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Creative Leadlight and Art Classes

About Me, (Lynne)

My artistic life started in the Highlands of Scotland where we lived for 15 years. Initially I painted for my own pleasure which lead to commissions.

I have had many commissions over the years and always say "I will only give it to you if I am 100% happy with the finished result". My current commission is a very much loved pet Rat who has passed away!

After emigrating to NZ in 1986 I spent 5 years in the Occupational Therapy room of the acute the Psych Unit. Providing art and craft to patients often at their lowest point in their lives and seeing the lift in their mood and small spark in their eye. Following this I transferred to the Hastings Community Mental Health Center, and continued empowering people to be creative and try new things for a further two and a half years.


13 years ago I was employed by Presbyterian Support to create a new holistic health service called The Beacon, for 40 attending people each week who have physical illnesses. I have always sort to not just keep people occupied, but to teach them new skills. We have a wide range of courses available from upholstery to most art and craft with people growing in confidence and expertise resulting in them being willing to take bigger risks in their life.


I slid into book illustrating two years ago after writing and illustrating a true story for my Grandchildren called 'The Cat who lived in the airing cupboard'. I showed it to a couple who were staying with us for B&B accommodation. It turned out that she was an Author of children's books and offered me the job of illustrating her next book called ‘Grace the Gannet' with 18 paintings in it. This was published in August 2011. Next was the front cover painting for a self help book written by The Beacon clients, called ‘Sucking on the lemon of life. It has sold over 500 copies and the painting depicts the huge energy that pours out of the building. Lastly, a tiny book written by a 5 year old little boy 'The little green Boat'. No money changed hands. We did green dollars and his Nanny baked me some Christmas goodies in payment for the paintings.

I am currently completing the paintings for my 2nd book 'Just another working day'. This is a day in the life in our little fat Pug dog called Gizzy a K9 Therapist.

I enjoy bringing Art to the public.


As part of my role as Manager of The Beacon ,organizing an exhibition of clients Pottery which was created at work gave me a big buzz. The excitement leading up to it and seeing their pieces sell was a great experience for all of us .


I am very proud of an Art exhibition I and fellow health professionals staged in 2006 called O.U.C.H. It was very cutting edge and provoked strong emotion in the huge amount of people who flocked to see it. It took 2 years in the making of the exhibits and became one of the most successful and talked about Exhibitions in the Art Gallery's history.


The Parsonage proudly presents its Art and Crafts Teaching Studio.

Set in the tropical garden of the old house, It is a beautiful setting to try a new experience, which promotes creativity and fun.


Creative Classes.

There are five options to choose from, or customized workshop to suite.

1 - Mastercraft

  • Introduction to lead lighting.
  • Learn how to cut glass, foil and solder a simple project.
  • Limited to 3 students at a time.


2 - Painting

  • How to mix colors
  • Choice of easy images to draw inspiration from or bring your own.
  • Mediums include oil, chalk pastels, and acrylic paint.
  • Max number of students 4


3 - Fabric painting

  • Very different to traditional painting.
  • Loads of fun experimenting with making effects on fabric.
  • Make a plain shopping bag funky, trendy Tees, or jazz up your BBQ table with, serviettes and matching placemats. Book covers, the list goes on and on.
  • Max number of students 4


4 - Eclectic Mosaic

  • Forget boring pavers!
  • How about using old earrings, brooches, buttons, handles off teapots, knobs, glass as well as pottery, to make something exciting and beautiful. Use old teapots, jugs, bowls and containers.
  • This class will open your eyes to how we are only limited by our imagination.
  • Max number of students 4


Cost - All classes are priced to be affordable to everyone.

I have been teaching art and craft for many years and really enjoy seeing the smile of achievement on people's faces.

Creative Classes 2013/2014

Classes tailored to your area of interest.

Classes are 2 hrs duration once a week for local people, of all the above courses. This gives you a chance to really explore and enhance your skills in various mediums.

Leadlight classes and 3-5pm Saturday and Sunday. General art is an evening class Thursdays 7-9pm.

The skills to which you will be introduced will enable you to continue to develop your own style in these fascinating arts and crafts. If you need more information or are interested, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Tele - Lynne @ 06-8353953


It's easy
Its fun
And I'll show you how.

Cheers Lynne.

© 2013 The Parsonage B&B Napier



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