Interested in learning how to draw or engrave? Wanting to develop your skills in a friendly, encouraging environment, surrounded by artworks?

Te Papa is partnering with Artsight to offer four Saturday workshops designed for you! Anatomy drawing, surrealism drawing, cubism drawing, and engraving and print-making – you can attend just one or try out all four…

Imagine gathering on Level 5 of Te Papa in amongst the works on display in the Ngā Toi exhibition, having warm-up exercises with an experienced art educator from Artsight, then learning artistic techniques with the help of visual props and trying them out in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere.

Imagine, also, in two of the workshops, being guided by key curatorial staff around relevant works on display or in storage at Te Papa and so being inspired to learn and practise the specific techniques illustrated.

Here are the links to find more and to book for the two remaining workshops…

Saturday 1 August  from 2-3:30pm – Cubism

Taking inspiration from Louise Henderson’s cubist painting Les deux amies, we draw the sculpture Two horses by Chrystabel Aitken. You’ll work towards completing a final drawing, but the emphasis is on enjoying the process in an inspiring gallery context.

No experience needed – suitable for adults of all abilities.

Saturday 12 September from 10am-4pm – Etching Workshop

You will begin with a front of house tour of the exhibition Louis Rosenberg: Etched into memory with curator Mark Stocker. Curator Rebecca Rice then joins Mark and we go “behind the scenes” for a back of house tour to explore the technique of printing in more detail. Here there will be an opportunity to closely examine prints from the collection.

Then enjoy a light lunch before the afternoon session where you will have the opportunity to get ‘hands on” with a 3 hour engraving workshop.

Friends of Te Papa are eligible for the reduced fees for each of these workshops.