Otago Polytechnic

Night classes

Night classes run in short blocks throughout the year. They are usually in the evening but we have some day classes too. They are a chance to develop new skills, refresh familiar ones, or simply enjoy doing what you love. They are not assessed but you can gain skills that may lead you toward qualifications. We have a wide range of subjects so explore the website and pick from what is on offer.

 

NIGHT CLASSES

Drawing with confidence night class (held in Wanaka)

  • Wanaka
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Explore art methods and media, learn new skills, discover what you enjoy most and develop creative ideas!

Life Drawing night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

The aim of this class is to expand your perception and ability to express that perception through drawing.

Introduction to Photography night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn the basics of digital photography! Great for beginners that are looking to get control of the technical aspects of their camera. The course also covers Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, a Darkroom Taster, Digital Scanning and Printing.

Photography night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Time to start crafting your photos!! This class is great for those that have completed the Introduction to Photography course and want to add to the skills they have previously learned. It is also ideal for those who are confident with the setting of their camera but would like to work on the composition of their images. This course covers Composition, Lighting (in the lighting studio), Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, a Darkroom Taster, Digital Scanning and Printing.

Darkroom Photography

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply Apply anytime

Want to learn about darkroom photography? Under the warmth of a yellow safe light, you will be introduced to gelatin silver photography and the practice of processing and developing your own black and white films and prints.

Introduction to Printmaking night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

We deal with printed images every day. Anything that is made in a reproducible format is a print; photocopies, posters, photographs etc. This class teaches a process-based approach to making prints.

Printmaking morning class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

This class teaches a process-based approach to making art, covering the technical aspects of printmaking, looking at how the processes and functions inform the strategy of making art; at how the medium or technique exists as the means to realise an idea. It is suitable for those with prior printmaking experience.

Introduction to Jewellery night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Jewellery classes will have a different skill focus per term. These may include basic ring making or using resin for colour, translucency and embedding.

Jewellery night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Jewellery classes will have a different skill focus per term. These may include basic ring making or using resin for colour, translucency and embedding.

Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.

Introduction to Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.

Digital Painting night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Digital Painting has become a key element within the film and game industry's developmental pipeline. In an industry that continues to grow, the ability to draw and paint digitally has become essential. If you have an imagination and a passion for film and games, why not give it go. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of Digital Painting in Photoshop.

Introduction to Painting night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

These classes will explore the material language of acrylic paint. Emphasis will be on your discovery of mark-making through painterly experimentation and play. Each lesson has a different theme. Classes are suitable for beginners.

Painting night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

These classes will explore the material language of acrylic paint. Emphasis will be on your discovery of mark-making through painterly experimentation and play. Each lesson has a different theme. Classes are suitable for those with previous experience.

Sculpture night class: Ceramics

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Want to learn how to build forms and figures in clay? This night class will introduce you to the hand building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building. The workshop is ideal for those with no previous clay experience but also for those who have some experience with clay.

Sculpture night class: Modelling animals in clay

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn to create small animals in clay using the techniques of coiling, slab building and pinching to achieve a recognisable likeness of the animal form.

Textile Art night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Explore a variety of techniques associated with textiles and develop the skills and ability to translate these to fabric through a textiles-based project.

 

FAQs

 

  Can I buy a voucher for night classes to give to someone as a gift?

Yes, vouchers can be purchased at Customer Services, in the main entrance to Otago Polytechnic on Forth St. The recipient is instructed to email anca@op.ac.nz quoting the voucher number to book the class of their choice (subject to availability).

  How to enrol?

To enrol onlinesimply select the class of your choice from the class list above, and click on the APPLY tab in the top right corner of the page. This will take you to our Eventbrite page where you can apply and pay online.

To enrol in person, visit Customer Services at Otago Polytechnic, in the Main Entrance on Forth St, where staff will assist you with completing an application form. 

Confirmation: You will receive confirmation of your enrolment via email.

 

  Can I cancel my enrolment?

To cancel your enrolment please email anca@op.ac.nz. Please note that you need to cancel your class BEFORE the start date in order to get a refund.

  Can I enrol for a full year?

Yes. Simply enrol four times in each of the four terms. You will have to pay at the time of enrolment.

  I have decided I want to do a different class. How do I change from one class to another?

To change classes, please email anca@op.ac.nz. You will only be able to do the class you want to if there are spaces available.

  Where do I go?

The Dunedin School of Art is located in Riego Street which is accessible off Albany Street.  A campus map is located here https://www.op.ac.nz/students/campuses/dunedin/map/

  What time does my class start?

Classes start at 6pm and end at 8pm. The only exception to this is on Wednesday. Please arrive 5 minutes early to allow time to set up.

  What do I need to bring, and where do I purchase supplies?

Look under the ‘Materials’ tab for what to bring to class. Art Zone and Warehouse Stationary are the 2 main art supplies shops in Dunedin. Art Zone http://www.art-zone.co.nz/home.php is located in Hanover St, and Warehouse Stationery https://www.warehousestationery.co.nz/ is at 398 Cumberland St, and 205 Anderson Bay Rd.  

Some specialised materials can be bought from your tutor in class. Feel free to bring images that you would like to use in your work.

Please note: if you can’t find a particular material, ask your tutor about it during the first class.

  What level do I need to be at to do the non-Introduction classes?

If you have a small amount of previous experience in a subject you can do the non-Introduction class. If you are in doubt, it is best to do the Introduction class in a subject; and it never hurts to go over the basics. After doing the Introduction class for one term, you can progress to the non-Introduction class the following term.

  Do classes build on previous lessons from term to term? Or do they repeat the same content each term?

There is a mix of new information each term, for those who are doing the same class all year, but also a repeat of the same class each term for those attending for the first time. You can start a class at the beginning of any of the 4 terms. In many subjects, you can progress from the Introduction class to the non-Introduction class. Many students attend Art Night Classes in order to work on their own projects, with individual attention and guidance from the tutor.

  Do I have to be a current tertiary student to do Night Classes? Do I have to pay international fees?

Art night classes are open to everyone in the community, students and public alike. There is no extra fee for international students. The Art Night Classes do not result in a qualification.

  I am a high school student, does my enrolment in this night class effect my eligibility for FeesFree?

In the case of the Art night classes, no it does not.  Our classes are offered at Level 1 whereas FeesFree only takes into account anything at Level 3 or higher.

  My child is 14 and wants to do a Night Class. Is there an age limit?

Because we are a tertiary institution, students under 16 need to have a letter of permission from their high school principal (also signed by a parent), or parent if home-schooled. Classes are designed for students 16 years and over, so students under 16 will need to be good at working independently to get the most out of Night Classes. Students under 13 years old are not eligible to do night classes. 

  I would like to withdraw, can my friend take my place?

We can definitely remove you from this class and your friend is welcome to apply for the same class however there may be a waitlist or other students who have applied first.  We manage a first in first served process so unfortunately cannot guarantee your friend your spot.

  Can I start the class after the start date?

It is fine to start a class in the second or third week of term, having missed the first one or two classes, provided there is an available space in the class. You will still be charged the full fee. If you have missed 3 classes, that is generally too late to start. 

  It is a public holiday. Is my night class still on?

There are no classes on public holidays.

  It is snowing. Is my night class on?

Go to the Otago Polytechnic website homepage https://www.op.ac.nz  If Polytechnic is closed due to snow, or for any other reason, your class is cancelled for that night.