In this day and age, there are an abundance of new skills to learn every single day. From crocheting slippers for your pet tortoise to gaining a degree in bagpipe studies, (yep, that’s a thing) the world is full of cool and unique things to get stuck into and completely nail.
If you’re looking to take a hobby to the next level, Auckland has got your back. With an array of one-of-a-kind workshops and courses available, us Aucklanders have never been so lucky in taking our interests to new heights. From photography to special effect makeup courses, we have rounded up some of Auckland’s best workshops happening this year!
Photography Workshop | Most SaturdaysAuckland Zoo
It can be pretty hard (and boring) trying to get a cute candid pic of your dog or cat. No matter how much you dress them up, they just don’t possess the ‘wow’ factor you’re looking for (sorry Bruno!) If your flash-ridden blurry shots are getting you down, turn that frown upside down, as boy, have we got news for you. Auckland Zoo offer beginners’ photography workshops! Offering expertise, great photo opps and lessons in how to utilise your camera, the tutors will guide you through the zoo and teach you a thing or two about becoming the photographer you have always wished to be!
Yoga Workshop | 25 MarchGolden Yogi
Raise your hand if you thought ‘downward dog’ was a position for the bedroom. Thank God it’s not just us! Yoga is at the forefront of exercise classes and the talk of the town. If the thought of baring it all on a yoga mat fills you with dread and you’re not entirely sure where to even start, Golden Yogi have got you covered. Their beginners’ workshop is the place to be if even the idea of touching your toes has you ready to dial 111. Guiding you through breathing techniques, standing and floor postures and other yoga basics, the instructors are on hand to make you feel more confident in your flexible body, even if you don’t know it yet!
Food Photo Workshop | 15 MarchThree Little Wishes
We’re all guilty of ‘Gramming the odd meal while we’re out in a bid to capture the best lighting on our flower-adorned, rainbow coloured acai bowl. However, if you consider yourself a budding food blogger, photographer, or just want to hone in and improve on your skills, the guys at Three Little Wishes have got the workshop just for you. Their food photography workshop will supply all the tips and tricks on how to create eye-catching and mouth-watering imagery. Working on natural lighting, reflectors, composition and much, much more, you’ll leave with a whole host of new skills to truly put to the test.
Trauma & Special FX Workshop | 22 AprilBody FX Workshop
‘How do they do that?!’ is a common question when scrolling through Facebook at Halloween and special effect makeup fills our feeds and fills us with envy. If blood and gore doesn’t make you shudder and if you’re bored of the regular contour and eyeliner trends, listen up. Body FX Workshop are holding a ‘Trauma & Special FX Workshop’ for those wanting to learn the art of creating realistic looking wounds, bruising, scars and burns, with all the materials you could need. With no previous experience required, everyone involved is guaranteed to learn some great yet gory skills along with a bundle of laughs!
Luxe Wild Flower Bouquets Workshop | 30 AprilWestmere
Whether that special someone gifts them or you simply buy them for yourself (‘I don’t need a man!’) flowers are a thing of pure beauty. However, sometimes our arranging skills don’t always do them justice. If you’re over the same old roses and carnations and think that flower arranging is something more suited to your grandma, you couldn’t be more wrong. The Luxe Wild Flower Bouquet workshop will teach you everything you need to know about creating the perfect composition and design. Using wild and unique florals, your bouquet will look completely on trend and fit for pride of place on the mantelpiece.
NZ Hitch: Dating Mastery Workshop | 9 March—13 AprilThe Crib
Remember the movie Hitch where Will Smith helped in hooking up singles and it all ended happily ever after for everybody? Well, movie is becoming reality as NZ Hitch Dating Mastery Workshop is coming to town to help all you singletons out there! If those one-liners just aren’t cutting the mustard and you wanna settle down and find the ‘one’, this workshop is for you. Let Coach DJ teach you the secrets of love as he guides you through a night of passion, tips and tricks and hopeful success! Learn how to approach people, how to arrange dates, how to hold a convo and most importantly how to keep them interested!
Life Drawing Class | OngoingEstuary Arts Centre
Elevate your drawing skills, suppress those giggles and get ready to feel completely at one with your body as you take part in a life drawing workshop. Pull up a pew and grab an easel as students learn all about the body form, composition and hone in on observational and awareness skills. Experiment with line work, textures, shading and more in the tutored classes. This is sure fire way to get creative and enjoy the human form in all it’s glory!
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