Workshops explore art skills

16:00, Jan 28 2013
Reyburn art
FINE ART: Tutors at Reyburn Studios work closely with their students to share their knowledge of art.

Reyburn Studios is helping to paint a pretty picture of the thriving arts community.

The Northland Society of Arts' studios buzz all week with art groups and art classes by independent tutors.

The purpose-built studios next to Reyburn House Gallery in the Town Basin also offer weekend workshops for those who can't make it during the week or want short focused sessions.

Last year 30 workshop sessions were held, testament to the appetite of students for the chance to explore a full range of media and gain new skills.

The workshops provide a springboard for blossoming beginners as well as layers of extension for more experienced artists.

This year's first term workshops are tutored by Adrienne Dietrich and Elena Nikolaeva, both highly accomplished artists with long experience of tutoring and exhibiting here and overseas.


Adrienne ran her own very busy art workshop business in Australia.

Throughout the year she will run a series of monthly Saturday workshops on painting fundamentals.

"You have to know the rules before you can break them," Adrienne says.

"Each workshop will deal with an aspect of those fundamentals. In the first term we cover tone and perspective. Later topics will include composition and colour, and approaches to painting specific elements within a work."

Elena is heavily involved in her Mangawhai arts community. She completed her arts degree in Russia before becoming a professional tutor and following her own art career in New Zealand.

Elena's first term programme includes plenty of variety with an opportunity for beginners and more experienced artists to learn about a range of media, painting styles and techniques - acrylics, oils, mixed media, abstract, restricted palette, palette knife and flat brush techniques, and painting on a textured canvas.

Contact Reyburn House Art Gallery 438 3074 or go to for information about the Reyburn Studios workshop calendar.

Whangarei Leader