Summer Do 2013
The countdown is on at The Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei as it gears up for another highly anticipated Summer Do Art School in January.
A highlight in the Northland arts calendar it encourages people to express their creative side under the tutorage of some of New Zealand’s most talented artists including Scott McFarlane (7 ½ day painting course) and Rod Garrett (concept and installation art).
An array of exciting courses are planned to celebrate a kaleidoscope of different mediums – from painting and ceramics to earth building and Darjit sculpture. There will be nine professional tutors on site sharing their unique skills and expert insights, which has ultimately made them leaders in their field.
Designed to be fun and informative the philosophy behind the Summer Do courses is simple and targeted at sharing knowledge, and techniques in a stimulating environment with beginners right through to experienced artists working alongside one another.
Arts Co-ordinator Jenny Barrett says this will be her first Summer Do and she is looking forward to seeing so many people at the Quarry learning and immersed in their projects.
“That is what the Quarry is here for, our mission is to nurture the creative spirit of Northland and the Summer Do is the perfect avenue to achieve this”.
It’s not uncommon for nearly 100 participants to take part in the week of the do, she says and this this time around similar numbers are expected.
Meanwhile Manager Andrea Beazley says that “although it is lots of work to pull together the summer art school it is worth it every year. Creating art tends to be a very solitary practice and the Summer Do provides an opportunity for creative people to come together all in one place and bounce around ideas on neutral ground. It is so exciting to see professional craftspeople and artists working alongside someone who is trying something for the first time.”
The Summer Do is for adults; however in response to demand the Quarry Arts Centre now also holds a Summer School for a younger audience, the week following the Summer Do from January 14 -18. The full week of creative entertainment is designed to nurture budding creative interests in students aged seven plus.
Contact the Quarry Arts Centre to register.
Phone: 09 438 1215