Karangawai Marsh MMVA held three master classes in January 2022 to support her exhibition in the Gavin Gifford Gallery – He Marangai ki te Whenua, on at the Te Awamutu Museum til 20th March 2022.

Karangawai holds a Master of Māori Visual Art from Te Toioho ki Āpiti at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University in Papaioea Plamerston North. She is now a Senior Tutor at Toioho ki Āpiti, founder of RaRau Mai (Māori language, whānau arts initiative), and project coordinator for Ora te Toi (annual art exhibition).

Karangawai is a 3rd generation Te Ataarangi kaiako and active member for 20 years and is currently preparing for her PhD with a focus on Māori language arts initiatives.

This group of workshops were very popular with the public with some amazing original designs being created on every level and with multi-media. The Māori Design Master Classes were held as shown:

Māori Design Master Class I: Tues Jan 18th, 2022: Two sessions; 10.30am-12pm or 1pm-2.30pm

Kōwhaiwhai – simple pattern design starting with the koruna to create multiple interconnected pattern designs.

Māori Design Master Class II: Wed Jan 19th, 2022: Two sessions; 10.30am-12pm or 1pm-2.30pm

Kōwhaiwhai Hikuwaru – intermediate pattern design using positive and negative space.

Māori Design Master Class III: Thurs Jan 20th, 2022: Two sessions; 10.30am-12pm or 1pm-2.30pm

Kōwhaiwhai Hikuwaru – Porotītaha – create interconnected patterns with shapes.

Cost: $2 per class per session

Ages: Open to all ages, all children need to have adult supervision.

Skills: Beginner – advanced

Bookings: Essential

Limited to 10 participants only for each class. PHONE: 07 872 0085 or EMAIL museum@waipadc.govt.nzto book your space.

Note: Prior level class must be completed before moving onto the next class level.