Advanced Diploma Mentor and Facilitator
Dip Art & Certificate (Adv)
Advanced Diploma Mentor
PHD, MFA, Dip Teaching
Dip Photography, Nat Cert in Adult Education & Training
Andrew’s photography is an amalgamation of 20th century work inspired by the cubist and surrealist movements. It combines the tradition of black & white and digital, with sculpture and other fine art techniques. His work features frequent use of bold colour and strong compositions. Landscapes and urban abstractions are a consistent theme as well as environmental portraiture and mixed media work.
Always endeavouring to be true to herself, Sophie currently adheres mercilessly to a rather pared-down subject matter in her painting in a desire to get to the nitty gritty. Her view in her teaching and painting is that whatever feels right, one must follow it, leaving all else aside. This is the key to beginning to be what we really are.
BA Applied Art, Dip Art & Creativity (Adv)
Rachel graduated with a Diploma of Art & Creativity from The Learning Connexion in 2006. She went on to study Fine Arts at Massey University and Applied Art at Whitireia Polytechnic gaining a degree from the latter, while still chipping away at the former.
Mentor and Certificate Tutor
Dip Applied Art & Design, Dip Art & Creativity (Hons)
“I feel privileged to be part of our students creativity journey”.
On completing her Honours Diploma Karla become part of The Learning Connexion team as an on-site Certificate tutor and distance delivery mentor. Her own work explores a wide range of media, but oils are her preferred medium.
Children’s Art Co-ordinator and Certificate Tutor
Painting Tutor, Mentor
Dip Art & Creativity (Hons), Dip Textile Design, Nat Cert in Adult Education & Training
“Art and creativity makes us feel good about ourselves and I do whatever I can to help encourage that”.
Helping people believe that they really are creative is something Catherine takes great pleasure in. It is her firm belief that creativity and caring will solve the world’s problems. Her own personal art making veers towards abstraction and symbolism. She enjoys being open to new media and different methods of expression and continues to look for opportunities to develop as an artist and a person.
BA Applied Art, Dip Art & Creative
“It is my concern to act upon what I really know and screen out that which I have gathered over the years and which is not really mine. This, I guess, will be a continuous journey.”
Painting and Drawing Tutor
BFA, Dip Teaching
His artwork often takes digs at how the media present our reality to us. This might be as simple as taking a camouflage pattern and looking at how to uncover the stories and relationships that sit behind it. Playing with the relationship between things that happen today, with those from the past, and finding the humour within these ideas.
“I think creative process is something that all individuals find for themselves. My process is quite intuitive but I like to underpin it with firm ideas. I start with a vision and then work towards that vision.”
Painting and Drawing Tutor
Dip Art & Creativity (Hons)
Karen has worked with tutors and facilitators, students and artists and is passionate about supporting people to explore their own creative potential. Her own art practice (recently reawakened) is in painting media (watercolour, acrylic and oils) and multi-media aspects including encaustic.
Dip Art & Creativity (Hons), Cert VCD
He encourages a balance of working intuitively and developing skills that help to create works that are aesthetically pleasing. Dan's own work mirrors his teaching style; he is constantly evolving as he explores surface and media to satisfy his creative needs. Most of his work is driven by his love and passion for the environment he is surrounded by - Wellington's harbour, and the west and south coast.
BA (Hons), MEd (Hons), PCCE
The Southern Hemisphere beckoned in 1997 with an invitation to tutor 2-dimensional design at Wellington Polytechnic. This led to his current position as a tutor at The Learning Connexion. Iain’s work provides an outlet and exorcism of the expression of anger and joy, and has evolved through perseverance, encouragement from family and friends and a solid Scottish education.
Mentor and Photography Tutor
BFA (Sculpture), Cert. Photography
Exhibition highlights include Illuminated, a window installation at Lopdell House Gallery (off-site) in 2013 and attending a post-graduate art lab in Singapore in 2014. She is currently completing a MFA at Massey University.
In his own photography he enjoys hands-on, edgy experiences. In his late teens he photo-documented the Korean and Japanese fishing boats he was working on, and in his 30’s stalked live volcanoes, such as Mt Ruapehu.
Leigh believes in taking this hands-on approach into his teaching practice at The Learning Connexion. For example: making a life size temporary photogram of himself and building a walk-in camera obscura with students. He likes to encourage students to get right in there and explore lots of different photographic techniques to express their creative ideas.
Dip FA (Printmaking)
BFA Printmaking, BA Humanities
“I understand that each of us has a unique story and point of departure for the development of our creativity. I value the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds, interests and goals. These differing perspectives and experiences create compelling dialogues, producing even more vital works of art.”
Dip Craft Design (Adv), Dip Visual Arts & Design (Adv)
Beautiful items, whether made by nature or mankind, are reflected in her art. Treasures such as amber, jade, coral, turquoise, precious stones and lapis lazuli inspire her. She uses this matrix to craft jewellery that reflect her travels, knowledge and background as a Viking.
For Vaune, one of the many rewarding aspects of jewellery making is that you are always learning new ways to do things. With so many ways to create jewellery: cutting, hammering, carving, soldering – there is always something different on her bench. Her personal work uses a variety of materials, including found and recycled objects, precious stones and metals, fabric and paint.
PhD, Dip Art & Creativity (Hons)
Whilst her main interests initially lay in sculpture and photography, a weekend class in jewellery making changed everything. She had found her true passion. Natalie loves working with precious metals and the challenge of producing miniature works. She creates jewellery from her home studio, often with sculptural or mechanical elements.
3D Tutor, Mentor
BA (Hons), Dip Art & Creativity (Adv)
“Art is a language. This language continues to evolve as I use new materials and respond to new stimulus”.
Living near Wellington’s south coast, Aaron’s sculptural forms engage, through form and image, New Zealand elements. He likes to work with contrasting and similar elements, expressing the idea of culture and nature meeting and engaging. Aaron’s paintings are a cross between inspiration, the materials used and how they behave. He mixes carving with painting, using plywood and plastic along with timber and stone.
Dip Art & Creativity (Adv)
BA (Hons), Dip Teaching
The scale of his commissioned work ranges from hand-held netsuke-like pieces (miniature sculptures invented in 17th-century Japan), through to desk sculpture and larger work for outdoor spaces. Pieces that function as family heirlooms, gifts, adornment and indoor/outdoor installations.
Mentor and Glass Tutor
MA & Design (Hons)
Dip Art & Creativity (Adv)
Working with students at The Learning Connexion, Mel enjoys being constantly exposed to new creative challenges as she assists students to explore. Constantly learning, it is also rewarding to watch others begin to trust their own intuition and allow their creative processes to unfold.
Part mad scientist, part obsessive compulsive, Mel’s own art making is all about the exploration of an idea, a concept and a material. She believes that the potential of something includes its limitations. The more you play with something the more you know about it. Doing is indeed thinking and knowing is frequently arrived at after a mistake (or three).
Children's Art Co-ordinator/Tutor
Youth Art Co-ordinator/Tutor
As an artist in her own right, Leda has worked in wide range of media with her main focus on being animation, multimedia, and puppetry. She has a fascination with trying to combine theatre and art together.
Her studies in the arts at Massey University (Wellington) include a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours in 2011, majoring in Installation and Performance Art.
In 2009 she studied at UC Berkeley, where she took courses in sound and video art and, in 2011, she worked with Bread and Puppet Theatre, a political puppet theatre company based in Vermont, where she learnt the art of animating objects and constructing large scale puppets.
Experimental Video Tutor
Cert. Film and Television
“All of us are natural creators; whether we realise it or not we are creating every moment we live. My role as a tutor is to help students channel their energy into creating the most truthful artistic representations of their inner selves.”
Digital Art and Design Tutor
BA (Hons), MA, Dip Art and Creativity (Hons)
When tutoring students, Alan prefers to discuss with them what their project is and to offer advice and techniques that will help them bring their project to fruition. He believes that this focus on a student’s personal goals motivates them to explore their own creative ideas further, ensuring they don't lose what it is that makes their work unique and novel, especially in a commercial context.