New art class born in Howick

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The Village Art Classes offers lessons perfect for complete beginners but also for ‘beyond beginners’ who want to hone their skills or fill in the gaps in their knowledge.

Or maybe you just want to get re-inspired to pick up your brushes again.

Don’t let age be a barrier because it’s never too late to find your talent.

Lorraine Elliot formerly operated classes as a Seasons Art Class NZ franchise but sadly, with the death of the head franchisee, this New Zealand organisation ceased to exist toward the end of 2022.

Because she saw the great need and the demand for such beginner classes in our community, Lorraine chose to accept this as a challenge and immediately started working and planning a new way forward.

Left: Sonja Vivian, Howick tutor, Right: Lorraine Elliot, director.

“More than three years of operating art classes in Howick has seen hundreds of people who have thoroughly enjoyed our classes,” she says.

“Many have discovered a skill in art that they never suspected they had. It’s so very rewarding to see the joy and pleasure on the faces of our students as they produce a piece of art that delights them.

“I’ve watched people come to life with joy and inspiration and find a whole new unexpected pleasure in their life.

“Even just to leave all the cares of daily life behind them for three hours while focusing entirely on being creative is of tremendous value in these stressful times. And that’s not all.

“Science is recognising the incredible benefits for the brain when we engage in creative art work.

“It can help to slow cognitive decline by building up a reserve of strong groups of brain cells.

“It can strengthen and reinforce motor skills, improve focus and greatly boost self confidence.

“Our students say the class time passes very quickly and just the warm social interaction alone can be incredibly important.”

Now, The Village Art Classes is offering a more in-depth, comprehensive and exciting course of 15 lessons. The lessons are divided into three modules of Sketching, Watercolours and Acrylics, with five lessons in each.

“We’re very excited about our new model and totally new curriculum, which is the result of extensive experience, research and knowledge,” Lorraine explains.

“Now we’re able to offer more options and people can register for the full course, or any one of the three modules.

“We recommend starting with the sketching module as it forms the basis for your paintings.

“We also run one-day workshops and school holiday classes for college-age students. All materials for the class are supplied so you just need to come along and enjoy.”

Morning and afternoon classes are available in Howick on Saturdays and Tuesdays at All Saints Community Centre, 30 Cook Street.

The Village Art Classes are also available in Kohimarama on Thursdays at the Kohimarama Tennis Club, 30 Melanesia Road. Next courses start end of April.

Is this the class you’ve been wait-ing for? You won’t know until you try it.

Phone Lorraine on 022 459 5457 or email to enrol in our new classes.

Don’t delay as spaces are limited. Applications can also been made via our website:, and follow us on Facebook.

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