• Art
  • Painting Techniques
  • Craft
  • Mosaics
  • Open Craft
  • Sewing
  • Stone Carving


  1. Craft Groups

    Groups at Stanmore and West as per usual have some great craft projects planned. At Stanmore Road the theme is fantastic and wonderful things for the Christmas tree. These include Christmas decorations such as tree buttons, fabric craft and scrabble letter craft. Ashburton is visiting West on Friday the 2nd of November to have their Read more

  2. Step Ahead Art Exhibition 2018

    Our annual art exhibition opened on Monday 1st October. We had a fantastic turnout of people with about 65 attendees counted. It was great to see so many Step Ahead members bring their family members along to the opening. Yet again, we are exhibiting a diverse range of artworks and have had a lot of Read more

  3. Japanese Handcrafted Form Traditions & Techniques

    This exhibition introduces 2 different groups of craft objects; works nurtured with and for daily life, and creative works made in a workshop environment.You can expect to see materials including ceramics, textiles, metal work, lacquer ward, wood, bamboo, paper and many others.Stanmore Road is visiting this exhibition on its last day, Wednesday 4th April at Read more

  4. Karen’s “Kraft Korner” at West

    Coming up in February we are going to be making some fun new crafts. Read your programme carefully for the dates so you don’t miss out.CUSHIONS – We are going to make some cushions for our new base in Puriri Street. I have some design ideas so everyone can be involved. There will be no Read more

  5. Art Day Trip

    On Thursday 15th February there will be a day trip to North Canterbury. We will be departing at 9:30, first stop is the Art Box Gallery in Papanui. Then to Rangiora to visit a professional artists studio. If there is enough interest we will call into the Rangiora Recycling Centre on the way. Then onto Read more

  6. West’s New Clay Moulding Group

    Several members have explored the properties and texture of clay moulding in a group which has been held with Barb, at West in recent weeks. We have been stretching and manipulating the clay, using our hands and fingers, and everyday tools such as knives, forks and stamping equipment. Members have made some very authentic and Read more

  7. Stanmore Road Craft Group

    In July, the craft group was busy making bird feeders and pin cushions using vintage teacups and saucers. We used a variety of resources such as lace, buttons and artificial flowers to decorate them with. There are some photos on the Facebook page to view these creations. At the beginning of August we have a Read more

  8. Stone Carving

    Stone carving is a great pursuit for people who want to be creative and enjoy doing activities outdoors. Even beginners are able to produce great stone carvings while learning the basic techniques.

  9. Ashburton Visit – Victorian Wood Works

    Arundel on Friday 24th of February 2017. James Foster has been working with wood in various ways for over forty years. He trained as a cabinet maker before becoming a builder with his own company for many years.His main business now is making garden art and children’s toys, designed for the individual.You can see the types Read more

  10. Stanmore Road Painting Techniques – Day Trip

    On Thursday the 2nd of February 2017 there will be an art trip visiting Christchurch galleries around the city. For stone carver/artists we will be visiting sculpture galleries at Heathcote and West Melton. The plan for lunch is to have it on the banks of the Avon River. So come along to get ideas and Read more

  11. Stanmore Road Drama Group

    There has been some interest in starting a Drama group. This new activity will run for 5 weeks in November and December 2016. The aim will be to enjoy ourselves and to create a number of short skits or theatre sport type acts. We may be able to present to the West members at their Read more

  12. Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden Visit

    On Thursday the 3rd of November 2016 at 1pm there is a trip to the Tai Tapu Sculpture. This is a one hectare evolving sculpture garden and native regeneration project. The owner of the property will be giving us a talk about this undertaking. We will then enjoy a ramble in the garden before having Read more

  13. Cecilia’s Creative Clay Studio – West

    Visit an artist studio and have a go at an introduction to clay moulding. Create your own ornament or container. Monday 31st October 2016 at 1pm ($5.00)

  14. Darfield Art Week

    It’s that time of the year again for a trip to the annual Art Week at Darfield. As usual we will get to see a wide range of interesting artworks to inspire and encourage us in our own artistic endeavours. Departing from Stanmore Road at 9:30 Thursday 13th October 2016, returning by 12:30pm.

  15. Art with Kate

    We are very fortunate to have a new art tutor at West, fortnightly on Wednesday afternoon.  Kate has worked with many different people and really enjoys sharing ideas and teaching creative techniques to get your ideas onto paper.  Also keep in mind that our annual Art Exhibition is coming up on Monday the 10th of Read more

  16. Sewing

    Provides opportunities to learn new skills, do some alterations or repairs or other sewing. Maybe you would like to learn how to sew or knit.

  17. Mosaics

    Mosaics is a very enjoyable craft, making and creating beautiful projects. We have is a selection of tiles and pre-cut indoor or outdoor boards or you may tile your own project. Create projects for your house, garden, friends and family.

  18. Art, Painting Techniques Groups

    Guidance provided by experienced, supportive tutors at Stanmore and West. Experience not necessary. Painting Techniques focuses on developing individual talents and learning new techniques.

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