Our 2024 Term 2 courses begin the week of Mon 6 May 2024.


For details on any of our past Art & Architecture course offerings, click on the appropriate link(s) below. Please note that courses rotate throughout the year and not all courses are offered every term. Click on the classes you are interested in to see when they are offered. New courses are introduced every term.

OUR NEWEST COURSE:  ART301: Twelve Isms: Philosophy Meets Art in the Modern World with Peter Dornauf, MA; Wednesdays beginning 8 May 2024, 11:00am-1:00pm for 3 consecutive weekly sessions.

All 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.

LAST OFFERED: 2022 Term 2. Our Term 2 course begins Thursday 12 May 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm.

NEXT OFFERED: 2024 Term 3 (July-September)

TWO-DAY KID’S CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAMME: 18-19 April 2022, 9:00-1:30pm

With this short creative arts school holiday workshop for kids aged 8-13 years, we’ll explore, through photos, paintings, visual materials, and using all of our senses, concentrate on the visual and develop our children’s abilities to see things differently. In this workshop, we’ll challenge our students to THINK by giving them tools to find ways of representing any concept. We’ll explore possible reasons for WHY we chose one way of creating and not other, understanding how trends, culture, generation or mood affects our choices. We’ll also traverse time and space to learn basic knowledge about the HISTORY of the Visual Arts.

OFFERED: 2022 Term 1 course begins on Tuesday 8 March 2022

NEXT OFFERED: This successful course will be offered again soon.

An informative and practical 4-week course introducing participants to the history of and meaning behind Māori visual design.  This course has a large practical component, so bring along your art books, pencils, erasers and enthusiasm for a hands-on journey into  this special cultural art form.  No previous art experience necessary. This course is offered as an in-person course but we’ve added a Zoom component for those who wish to stay home and participate.

OFFERED: 3-hour workshop on Saturday 10 September 2022, 11:00am-2:00pm.

Chef Jacques is coming to explore the kitchen with all the creative tools he’s got! We will create a muppet (mouth puppet) and learn how to move the puppets in short scenes. No previous art experience necessary. All materials included. This course is offered as an in-person workshop only.

OFFERED: Next offered Saturday 1 October 2022, 11:00am-2:00pm during School Holidays.

Loco the Taco is coming to explore the kitchen with all the creative tools he’s got! We will create a muppet (mouth puppet) and learn how to move the puppets in short scenes. No previous art experience necessary. All materials included. This course is offered as an in-person workshop only. Please note that Parents and Caregivers of 8 year olds need to stay and supervise their child (no cost).

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

LAST OFFERED: 2022 Term 3. Wednesdays 11:00am-1:00pm beginning on Wednesday 3 August 2022.

This course charts the chronology of New Zealand architecture since European colonisation and explores the cultural patterns and themes that have created our built environment.

NEXT OFFERED: Date and time to be announced.

This series of eight talks will take us from the very early beginnings that start with Māori petroglyphic art, through to the latest postmodern productions in the twenty first century.

OFFERED: 2022 Term 4: Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm beginning 21 October 2022

In this series, each of twelve-isms (e.g. Atheism, Existentialism, Postmodernism) will be explored, via the image of a famous piece of art from the 20th century, to understand the term, its historical context, and to see how it became embodied and expressed in a particular painting. This 3-week course will examine four isms in each session.

OFFERED: 2024 Term 2: Wednesdays 11:00am-1:00pm beginning 8 May 2024

ART405: “A Day at the Auckland Art Gallery”  w/ Peter Dornauf & Norman Franke, PhD

This one-day excursion will take art lovers from the Waikato to the Auckland Art Gallery to explore their collections. Lead by Peter Dornauf, MA, and Norman Franke, PhD. Cost includes the round-trip bus fare, entry, and guided tours with Norman and Peter.

OFFERED: 2024 Term 1: Saturday, 23 March 2024, from 9:00am-6:00pm-ish.



NEW: ART301: Twelve Isms: Philosophy Meets Art in the Modern World with Peter Dornauf, MA; Wednesdays beginning 8 May 2024, 11:00am-1:00pm for 3 consecutive weekly sessions.

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.


  • Term 1: begins the week on Mon 19 Feb, and ends Fri 12 Apr 2024
  • Term 2: begins the week of Mon 6 May, and ends Fri 28 Jun 2024
  • Term 3: begins the week of Mon 29 Jul, and ends Fri 20 Sep 2024
  • Term 4: begins the week of Mon 21 Oct, and ends Fri 13 Dec 2024

LOCATION: All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front on Anglesea Street.



  • Waged: NZ$200 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)
  • Unwaged/Student/Senior: NZ$175 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)

Art Workshops are offered at various prices. See each course or workshop’s individual page for course detail and pricing & registration information.


In addition to our regular in-person classes offered in Hamilton, we offer ‘Distance Learning’ options for all of our courses. These on-line live-streaming distance-learning options are offered via free Zoom software. Distance-learning options have been added for those living outside the Waikato or for those unable to attend our in-person classes in Hamilton. If you are a Distance-Learner you have the option of joining our regular live classroom sessions via Zoom at the regularly scheduled class time, or you can watch a video-recording of the Zoom classroom session at your leisure and study at your own pace.

Your instructor will send you instructions once you have registered for your course.


Select the appropriate course link above, which will take you to the page for that particular course. Read the details for that course, and if you’d like to register, click on the blue “Register” button which will take you to Registration and Payment pages where you can securely enter in your payment details. A receipt will automatically be generated for you.