A haven for art and creativity in beautiful Collingwood, Golden Bay at the tip of the South Island of New Zealand.

Start your creative journey or extend your art practice with Art Workshops in our spacious fully equipped and light-filled studio. Art Haven offers regular painting sessions, weekend workshops, and one on one sessions with local artist tutors and guest artists from around New Zealand. Suitable for beginners through to advanced – please check individual workshop descriptions for details.

Lisa Chandler, artist
Lisa is the founder and owner of Art Haven, and gets a big buzz from sharing her love of creativity with others. Lisa is a figurative painter who explores issues around contemporary life in her work.

Catherine Kent, experienced art tutor and artist
Catherine taught in the Nelson region for the past 17 years, before moving to Collingwood in 2020. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, abilities and in all media. In classroom situations and on a one to one basis in her studio. Helping them gain the knowledge and techniques to successfully develop their ability and own style of creativity. “Working closely with each student, watching them achieve, problem solve and develop, are the most enjoyable parts of teaching art” says Catherine. Catherine studied Fine Art at Grey’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland and then once moved to New Zealand, the Art & Creativity degree at The Learning Connection, Wellington. Catherine is inspired by nature and the human form, along with portraits in her own art practice. She works in all media, creating for galleries and commissions.

Elaine Robinson, professional teacher and artist
Painting full time after twenty years of teaching Art and Fashion design, Elaine is now embracing the opportunities to engage with the artist community in Golden Bay. Having completed a BA (Hons) in Textile Design, Elaine worked for a number of London fashion design studios, travelling around the world to oversee production of printed and knitted textile designs. Once her daughters were born she retrained as a secondary school teacher and has spent the past twenty years teaching her passion of Art and Fashion design to students in the UK and New Zealand. Elaine now paints full time from her shared ARTAZA studio in Takaka, embracing the opportunity to continue to push her creativity. Working in oils, acrylics and mixed media, she enjoys developing thematic abstract works, which incorporate her love of colour, texture and pattern. It’s a lifetime’s work to explore and build a creative voice and she is thrilled when it also excites others on their own journey into a world of self-discovery and creative knowledge.

We look forward to welcoming you to Art Haven soon,

Lisa, Catherine and Elaine

email: lisa@arthavennz.com
Cell: NZ 021 461 148