Arts, Crafts And Creative


Design and produce something uniquely New Zealand to gift to a friend or keep yourself. This practical, 5-week course in carving bone will cover preparing your piece of bone, the cultural significance of bone carving, choosing a design, using hand machine tools to make and finish your carvings and finishing and ying pre-plaited cord.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this course until further notice.


This course is for those who have never crocheted before or are only just starting out on their own. We will be starting with beginning stitches and techniques and the final product of the course will a hat and scarf. There will be time for extra special creations for those that are faster or have slightly more experience.

When: April 26th - May 17th, 2017 [4 sessions: Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30pm].

Bring: 4.5mm crochet hook 
3 balls of 100 gram 8 ply wool (in colours of your choosing)* 
*Try to avoid darker colours like black or navy blue as these are harder to see while first learning to crochet

Where: Room 4, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin

Cost: $50.00



This is a practical course in digital photography tailored for people who have recently brought a digital camera, or have one that they are unsure of using and would like to improve their skills. This course will cover (but may not be limited to) basic camera operation, shutter, aperture and ISO, basic image composition, practical shooting, care of your camera, file and image types, fundamentals of light, accessories, basic software and editing, night and sunset photography and other topics suggested by the class.

When: March 7th - April 4th, 2017 [5 sessions: Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30pm].

Bring: SLR digital camera (with instructor manual and charger). A laptop, tripod and USB cable are recommended also but not compulsory.

Where: Room 2 (plus field work where conditions allow), OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin

Cost: $75.00



This course will teach you the “line/s of drawing”, properties of different grade pencils, observation skills, the drawing “process”, beginner “techniques” and helpful hints and the use of tone/charcoal to depict form. You’ll primarily draw from “real life” objects (as opposed to photographs). There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and lots of encouragement to develop your own style. This course is a judgement free zone. This course is run in conjunction with Ma-Fi Arts. Fiona Shaw-Robertson and Mathew Robertson both hold BFA degrees and are practising artists working skilfully with a diverse range of methods and media.

When: March 7th - April 4th, 2017 [5 sessions: Tuesday 7:30 - 9:30pm].

Bring: HB, 2B and 4B pencils, sketchpad and eraser.

Where: Evison Lounge, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin

Cost: $48.00



This is your chance to do a 5-week introductory course to learn the traditional skills of Maori flax weaving. You will make a wide range of finished products including simple mats, konae (2 cornered basket), rourou (4 cornered basket) and putiputi (flowers).

When: March 9th - April 6th, 2017 [5 sessions: Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00pm].

Bring: Please wear old clothes, 8 “spring” clothes pegs and a cushion (optional as you will be sitting on the floor)

Where: Room 3, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin

Cost: $49.00



This course will give you an introduction to hand henna. You will cover the history, traditions and science behind henna, health aspects and an introduction to black henna, practising on paper, the theory behind making your own henna, making henna with stencils, how to hold the henna cone and plenty of practice on your own hands

When: April 3rd, 2017 [1 session: Monday 5:00 - 8:00pm]

Bring: You are not required to bring anything, the henna is provided.
NOTE: this course will be using 100% pure henna. This is the safest form of henna. How ever we can not guarantee that you will not react. Reactions that could potentially occur range from redness to itching, burning, swelling, scaling, broken skin, blistering or scaring. Therefore we recommend those with sensitive skin or dermatitis DO NOT enrol for this course.

Where: Otago Room, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin

Cost: $20.00



A course for everyone from beginners to experienced artists. These are tutored sessions i.e. both an instructor and a model are provided. This course aims to provide direction, constructive feedback and a basic skill set to aid in your drawing abilities whatever they may be. A step-by-step prescription for the perfect drawing is not provided. Instead you are encouraged to develop your own style.

When: May 2nd - May 30th, 2017 [5 sessions: Tuesday 7:30 - 9:30pm].
Bring: Any drawing material i.e. soft pencils, charcoal, conte, crayons or paints. A3 sized paper (at least cartridge quality), eraser, pencil sharpener, roll of masking tape (for attaching paper to drawing board). You can also bring water colour paints and suitable paper if you wish to draw directly with paint.
Where: Evison Lounge, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin



Learn how to drill and thread Paua to make your own gorgeous jewellery! In this workshop you will make specific pieces, learn and develop the skills to make a range of necklaces and/or bracelets that make ideal, cheap yet elegant presents. It is simple once you know how - you are limited only by your imagination.

When: April 4th, 2017 [Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00pm]

Bring: Everything is provided however we recommend you bring a container to take your precious new jewellery away

Where: Craft Studio, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin




This workshop will teach you how to prepare and mount your picture, then put all the pieces together to create a finished work of art. After you have completed the course, you are welcome to use our Framing Studio to work on any future projects and we can advise you on the most cost-effective way to buy your materials. Refresher workshops; If you have already done a beginner’s workshop and are interested in brushing up on your skills, you are welcome to join in with a beginner’s class and pay the refresher’s price. You bring your own materials and project and Jock is on hand to help you with your piece.

When: May 18th, 2017 [Thursday 5:00 - 8:00pm]

Bring: A print (no larger than 155mm by 210mm)

Where: Craft Studio, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin




This basic five week introductory course will cover a range of wheel throwing pottery skills where you learn how to build a variety of creations. During the first week you learn to work clay, centre your project and make a basic small cylinder, then in the second and third weeks you will learn how to make cups, saucers and bowls. In the fourth week you can get really creative while playing and experimenting with your own creations. The fifth and final week will be spent decorating and glazing your finished pieces. Those with previous pottery experience are encouraged to use the class time to work on their own projects, or join in with the rest of the class. Your finished pieces are returned to the OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre following the final firing and will be available for collection from the Centre (usually within 2-3 weeks after the final class).

When: Stream 1 March 7th - April 4th, 2017 [5 sessions Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00pm].

Stream 2 May 2nd - May 30th, 2017 [5 sessions Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00pm]

Bring: All equipment and materials is provided. Please wear comfortable, warm old clothing and an old towel to keep your clothes and hands clean whilst working.

Where: Otago Potters Group, 6 Neville Street, Dunedin (just down from the old Carisbrook Stadium site).

Cost: $91.00



This is an introductory course to the basics of sewing. You will learn how to set up a machine, the use of different stiches and feet and you will get the opportunity to complete a simple project (such as a pillow case or simple bag). The possibilities of modern sewing are endless.

When: April 27th - May 11th, 2017 [3 sessions Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30pm].

Bring: We will stock machines, sewing related tools and basic calico fabric is provided to practice. You will be required to bring your own fabric to complete your project. Suggestions and measurements will be suggested for this at the end of session one. 

Where: Room 5, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street, Dunedin