Art and You

ART workshops in Nelson, New Zealand

Monday 3 to Friday 7 October 2022

Art and You is an opportunity to join a week-long practical art workshop, learning and creating through paint, printmaking and materials under the guidance of an experienced art tutor. Our classes will enable you to enjoy ideas, dabble in new art making techniques, and share your experiences with interesting, like-minded people.

Art and You will help you discover or recover your creative powers. By exploring your creative self and transforming the way you see the world you will be motivated to create works that are meaningful and fulfilling – while experiencing the joy and encouragement of others in this process.

Art and You is a week focused on heightening your well-being through art making and creating – experiencing the satisfaction, excitement and deep understanding of self that comes from involvement in the Arts.

Art and You provides the time and space to commit to what matters to you.

We are offering an exciting variety of workshops:

Janet Mazenier: Coldwax Medium

Janet de Wagt: Painting - An Art Tonic in Nelson CANCELLED

Kerry MacKay and Pamela Brown: Sculpture and Painted Collage CANCELLED

Please note - these workshops are for any adult with an artistic inclination - expertise and experience are not a prerequisite.


Art and You will be based in the art department at Garin College, 35 Champion road, Richmond Nelson 7011, New Zealand

Staffroom and Art Rooms at Garin College

The staffroom for registration is in the centre of the school grounds. Head to the Redwood Centre for the art rooms to the right of the main carpark. Art staff will be there to direct you.

Please note that we have moved venues as Nayland College has a large number of buildings under construction. We are excited to be able to use Garin College facilities. All classes are in the same building with a large open internal area for meeting and socialising.


Classes will run for 5 days from 9.00am – 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Registration is 9 am Monday 3 October.

Classes are strictly limited to a maximum of 15 per tutor so it will be important to register early.

Artist Talks

After class on Tuesday and Thursday there will be guest artist talks, purchasing and viewings. Come and have a drink, unwind and enjoy the skills and creativity of others.

The tutors' work will be available for sale during the week.

Optional Trip to Mapua Wharf

On Wednesday afternoon there will be an optional bus tour to the picturesque Mapua Wharf at the mouth of the Waimea Estuary and the surrounding Upper Moutere area. These are very popular local tourist spots with eateries, art galleries and artist studios. Take the opportunity for a spend-up in this vibrant arty retail area.

Please indicate on the registration form if you want to go on this trip. There will be a small charge to be paid on the day to cover the bus trip.

If you wish to stay in class with your tutor, you can carry on exploring your ideas and view what is happening in the other classes.


The fee for the 5 day course is $410.00 per person.

Please fill out the registration form available on this website. Participants must be 18yrs or over.

Places in classes are on a first-come basis. We will update the website once a class is full. You will be advised and have the option to select another course or be waitlisted.

When your registration and payment have been received, you will be sent an email confirming your place on the course and reminding you of the materials required as outlined on each course description.


If a participant cancels before 30th August they will be refunded their fee less an administration fee of $35.00. There will be no refunds for cancellations after this date, except in exceptional circumstances.

Covid 19

We will be subject to and adhere to all Government regulations and recommendations.

Health and Safety

While we will take every opportunity to ensure you are safe on site, we will not accept any liability in the unlikely event you have an accident or are unwell.


You will need to organise your own accommodation and recommend that you pencil in your booking as soon as possible. There are a large number of options in Nelson and Richmond area but this is a popular destination and the course is in the school holidays so they will fill up fast.


Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for breaks but you will need to bring your own lunch. There are 2 cafes and supermarket 100 metres from the school. There will be reheating facilities available. We will organise lunch orders if there is a demand.

Art Scholarship

Please bring spare change for raffles. Money raised will go towards an art scholarship for a Garin student.

Last year's recipient:

Fabian Strauch is a competent painter and photographer who uses his technical ability to communicate meaningful ideas. He was a very worthy recipient of Nayland College's most innovative and creative Visual Arts student in Painting and Photography for 2021. His NCEA results of Excellence and Outstanding Scholarship for Photography and a Scholarship for Painting reflect his talent, dedication and hard work.

This year he is studying Fine Arts, History and Sociology at the University of Auckland. The scholarship he received from Art and You has been a valuable support for pursuing his passion and further education in the Arts.

"I am very honored to have received this scholarship in recognition of my artistic practice. This Scholarship has supported me to follow both my artistic and academic journey through to higher education. For this, I am very grateful. Thank you very much." Fabian.


Take advantage of being in this wonderful city and surrounds and hopefully you can extend your stay over the weekend so you can include the well-known Nelson market on Saturday and the many other attractions around the city. Check out the and