Join The Pencil Room for a series of workshops with local contemporary artists running from 21st - 24th February 2019. Each workshop includes an introduction to the artist's work and a practical workshop based on their area of expertise. For ages 16+. Tickets available via Eventfinda.


Rebecca Norman

Modern Calligraphy

Thursday 21st February 2.00 - 4.30, $35 


Rebecca Norman of Panoply Studio is a calligraphy artist based in Hastings. Her work ranges from traditional hand-lettered fonts to modern chalkboard design. In this workshop Rebecca will introduce you to the fun technique of brush calligraphy, enabling you to develop your own unique style of brush script.



Pop Culture Graphic Design

Thursday 21st February 5.30-8.00, $35 


Grimoire is an artist from Hawkes Bay who creates lowbrow imagery derived from aspects of popular culture such as comics,  sci-fi, vintage action figures and horror movies. He works in a range of disciplines including drawing, digital painting, band posters and tattoo design. Join Grimoire as he introduces you to his design process and takes you through a project to design a black and white t-shirt graphic.

Laura Pearce

Contemporary Ceramics

Saturday 23rd February 10.00-12.30, $40 (includes firing fee)

Laura Pearce (BDes, B.Ed) is a Napier based potter and designer whose hand-thrown work features delicate abstract designs with a focus on modern colour and pattern. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to tangibly experience some of the ceramic artwork from Laura’s collection, before taking part in a practical workshop to make your own ceramic piece. (Clay work will be fired and available to pick up from The Pencil Room at a later date).

Ben Pearce


Saturday 23rd February 2.00-4.30, $35


Ben Pearce (BFA) uses wood, metal and found objects to create sculpture that explores concepts of time and memory. Join Ben as he discusses the themes inherent in his work and takes you through a practical workshop.



Ngaio Blackwood

Contemporary Textile Art

Sunday 24th February 10.00-12.30, $35


Ngaio Blackwood (BFA) is a contemporary textile artist from Hawkes Bay. Her work combines watercolour, drawing and stitching on canvas and references the incongruous traditions of embroidery and abstract painting. Join Ngaio as she presents her current work and introduces you to creative embroidery techniques using stitch and paint. Produce your own sample booklet of traditional and experimental stitch based processes.

John Eaden

Landscape Painting

Sunday 24th February 2.00-4.30pm, $40 (includes materials)

 John Eaden is a local artist who demonstrates a contemporary approach to landscape painting while also referencing European and New Zealand art traditions. In this workshop John will discuss some of his personal favourite paintings and take students through a creative landscape painting project. Materials are provided though you may wish to bring your own preferred brushes/paints.