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TLC’s hands-on spring workshop experience

Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2022

The Learning Connexion is proud to once more present Spring Skills. These boutique workshops over a weekend in October 2022 will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

Through two unique workshops, run by experts in their fields, you’ll have a chance to advance your skills through hands-on creative learning. Enjoy a small, curated group experience, and create your own unique work to treasure.

Meet our Spring Skills Tutors

Gary Freemantle – Innovate with Paint (Saturday and Sunday 8 & 9 October)

Gary Freemantle SSwebGary Freemantle is a painter who works in all paint media. His practice is multifaceted in style, interest and approach. He has exhibited in major public and private galleries throughout New Zealand and he also has experience in contemporary art gallery management and exhibition organisation. Gary is a very experienced tutor, and many students have found his classes to be transformative experiences.

In this experimental painting class, we will be exploring new directions with paint. By avoiding the predictable we will be able to reveal aspects of your ability that have been unrealised. The way to innovate might necessitate changes and letting go of ingrained attitudes and expectations. Try something different to what you usually do and discover approaches that you never envisaged. All levels of experience will find this class useful for evolving their painting further.


Catherine Hayes – Introduction to Icon Painting (Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7, 8 & 9 October)

Catherine Hayes sswebCatherine Hayes has been teaching art since 2001. She has been following a theme of Alchemy for over 30 years, and so when the opportunity to learn Icon Painting presented itself in 2006, she took it as another way to learn about gold and what it can represent. She has subsequently taught Icon Painting Classes for many years

An introduction to the process and history of Icon Painting using Gouache on MDF panel coated with traditional gesso. You will learn how to apply imitation gold (brass) leaf to your painting and then use gouache to paint an Icon in a traditional style.

On Friday evening participants will learn a little history about Icon painting, both artistic and spiritual, after which they will choose a simple image (from the tutor's selection), apply the brass leaf, and allow it to dry overnight. Over Saturday and Sunday, participants will paint the figure, starting with the clothes, the hands, and finally the face. Catherine is available to demonstrate and help at every step of the process. Quiet meditative music will be played, if desired, in order to enhance the weekend’s activities. Participants are welcome to bring from home their own Icons or books for the workshop to admire. Participants will leave with a finished Icon.