Aspiring artists should be in quick because registrations for Wanaka’s Autumn Art School opened on Tuesday and already three classes have filled up.
The Autumn Art school was set up in 1990 with the idea of bringing professional tutors and a variety of art subjects to what was a remote area back then, and provide artistic opportunities that would have otherwise been unavailable to local artists. It was such a success that this year they are marking their 30th anniversary.
Robin van Reenen, co-ordinator for the Autumn Art School, says that locals fill around two-thirds of the participants with the rest coming in from around New Zealand and even a few from Australia.
“This year we have 17 tutors and expect around 250 participants,” she says.
Whilst many of the classes are for professionals, or at least artists with natural talent and a basic level of experience, there is an introductory Painting and Drawing class for “rank amateurs” so those with an interest but have never unleashed their inner creative instinct are free to sign up and give it a go. Jewellery making also has classes for both professionals and absolute beginners.
Classes differ every year based on the availability of tutors and 2019 is offering a diverse array of subjects from Nature Journaling, Fly Tying and Glass Mosaics, to Singing, Screenwriting and Book Arts.
Autumn Art school runs from April 23-27 and is held at Mount Aspiring College. Registration is at www.autumnartschool.net.nz.