2016 Summer Workshops (Adults, Teens, Kids) - download tutor bios here.

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

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.

Daphne Simons

Daphne graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 and has been exhibiting her work within New Zealand and internationally since. Her most recent project is the Artspace Chartwell Stairwell Commission that will be installed at the gallery until July 2015. Alongside this project, she has also organised productive educational workshops with the education intern at Artspace. Her works are both diverse in subject matter and media and she approaches them all as problem solving exercises that depend on tenacious observations and improvisational wit. Documentation of other recent projects can be found at www.daphnesimons.com.

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

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Melanie Firebrace 

Melanie is a recent graduate of Whitecliffe. She completed her BFA (Graphic Design) in 2015 but first learnt Photoshop back in 2001 as part of a multimedia qualification. Melanie's previous teaching experience includes tutoring Whitrcliffe's Year Two InDesign Technology class, providing CRM software instruction to individuals and groups and teaching English in Vietnam. She is currently working at World Vision as a part-time Graphic Design intern. 

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.

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