Upcoming classes

2021 classes!

The Anti-Perfectionism Drawing Class

Tuesday nights 6.30 – 8.30pm, Studio 30, Toi Poneke

Sept 14th, 21st, 28th, 5th October. All materials, and model fees provided – $245 per person

A series of 4 creative workshops to get together, connect and explore through anti-perfectionist, expressive drawing. We will make abstract, expressive drawings, and also draw a model for 2 sessions.

Developed over lockdown, March 2020, this class creates a space where learning, making mistakes, and relaxing through creative play is ok and welcomed. Lets make a mess, get moving on the page, and enjoy some time together!

Everything is moving so fast, so these sessions will provide an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and share. Whatever speed you’re moving at is all good, whatever feelings you’re having, are welcome. The page is your space, to explore and see.

We will use a variety of materials, and techniques that are accessible to all, regardless of experience. The environment created will be a fun, supportive and safe place with  a sense of community and connection. 

What people said last time-

“I felt like I was in a safe, stress free place from the get go…”

“I really enjoyed your gentle approach at teaching and your ability to guide us through our journey by sharing techniques and ideas, rather than strict rules on how we are ‘meant to draw.’ 

“I have a new found joy in using charcoal as a way to connect with whanau and help with creative block.”

“enlightening, tranquil and engaging.”

Get in touch to save your place!

This class is suitable for all levels of drawing experience.

Queer and Trans drawing class – coming soon – with added community goodness!

Sian Torrington has been drawing for well over a decade, and is currently interested in the place where abstraction and figurative drawing meets, to represent the embodied, living subject. She has taught at COCA for the last seven years, exhibited nationally and internationally, and works from a studio in Wellington.

 What people say about Siân:

Siân creates a space where people feel brave enough to use the platform (or the environment) she’s created to say what they think and they can trust that she will hear that and reflect that, in a way that strengthens their voice.” Workshop participant

“Your classes are utterly different to anything from books and more traditional classes. …Your leadership is outstanding and I was really glad to have the classes work like a unified team rather than a bunch of individuals.” Workshop participant

“Your accessible, warm and inspiring teaching reached each of our diverse group with intuition and intellect. You also kept us all on track!” Workshop participant