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Saturday, 4 November '23   2 days
Browne School of Art, 194 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1021
12 spaces available


Course Code: SCPP423
Tutor: Zoë Nash
When: Sat & Sun 10.00am - 4.00pm
Dates: 4 & 5 Nov 2023
Maximum Enrolment: 12

Cost: $215

Sometimes, rather than being inhibitive, setting yourself creative tasks, and working within fixed parameters, can encourage you to think about things in a new way, and help eliminate self-imposed expectations. While we all want to make successful works that speak to others, enjoying the moment, the process, and the journey, are of supreme importance too.
Painting In The Park explores a faster-paced, open-ended, and more intuitive approach to art making, and works part of the time away from the studio. Using both drawing and simple painting techniques, we will dip our toes into the world of plein air painting. Following in the footsteps of our Impressionist forebears, we will take our practice off-site and enjoy a small selection of Auckland’s green spaces. Day One will begin in the BSA studios with some practical tips and inspirations, and then move to an outside location. On Day Two we will meet off-site in the morning, and then return to BSA late afternoon to share our creations.
At the end of this course, students will have a range of methods and work examples that can feed back into an existing arts practice, or encourage the start of a whole new body of work. Ideally, participants will be confident in the use of their materials, have some basic observational skills, and will feel comfortable working outside in the public arena. Having your own transport would be handy although some car pooling is possible.
(There will be a wet weather alternative if necessary).


Materials list
Painting in the Park with Zoë Nash

A basic kit of materials to get you up and going is listed here. Specialist art shops are the best
option and will provide student discounts if you mention that you are attending the school.

Recommended stores are:
• Studio Art Supplies – Crummer Road, Grey Lynn.
• The French Art Shop – Taylors Road, Morningside
• Gordon Harris – Gillies Avenue, Newmarket and Symonds Street, Auckland Central
• Takapuna Art Supplies – Helensville or online

  • A RANGE of drawing media (eg pencils in a few different weights, a biro or ink writing pen/s, charcoal and/or graphite… variety is what we are aiming for).
  • Acrylic or watercolour paints in a range of colours.
  • A few paint brushes (include one or two round, tipped brushes, and at least one flat brush approximately 3-5cm wide).
  • Disposable tear off palette pad (or a portable palette if you can clean as you go).
  • A jar or two for water and a water bottle to refill.
  • Low tack masking tape.
  • Good quality drawing paper (A4 x 25 sheets minimum, or larger pieces cut down to sizes as specified during class).
  • One or two small, easily portable, good quality wet strength/watercolour pads or blocks (the DAS 300gsm watercolour pads are good, or the Fabriano 300gsm mixed media pads) in sizes of your own choice. Ensure the pad has a sturdy back to lean upon.
  • Handy towel.
  • A means of cleaning brushes/palettes while away from the studio (that is also environmentally friendly).
  • An appropriate bag to carry materials, and whatever else you may need to set up a rudimentary work station away from the studio.


  • A small portable folding chair.
  • Fixative.
  • Coloured pencils/aquarelles.
  • Palette knife.
  • Non traditional painting and drawing tools such as twigs, feathers, toothbrushes, etc.
  • A board or something similar to lean upon. (Most en plein air painters use a field easel, but it is not necessary at this point. Feel free to bring if you already have one, however).
  • Journal or notebook.



Standard Booking

Available until Sat 4 Nov '23 10am
Online payment includes payment fee of 2.9% + NZ$0.30. Offline payment details on confirmation page.

Standard Booking + $10.00 BSA Student Fund - Donation

Available until Sat 4 Nov '23 10am
A $10 donation will go to our BSA Student Fund - helping those who are unwaged or under financial hardship (with a Community Services Card) to attend our courses.


Browne School of Art
194 Great North Road
Grey Lynn