Autumn School

11th to 20th May 2018

Registration Evening: All courses will have a Meet & Greet Evening the night before the Workshop begins: 7pm at Hanmer Springs School. Examples of Tutors work will be on display, and introductions will be made.

Workshop Times: Classes will start at 9.00am and go to at least 3.30pm. Students should provide their own lunches, or visit a local Cafe. A half hour lunch break, and tea breaks will be taken at tutors’ discretion. Bring your own Mug or Water bottle.

General Information: On acceptance onto a course, you will bre sent a “needs list’. This will also be available shortly on this website.

Accommodation: There are numerous accommodation options in Hanmer Springs. We recommend Hanmer Holiday Homes, Bella Vista, Clear Ridge Apartments, Drifters Inn,Alpine Holiday Homes, The Heritage, Vibrant Living Retreat, or Settlers Motel.

Copyright: The classes taught at Autumn Art School 2018 and all material associated with them are the property of the tutors and must not be copied in any form.

Disclaimer: Music & Arts Hanmer Springs reserved the right to cancel classes or make changes as required. If a class is cancelled due to a lack of student support, a full refund will be made.

Payments: May be made by Internet Banking to :02 0856 00387000 00, or by cheque made out to: Music and Arts Hanmer Springs Trust, and sent to Autumn Art School 2018, 22 Bath Street, Hanmer Springs

Etiquette: Please be puntual for all class sessions. Enrolment will close when the course is full.

Costs: Full Course $150, Senior/Student $140



The Scripted Journey 11-13th May

Using a variety of simple writing tools and some unexpected mark making tools, students will have fun playing and exploring the marks they  make as potential for their own artwork. This is a class with lots of practical exercises where each student will be guided to explore their creativity in an interesting way. We will look at the shapes of letters from other cultures as part of the process and adapt these for use in individual work. Students will work with paint, collage , stamp making and easy printing techniques. Suitable for all levels.

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Creative Collage With Fabric 14-16th May

This class is a great way to utilise small amounts of fabric where the final result is even more exciting than those you began with. Enjoy learning a raw-edge technique as you create a unique cushion cover or small wall hanging. This method can be applied to quilts, clothing, bags etc.

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Art Doll Class (Mixed Media) 18-20th May

Create a character from your imagination which celebrates an aspect of your personality, a wish, an experience or a dream. I will demonstrate several mixed media techniques and we will discuss how these can be used to bring your doll into being. This is a wonderful class to use precious scraps, hoarded treasures and oddments of ephemera. There will be lots of ideas about giving your doll its own character. Dolls may be made entirely by hand, or using a machine for part of it. You may choose to use paint, thread, collage, stitch or combinations. Relax and listen to your inner voice.

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With Ronnie Martin

Ronnie lives in Nelson.  She is a textile and mixed media artist who has exhibited widely both in New Zealand and overseas. She has won many awards for her work and is an enthusiastic and sought after tutor. She is the Creative Director for the annual Changing Threads Contemporary Textile and Fibre Awards Show, and is an executive member of Arts Council Nelson.

Ronnie is part of the Creative Journeys group( which tutors and organises high quality arts education classes and events.


Sports Photography 11-13th May 


There are 3 basic questions that will become second nature to you.

  1. Know your subject. It’s amazing how many people don’t really know what they are trying to shot so just shoot lot’s and hope.
  2. Simplify the subject. This shot is about what? How can I make them stand out?
  3. Eliminate anything that takes away from the subject.

Master these 3 steps and you will go a long way to becoming an outstanding photographer in any field. 

On a more practical level we will also cover:

ISO, APERATURE and SHUTTER SPEED.  Which one is a priority? Why would I change my settings?  How often should I change my settings or can I set and forget?  Is there a magic formula I can use?

White Balance, Focus and Depth of field, Angles, Composition on the Run, Digital Camera Modes such as Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Mode, Exposure Compensation and when to use it, What Type of Camera and Lens do I need? What gear other than cameras and lenses should I take? Shooting Etiquette including flash photography

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With John Napper

John has been a photographer for many years and was fortunate enough to be able to turn his hobby into a full time professional sports photographer career.

He started out with junior and local sports and progressed through to shoot Super Rugby, spent 4 years with the Gold Coast Suns AFL franchise, covered National and International Weightlifting, Dragon Boating, multi sport events such as the Pan Pac Games and the Police and Emergency Services Games.  He has covered Ten Pin bowling, Archery, Motor Sports, Soccer, National Skipping Championships, State and National Hockey events both indoor and outdoor, local and National Athletics Championships, local National and International Cycling, National Gridiron Championships, Netball, Basketball, Rowing, Equestrian Show Jumping, Jet Sprint Boats, Golf, Wrestling, Marathons, Triathlons from juniors to Sprint, Olympic distance and the ultimate Ironman, Surfing and Windsurfing.  He also spent time with the BBC on a nature documentary for 6 months.

It has been an adventure and coming from a teaching background he loves to pass on the skills, the excitement and the love of photographing sport and action to whoever wants to listen.

To find out more and book a spot on this workshop


Upholstery 11-13th May

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With Steve McDonald

Steve has been an Upholsterer fro over 30 years, and has been teaching for over 18 years. He is looking forward to teaching at the Autumn School for the second year in a row.


Video Production 

Sunday 13th to Tuesday 15th May

With Eddie Simon


Learn how to:

Shoot a video with multiply types of devices on location,

Load video to the computer, software editing suite,

Creating, Editing, and Saving a Video project,

Scripting and planning your video, “over shooting’, Cutaways, and Camera Settings,

Uploading your project, and sharing your video.

To Register Follow This LINK

Eddie Simon has been a professional musician for over 48 years, and has developed many skills in both music recording production and video production. He has hosted and produced both his own Radio show, and TV series at Acoustic Wave Recording Studio, and also produces video for Sweet as Media.



Sculpting fun for Beginners 

18-20th May

Students will learn how to use oven bake clays like Fimo. We will use stamps, moulds, and tools to create a fairy, creature and funny face magnets. Once baked we will add feathers and fur etc then mount them on found objects from nature to create one of a kind permanent creations to keep or give as gifts.

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Introduction to Special effects and Make-up 

11-13th May 

The Introduction to Practical Effects course gives an overview of techniques and materials used in  a wide variety of special practical effects.

On this course, you will learn tips and tricks for: Sculpting, Life-casting, Mold making, Casting, Makeup appliances, Fake blood, Gore effects, Fur and Hair, Props, Makeup, plus many other cool and impressive techniques for fabrication and filmmaking.

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With Chester Dextar


Chester is an accomplished artist with a gift for sculpting. with 30 years of experience, he has a wealth of knowledge to share. 

French Polishing 18-20th May

Learn the basics of preparing and the skills of French Polishing, stripping, sanding and colour matching.

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With Mike Fullen

Mike Fullen: Has been ain the Furniture polishing industry for over 30 years., and is the owner of Seatons French Polishers.


Modelling a Head in Clay 11-13th May 

This is an introduction to sculpting with clay, with the challenge of creating a human head.  Paul will guide you through the sculpting of a bust in clay.  This workshop will benefit painters and sculptors alike with emphasis on the anatomy and proportions of the head, neck and shoulders.  You can even take your work home to be kiln fired afterwards.  Enjoy the tactile hands-on sensations of working with clay, congenial company and Paul’s gentle guidance through the creative process.

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Drawing the Figure in Context 18-20th May

Have you ever noticed that most landscape paintings (and even cityscapes) are devoid of figures?  Would you like the confidence to place figures into your paintings?  In this class we will work with a clothed model, in the context of the room and, if weather permits, even attempt some sketching of random passers-by on the streets of Hanmer.

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With Paul Deans

My background was growing up with an artist for a father.  On leaving school I studied Industrial Design because I thought it would be a sensible way of dealing with this inbuilt artistic bent, however, although I learnt a lot, it was not for me.  Eventually I found my way back to what I really wanted to do: to just draw and sculpt and paint.  In teaching I like to take my students from whatever level they may be and help them see more of what’s in front of them and also more what’s inside them.



Line Dancing

11-13th May 2018

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With Marilyn Frost





An annual event that has been hosted in Hanmer Springs for many years. This same event now has a new twist. The Amuri Community Arts Council have passed the baton over to the Music and Arts Hanmer Springs Trust.

Our aim is to offer exciting workshops in a range of music and arts subjects. A continuation of the amazing event that already has an established history.

These workshops will all be held in Hanmer Springs. We are working towards offering these in the Soldiers Block in the hospital grounds. A combination of local and national tutors will lead participants in a learning experience second to none.

Join us in gorgeous Hanmer Springs for a 2 day break away from your usual routine. Immerse yourself in a group environment focused on extending your skills in an inclusive and friendly way.

There will be a social gathering and official opening on the evening before workshops start. Tutors work will be on display at this event. An opportunity to meet and greet all those involved – Tutors, participants, organisers.

At the end of the workshops a gathering to share learning and give feedback will be held.

Choose your workshop, gather a group of friends, book your accommodation and start an annual pilgrimage to join us at this event…