Activities

Please note that under the Orange setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, all adult visitors to the gallery must wear a mask unless they can show a valid exemption.

Net-Working with Matthew McIntyre Wilson

Get hands on with harakeke
Sunday 26 June / 1 – 4pm / $40pp


For Matariki, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson will host a Net-Working event. You will learn how to make a simple bag from harakeke (flax) that can be used to gather kai from your local supermarket, backyard or further afield!
This wānanga is for all skill levels.

Rangatahi (12+) are welcome to attend with their caregivers.

People participating in creative activity at Oxford Gallery

How To: Creative Communities

Explore the possibilities and fund your creative projects
Thursday 28 July 2022 6:30pm – 8:00pm / Free / Koha $5-10


The Creative Communities Scheme supports art activities throughout the Waimakariri district, but you may be wondering how it can apply to your practice as an artist or creative practitioner. Join us at the gallery to explore ideas, with our friend and board member, Ilona Rogers. You may be surprised by what can be funded!

For background on Creative Communties, visit: https://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/community/funding-and-grants/creative-communities.

This event is free but we would be grateful for a koha of $5-10 to cover our costs, payable at the gallery.

young people making ceramic objects in the Oxford Gallery studio

Kids Can Clay: Natural Impressions 11-15 years

a ceramics workshop for tamariki aged 11-15 years
Saturday 4 June / 10.30 – 12.30pm / $15pp


Ceramic artists Ruth and June will show you how to craft beautiful objects in clay using found materials from nature and pottery stamps. Once the pieces are fired we will contact you to tell you your pieces are ready for collection.

You will make a hanging bird feeder and a planter for a Kowhai tree seeding or succulent (included). 

Scavenge for seasonal treasures (eg. leaves, acorns, seedheads, feathers, shells) and bring them along if you wish (some will be supplied by the tutor).

Booking essential.

young people making ceramic objects in the Oxford Gallery studio

Kids Can Clay: Natural Impressions 6-10 years

a ceramics workshop for tamariki aged 6 – 10 years
Saturday 28 May / 10.30 – 12.30pm / $15pp


This event is fully booked.

Ceramic artists Ruth and June will teach you how to craft beautiful objects in clay using found materials from nature. Once the pieces are fired we will contact you to tell you your pieces are ready for collection.

You will make an owl sculpture, hanging bird feeder and a small pinch pot planter with a succulent included.

Scavenge for seasonal treasures (eg. leaves, acorns, seedheads, feathers, shells) and bring them along (some will be supplied by the tutor)

Caregivers are not required to supervise during the session, but are welcome to spend time at the gallery, or visit the local shops and cafes while you wait. 

Booking essential.

Life Drawing May-June 2022

Weekly from Thursday 19 May for five weeks


This course has started but casual bookings are still available. Please click the button below to book.

Oxford Gallery will host our popular Life Drawing sessions again this May and June. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised! 

Life Drawing is the practice of drawing the human figure from a live model and teaches observation and drawing skills. This course is open to beginners and experienced artists. You don’t have to know ‘how to draw’ to draw the human figure. You will not be judged on your drawing here; even the most experienced artists are learning, so if you feel like challenging yourself creatively and learning a new skill, you are welcome!

Artist and tutor Casey will suggest exercises to try or you can be self-directed. 

  • Drawing boards, easels, newsprint and sugar paper provided.
  • Bring your own drawing materials (for beginners we recommend a soft pencil – 2B or softer – or charcoal). Experienced artists may bring their preferred materials.
  • Tea and coffee provided
  • Thursdays 7-9pm (please arrive at 6.45 for prompt 7pm start)
  • 19, 26 May and 2,9,16 June

Ticket options:
$120 for a block of 5 sessions
OR
Buy individual sessions at $30 per session. 

Booking essential.

Past Activities

Ceramics for Primary School Youth

Monday 4 October 10am – 12pm 2021

Hand built trinket dish, christmas tree decoration and soap dish.
$15 per person

Ceramics for Intermediate to High School Youth

11 October 1.00pm – 3.00pm 2021

Hand built T-Light candle holders
$15 per person

Printmaking All School Age Children

Wednesday 13 October 10.00am – 1.00pm 2021

Learn and create your own drypoint prints , made with plastic plate, sharp tools and ink.
Bring images, pictures, or photos so you can create your own unique prints.

$15 per person

Printmaking for Adults

Sunday 17 October 10.00am – 3.00pm 2021

Learn and create your own drypoint prints , made with plastic plate, sharp tools and ink.
Bring images, pictures, or photos so you can create your own unique prints.

$60 per person

Ceramics for Adults

Saturday 23 October 10.00am – 4.00pm or
Sunday 6 November 10.00am – 4.00pm

2021


Create a range of 5 handbuilt objects
$135 per person, includes glazes and two firings