About Art Break Waihi
Please note: In 2019 - Heather is devoting more time to her art practice during weekend courses and so a friend and artist, Pippa Grant is joining Naomi for the times Heather is unavailable. Pippa paints in acrylics - see Pippa's profile under 'Hosts'
All bookings are two nights (Friday to Sunday) and are scheduled around bus times from Auckland. This should work whether travelling by car or by bus. Find us on the map below.
How many people at a time on an artbreak?
A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 painting participants.
How much is it and what's included?
An Artbreak per person for the weekend ranges from $390 to $450 for non sharing, depending on the room chosen. Share prices are also available. Non-painting partners pay $100 off the share price. For over 3 non- sharing guests during the summer months of November to and including March, the beach hut can be made available. Costs include accommodation for 2 nights including linen, art guidance and materials, refreshments and food had on the premises. Please note there is one meal out during the weekend, either evening meal or lunch on saturday.
Refer to the accommodation and pricing page for a full list of rates.
Fully guided: A 'taster' for Acrylic, Water colour and inks
Suitable for all levels for Acrylics and inks and beginners in water colour. The Artbreak is tailored to guests needs, the tides and the weather. See below for a typical itinerary:
Arrive from 3.15pm Friday/ Depart Sunday after lunch (around 1.30pm).
- Friday pm - afternoon tea and welcome. Free time.
- Friday late afternoon and evening - Health and safety; Overview of course; colour talk.
- Drinks and nibbles - followed by our evening meal.
- Saturday morning after breakfast til lunch - Acrylic demonstration and guided assistance for own painting/s.
- Lunch - ( this may be out - find out for your specific artbreak)
- After lunch or late afternoon, depending on time of year and the tides, - Free time to swim, browse the shops, go for a walk or just chill.
- Afternoon - Option of trying our pen and ink with demo and guidance, or to continue with acrylic painting. Saturday evening - Drinks and nibbles followed by a meal out at own cost. (this may be in if we have gone out for lunch. Find out for your specific artbreak).
- Sunday morning after breakfast til lunch - watercolor and illustration - demos and time to paint.
- Last lunch together before departure.
- (morning and afternoon teas provided throughout the programme.)
Since starting in 2015, the sessions have been tweaked and altered to the above outline through responding to the guests and to what we see has worked best. Our responsive approach is ongoing and there are already ideas of features we would like to include in the future (e.g. Artbreak2 for returning guests) In the meantime, we are enjoying the process and have been bowled over by the feedback from participants who have enjoyed it so much they have already been back and have taken up art (and ukulele) courses to keep on learning.
Art materials (as below) and any artistic guidance is included
- paints - both acrylic and watercolor
- surface for painting such as artists paper and canvas board
- easels for displaying work.
- brushes, aprons to save your clothes, rags, throw-away paper palettes and water colour palettes.
- coloured inks and pens
- references for painting
Independent Free-form Artbreak
Bring your own art materials and have fun working on your own project alongside fellow artists. See our blog entry for our first 'independent free-form' art break. Something extra happens when artists group. It seems to create a positive supportive vibe and is very motivating. Great for those preparing for an exhibition or have just been procrastinating too long...or anybody really. Contact us if there is a group of 3 to 5 of you who would like to use this option.
What do I need to bring?
Weather at the beach can vary so bring enough clothes to be comfortable when it is cooler as well as your summer beach clothes when it is warm. Depending on the weather we may be spending a bit of time at the beach so bring hats for sun or cold if need.
A good raincoat can be a good wind-breaker as well as keeping you dry if need be.
Togs (swimming suit) - our beach is great for a summer dip -and there are hot pools nearby for the winter. Bring sun screen and insect repellent for the summer.
If you prefer to bring your own paint that's all good.
If you have a non-painting partner, he/she is very welcome. Prices are on our website under 'accommodation and prices'. See under 'activities' in the drop-down menu to learn what there is to do in the area and our blog for further information.
Bring your senses of adventure, humour and passion for life with you!
Where are we?
2 Edwards Street, Waihi Beach.
By car: approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes if not stopping.
Head South from Auckland via SH1 to turn off to Tauranga, SH2.
Pass through Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi. 5 minutes South of Waihi town en route to Tauranga, turn left into Waihi Beach Road.
Once see the sea you will come to a roundabout. Turn right into Wilson Rd to drive through Waihi Beach village. Continue onto Seaforth Road. Number 2 is the second house from the corner of Edwards Street and Ians Way.
By car: 45 minutes
Travel North on SH2 through Katikati. Turn right onto Athenree Road. At roundabout turn left onto Seaforth Road and first on the left after the bridge is Edwards Street.
By car: 90 minutes
Via Pyes Pah Road (highway 36) then SH2. Travel North on SH2 through Katikati. Turn right onto Athenree Road. At roundabout turn left onto Seaforth Road and first on the left after the bridge is Edwards Street.
By car: 85 minutes
Head towards Paeroa on SH26. At Paeroa turn right onto SH2 to Waihi.
5 minutes South of Waihi town en route to Tauranga, turn left into Waihi Beach Road.
Once see the sea you will come to a roundabout. Turn right into Wilson Road to drive through Waihi Beach village. Continue onto Seaforth Road. Number 2 is the second house from the corner of Edwards Street and Ians Way.
Travelling by bus?
If you are travelling by bus you can see timetables on the InterCity website. Look to get to the Waihi (7 minute drive away from our bach) where we can collect you. Please let us know if you do need collecting.