Art – Beginner Yr7-9

Beginner Visual Arts 


Class (1) Beginner Visual Arts 11+

Who:   A beginner class for home educated students 11 years+.

What:   Students will learn basic drawing & painting skills & develop a basic understanding of art-making practices and theory.

When & Where:   Thursdays 11:45am to 1:00pm @North Shore YMCA 

Tutor:   Samantha Thomsen 

Class (2) Beginner Visual Arts 12+

Who:  A beginner class for home educated teenaged students 12 years+.

What:   Students will learn basic drawing & painting skills & develop a basic understanding of art-making practices and theory.

When & Where:  Thursdays 1:00pm to 2:15pm @North Shore YMCA 

Tutor:   Samantha Thomsen 

Term Two (2019) Dates

Senior: Thursday, May 2nd – 4th July (10wks)

Foundation: Thursday, May 2nd – 4th July (10wks)

Beginner: Thursday, May 2nd – 4th July (10wks)

Class (3) Foundation Visual Arts

Who:   This course is a mixed Yr10 and Yr11 class and is best suited to students aged 13+. 

What:   A complete Visual Arts course where Level 1 NCEA credits are available, as are CENZ Yr10 Foundation or Level 1 credits for HSNZ students.

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Term 1:     Sculptures inspired by Henri Moore.

Term 2:      Developing gesture drawing and painting skills using mannequins and photography.

Term 3:     Mixed Media and Developing a related body of work in a folio.

Term 4:     Using print-making techniques to explore cultural conventions. 

When & Where:   Thursdays 1:00pm – 2:30pm @North Shore YMCA (Rendle Room)

Tutor:   Nina Lawgun

Class (4) Senior Visual Arts

Who:   An advanced class fully aligned with NCEA Visual Arts level 2 (Yr12).

What:   Over three terms students will produce a systematic body of work informed by established practice.

This will include theoretical components in:


  • Art History
  • Art Theory
  • Artist model research & response
  • Art Analysis
  • Thematic research, brainstorming and idea generation
  • Visual research and media experimentation

And practical production of their own works to demonstrate their understanding and application of the above.

Practical art-making components include:michal-trpak.jpg

  • Tonal drawing from observation using pencils, charcoal and ink.
  • Acrylic painting 
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media Art
  • Composite artworks

The third term will see students produce a body of work for a two-panelled NCEA style external folio assessment.

This course brings with it a demanding workload as a full year’s work needs to be completed over 9 – 10 months.

When & Where:   Thursdays 2:30pm – 4:15pm @North Shore YMCA (Rendle Room)

Tutor:   Nina Lawgun

Beginner, Foundation, and Senior Visuals Arts classes run weekly at the North Shore YMCA (5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote) to coincide with other HASCA and homeschool activities which happen there each week! Nina Lawgun also offers various Language and Composition classes. (See ‘What’s On?!‘)

* Register Now for 2019 *

If you are interested in joining any of the Visual Arts classes detailed above, please contact Nina Lawgun via or 021-2045952, or via the contact form below.  Nina welcomes your enquiries.

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HASCA does not directly run this activity but is very happy to recommend, promote, and support this programme. Nina is a homeschooling parent, and a HASCA member and committee executive. Please support Nina through participation as she provides this wonderful learning opportunity for our home educated children. 

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