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  (Upper Clutha Community Arts Council)

  16th – 20th April 2018


For our 29th annual school next year , we will be offering you an exciting programme  of 16 classes with highly talented tutors from New Zealand, USA and Australia. Some are new to us, others are returning from previous years.

The school is based at the modern Mt Aspiring College campus with practical classes exploring the district. We look forward to a stimulating week in the stunning autumn environs of Wanaka – an opportunity for learning and exchanging ideas and techniques as well as meeting a variety of people with diverse interests.

Classes are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. We may take bookings after the closing date, but classes may also have to be cancelled if there are insufficient numbers by that date.

Updated information on the availability of classes will be posted on our website: . Where a class is full it is always worth contacting us to put your name on the waiting list. People do cancel and there is a chance you will get in.


These are the courses and tutors for the 2018 school. Please don’t attempt to register until the 2018 registration forms are available here. Thankyou.


Poetry (Glenn Colquhoun)
Oral history (Judith Fyfe)
Introductory painting and drawing (Noreen Melvin)
Water colour (Jacky Pearson)
Nature journaling (Jo Ogier)
Art making from a visual diary (Jane Zusters)
Print making (Ron McBurnie)
Singing (Tony Backhouse)
Digital production photography (Dave Wethey)
Art photography (Kaye Davis)
Book binding (Phil Ridgway)
Jewellery (Vaune Mason)
Mixed media (Lynn Taylor)
Fly tying & fishing (Mike Weddell)
Flax paper making (Marty Vreede)
 Textile printing (Katie Smith).


The full details of the programme will be posted on this site on 9th January 2018 once all hardcopy brochures of the programme have been posted to people on our mailing list.        Below are the details of the very successful 2017 school to give you an idea of the scope etc.       As you can see above several new classes will be offered in 2018.




All classes, unless indicated otherwise, will run from Monday to Friday with registration from 8.30am on the first day. Normal hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm although these are flexible according to class activities.
A social hour will be held at the end of classes each day – a chance to meet participants on other courses.

On Thursday evening there will be a casual meal at the College followed by a number of our tutors discussing their work. Bookings for the meal must be made prior to the school. Please include payment with your enrolment. Friends are also very welcome. If you prefer you may attend the evening after the meal.
A Mini-market will be held following classes on Wednesday. Both tutors and participants are invited to sell their work.


See ‘Course Details’ for fees which all include G.S.T. Please note that for some courses an extra charge will be required to cover materials, models, etc. Where these charges are not included in the brochure, they will be paid to the tutor during the course.


The organisers reserve the right to cancel classes if necessary. This will be decided by March 13 and fees will be refunded in full.
If students cancel before March 13 a refund of fees paid less an administration fee of $30 will be made. Refunds will not be given for cancellation after this date except in special circumstances. All applications for refunds must be made in writing.


Lunches at a reasonable price will be available on campus. Tea and coffee will be provided each day.


A wide variety of accommodation is available in Wanaka including several backpackers’ hostels, motor camps, lodges, B & Bs, private holiday houses, motels and first class hotels. Participants are to make their own arrangements, but if you require a list of facilities, please refer to

The status of each class will be regularly updated on this site. Please register early to avoid disappointment and facilitate planning.