The Pencil Room

with Emily Armstrong

Date: Feb 13 – Dec 31Space: Workshop


If you have never picked up a pencil or brush before The Pencil Room can help you develop essential art skills. You’ll be guided to express your inner creativity in a way that is relevant to your individual learning style.

The Pencil Room’s beginner drawing and painting classes are designed to give you all the essential skills you need through content that is interesting, accessible and customised to your level. Check out current classes and workshops to find one that will help you uncover your own inner artist!

EMILY ARMSTRONG Master Art & Design (AUT)

Emily works in a wide range of media including painting, ceramics and installation. She has been a finalist in notable national awards such as the Wallace Art Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award. She has a Master of Art & Design from AUT and has over 10 years experience teaching adults, including teaching art at tertiary level at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Whitecliffe College of Art & Design, Auckland.


Learn To Draw: Tuesdays 6.00 – 8.00pm, 13th Feb – 26th March: This course is suitable for complete beginners or for those people who want a refresher to get back into art. All students receive a start-up drawing materials pack including pencils and a sketchbook.


Mindful Drawing | Wellbeing Class: Tuesdays 5.30 – 7pm, 30th April – 28th May

Join Emily for five weeks of mindful drawing projects. Each project is designed to exercise your creativity and help restore a sense of inner calm by focusing on the experience of drawing.

This is not a traditional ‘learn to draw’ course so we wont be covering how to draw realistic subjects. Instead, you’ll learn techniques for using a drawing journal as an outlet to record your experiences and memories.  These adults art classes are about using drawing as a form of personal expression. You’ll be guided to explore and develop your own personal style whether it becomes abstract, quirky or representational – there is no right or wrong!  No drawing experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment with drawing without judgement of the outcome.

This course is made possible by funding from Hawkes Bay Foundation and Waiohiki Arts Village Trust as part of ongoing community recovery from Cyclone Gabrielle.


Drawing Portraits | Progress Course: Tuesdays 6.00 – 8.00pm 20th Aug – 24th Sept

Take your drawing to the next level and start drawing people!

In this six week course Emily will introduce you to a variety of drawing approaches and techniques for drawing portraits.

Over the first four weeks you will learn:

• How to draw eyes, noses, mouths and hair
• Proportion and shading techniques
• How to draw a face from different viewpoints

In the last two weeks you will work on producing a finished portrait drawing of your own with individual assistance and feedback.  No portrait drawing experience necessary. This course is suitable for people who are comfortable with basic sketching and shading or who have taken the Learn To Draw seven week course.

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