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Express Yourself
Art & Nature
with Liam & Tammy Downes
Husband and wife team Liam and Tammy invite you to discover a slice of paradise in their own backyard. Liam is a celebrated Auckland artist with a keen focus on expressions of nature, while Tammy fights on the front line of Kauri Rescue. Their land has become an area of significant scientific research, with more than 150 kauri trees injected and tested to help combat the kauri die-back disease, which is prevalent in their area. What better way to get inspired than to be surrounded by the kauri forests and sea views of Auckland's Waitakere ranges.
Tailored to suit, this unique experience caters for your creative urges. Liam will guide you on an artistic journey driven by his life journey as an 'expressionist' painter. By appointment Tammy will share her learnings and take you through the native bush trail, enlightening you on Kauri Rescue's mission of working with the trees to prolong their legacy.
Rejuvenate by enjoying a traditional cream tea - Scones with jam and thick cream, served with tea or coffee.
(Private Class / Groups)
Liam will guide you through the basics of painting (colours, mediums and mixing paints) to match your level of experience, from beginners to active painters ready to explore their expressionistic side; along with step-by-step instructions on how to create your own 'masterpiece'.
All materials are provided, including blankets (if required), easels, acrylic paints, aprons, brushes, palette knife and mixed tools and mediums. Canvas and/or art boards can also be provided upon request. Either way, you or your group will have a completed painting ready to take home and hang up on your wall.
NB: Liam uses studio quality acrylic paint - it is water based, fast drying and washes off hands easily. He recommends you wear old clothes or a smock as he cannot guarantee the transparent integrity of all stains!
(Private Class / Groups)
The kids will be given the necessary tools to be guided through a voyage of artistic discovery. They will complete a piece of art that will be unique to them - no 2 pieces the same. We recommend 1 hour of art time for a group of 10 children. The workshop can be split into 2x 30 minutes with a guided explore of 'the enchanted kauri forest'. Prizes for 'first to spot the honey bee tree' and 'the biggest kauri', etc are optional.
The Works (Private / Groups)
Take a guided tour around the kauri trail (approx 30 minutes) before unleashing your creative side (1 or 2hrs), breaking for cream tea to recharge.
How Does It Work?


As rates vary per person depending on group size and session times, we don't like to put your experience in a box.

Art workshops are 1 off sessions or 5 or 10 week programmes. Programmes are tailored to suit your experience and individual or group requirements.

Please fill out the form below and we'll get back to you with a price:

Company Info

Rockit Art & Design Ltd

69 Kauri Point Road


Auckland 0604