mojo back' after a break. Art like so many things is a lovely topic with 'layers' to inspire and delve into. Social, well structured way to learn the foundation skills of drawing, oil pastels, watercolour and acrylic painting. Many branches across NZ.

Riversdale Arts

Northern Southland
All year round

Riversdale Arts Inc are a group of enthusiastic art lovers based in rural Southland, who annually produce a stunning Mixed Media Exhibition which runs over a 10 day period. The group aims to facilitate, promote, educate and foster support for the arts in all their various forms. The annual exhibition is an important part of achieving this goal. Each year, a visual feast of outstanding artwork is stylishly displayed to its best advantage, producing a sophisticated, classy exhibition to rival any in the larger centres.

The Armarie Room

Sept - Oct 2023

Renee Hadlow of the Armarie Room is a passionate maker. Be inspired by looking at her work and consider a course with this master. The Armarie Room is the only place in New Zealand where you can see letterpress equipment operating in a contemporary art and design business. Located in Founders Heritage Park. Set within character buildings and displays of Nelson’s heritage, the park hosts a wide range of artists and creative businesses. Screen Printing course is held at Te Pukenga NMIT.

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū

All year round

Located beside the Queens Gardens on the edge of downtown Nelson, The Suter Art Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in New Zealand, with a rich history dating back to the late 19th century.

Kauri Cliff Art Gallery

Coromandel, Waikato, Whangamata
Most Saturdays or by appt

Come and meet artist Tony Howse and view the current exhibition of Kauri sculptures and design furniture at Kauri Cliff Art Gallery.

Jessie Rose

Term times

Inspire is a very popular art school for children and adults. Jessie Rose teaches her students to develop their creative thinking self expression through art.

HeART Space Studio

Bay of Plenty, Whakatane
Contact online or pop in when the open flag is out

Jade Adams opened Heart Space Studio in Commerce Street in Whakatāne's Town Centre and offers kids art classes, school holiday programmes as well as a diverse range of workshops for all ages. Like super fun paint and sips, workshops for tie-dyeing, collage, painting, yoga and more, run for the community. The studio is a space for local events to be held with the studio available to hire. There is also a selection of locally made items from talented creatives.

Tahan Art Studio

Term times

Tahan Art Studio prides itself on its excellent customer service, group and individual art classes and workshops. It has been established for nearly 40 years by the multi award winner artist Mehrdad Tahan, who has presented a high level of quality commissioned paintings, as well as conducting art tuition for beginners to advanced students in Iran, Sweden, and New Zealand. Tahan has been featured in various publications, including ‘Concise Dictionary of New Zealand artists' and art magazines.

The Ashburton Art Gallery

All year round

Ashburton Art Gallery is an exciting and innovative regional public art gallery and a source of pride to the local community. The gallery aims to present a varied, thought provoking, and innovative programme of locally, nationally and internationally sourced exhibitions.

Arts Council Nelson

All year round

The Refinery ArtSpace is committed to stimulating and strengthening the artistic and cultural life of Whakatu, supporting a diverse programme of engaging community-driven and/or contemporary exhibitions, projects and events. Check out the website for a range of events and exhibitions which will engage and excite you.

Brighton Gallery

All year round. Check online for times.

A local community art space dedicated to the promotion of local artists and creativity in the community. By becoming a member you can take part in exhibitions and display your artwork, take a class and more.


Feilding, Levin, Lower Hutt, Masterton, Upper Hutt, Wellington
All year round. Check online for times.

Roger Key has been tutoring art professionally at tertiary level for over 18 years and has been making art his whole life. He loves seeing the progress each student makes and the growth they can achieve with the right tuition and guidance. Classes are held across Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Levin, Petone, Masterton, and Feilding.

Cambridge Society of Arts

Term time evening and day classes

Cambridge Society of Arts is a group of amateur and professional artists. They have regular informal meetings at the Painting Place on Thornton Road to learn and help each other. Throughout the year they have workshops with visiting artists and they also exhibit their work at local venues.

Belinda Paton Creations

Contact Belinda

If you are ready to have an awesome weekend filled with fun, laughter and indulging your Inner creative goddess, then one of Belinda's unique workshops is for you. Bring a friend or come and make new ones and dive into a journey of enchanting self discovery through imagination, visualization and creation. No experience necessary: all materials are supplied.

Ascot Encaustic Art Supplies

Manawatu, Marton
Contact directly

Where encaustic art has a specialist home in New Zealand. Lynn and Steve service clients from their base at Marton, where the public are able to visit by arrangement to see the art form demonstrated, see the many directions the art form can be taken in, and purchase supplies.

The Creative Place

Bay of Plenty
All year round

Wine. Painting. Friends. Fun. Paint and Wine nights in the Papamoa area. Invest in time for yourself!

All Smilez

Hamilton, Online
All year round

Art lessons in person and online. Stop the perfectionism. Stop the comparison. Stop thinking that yours isn't as good. Stop looking for the easy way out. Start trying something new. Start learning new skills that you can build on over time. Start in the privacy of your own sketchbook.

Te Oro

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

In this multi-purpose space young people and the local community can come together to perform, practise and learn the arts; express their creativity and talents; and celebrate their cultures.

Nathan Homestead Pukepuke

Auckland, Manukau
All year round

Nathan Homestead is an iconic Manurewa community venue where people create, celebrate and connect while surrounded by nature and history. An awesome events and classes. Follow on Facebook to be a part of it and be inspired!

Mairangi Arts Centre 

All year round

Mairangi Arts Centre is a vibrant community visual arts venue. Offering a continuous programme of exhibitions in two beautiful galleries and unique art for purchase in an in-house gallery store. An extensive art class programme caters for students of all levels of experience and all ages (children 5+, teens and adults) in four busy, purpose-built art studios. Creative activities and engagements within a supportive and positive environment can provide constructive opportunities for people to feel a sense of belonging, fostering community place-making. Check out the great variety of classes.

Lopdell Precinct 

Mon-Sun 10am-4.30pm

See some fantastic art, do a course, catch a film, watch a performance and so much more. West is best and it all happens at Lopdell.

Lake House Art Centre


Be part of this dynamic arts scene, take in an exhibition or enrol in a class, whether you are a beginner or more experienced the adult art class tutors are able to provide excellent guidance for anyone at any level. Great way to connect with like minded new friends. For children and teens there is a varied range of classes in different mediums with qualified and experienced tutors.

Confetti Studio

Auckland, Online
All year round

Now and then we all need a little time to ourselves to simply relax. Paper crafting is a great way to decompress by focusing your attention on a crafty project. Classes across Auckland where you can connect with like minded new friends and online tutorials if that suits.

Kumeu Arts


Kumeu Arts is a buzzing community arts centre, not for profit incorporated society and registered charity that offers classes, untutored groups, events, workshops, festivals and exhibitions. ​Exhibitions are always free to visit and both galleries are wheelchair accessible. The building (located behind Kumeu Library) was once an Auckland Council works depot, but has since been transformed into a fully functioning, fit for purpose arts centre with two galleries and a gift shop selling art and crafts made by local artisans.

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