Adult Education Courses

Adult education courses based in and around Te Anau and Manapouri are organised by Southland Workers’ Educational Association, course take place throughout the year they are non-assessed and low cost.

Cake Decorating

A beginner to intermediate course to learn several aspects of cake decorating including types of icing, gum paste models, flowers, frills and bows. Students earn the art of creating a design, construction, colour matching, applying icings and presentation aspects (board covering and lettering)

The cake decorating course is held at Fiordland Event Centre and is hosted by Kathryn Wright

Drawing & Painting

Suitable for beginners to intermediate level, this relaxed and fun class aims to develop a greater confidence in drawing and painting skills. Students will explore line, shape, tone, texture, colour and composition using a variety of techniques and subject matter. This course provides an opportunity to focus on working from observation in order to develop a strong foundation for personal artistic expression.

The drawing & painting course is held at Fiordland Event Centre and is hosted by Catriona Cunningham

Painting the Fiordland Landscape

A two day watercolour workshop giving students the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques in order to confidently paint the Fiordland Landscape. Suitable for beginners to intermediate level, students will have the opportunity to practice techniques such as wet-into-wet, dry brush and lifting out, as well as learning about colour mixing, tonal recession and composition.


This course will be delivered in a relaxed and creative environment in the tutor's own studio and classroom. Basic techniques will be covered including coiling, slabbing, press moulding and throwing. Technical aspects such as glaze making, firing techniques, mould making and decorating techniques will also be covered.

The pottery course is held at the host’s home studio, Andrew Hill