Art Workshops

Would you like to enhance and discover new skills? Join our art workshops tutored by a selection of talented guest artists. 

We encourage artists of any level to attend. Our workshops held at the Short Street Studio provide you with the opportunity to really get into the creative flow, and give you plenty of ideas and information to carry on with your artistic journey.

Susie Millichamp Workshop

Watercolour Weekend Workshop With Susie Millichamp

WET INTO WET WATERCOLOUR ….Intermediate level required……
To Start:- “The whole of our paper will get a right old soaking before paints get near it”
The workshop will embrace techniques such as glazing, lifting, skipping and stumbling to create up to 3 finished paintings.
Susie has recently studied and painted new techniques from a European artist. She will take you through a step-by-step process, allowing everyone a chance to complete each step before moving onto the next.
An intermediate skill level in watercolour is required by participants.
It is most important to purchase the materials asked for on Susie’s list to acquire a great result, but she expects you have most of these anyway. (The list will be supplied on registration.)
The paper quality is of utmost importance. The Drawing Room in CHCH stocks all materials on the list
“Expression of mood is what we are aiming for. We will use loose and sometimes dramatic contrast painting of our NZ scenery.
Images to inspire your work will be provided. ” I look forward to sharing my knowledge of watercolour with you”. Susie
Date: Saturday 25th May 2024 and Sunday 26th May 2024
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Where: Short Street Studio

Cost: Members $130 Non Members $140
Spaces for this class are strictly limited to 10 so to avoid disappointment register now!!!

Printmaking Workshop Lino and Leaves With Jo Ogier

Printmaking Workshop Lino And Leaves With Jo Ogier 10am-4pm Saturday 27 April 2024​

Jo is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from the Otago School of Art (2000), and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Plant and Wildlife Illustration (NSW Australia 1995), along with a series of scholarships and awards - including the William Hodges Fellowship awarded to the artist in 2000.

She has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and in several group shows internationally. Her work is held in public and private collections throughout New Zealand. Jo has also completed several large-scale commissions for The Otago Museum, The Nelson Provincial Museum and The Department of Conservation.

Her work is primarily concerned with issues of conservation and ecology. Jo currently works full time on her art and lives in Sumner.

You can see more of her work at
Instagram: joogierartist or Facebook: Jo Ogier Artist

Lino and Leaves

Class Description
In this fun and interactive one-day workshop we will be exploring leaves using various printmaking techniques including lino, monotype and incorporating other mediums such as collage, dyes, and hand colouring. We will focus on building up multiple layers of imagery, experimenting and playing with colour. A strong focus will on your own personal development of imagery and creative mark making processes.

All aspects of carving, inking, and printing using a variety of methods will be covered, along with various watercolour techniques.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some printmaking experience.

Gather some interesting leaves and come along.

There is a $40 material fee to cover printing inks, lino, paint, dyeglue and papers etc this will be paid to Jo directly at workshop.

Date: Saturday 27th April 2024 Time: 10am - 4pm Where: Short Street Studio Cost: Members $65.00 Non Members $75.00

Spaces for this class are limited so to avoid disappointment register now!!! Payment will secure your space. Requirement and material list will follow.

Future Workshops

Learn new skills from guest artists, join us on a day or weekend course.  

Our Workshop committee are constantly sourcing new artists to share their knowledge with members – watch this space for more information.