I am a qualified and experienced artist and teacher with over 10 years experience teaching adults, children and in tertiary institutions.

Emily Armstrong, Master Art & Design (AUT), Bachelor Media Arts (Wintec), Diploma Photography (Whitecliffe College of Art & Design)

I started The Pencil Room because I enjoy bringing art into people's lives. I share what I know, about what I love, in a way that does not dictate but instead enables you to develop art skills and find your own style.

I love the simplicity of drawing. When I teach drawing I am always working to bring about that moment of clarity and satisfaction a person has when it all clicks and they start to really see their subject.

I strongly believe that art doesn’t need to be serious, it can be simple and playful. Making art can be fun, challenging and therapeutic and it can change the way you see the world.

Emily works in a wide range of media including painting, ceramics and installation. She has been a finalist in notable national awards such as the Wallace Art Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award. She has a Master of Art & Design from Auckland University of Technology and has taught atBay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga and Whitecliffe College of Art & Design in Auckland.