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ESOL for Job Seekers (ESOL level 3+)

5 weeks

Free

Come and get help with the job search process! Write a CV and cover letter, prepare for interviews and learn the English required to do so! For people with Intermediate level English (level 3/4) [Course is free for NZ citizens and residents, fees apply for non-residents)

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Pre-Intermediate (ESOL Level 2-3)

8 weeks

Free

Join our pre-intermediate informal English language groups in Johnsonville and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $129].

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Arabic - Introductory 1

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of Arabic.

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ESOL - Level 1-2

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $119.00 incl. GST

For those who can understand and use very simple English in some situations. [Discounted fee of $119 for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $259]

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French - Intermediate 1

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed the Introductory 4 course, who wish to extend their skills further.

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Samoan - Introductory 3

8 weeks

Free

For those who have completed an Introductory 2 course or have equivalent knowledge. Course fees: Course is free If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa (evidence of eligibility is required).

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Korean - Introductory 2

8 weeks

From $99.00 incl. GST

This course is for those who have completed an Introductory 1 course or have equivalent knowledge. Course fees: If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa the course fee is $99 (evidence of eligibility required). If you are here on a Work Visa/Working Holiday Visa the course fee is $199

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Business Writing for ESOL [ESOL Upper Intermediate/Advanced]

8 sessions x 2 hrs

From $95.00 incl. GST

Focus on the purpose of your writing and write more effectively and confidently in a range of situations. [ESOL Level 4+] [Discounted fee of $95 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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ESOL - Level 3-4

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $119.00 incl. GST

For those who generally speak with confidence and accuracy but need to develop fluency and the use of idiomatic language. [Discounted fee of $119 for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $259]

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Communication English - Level 3

8 weeks x 15 hours

Free

For those who are more confident in everyday English, who want to be more fluent and accurate. This course is free for NZ citizens and residents and enrolment is by interview only.

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Communication English - Level 2

8 weeks x 15 hours

Free

For those who are becoming more confident in using English in everyday situations. This course is free for NZ citizens and residents and enrolment is by interview only.

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Effective Listening and Speaking [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

From $95.00 incl. GST

Need to understand better and speak more confidently? Get lots of practice in the art of conversation, expand your vocabulary and have fun improving your English language skills. [Level 3+]. [Discounted fee of $95 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Beginners+ (ESOL Level 1-2)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our beginners’ informal English language group in Johnsonville and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $129].

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Elementary (ESOL Level 2)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our elementary informal English language groups in Johnsonville and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $129].

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English in the Community: Johnsonville - Next Step (ESOL Level 3-4)

8 weeks x 2 hours

Free

Join our informal next step English language group (aimed at those at Intermediate level and above) in Johnsonville and improve your English skills, make new friends and find out more about your community. [Free course for NZ citizens and residents - for non-residents the course fee is $129].

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Focus on Grammar [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

From $95.00 incl. GST

For those with English as another language who can communicate well but need to review some basic grammar like tenses, articles and prepositions. [Level 3+]. [Discounted fee of $95 for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $149]

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IELTS: How to Succeed [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 4 hours

From $149.00 incl. GST

Taking the IELTS exam for immigration or study? Get the skills and strategies you need to help you pass. [Level 3+]. [Discounted fee of $149 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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Write Well [ESOL Levels 3 and 4]

8 weeks x 2 hours

From $95.00 incl. GST

Become a better and more confident writer and learn how to write more clearly and accurately in English. [Level 3+]. [Discounted fee of $95 for NZ citizens and residents - all others pay $149]

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Chinese Mandarin - Introductory 1

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin.

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Chinese Mandarin - Introductory 2

8 weeks

Free

For those who have completed Chinese Mandarin - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge. Course fees: Course is free If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa (evidence of eligibility is required).

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French - Introductory 1

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of French.

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French - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed French - Introductory 1 or Let's Learn French recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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French - Introductory 3

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed French - Introductory 2 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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French - Introductory 4

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed French - Introductory 3 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Italian - Introductory 1

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of Italian.

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Italian - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Italian - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Japanese - Introductory 1

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of Japanese.

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Japanese - Introductory 2

8 weeks

Free

For those who have completed Japanese - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge. Course fees: Course is free If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa (evidence of eligibility is required).

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Korean - Introductory 1

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

This course is for those who are interested in Korean language and culture. You can learn how to speak and write Korean and expand your knowledge about Korea through the Korean culture. It will be fun!

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NZ Sign Language - Introductory 1A

8 weeks

From $99.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of NZ Sign Language. [Discounted fee of $99 for NZ citizens and residents - evidence of eligibility required]

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NZ Sign Language - Introductory 1B

8 weeks

From $99.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed NZ Sign Language - Introductory 1A or have equivalent knowledge. [Discounted fee of $99 for NZ citizens and residents - evidence of eligibility required].

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Samoan - Introductory 1

8 weeks

From $99.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of Samoan. Course fees: If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa the course fee is $99 (evidence of eligibility required). If you are here on a Work Visa/Working Holiday Visa the course fee is $189.

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Samoan - Introductory 2

8 weeks

Free

For those who have completed Samoan - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge. [ Course fees: Course is free If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa (evidence of eligibility is required).

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Spanish - Introductory 1

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For beginners who have no prior knowledge of Spanish.

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Spanish - Introductory 2

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Spanish - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge.

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Te Reo Māori - Ngā ture whakatakoto (Grammar)

4 weeks

From $99.00 incl. GST

Looking to learn some Māori language, but needing some extra grammar and structure? Nau mai kuhu mai! Course fees: If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa the course fee is $99 (evidence of eligibility required). If you are here on a Work Visa/Working Holiday Visa the course fee is $120

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Te Reo Māori - Introductory 1

8 weeks

From $99.00 incl. GST

This course is for beginners who have no prior knowledge of te reo Māori or Māori culture. Course fees: If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa the course fee is $99 (evidence of eligibility required). If you are here on a Work Visa/Working Holiday Visa the course fee is $189

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Te Reo Māori - Introductory 2

8 weeks

From $99.00 incl. GST

For those who have completed Te Reo Māori - Introductory 1 recently or have equivalent knowledge. [Please see the Te Reo Māori - Introductory 1 course description for an indication of what is covered]. Course fees: If you are a NZ citizen or hold a NZ Resident/Permanent Resident Visa the course fee is $99 (evidence of eligibility required). If you are here on a Work Visa/Working Holiday Visa the course fee is $189.

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Creative Writing - From Idea to Page

1 day

$109.00 incl. GST

Always wanted to write but not sure where to start? Break through writers’ block with a fun day of ideas generating and practical writing exercises.

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Writing Short Stories

1 day

$109.00 incl. GST

Write short stories that work! Discuss the short stories you love and take part in guided writing exercises to create compelling pieces of fiction.

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Business Writing for ESOL [ESOL Upper Intermediate/Advanced]

8 sessions x 2 hrs

From $95.00 incl. GST

Focus on the purpose of your writing and write more effectively and confidently in a range of situations. [ESOL Level 4+] [Discounted fee of $95 for NZ citizens and residents - if you're a resident/citizen and the course is full, please contact us!]

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Creative Writing - A Tasting Plate

8 weeks

$189.00 incl. GST

Get your creativity flowing by exploring some of the star forms of creative writing, focusing each week on a different area of fiction or creative non-fiction.

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Creative Writing - Express Yourself

8 weeks

$189.00 incl. GST

Creative writing is a powerful tool for personal growth and is an art form that belongs to all people. Explore your creativity through writing, without pressure, in this weekly workshop.

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Crime Writing - An Introduction

6 weeks

$155.00 incl. GST

Have you always dreamed of writing compelling fiction about murder, mayhem and where to put the body? Join successful crime author Cat Connor as she shows you where and how!

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Writing a Novel

8 weeks

$189.00 incl. GST

Kick start your novel in this series of weekly workshops with practical writing exercises which will build ideas, form the raw material of your book and get you started.

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Writing for Children

1 day

$115.00 incl. GST

Want to write for children but not sure where to start? Be guided through exercises to generate and expand your ideas and find out more about children's book genres and publishing.

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Photography - Next Step

6 wks + field trip [7 sessions]

$175.00 incl. GST

Creativity combined with technical know-how is the aim of this follow-on course, aimed at those who are confident using a camera in manual mode and are familiar with basic principles of photography. Includes a Saturday field trip.

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Photography - Beginners

4 wks + field trip [5 sessions]

$159.00 incl. GST

Learn the fundamental skills and theory of good photography and get the best results from your DSLR or mirrorless camera (fully manual-capable only). Includes a Saturday field trip.

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Photography - Travel

4 wks + field trip [5 sessions]

$149.00 incl. GST

Planning a trip around Aotearoa? Unhappy with the photographs from the last one? Get the skills to turn disappointing holiday snaps into stunning travel photographs. Includes a Saturday field trip.

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Photography - Portraits

4 wks + field trip [5 sessions]

$149.00 incl. GST

A hands-on course that will help you get to grips with the basics of good portrait photographs. Includes a Saturday field trip.

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Night Photography - In the Dark

8 weeks

$185.00 incl. GST

Night photography is, by its nature, magical. In the photographer’s hands, the camera becomes a magic box that allows the night to be caught in a way the human eye could never see. Not for beginners to photography. Course includes night-time field trips.

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Photography - Fantastic Photos on Your Phone

4 weeks

$135.00 incl. GST

Luscious landscapes, powerful portraits, and captivating close-ups! “The best camera is the one that you have with you!” (Chase Jarvis) These days, for most people, most of the time, that camera will be your smartphone. Learn to take full advantage of your mobile phone camera in order to take stunning images. With no previous experience required, this course is for anyone who wants to get the best out of their iPhone or android mobile phone camera.

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Photography - Street and Urban

5 sessions

$149.00 incl. GST

Street and urban settings provide many opportunities for unique and exciting photographs to be taken. This course shows you how to capture candid and rich street and urban scenes. Includes a Saturday field trip.

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Mosaic Design

4 weeks

$159.00 incl. GST

Create something beautiful for your home and garden. Discover the delights of mosaic design and learn how to use materials such as broken tiles, china and shells to make a mosaic frame, pot plant holder or other simple objects. A list of materials (approx cost $65) will be sent out before the course starts.

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Car Maintenance - The Basics

1 day

$115.00 incl. GST

Get to grips with basic maintenance of your vehicle. Find out what to look for in the event of a breakdown and more.

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Sewing - All Levels

8 weeks

$189.00 incl. GST

Sewing skills and techniques for beginners and more experienced sewers. Please check full course description for list of what you need to bring to class.

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Leadlighting/Stained Glass

8 weeks

$199.00 incl. GST

Both beginners and those with some experience are welcome at this hands-on opportunity to create beautiful stained glass items, using traditional techniques. Your materials costs are dependent on the size of your project and the coloured glass content (likely minimum cost around $170). Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for a workshop environment.

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Patterns from Favourite Garments

1 day

$115.00 incl. GST

Bring along your much-loved clothes, make a pattern and get useful tips, techniques and sizing rules. Not for beginners. A list of what else to bring will be emailed out before the course starts.

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Jewellery Making Intensive - Beginners' Workshop

1 day

$199.00 incl. GST

Join us for a fun day learning the skills to make your own jewellery, using sterling silver and copper or brass. All materials included in course fee.

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Calligraphy - Italic Script

1 day

$125.00 incl. GST

An inspirational workshop where you'll leave enthused about calligraphy and its practical day-to-day use.

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Watercolour Basics

4 weeks

$165.00 incl. GST

A chance to experiment with watercolour paints and different sorts of paper - no experience needed. All materials included in course fee.

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Drawing and Painting for Beginners

4 weeks

$159.00 incl. GST

Explore a range of painting and drawing techniques from ink and watercolour to impasto and realism using acrylic paint.

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Jewellery Making Intensive - Stone Setting

1 day

$199.00 incl. GST

Expand and refine your jewellery skills whilst handcrafting a modern cabochon-style ring. Most materials provided.

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Harakeke (Flax Weaving) Workshop

1 day

$129.00 incl. GST

Always wanted to learn the art of raranga and weave flax? This intensive one-day workshop, suitable for both beginners and those with some experience, will teach you the basics along with the tikanga around flax weaving. Bring a craft knife (Stanley knife with a wide blade) and a 'bread and butter' knife.

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Sewing - The Basics

1 day

$125.00 incl. GST

Want to learn to sew quickly? Get the essentials in this one-day workshop and take away your own lined bag, lots of ideas and skills to carry on sewing! A list of materials to bring (approximate cost $50) will be sent out before the course starts.

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Lampshade Making

½ day

$129.00 incl. GST

Liven up your living room or bedroom with your own drum lampshade - get that professional finish, even if you have no previous sewing experience. Bring 1 metre of a firm woven fabric of your choice, a pair of fabric scissors, measuring tape, tailors' chalk and a 30cm ruler. The cost of the frame and other related materials is included in course fee.

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Crochet for Calmness

4 weeks

$129.00 incl. GST

Crochet is great for settling the mind and encouraging relaxation. Learn to do basic stitches, read patterns and complete projects in a relaxed and friendly space – left handers very welcome. Please bring some 4 or 8 ply smooth yarn and a crochet hook.

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Cross Stitch - Pop Culture

½ day

$85.00 incl. GST

Cross stitch is back! Join our short workshop where you’ll learn the basics as you stitch a trio of figures from pop culture: Harry Potter, Star Wars or Dr Who. All materials included in course fee.

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Paper Making - Using Native Plants

3 hours

$125.00 incl. GST

Paper is such a common material but have you ever wondered what it actually is? Join this 3-hour workshop and find out how to make your own paper using native plants, including harakeke. All materials included in course fee.

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Watercolours - Next Step

4 weeks

$165.00 incl. GST

Extend your watercolour skills with a new set of exercises. You will produce a painting to take home each week.. All materials included in course fee.

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Oil Painting Workshop

½ day

$125.00 incl. GST

Beginner painters and intermediate artists alike are welcome to this hands-on workshop in oils, one of the oldest and most storied mediums. Most materials included in course fee - you will need to bring your own bristle brushes and an idea for your painting.

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Pottery - Throwing: Beginners

8 weeks

$499.00 incl. GST

A course for beginners where we'll cover clay preparation through to throwing of basic forms. All materials provided. (Held at Wellington Potters' Centre, 130 Grant Road, Thorndon).

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Crochet for Calmness – Next Step

4 weeks

$129.00 incl. GST

If you’re confident with your single and double stitches, then you’re ready for the next step! Join our friendly and fun sessions making little crochet projects and learn how to make trebles, picot and scallop edgings, textured crochet stitches, practise some mindfulness and more! Please bring some 4 or 8 ply smooth yarn and a crochet hook.

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Pottery - Throwing: Next Step

8 weeks

$499.00 incl. GST

Extend your skills in this Next Step pottery course, aimed at those who already have the basics. (Held at Wellington Potters' Association, 130 Grant Road, Thorndon).

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Art Workshop - Drawing and Sketching

1 day

$119.00 incl. GST

Drawing doesn’t mean trailing a line around things - it means seeing and reporting the relationships between things. Learn the basics in this one-day workshop.

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Overlocking and Sewing with Knits - An Introduction

1 day

$115.00 incl. GST

Develop confidence through understanding and using your overlocker as you practise a range of sewing techniques for woven and knit fabrics. Not for beginners.

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Make Your Own Roman Blinds

4 weeks

$189.00 incl. GST

Come along and learn how to make your very own Roman blind, to give your rooms an elegant and streamlined look.

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Beeswax Candle Making

2 hours

$59.00 incl. GST

Come along and find out how easy it is to make your very own beeswax candles to give your home a delightful ambience! All materials included in course fee.

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Nature Drawing and Journaling

1 day

$105.00 incl. GST

Do you want to take a slower look at the natural world around you? Whether it's a beach find, an interesting plant or capturing wildlife on the go? This course will give you some basic painting and drawing skills to capture these observations and discuss some ideas for sketchbook layouts to tell the story. A list of materials required (approximate cost $60) will be sent out when course numbers are confirmed.

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Drawing and Painting a Portrait

4 weeks

$159.00 incl. GST

Using the classic rules of proportion you will develop the skills to draw a portrait of a person following the steps and techniques to develop skills. You will use a pencil to draw a live model from various angles and from photographs and finally complete a portrait in watercolour paints.

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