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Studio on the Square was established in 2016 as the need for an organisation to provide
art teaching and mentoring in the wider Manawatu community became apparent. We now have two administrators,
six tutors and more than 100 people participating in various art activities each week.

WHAT WE OFFER

Studio on the Square promotes creativity and artistic talent. Whatever your level we can help you improve your skills and ensure you enjoy the arts. While participants are encouraged to tackle challenges and learn new skills, classes and workshops are self-paced, and structured to suit each person's progress.

Both day and evening art classes and workshops are offered across a wide range of media and include childrens' classes, adults' classes, specialist workshops, craft workshops and school holiday programmes.

For a $50 pa membership, use of a studio space is available 24/7 for artists to meet at their leisure, to learn from each other, and to complete their own art projects.
It is located off the rear Courtyard of the Square Edge Community Arts Centre.
Artists may store their work and materials on the premises, and access is available using our lock-box system.

We now offer you excellent discounts on a range of art supplies; available at our Art Shop in Room 103, Level 1, Square Edge Community Arts Centre. If we don't have them in stock, we can order online any materials you want.

We welcome enquiries from all people interested in the visual arts.

COMING UP

OUR TUTORS

Our tutors are art professionals. You will learn from these renowned artists who are excited to pass on their knowledge.

Frank Callear
Frank's portrait

I was educated at the Shrewsbury School of Art and have taught summer school and extension studies in portraiture at Canterbury University for the past decade.
I class myself as a good technician, know how to paint and enjoy passing on what I know.

Mike Ryan
Mike's portrait

I taught at Stratford High School, Patea High School & Patea Primary School, and have been involved in various Education Programmes with Feats (a private organization, youth orientated).
I am very passionate about teaching and believe teaching art is about discovery & empowering the artist within.
I am very experienced in doing portraits and have sold many of my works.
I have had the pleasure of visiting many great art galleries in Europe and New Zealand; this has extended my passion for teaching and sharing my love of art.

Georgia Lambert
Georgia's portrait

I have a Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Acadamia di Brera in Milan.
I've studied at the Motley Theatre Design School in London and taught Art for 10 years at secondary schools in Greece.
My art has been exhibited in Athens, Paris, Cyprus and NZ.

Ngaga Tsutsumi
Ngaga portrait

I was born in Japan and have lived in Palmerston North for more than a decade.
I have had over 30 exhibitions in New Zealand, USA and Japan.
I was selected Overall Winner for the Manawatu Arts Review in 2011, and was a finalist in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery's Adam Award in 2012, and the Parkin Drawing Award in 2013.
I hold a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, USA and am represented by Zimmerman Art Gallery, Palmerston North.

Dennis Greenwood
Dennis portrait

After graduating in design/illustration with a BCGD (Hons) and qualifying as a teacher, I taught visual arts at both tertiary and secondary levels.
I am presently a painter and graphic designer and live in the country on the outskirts of Levin with my novelist/fabric artist partner, Carole. Our three children fled home long ago.
Drawing and painting most often in watercolours, a passion for the outdoors results in my subject matter naturally inclining toward landscapes & seascapes.

Philip Holmes
Philip's portrait

ART PROGRAMMES, CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & GROUPS, 2019

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CHILDRENS ART PROGRAMMES

›   Fundamentals Of Drawing Tutor: Mike Ryan
Date & Time: Tuesdays, 3.30pm-5pm
Cost: $120.00
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Dates: 5 February, 30 April, 23 July, 15 October

OR

Date & Time: Thursdays, 3.30pm-5pm
Cost: $120.00
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Dates: 7 February, 2 May, 25July, 17 October

›   Colour & Fun - Realise your hidden talent and expand your painting skills
Tutor: Shirley Jepsen & Brenda Banks
Date & Time: Wednesdays, 3.30pm-5pm
Cost: $130.00 (Cost includes paints and paper for painting, however students may supply their own canvas if they wish)
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Dates: 30 January (recess on 6 February), 1 May, 24 July, 16 October


ADULTS ART PROGRAMMES
›   Basics Of Drawing Tutor: Mike Ryan
Date & Time: Thursdays, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Cost: $175.00
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Dates: 7 February, 2 May, 25 July, 17 October

›   Watercolour & Acrylics Tutor: Dennis Greenwood
Date & Time: Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm
Cost: $175.00
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Dates: 30 January (recess on 6 February), 1 May, 24 July, 16 October

OR

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Cost: $175.00
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Dates: 30 January (recess on 6 February), 1 May, 24 July, 16 October

›   Life Drawing Tutor:
Date & Time: Tuesdays, 5.30pm-7pm
Cost: $150.00
Duration: 8 weeks
Start Dates: 12 February, 7 May, 23 July, 15 October

›   Advanced Art - This programmes is for artists who want refresh and expand their skills, learn intensive colour techniques...and be challenged. Tutor: Georgia Lambert
Date & Time: Fridays, 10am-1pm
Cost: $175.00
Duration: 7 weeks
Start Dates: 15 February, 10 May, 26 July, 25 October


ART WORKSHOPS
›   Charcoal Drawing Tutor: Naga Tsutsumi
Date & Time: Saturdays, 9.30am-12.30pm
Cost: $80.00
Duration: 4 weeks
Start Dates: 15 February, 10 May, 26 July, 25 October

›   Intermediate Mixed Media (Charcoal, pencil, crayons, pastels) Tutor: Naga Tsutsumi
Date & Time: Saturdays, 9.30am-12.30pm
Cost: $80.00
Duration: 4 weeks
Start Dates: 16 March, 15 June, 3 August

›   Watercolour Painting Tutor: Dennis Greenwood
Date & Time: Saturday, 10am-3.30pm
Cost: $75.00
Duration:
Start Dates: 4 May, 2 November

›   Portraiture (Using Oils Or Acrylics) Tutor: Frank Callear
Date & Time: Sundays, 12.30pm-3.30pm
Cost: $80.00
Duration: 4 weeks
Start Dates:

›   Japanese Painting Tutor: Naga Tsutsumi
Date & Time: Saturday, 9am-1pm
Cost: $120.00 (fee includes Japanese materials of $60)
Duration:
Start Dates: 19 October

›   Colour & Carbon Tutor: Philip Holmes
Date & Time: Saturday, 10am-2.30pm (1/2 hour lunch break)
Cost: $80.00
Duration:
Start Dates: 15 June, 12 October

›   Abstract & Oils - Learn the secrets of abstract painting and oil painting techniques Tutor: Frank Callear
Date & Time: Sundays, 9.30am-12.30pm
Cost: $80.00
Duration: 4 weeks
Start Dates: 17 March, 5 May, 28 July, 3 November


SOCIAL ART GROUPS

LIFE DRAWING GROUP
This group meets weekly every Thursday morning from 10am - 12 noon in our Art Room (Level 1 of the Square Edge Community Arts Centre building). A life model is present each week for the group to draw or paint. There is no need to enrol, just drop in and participate in this friendly art group. The fee, which includes morning tea, is $5.00/session.

ART AND COFFEE GROUP
This group will meet on the first Saturday each month for 10 weeks in term 3 and again in term 4. Studio on the Square will supply a mentor who will work with members of the group who require help with their art work. The cost will be $6.00 per session.

BOOKINGS & PAYMENTS

We welcome enquiries from all people interested in the visual arts. Administration staff hours are from 9am - 3pm, Tuesday to Thursday (or by appointment). The Booking Office and Art Shop is located in Room 103, Level 1, Square Edge Community Arts Centre.
To secure a placing, you may either book and pay online   HERE,   or pay by direct online transfer to our bank account (Studio On The Square, Acct No: 38 - 9018 - 0039916 - 00. Please use your name as the reference).
Classes and workshops are usually limited to 12 participants. Unless classes have a minimum of 8 participants they may be cancelled or postponed, so prior enrolment is essential.

CONTACT DETAILS

'phone us on: (06) 353 2802

email us at:

or call in and see us (admin. staff hours are from 9am - 3pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays) at:
the Studio on the Square
Square Edge Community Arts Centre (rear Courtyard)
47 The Square
Palmerston North
PO Box 1478