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.

Beginners and Intermediate Oil Painting Workshop/Bronwyn Shimmin Saturday 11 November 9.30am to 4.30pm

This workshop will be tutored by Bronwyn Shimmin, an enthusiastic and excellent teacher. Bronwyn has been painting professionally for over 30 years and teaching for 20 years. She has an Honours Diploma in Arts and Creativity; is a founding member of the Geraldine Arts and Performance  Academy and is a qualified Golden Artist Programme Educator.
Bronwyn is passionate about empowering students with the skills and knowledge to create and develop their own style. Her mantra is always “Creating should be fun – paint what inspires you”. She is hugely inspired by light and colour and considers herself a contemporary realist. The students will be painting a provided reference photo. Bronwyn will take them through a step by step process to produce a landscape painting over the day. She will introduce the students to colour mixing,  working with the oil medium, brushwork, composition and putting it all together.

Theme: Painting New Zealand Landscapes
Date: Saturday, 11 November, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Short Street Studio, 53 Short Street, Ashburton
Cost: $120.00 members $130.00 non-members
To register, contact Cathy at
Payment secures your place in the workshop
More information and what to bring on the day to follow

Contact Person: Christine Widdowson, 033072753 or 0274647023

Beginners Watercolour Course with Barbara Jaine

Beginners Watercolour Workshops

We are delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to join this exciting watercolour workshop under the tutorage of Barbara Jaine

Barbara is a long established Ashburton artist who has experience in a variety of media.  Her love of nature gives an unlimited supply of inspiration and she will bring this to you in this one three hour afternoon workshop

Saturday September 16th   1pm-4pm $30.00 Members          $40.00 Non Members

  •  Come join Barbara and explore the world of watercolour with her.



Any enquires to Roz 021 718 8633 or email Kathy at  She will confirm if there are still spaces and then your payment to bank account – 03 1354 0424470 00 secures your place in the workshop

Get Your Art Online Workshop with Peter Murray

Get your art online workshop 

Do you want more people to see your creativity? Have you got an easy to access gallery of your body of work? Do you want your art in a full time international exhibition? 

Is your art online?

Peter Murray has been helping artists to show their work on the internet since 1998. This workshop will help you to get your art online via art websites and social media. 

Bring your own device (laptop, tablet or smartphone), photos or your original artwork and lunch.  

Where: Short Street Studio 
Time:10.00 am to 3.00 pm 
When: Saturday 14th October 2023 
Cost: $70.00 (members) $80.00 (non-members) 

Places are limited so be quick. Please email Kathy at to register your interest and confirm there are still spaces. Then your payment to bank account 03 1354 0424470 00 secures your place in the workshop.

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.