The Learning Connexion welcomes study enquiries from within Corrections facilities around New Zealand. We find through achieving an NZQA qualification in Art and Creativity, our Corrections students gain many valuable skills for their future, including creative techniques, problem-solving, commitment, focus and confidence.

We provide the following resources to Corrections students:

  • DVDs and notes adapted to meet Corrections’ guidelines
  • Approved art materials
  • Access to mentors who can be contacted by post, phone and on-site visits where applicable
  • Participation in end-of-term student exhibitions

For more information, please phone 0800 364 636 or email us on [email protected].

Student profile: Francis Smyth*

With no prior formal training, Francis enrolled and completed the Certificate in Creativity and Art and is currently completing his Diploma level. The programme offered him the chance to explore his desire to paint and develop skills and techniques (e.g. mixing colours) to hone his craft.

When he started out, Francis saw painting as more of an escape. Yet the more he immersed himself in the process, the greater the satisfaction he got from the results. The positive feedback he received from others in his unit, along with discussions about the results with his mentor, helped to better inform Francis about the choices he was making and to push himself further.

“Yeah, having a mentor gave me heaps of pointers. It gave me a different perspective of the imagery that I couldn’t really see for myself”, Francis says.


(* Francis is not his real name)

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