Castle Hill Creative

Workshops

As well as touring the exhibition in the community hall, and viewing the original artwork on display and for sale, you may also like to spend your time in the village attending one or more of the workshops being held. There will be a map at the village community hall for location of workshops.  Coffee and cake will be available to buy all day outside the Village Hall.

Participants will be asked for a $2 gold coin donation at workshop venues, – workshops are usually one hour and materials provided – unless stated otherwise below.

Workshop Timetable

Saturday 3rd April

TimeMeetDetails
9am – Photo TrailVillage HallJoin John O’Malley and Conor Boyd around the village for tips and tricks on landscape photography, conditions will dictate where exact location. Will probably require initial travel by car, so please be prepared to car-pool. (potentially Kura Tawhiti or beyond) – allow 2 hrs
9am – Kids Stone painting21 Torlesse PlaceMaree will guide children to paint prepared stones with their own designs. These will be spray varnished later that evening when dry and will be available for you to hide around the village on Sunday. Pick them up from the cake marquee (next to hall) from Sunday morning onwards. Then you can spend some time finding each others’ and hiding them again.
10am – Learn to DowseOn the Village GreenDowsing has been used throughout world history to locate underground water, iron, tin, coal and more recently oil, electric cables, drains and ancient archaeological sites. In this session Barry will teach you how to dowse including for subtle earth energies. Dowsing rods provided.
10am – Botanicals walkVillage HallJoin Pat for a local bush and surroundings lookabout of the flora and fauna that surrounds the village and local high country. Short walk and wander to explore. If chilly please be in warm clothing and and whatever the weather – sturdy shoes (may run slightly over an hour.)
10am – Carve and print a stamp/ Water-coloured botanicalsVillage Hall MarqueeSoon-Lee will guide participants to carve and print a small stamp, and get to do a little watercolour botanical painting. The participants will be split into two groups, with each group spending the first hour doing either stamp carving or watercolour painting, and then switching for the second hour. It will be possible for people just to attend either the first or the second hour if they wish and just try one of the two activities. This workshop has been provided by Selwyn Libraries. Limited numbers to 20 – session repeated in the afternoon.
Age restricted to 16+ (because we will be working with carving tools).
10.30am – Kids ZentangleThe Doug – 60 Trelissick LoopIldica will help kids draw with dots, curves, lines and orbs, to create a beautiful small piece of ‘star themed’ tangle patterns artwork, built up in a simple and creative way. Suitable for ages 6 and up.
12 noon – Kids Craft15 Porter PlaceHelene will guide children to explore their creativity in lots of different ways with a selection of natural materials to create some 3-dimensional designs, mini sculptures or pictures.
1.30pm – Kids Beading33 Torlesse PlaceJackie will support children as they build their own necklace or bracelet from a wide selection of fancy and fantastic beads onto an elastic string. Supervision and help with tying the knot and sealing the join, is given, but their creativity can run loose!
1.30pm – Carve and print a stamp/ Water-coloured botanicalsVillage Hall MarqueeSoon-Lee will guide participants to carve and print a small stamp, and get to do a little watercolour botanical painting. The participants will be split into two groups, with each group spending the first hour doing either stamp carving or watercolour painting, and then switching for the second hour. It will be possible for people just to attend either the first or the second hour if they wish and just try one of the two activities. This workshop has been provided by Selwyn Libraries. Limited numbers to 20 – repeat of the earlier morning session.
Age restricted to 16+ (because we will be working with carving tools).
2pm – Visible Mending12C Cheeseman TerraceCarol will guide you through some tips and tricks to create beautiful and creative ways to make a feature of your clothing tears. Materials supplied (although you can bring that item that needs mending). She will help you enhance your clothing in a decorative fashion.
16+ (or school aged kids with supervision) as there will be sharp scissors and needles in use.
3pm – Kids Craft15 Porter PlaceHelene will guide children to explore their creativity in lots of different ways with a selection of natural materials to create some 3-dimensional designs, mini sculptures or pictures.
4.30pm – Decorate your bike JudgingTennis Court at the Village HallBring your decorated bike along for judging. 🙂 Children can enter this competition for free, but must decorate their bike (and themselves too if they wish), to win some creative prizes – you must be able to ride your bike whilst decorated!
10-4pm – Selwyn District Edge Connector VehicleParked at the Village HallProvided by Selwyn District Libraries, you can take part in an Artistic Virtual Reality Experience, using Tilt Brush, creating 3D art work in a virtual world, view our 3D printer at work, have a go at light pad and water-colour pen art and take time to browse our shelves for art form related text or a great read.
7pm – Cycle touring in IcelandThe Doug – 60 Trelissick LoopBack in the olden days when international trips were possible, Sue and John flew to Iceland three times to undertake bike trips. In 2015 they cycle toured along parts of the coastal perimeter, In 2016 they returned to bikepack across the barren interior highlands and, against all commonsense, returned yet again in 2017 to traverse some of the more remote and wilder parts of the interior (namely the parts they had been warned against going to the previous year). Apart from putting up with a lot of pretty appalling weather, they spent many days in the barren interior wilderness, skirting around huge icecaps, camping under the northern lights and luxuriating in geothermal pools- a real life changing experience. If you are interested in finding out more (or are even just curious as to why anyone would voluntarily put themselves through such ordeals multiple times) John will be giving a phototalk of the trips.

Sunday 4th April

TimeMeetDetails
9.30am – Easter Egg HuntVillage HallThe annual hunt is on again, no cash donations but please get your donation of chocolate eggs to 19 Slalom Place before 8.30am on Easter Sunday (and extra bunnies will also be welcome at 8.30am to help set up)
10.30am – Kids craft & stone painting15 Porter PlaceHelene will guide children to explore their creativity with a selection of natural materials to create some 3 dimensional designs, mini sculptures or pictures.
Maree will also be offering another session of stone painting (10 max, first come, first served).
10.30am – Hand lettering embroidery12C Cheeseman TerraceCarol will guide you through the process of using hand lettering embroidery for naming towels etc. Bring along your towel to be named – all other materials provided.
16+ (or school aged kids with supervision) as there will be sharp scissors and needles in use.
12 noon – ZentangleThe Doug – 60 Trelissick LoopAn easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Come along and see how your creativity appears in the Zentangle zone. Ildica will guide you through creating non-representative art work by drawing structured ‘tangles’. This workshop is for adults and older kids. There is a session for younger children on Saturday, and also an adult and child session later on Sunday.
1.30pm – Kids Beading33 Torlesse PlaceJackie will support children as they build their own necklace or bracelet from a wide selection of fancy and fantastic beads onto an elastic string. Supervision and help with tying the knot and sealing the join, is given, but their creativity can run loose!
2pm – Zentangle DuoThe Doug – 60 Trelissick LoopAdult and child – get creative together! Come along to an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This Zentangle class will run as a creative project to do as a pair. If you want to come along with a friend (of any age) and work together you are also most welcome. This workshop is for all ages.
2.30-4pm – Jazz afternoonVillage GreenCome and listen to some to some jazz and easy afternoon tunes with Reuben & John on keyboards, along with Valeriy on violin playing some classical, romantic and gypsy music; grab a cake and tea from the Marquee and be entertained for the afternoon. Short intermission half way through.