Class No 806 – fee $420   +  materials fee $25



This Class is now Full – a waiting list applies

A visual diary can be a lifeline to generating art ideas as well as creating a unique and personal memento of your life. A diary is the means of practising the art of inspiration. This workshop will cover contour and tonal drawing, basic painting techniques, some mixed media and the use of your smart phone as an observational aid. Jane will set a variety of exercises to stimulate your creativity  as well as using the Wanaka environment for drawing expeditions. Using your diary you will progress your ideas to a resolved painting . The course is suitable for anyone who wants to increase their visual awareness, have a creative shakeup and explore new ideas using the format of the diary.

Christchurch-based, Jane is an experienced art tutor who has facilitated numerous art workshops, including The New Zealand Alpine Society, Canterbury University Extension Studies and Whanganui Polytechnic. Her focus is on enabling an individual’s own creative journey and her philosophy is to make art from life experiences.  She is a multimedia artist who uses collage, digital montage, painting and photography. Her work is at present included in the DOC touring show Tamatea – art and conservation Dusky Sound . She has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and is in public collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Puna o Waiwhetu – The Christchurch Art Gallery and Niho o te Taniwha – Southland Museum and Art Gallery. See

Class No 816 – fee $70 per day




Tony works with the passionate and exciting African-American repertoire, focusing on spirituals, gospel songs old and new, and extending to South African church songs and other a cappella traditions. You will not only learn a wonderful and uplifting repertoire, but you will experiment with ways to make the songs come alive, learn about singing together – and you’ll have fun. Tony seeks to make things easy and interesting for everyone. It’s about collaboration, not competition.
The emphasis is on harmony, collective improvisation and freedom of expression. No music-reading skills are required, and you may record the sessions.

Composer, vocal arranger and singer, Tony Backhouse BA, BMus, is one of the leaders in the Australasian a cappella movement.  After a career playing in New Zealand bands like Mammal, Spats and the Crocodiles, he moved to Sydney. From 1986-2007 he directed Café of the Gate of Salvation, doing many of the arrangements and songs on their three CDs. He directed the Honeybees from ’93-2001 and has sung with and directed Sydney a cappella group, the Heavenly Light Quartet, since 1996. He arranged vocals for Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn, Kate Ceberano and continues to arrange and compose music for choirs.                                               Tony has researched the Black gospel tradition at Memphis State University; he has led nine gospel tours to the USA to participate in the African American church tradition and has run numerous vocal workshops in many parts of the world. He is also the author of Black gospel songbooks A cappella: Rehearsing for Heaven and Move on Up, and Freeing the Song on directing vocal groups.


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