Whitecliffe Short Courses


Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia (Sasha)

Sasha graduated from Elam School of Fine Art in 2007 and after gaining a Diploma in Computer Graphics from Media Design School began working as an in-house graphic designer for the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. With eight years experience using Adobe Photoshop®, she has excellent knowledge of digital image manipulation and techniques that can be used by everyone to achieve higher quality images.

Anja Lundin

Anja graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Fashion Design. She has worked in a variety of fields with in the fashion industry and currently teaches in the Fashion Design Department at Whitecliffe.

Emily Armstrong

Emily began her studies at Whitecliffe College with a Diploma of Photography before going on to complete a Bachelor of Media Arts from Wintec and recently a Master of Art & Design from AUT. Her interests and areas of expertise range from painting to ceramics to photography. Emily enjoys teaching art to all ages and is currently teaching expressive drawing and painting techniques at Whitecliffe College as part of the Foundation programme.

Emma Thomsen

Emma graduated from Whitecliffe in 2003, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts after completing her first year at Nelson Polytechnic. Emma has been teaching elementary figure studies and drawing classes in the Whitecliffe Foundation programme for the past five years.

Glen Snow

Glen completed his BA (Hon) Painting at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. He has recently returned to New Zealand, where he has begun his Post-graduate degree at Elam. Glen has been teaching Foundation at Whitecliffe as well as running courses in colour, abstraction, and drawing as part of community-based adult education. www.celesteprize.com/glensnow

James Lawrence

James completed his BFA and MFA at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He has been based in New Zealand since 1992 where he has been a very respected and successful exhibiting artist and lecturer. James has taught BFA and Foundation students at Whitecliffe College and has conducted workshops and classes throughout New Zealand. www.mobileart.co.nz

Jess Paraone

Jess is currently enrolled in the MFA programme at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Jess draws on 20 years of experience as a contemporary Maori fibre artist who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She continues to share knowledge of customary Maori weaving (raranga) techniques, by engaging students in the history and the underpinning values associated with harakeke (flax) and the art of Maori weaving as they learn to create simple woven projects. www.kuragallery.co.nz/?cat=21&submit=view / www.spiritwrestler.com/catalog/index.php?artists_id=899

John Horner

John studied at Elam School of Art under the instruction of Colin McCahon, Garth Tapper and Robert Ellis, graduating with a BFA hons. in 1965. John was a secondary school art teacher and Art Department HOD until 1985 at which point he joined the Faculty at Whitecliffe as a senior lecturer in fine arts. John completed his MFA in 2001 and is now considered an authority on the history of railway art in New Zealand. John’s work is included in many public and private collections in New Zealand and overseas.

Joyce Khoo

Joyce has a wealth of knowledge built up over 30 years of working in the New Zealand fashion industry. She trained as a machinist with the fashion label Peppertree in the mid 70’s. and has worked as both a sample and production machinist for some of New Zealand’s top fashion houses including Zambesi and World.

Leon Mitchell

Leon graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography. He has a sound knowledge of artificial lighting techniques and works both commercially, and in his own photography arts practice using digital and analogue cameras including large and medium format cameras. Leon has been teaching photography and design in the undergraduate program at Whitecliife since 2007 and is also a technician in the Photography Department.

Linz Ariell

Linz graduated from the New Zealand College of Fashion Design in 1989 with diplomas from both the New Zealand College of Fashion Design and the Druleigh College and now has over 25 years of experience in the New Zealand fashion industry Linz owned and designed fashion ranges at Ponsonby Road’s Marvel Menswear for 20 years. He is currently employed as a Fashion Department Lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Marigona Xharra

Marigona graduated from Whitecliffe in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Fashion Design. Marigona has taught in the full time Fashion Design progamme at Whitecliffe and is a designer who combines elements from historical traditional costumes with modern silhouettes.

Meighan Ellis

Meighan has resided for the last number of years in London, Sydney and Tokyo working as a fine arts/design educator and photographer - focusing also on editorial writing for various international fashion, print and on-line publications, and working more recently on HD video installations and collaborations. She has been a visiting Senior Tutor and Lecturer in Photography- teaching a wide range of subjects from fashion, portraiture to documentary at CoCA and previous to this was Photographic Lecturer and Course Coordinator at the School of Design, Victoria University. Her current research and art practice investigates the axis of the photographic portrait and the still moving image and she has exhibited strands of this work in New Zealand, USA, Australia, Europe and Japan. Now based in Auckland, Meighan is lecturing in photography, working on self-directed photographic/video projects and editorial and portrait commissions.

BDes (Hons).

MFA (1st Class Hons. Dist).

Mira Miliszewska

Mira graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Graphic Design. Since graduating she has worked as Creative Director for a boutique marketing company and is currently a full time freelance Graphic Designer. Mira works with various clients from a range of industries. Her experience has given her excellent knowledge of Photoshop in both a creative and practical sense. Mira also teaches Photoshop and other courses part-time for the Graphic Design department at Whitecliffe.

Parisa Taghizadeh

Parisa graduated from Bath Spa University in the UK with a BA Hons. degree in Fine Art. She is an artist/photographer with a background in publicity stills for London based arts organizations such as Artangel and the Serpentine Gallery as well as for film and television. She has exhibited her work internationally with commissions from UCLA and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is currently living and working in Auckland. Check out www.parisatag.com and The probing portraits of Parisa Taghizadeh

Paul Hooker

Paul worked as an Art Director and illustrator at a variety of Advertising Agencies for twenty five years .He is also a renowned portrait artist who lectures at Whitecliffe in the Fashion Design Department, at UNITEC and also at South Seas where he teaches life figure drawing. Paul has a Diploma in Graphic Design ATI

Ramon Robertson

Ramon has recently moved to New Zealand from Glasgow, Scotland where he worked as a college art tutor and an artist/designer. Ramon graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA Hons in Fine Art Sculpture and from Manchester Metropolitan University with a MA in Interior Design. He has exhibited throughout the UK as a solo artist and worked collaboratively with artists, designers and architects, exploring his interest in both art and design.

Ruby Oakley 

Ruby graduated in 1994 with a BA Hons Fine Art, Printmaking & Textiles joint major. (Bradford & Ilkley Community College) and in 2000 with a: BA Hons Landscape Architecture (Leeds Metropolitan University). Ruby has exhibited extensively in England and in Auckland, and has been teaching both life drawing and printmaking since 2002.

“Printmaking is my preferred discipline and due to limits on resources I am experimenting with techniques that do not require a press or expensive equipment. I work spontaneously and quickly, and really enjoy experimenting with different print methods in one print. I enjoy working with multiple layers and colours and am always developing my style….I am currently training to become a tattooist so I can see my artwork permanently etched on skin”

Samara Pepperell

Samara graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Graphic Design. She has worked in a variety of fields with a focus on branding and illustration, including poster design, book illustration and portraiture. She was one of the finalists in the Chorus Design Exhibition which had three of her artworks projected on the digital screens of New Yorks, Times Square.

Selene Simcox

Selene graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Fine Arts. She is currently pursuing her painting career, studying towards a Masters of Arts in Arts Management and has a strong interest in project run spaces and curatorship.

Steve Marsh

Steve has a Diploma in Figurative Studies from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design in 1986 and has been an exhibiting artist for over 20 years. He teaches part time and has paintings in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, and Wales. His current works explore the way light appears in nature as he takes life as his inspiration.

Treve Dromgool 

Treve graduated from Whitecliffe in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Photography. She has since been immersed in the photographic industry, practicing as a medical photographer, working freelance, exhibiting, and teaching.

Wendy Faith

Wendy is currently studying for her MFA at Whitecliffe and is teaching in the Foundation and BFA Year 1 programmes. Prior to this Wendy owned her own art gallery and travelled from 2000 - 2004 seeing art galleries all over the world. She has also had a previous career in advertising, marketing, and event management.

Zoë Nash

Zoë completed her Master of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe in 2002 after having spent 10 years working in commercial graphic design. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Auckland and a Certificate in Adult Teaching. Zoë has been part-time faculty at Whitecliffe for the past six years and lectures in a range of graphic design and fine arts courses. When not teaching, Zoë divides her time between her own studio practice and large-scale community based design projects.

Other Courses

Please note: Students do not need to have completed a course in the previous term in order to enrol in a current or future term. Fees quoted are for each Evening (six week), Three Day or Weekend course.

Please read registration information on the short course page.