Art in Bloom Social Painting: Paint like William Hodges

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

  • Members Ticket: $80.00
  • Members Guest Ticket: $80.00
  • Non-Members Ticket: $130.00
  • Members & Members' Guest Ticket - Gallery FOH: $80.00
  • Non-Members Ticket - Gallery FOH: $130.00
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Discover your inner artist, and learn how to copy William Hodges’ "Dusky Bay in New Zealand". Painted on a piece of pinewood sourced from the Captain James Cook’s ship "Resolution" in 1773, this work is believed to be the first painting to be finished in New Zealand.

This painting workshop by Art in Bloom Academy is a social event, where you will learn to paint step-by-step in a relaxed and fun way in one of Auckland Art Gallery's most beautiful spaces. No previous artistic training required! By the end of the session you will have a completed painting ready to hang on your wall.

Workshop Details
The price of the workshop includes all materials (canvas, art smock, brushes, easel, paint) and coffee and tea on arrival. The Non-Members price includes a one-year Auckland Art Gallery membership (value up to $50).

Note: the workshop starts at 10:30am, coffee and tea is served from 10am in the Members Lounge.
This event is suitable for everyone from the age of 15.

This workshop has a minimum attendance requirement which, if not met, may cause the workshop to be cancelled. If this is the case, those registered will be fully reimbursed.

About the Art Work
Painted on a piece of pinewood sourced from the Captain James Cook’s ship Resolution in April 1773, "Dusky Bay in New Zealand" is believed to be the first painting to be finished in New Zealand. It is thought that Cook’s draughtsman William Hodges here captures the moment when Lieutenant Richard Pickersgill directed the crew’s entrance into what is now called Pickersgill Harbour. Masterfully capturing the sublime atmospheric conditions of his environment, Hodges guides us from the detailed foreground to the hazy expanse of the sublime landscape, inviting you to become an explorer of Dusky Bay, too.

"Dusky Bay in New Zealand" is currently on display at Auckland Art Gallery as part of the exhibition "To All New Arrivals".

Image credit: William Hodges, "Dusky Bay in New Zealand", April 1773, oil on board. The Fletcher Trust Collection, on loan to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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