To enter in the 55th Annual Exhibition

Ashburton Society of ArtsAshburton Society of Arts

Art Workshops

Come and enjoy learning new skills with our talented tutors at the Short Street Studio. We encourage artists of any level to attend. Our courses provide you with the opportunity to really get into the flow of the painting, and give you plenty of ideas and information to carry on with your artistic journey.


Saturday 27th July.

Cost $40 per person, at Short Street Studio.

Quilliams mantra is select, simplify and suggest. The importance of composition and drawing will be demonstrated and watercolour added. This has been a popular class in the past with students being thrilled with their results! With this date just around the corner, please book and pay at your earliest convenience.


5 Sundays: August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and 5th September.

Cost $200 per person, 10am – 2pm, at Short Street Studio.

Learn how to use watercolour in experimental and intuitive ways with Susie’s highly sought after 5 day class.

Beginners to Intermediate level.
First two classes at studio, last three outdoors in mountains, all levels welcome!


Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th September.

Cost $100 per person, at Short Street Studio.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn many techniques with a contemporary printmaker. Ben’s prints are often created using both drypoint and relief printing techniques.

Your materials are all provided. Ben is a sort after tutor in Canterbury. Bring your art concepts to be bought to fruition in this insightful environment.


Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th October.

Cost $80 per person, at Short Street Studio.

Claire will show you the processes of unpacking watercolour technique. She is an award winning artist from Timaru who puts pure feeling and sensitivity into her paintings. She takes people at their own pace and students in the past have felt true satisfaction after her classes. If you’re wanting your work to flourish, this lovely women has your best interests at heart.


Coming up in NOVEMBER.

Cost TBC, at Short Street Studio.

This is an introduction to sculpting with Limestone. Enjoy the tactile hands-on skill of working with Limestone, congenial company and Paul’s gentle guidance through the creative process. This workshop will benefit painters and sculptors alike with emphasis on the anatomy and proportions of the head, neck and shoulders.

Summer School 2020

Acrylic and Palette Knife Work with John Gillies

Friday 31 January, Saturday 1, Sunday 2 February 2020.

Cost $150 per person, at Short Street Studio.

John is back because of public demand at the ASA, to inspire artists.  He will demonstrate acrylic with palette knifes on a small scale for students to understand his technique.

“There is nothing more abstract than nature” I feel represents his work. This can open doors for individuals to take their own concepts on a path of discovery.

3 Day Watercolour Workshop with Jacqui Pearson

Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Monday 17th February 2020.

Cost TBC, at Short Street Studio.

Don’t miss out, numbers for these classes are limited.
Secure your spot and book now.

Contact Jenny Barnaby at or phone Jenny on 021 260 7026 or Diana on 03 308 5259.

Jenny will confirm your place in the class once payment has been received. Please use your name and the class you wish to attend as a reference.

Details and a supply list of what to bring etc will be emailed to you near the date of the class. No Refunds.

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