Autumn School 2019

10-12th & 17-19th May





With Charlotte Yates

17-19th May 2019

Charlotte is a singer-songwriter with seven albums of her own and multiple collaborative releases. She also works as a songwriting coach running workshops, clinics and inhouse retreats through her service More info

Songwriter Starter Pack  – over this weekend we hope you will be able to set yourself up to write your best songs everyday with an insider’s view on what you need to get started successfully.


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Creative Writing

10th – 12th May

With Leslie McKay

“Leslie’s classes inspire writers at all stages—aspiring and seasoned writers find ongoing benefits from her approach—all that’s necessary is a desire to write creatively.
She has designed some very effective exercises to get the writing flowing, so there’s no room for blocks or excuses.I’m a Poet and Teacher of Creative Writing. In 2016 I won the Caselberg International Poetry Prize. I teach what I love and have found success with. I encourage fluency and confidence with a Buddhist based writing practice. My students will be fast tracked into their creativity, with exercises which take them away from the old rules, with a holistic model of heart-soul-mind connections, which create quality and depth.

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The Great NZ Sing In

10th-12th May

with Lisa Tui & Jillie Toogood

‘The Great NZ Sing In’ is an ALL Welcome, ALL Abilities Workhshop Choir – that celebrates New
Zealand music in Song. Over the weekend the group will sing popular New Zealand songs in
harmonies that are easy and fun to launch into. With the support of Lisa Tui and crew the
sessions will be like singing at a party only better and cooler! Lisa will include vocal teaching
points along the way, helping the novice and the pro to bring the best out of their singing
abilities while having a great time being part of the music making.

Lisa Tui has been teaching singing for 18 years and singing and performing on stages for 34.  A Singer/Songwriter, Lisa is keen to share and promote NZ music and generate opportunities for people to enjoy music and singing as a means to affirm well-being, community connection and identity. Lisa predominantly works with adult singers assisting them to sing with more skill and

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Saxophone Section Workshop

17th – 19th May

with Lana Law


Ever wondered how those professional Big Bands sound so good?  It’s the little things that make the difference in a saxophone section.  Lana Law lifts the curtain on how to play better as a section.  In this workshop you will discover the secrets of phrasing, length of notes, articulation, blending and balance. Dynamics are key, and Lana will talk about when to follow the leader and how to take charge of the melody line.

Bring your saxophone and be ready to play!

Lana Law picked up the baritone sax at 13 at Burnside High School and knew it was the right instrument for her straight away. After completing her Bachelor of Music (BMus) Degree in Jazz Performance at Massey University she spent time touring the world as a professional musician. Her passion is teaching students and groups, both privately and as an itinerant music teacher and Band Director in schools.  Lana is the co-founder and Music Director of NZ’s first female big band The All Girl Big Band, and Music Director of the Garden City Big Band. She is in high demand as a session musician for many different types of bands, CD recordings and shows. ….’


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Learn to Play Boogie Woogie Piano

24th – 25th May

with Jan Preston

JAN PRESTON’s workshop Learn To Play Boogie and Blues Piano takes piano players, elementary and advanced, on a journey towards playing the exciting and uplifting style of Boogie/Blues Piano.

Participants will learn the many left hand “8-to-the-bar” patterns on which the right hand can improvise, learning to dig into the groove with confident timing, whilst simplifying or embellishing the bass to suit your hand and ability.

And having fun!

Workshops ideally have a capacity of around 12 players with access to a keyboard or piano each or between them.

By the way, it’s also possible to add lyrics to the boogie/blues beat, so players may even want to write their own song!

The workshop runs about one hour and Jan will hand out notes which can be taken away and used as follow up.

JAN PRESTON has been a professional piano player, singer and composer for more than 40 years. She has taught film composition at the Australian Film School in Sydney where she lives, as well as conducting many piano workshops at festivals throughout Australia and NZ.  From a background in classical music with a long-term interest in composition and song writing, Jan has won 5 music awards for her soundtracks and CDs, and performs side by side with the greatest contemporary boogie piano players in the world today.

She is the co-author of a tutoring book She Plays Boogie and Blues Piano published through Tredition in Germany.


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10th-12th May

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.


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French Polishing

10-12th May

With Mike Fullen


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

Extra stuff you will need:


A charge of $50 extra and your tutor will provide extra items.

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













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Tuffet Footstools

17th – 19th May

with Zoe Barber


Learn how to put together a Tuffet top through foundation piecing, and produce a pumpkin like footstool.



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Weekend Writing Workshops

14th – 16th June

with the NZ Society of Authors

Beginning Writing with Kathleen Gallagher Friday 14th 7-9pm

Plotting with Michelle Clark McConnochie Saturday 15th 10am-12noon

Creating Characters with Jenny Hawthorn Saturday 15th 1-3pm

Freelance Journalism with Jill McCaw Saturday 15th 3.15-5.15pm

Getting Published with Jenny Hawthorn Sunday 16th 10am-12noon

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Writing and illustrating Childrens books

21st – 22nd September

with Verity Busby -Illustrator & Michele Clark McConnochie -Writer

A two-day course for anyone who wants to write and illustrate books and stories for children. Michele will run workshops covering plotting, expectations for each age group, characterisation, dialogue and making every word count. Verity will show students how to draw what they see (observe line and shape), animate the characters they draw and also how to cartoon.


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More Info

Venue: All workshops will be run at Hanmer Springs School, Cheltenham Street Hanmer Springs

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 be 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 2019 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.

Terms: Registration will be secured on receipt of Payment

              Cancellation Fee of $30 if you withdraw 14 days before Workshop

              Loss of all Registration Fee if Cancelled within 14 days, unless you find a Replacement

Payments: May be made by Internet Banking to :02 0856 0038700 00, or by cheque made out to: Music and Arts Hanmer Springs Trust, and sent to Autumn Art School 2019, 22 Bath Street, Hanmer Springs

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

Costs: Full Course $165, Senior/Student $155

Learn to Play Boogie Woogie Piano: Senior/Students $20 Adults $30






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…