Talented and creative tutors are available in a variety of the arts at the Old School Arts Centre and other locations in and around Raglan Whaingaroa, covering a wide range of levels. Classes and workshops run regularly throughout the year.
Born in West Yorkshire, UK. Educated in the fine arts. Teacher/Lecturer/ facilitator and runs the After School Clay Classes at the Old School Arts Centre.
Karron works from her Gallery/studio ‘The Creative Workshop’ on Cogswell Road, which Karron and her daughter Rickie have developed in what was once, a pig shed on their bush clad property.
She came to live in New Zealand in 2008.
Her inspiration comes from all things living in the bush.
Clay shed tutor Anja Nesch is a multi-media artist in her last year studying for Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. A painter, illustrator and clay artist, her art is heavily influenced by the environment, Aotearoa and Te Ao Maori. She has a passion for Kowhaiwhai, which is shown in many of her pieces. She loves working with budding young artists and supporting them to explore their creativity with clay. She worked in the Bay of Plenty in Early Childhood for 8 years, where she was the administrator, relief teacher, relief cook and also worked with special needs children. She also ran several art workshops in the past. Originally from Germany, after several years of travelling the world, Anja moved to New Zealand in 2000 and started a family. She now lives in Raglan with her 3 children and has been part of the Raglan Old School Art Centre’s clay shed team since April 2018.
Megan is a local artist who grew up in Hamilton and completed her Bachelor of Media Arts at Wintec. With a curiosity stemmed from looking at old black and white photos, she enjoys hiding away in her imagination and ‘making’.
Megan is a secondary school art and textiles teacher who has worked at local school’s including Fraser High, Raglan Area and St Peter’s School in Cambridge. Combining motherhood/teaching and her art practise has been a challenge but she is inspired by creating art with children and this is one of the ways she continues to feel passionate. Megan coordinates and teaches the Kreative Kids holiday art programme in Raglan and is often exhibiting her drawing and paintings in solo or group shows.
Gila Cohen has a certificate of Fine Art, South Sydney collage, BFA in painting from National Art School, Sydney, and a Diploma in Theatre costume manufacturing, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney.
Gila has worked with DADAA Fremantle (Disability and the Arts) as an Art mentor, as well as tutoring various Art and Sewing classes at Fremantle Art Centre. Additionally, she taught Drawing, Painting, and Sewing at Applecross High School, Perth, as part of the Gifted and Talented Arts Programme.
Gila currently resides in Raglan. She has an Art studio she works from in Bankart Street at the AHOY Creative Crew Studios. She is a member of the AHOY Art collective, and regularly teaches Art and Sewing classes in Raglan.
Gila is available for team building art activities, art and wellness , therapeutic art exercises and general art teaching. Her specialties are drawing, painting,( including mindful drawing/painting) textile art and sewing
A member of the Clay Shed for about 10 years. I started potting 40 years ago and have enjoyed a number of “phases”. Periods of making balls, chess sets, domestic ware, groggy clay, wheel making, primitive firing, wood firing and using a range of finishes and glazes. There are just so many options with clay!
My attraction to working in clay is about curves and I’ve always enjoyed making pieces with curves – there are very few straight lines in nature and working with clay enables me to, in various ways, connect with the curves of nature. . . the curves of life maybe. Like nature, clay is very forgiving – my recycle bucket is testament to that!
Hand building and finishing can take me to a still place inside. That lovely space of alert quietness.
My current ‘happy place’ is making cows. Having had a stud of small cows (Dexters) for 20 years, I’ve come to love these gorgeous gentle creatures. So amongst a real mix of work, look out for the girls from Hills Road.
Byron Delves is a jeweller with over 30 years’ experience in the trade. Always creating new designs, he works mainly in silver and gold. He is a self-taught potter and his early inspiration came from pottering around in the clay shed with his clay artist father.
Byron enjoys sharing his pottery knowledge with others and loves to help draw out the creative talents of his students.
You will often find Byron in the Clay Shed creating pieces that are both functional, handmade and reflecting the environment around him.
Originally from Germany, Clay Shed manager Susanne Prinz motto is learning by doing.
She is a self-taught clay artist and sculptor, and her whimsical creations often relate to nature and her childhood experiences in her home country.
Susanne gets satisfaction from helping people achieve their own personal artistic goals in the Clay Shed.
You will often find her in the Clay Shed helping young and old have fun with clay at the monthly Raglan Creative Markets.
She has been the driving force behind fundraising activities for the new creative space that will begin being built in 2018.
The Clay Shed also caters for group and corporate bookings and Susanne tailors fun, creative workshops to suit your requirements.
The Auckland-born artist studied media arts for six years in her home town and Hamilton, and graduated BMA with honours before moving to Raglan in 2007.
The medium Jodi feels most at home in is painting, depicting femininity and playing with the contrasts of sexuality and innocence. She feels influenced by the pop art of the 1930s and many of her pictures contain decorative elements.
Jodi expresses her playful side by recycling children’s toys into new artworks. Her latest project is a series of brooches.
Jodi has exhibited in Auckland, Hamilton and Raglan and is a member of the Ahoy Collective.