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Art & Nature Discovery
PRIVATE • GROUPS • TOURS • PARTIES • FUNDRAISERS
KIDS • ADULTS • FAMILIES
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 Tree Rescue. Their garden has over 150 kauri trees, and has become an area of significant scientific research to help combat the die-back disease, which is prevalent in the area; be inspired by the giant kauri forest and surrounding black sands of Auckland's Waitakere ranges.
Tailored to suit, Liam will guide you on an artistic journey driven by his years of experience as both 'expressionist' painter and commercial illustrator, with knowledge across multiple styles and techniques.
By appointment Tammy can share her Kauri Rescue learnings and take you through the native bush trail. Liam and Tammy also offer fun and informative Nature Discovery quizes for kids and BIG KIDS!
Rejuvenate by enjoying a traditional cream tea, with scones, jam and thick cream, served with tea, coffee or a cold drink.
PAINT WITH A PRO ARTIST
Work alongside a professional artist, as they share tricks and tips of achieving 'expression' through art. You will consider inspiration, what makes you tick, as well as technique (colours, mediums and mixing paints) matching your level of experience; from beginners to active painters, ready to explore your own expressive side. You or your group will have a completed painting ready to take home and hang on your wall. Please note - the artist DOES NOT and WILL NOT put you in a box, or paint by numbers, and guarantees no 2 paintings will ever be the same!
Some common inspirational subects and themes include:
Sustainability / Regrowth / Trees / Flowers / Still life / Figures / Imagination / or your own source of reference (e.g. pet / portrait / landscape photos / mood board). Basically.. there are no rules!
For a small cost materials can be provided, including easels, acrylic paints, brushes, palette knives, plus a selection of fabrics, mixed tools and mediums.
*See 'Material Levy' below.
NB: Liam mostly uses studio quality acrylic paint - it is water based, fast drying and washes off hands easily. That said, Liam recommends you wear old clothes or a smock, as he cannot guarantee the transparent compliance of all stains! If a different artist is selected they may have their own material requirements, which will be clearly stated and advised in advance.
Art Discovery - Young Buds
Discover a unique way of seeing the world around us. Your child will be given the necessary tools to be guided through a fun and engaging artistic journey. Liam will adapt the session to the child's abilities, passions and skillsets.
We recommend every 1 hour of art time is paused for a break and/or refreshments. The workshops can be 1hr to 3hrs max. A fun way to take a break is a guided explore of 'the enchanted kauri forest', with prizes for 'first to spot the honey bee tree' and 'the biggest kauri'.
Your child will complete a piece of art that will be unique to them.
NB: You can mix the groups young and old, so mum and dad can get creative alongside their little ones. The pricing structure is the same for all ages. Liam and Tammy create experiences to suit all.
Express Yourself -Adults
Be inspired by nature, still life or your imagination. Bring a special photo or go with the flow. You will be guided through a voyage of artistic discovery, whatever you choose to paint. Liam will adapt the session to get the most out of your passions and skillsets.
We recommend every 1 hour of art time is paused to recalibrate your eyes. A 30 minute break can be organised to engage in a guided tour of the kauri forest and/or enjoy some refreshments.*
You will complete a piece of art that will be unique to you.
ADULTS & CHILDREN
Art Discovery - $120 p/hr
1 on 1
Art Discovery - $60 p/hr p/person
2-5 people (minimum 2)
Art Discovery - $40 p/hr p/person
6+ people (minimum 6)
To give you the opportunity to discover a range of products, without having to bring anything from home (except an open mind), we offer a material levy for each person, which covers 1x 20"x30" canvas 1 day, 2x canvas 5 days, 3x canvas 10 days, plus a range of brushes and tools, professional standard acrylic paint and mixed media/materials, plus your own easel that will be used for the duration. If you prefer to bring your own materials we can discuss like-for-like product quality and replacements.
1 day - $60
5 days - $120
10 days - $240
How Does It Work?
As preferences and requirements vary for individuals and group we don't like to put your experience in a box. The prices and session times are a guide only. Feel free to discuss a tailor made experience to suit you or your group. Art workshops are 1 off sessions or structured courses over selected weeks, usually 1x workshop p/wk. Programmes are tailored to your artistic experience and individual or group requirements.
Guided Kauri Tour (approx 30mins) - $10 p/person
Discover Nature Walk & Quiz (approx 30 mins) - $10 p/person
Find the Punga Folk - Liam's 'hidden' organic garden sculpture (allow additional 15 mins with Nature Discovery, included)
Hot and cold drinks available
Fill out the form below and we can organise a time, budget and agenda to suit you or your group.
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