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Art & Wellness Go Hand in Hand

Students from Japan, Sri Lanka, Kuwait and New Zealand got to create their own unique design at a one-day Carve & Print workshop with Te Kowhai Print Trust at the Quarry Arts Centre in Whangārei.

Tutor and artist, Hamish Oakley-Browne helped develop the student’s designs, demonstrated lino cutting and printing techniques, and helped the students to create 4 x A5 paper prints featuring their own unique designs to take away with them.

You don’t have to be arty to do this workshop! It’s a chance to relax and unwind as well as to discover your creative side.

Here’s what a couple of the students had to say:

Ruth’s Experience with Print Making

“My experience with the print-making workshop felt like finding a secret treasure by accident or luck. I didn’t know what to expect going into it, and initially, I was slightly intimidated. But this was a truly wonderful experience, the carving is so satisfying and you could spend hours doing it. Even more satisfying is the reveal of your design once you’ve inked it. Seeing the joy on everybody’s faces when they see their design for the first time was remarkable. There is room to make changes by carving out more on your design even after you’ve inked it, which truly makes this experience even more rewarding. This experience brings out your creativity in ways that could surprise you. I’d definitely recommend this experience if you want to get your mind off things and immerse yourself in an activity. It helps being in an authentic art studio and feeling like an artist 🤩 Thoroughly enjoyed it!! “ – Ruth

Sajith’s Experience with Print Making

“It was a wonderful experience for me to participate in the workshop. I learned to carve and get my print on my T-Shirt and on paper. This helped me to explore new skills and abilities such as drawing, tracing, carving, inking, and printing. I was really interested in the old-fashioned presses which were used before digital technology to print newspapers and magazines. The atmosphere, the instructor Hamish and experience was fantastic in every way. “ – Sajith

Brain Research Shows the Arts Promote Mental Health

With recent advances in biological, cognitive and neurological science, there are new forms of evidence on the arts and the brain. For example, cognitive neuroscientists found that creating art reduces cortisol levels (markers for stress) and that through art people can induce positive mental states. These studies are part of a new field of research, called neuroesthetics: the scientific study of the neurobiological basis of the arts.

Neuroesthetics uses brain imaging, brain wave technology and biofeedback to gather scientific evidence of how we respond to the arts. Through this, there is physical, scientific evidence that the arts engage the mind in novel ways, tap into our emotions in healthy ways and make us feel good.

More about Neuroesthetics…

About Tutor: Hamish Oakley-Browne

Oakley-Browne is a dedicated printmaker, free-lance arts facilitator and manager of Te Kowhai Print Trust Studio. In 2014 he graduated from North Tec with a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Visual, as the top student. In 2015 he graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and secured a one-year Artist in Residency placement at Te Kowhai Print Trust, Whangarei.

His enduring passion for printmaking is evident as he continues to promote printmaking to wider audiences by organizing and fundraising community printmaking events. He was responsible for the creation of Northland’s first Printmakers Symposium Printapalooza, which employed the use of a steamroller to print large-scale woodblocks.

As a free-lance arts facilitator, he works contractually on funded community arts projects such as the alternative education initiative Te Kakano Ahau and Quarry Arts Youth Scholarship Program. More recently he received a media grants award which funded a six-month creative project in association with Like Minds Like Us to raise awareness and reduce stigma around recovery from Mental distress.

Summer Print Making Workshops

Summer print-making workshops for students are running on 9th and 16th January 2021 which can be booked online. Otherwise, get a group of 6 people together and contact Hamish to organise a workshop on a date which suits you. Book now…

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