Art & Architecture Courses


NEW ART & ARCHITECTURE SERIES RECENTLY INTRODUCED: EarthDiverse introduced a new series of Art & Architecture courses in 2020 Term 4 with ART101: “An Introduction to the History of European Art & Architecture” with Dr Norman Franke, PhD. This course will be repeated in 2021 Term 4.


2021 Term 1: ART140: “The Spiritual in Modern Art” taught by Peter Dornauf. Peter also teaches our HIS303 “A Cultural History of Death” course, which was first introduced in 2020 Term 4.

New programmes coming in Terms 3, 4 and beyond, offered by Dr Ann McEwan:

  1. “Researching the History of your House or Building: a 3-hour workshop.” This short workshop provides a window into local history through the lens of attendees’ own homes (or other building of importance e.g. a church, post office, or school), and shares research methods and sources that can open up the field of New Zealand history in a tangible and personal manner.
  2. “New Zealand Architecture: A History of Contact, Culture, Construction and Design.” This course charts the chronology of NZ architecture since European colonisation and highlights the cultural patterns and themes that have created our built environment.
  3. “Heritage Matters: Exploring the Diverse Values of New Zealand’s Cultural Heritage.” In keeping with the kaupapa of EarthDiverse this course hopes to move the dial on why NZ’s cultural heritage matters, to whom it matters, and how we can achieve better environmental outcomes if we preserve and protect our historic heritage.
  4. “New Zealand Art History” course featuring painting, sculpture and Architectural History.

Dates and times for these courses to be announced soon.

For details on our current course offerings, click on the appropriate link(s) below.

Art & Architecture Courses:

If you have always wanted to find out more about the major époques of European art and to identify major styles of architecture, sculpture and painting, this course is for you.

This eight-week course, a part of our Art & Architecture series, is aimed at participants with little or no previous knowledge. From the ancient Greeks to the post-modern era, we use exemplary artwork to analyse major trends in Western art. The art objects will be analysed and discussed within the context of important historical & social developments. Participants learn to identify visual art and buildings from, for example, the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Georgian, Classicist and Modernist styles on the basis of their typical features.

NEXT OFFERED: 2021 Term 4


NEW COURSE: This series of eight talks, in our new Art and Architecture series, examines how the dimension of the spiritual exhibits itself in the secular art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

CURRENTLY OFFERED: 2021 Term 1 beginning Wednesday 17 February 2021.

New courses in this series are currently under development.

General Information:

For more detailed information on each series or course, when offered, class times and locations, and course fees and registration) click on the appropriate links above.

If the course you are interested in is not currently being taught, rest assured that it will be again in the future as we continuously rotate the courses on offer. We also plan to add additional courses and locations in the future. Please contact us if you are interested in having us teach in your area or through your local group, association or organisation.


  • All classes are taught from an objective point of view. These are classes about art & architecture in both Aotearoa New Zealand and the rest of the world, designed for participants to get a greater understanding of the depth and scope of the artistic diversity that exists within the world’s various cultural, ethnic, faith and belief traditions.
  • Syllabi are available at the start of each Term.
  • Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and there are no prerequisites for any of the Term courses.
  • All classes encourage questions and group discussion. There are no assignments, required readings, quizzes, tests or exams.
  • PDF copies of each class presentation are emailed to all participants the next day so that you are free to focus on class content rather than taking notes. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in and enjoy the discussions!
  • Course fees include a short tea/coffee/snack break in the middle of each session.
  • There are no refunds for missed classes.
  • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single class at no charge.
  • Certificates of Completion for any particular Term Course or Series are available for Professional Development purposes upon request at the end of each Term or Series.