• How to Choose an Easel: Types of Easels, Tips & Pointers

    How to Choose an Easel: Types of Easels, Tips & Pointers

    Date: 11-Jun-2019
    An easel is an investment that should last for many, many years, so it pays to select a well-made easel that is designed for the work you need it to do. Read More...
  • All about the Surface

    All about the Surface

    Date: 16-May-2019
    Artists will experiment painting on just about anything, to achieve a unique look or to marry conception to production. Some, such as Melbourne-based Hamilton-born artist Richard Lewer, even revel in unreceptive surfaces, like Formica, sandpaper and felt! With the right materials, however, just about any surface can be made to take paint; and with some unusual materials some unusual surfaces can successfully be made! Read More...
  • INCREDIBLE INKS!!!

    INCREDIBLE INKS!!!

    Date: 02-Apr-2019
    Inks are highly liquid colours that can be used with a variety of tools. While traditional inks, such as India ink and watercolour dyes, are mostly used for drawing and colouring on paper, new acrylic-based inks can be used on a wide variety of surfaces and have expanded the possibilities of drawing and painting. Read More...
  • Oilcolour Mediums Explained

    Oilcolour Mediums Explained

    Date: 01-Apr-2019
    Oilcolour is a very different paint to acrylic. Acrylic paints and mediums lose water content as they dry, shrinking up to 35-40%. Almost all acrylic mediums can be used on their own, as they are made from acrylic resin and solids and dry to a durable film. Read More...
  • 12 EXCITING NEW COLOURS - TOMBOW ABT DUAL BRUSH PENS

    12 EXCITING NEW COLOURS - TOMBOW ABT DUAL BRUSH PENS

    Date: 01-Apr-2019
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  • Making Great Art on a Student Budget

    Making Great Art on a Student Budget

    Date: 12-Feb-2019
    Picasso said “You should trust your art supplier more than your art dealer”. At Gordon Harris, we make it our job to help you find the best materials for your budget. Here are some of our Top Tips for starting out Read More...
  • What are these brush shapes for..?

    What are these brush shapes for..?

    Artists are always looking for new ways to make marks, and German brushmakers da Vinci work closely with artists to develop special tools to suit... Read More...
  • NEW da Vinci Brushes!!!

    NEW da Vinci Brushes!!!

    The new da Vinci MICRO-Maestro & MICRO-Nova brushes enable the finest painting techniques for the Read More...
  • NEW! Milliput! A 2 part epoxy putty

    NEW! Milliput! A 2 part epoxy putty

    Milliput is a two-part, cold setting, non shrinking epoxy putty sold in cartons containing... Read More...
  • NEW from Hahnemuhle: Harmony Watercolour Paper & Pads

    NEW from Hahnemuhle: Harmony Watercolour Paper & Pads

    Harmony Watercolour is a brand new watercolour paper from one of the world’s oldest paper mills. Although this natural... Read More...
  • 10 NEW GOLDEN COLOURS!

    10 NEW GOLDEN COLOURS!

    Golden have added two new yellows, seven new tints, and brought back... Read More...
  • NEW! Aerocolor Candy from Schmincke

    NEW! Aerocolor Candy from Schmincke

    Date: 05-Jun-2018
    Schmincke have made a limited release of 12 Candy colours in their Aerocolor Acrylic Ink range. Candy are extremely... Read More...
  • Acrylic Pouring Techniques!

    Acrylic Pouring Techniques!

    Acrylic Pours are the popular new trend in acrylic painting, creating random marbled patterns through a combination of colour, fluid binder, and method of pouring Read More...
  • Karl Box Competition Winners Announced!

    Karl Box Competition Winners Announced!

    And the Winner of the Faber-Castell New Zealand & Gordon Harris The Art & Graphic Store Art Competition is…. Read More...
  • Artists’ Paint:A Closer Look At Quality

    Artists’ Paint:A Closer Look At Quality

    Date: 14-Feb-2018
    Paint quality varies, depending on who the intended user is. We make sure that even our most affordable paint is the best quality that price will allow. For passionate recreational painters and... Read More...
  • Brilliant Colour: About Paint and Pigments

    Brilliant Colour: About Paint and Pigments

    Date: 12-Feb-2018
    Colour is seductive, applealing to us on both cultural and instinctual levels. Everyone responds to colour, but for artists, it's our primary tool. The term "artists' quality" generally stands for the strongest, lightfast colours in the clearest, most durable binders, and while student quality paint suits basic application, colour in its most concentrated form is what really makes a painting zing! Read More...
  • Mark Golden - 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Mark Golden - 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Date: 08-Feb-2018
    Mark Golden, CEO and Co-founder of Golden Artist Colors, began the company in 1980 with 4 employees, his father Sam Golden, mother Adele and wife Barbara. Originating in a cow barn on his parents’ retirement home in rural Columbus, NY, the company made... Read More...
  • ART COMPETITION! WIN a Faber-Castell Karl Box! Worth over $4500!

    ART COMPETITION! WIN a Faber-Castell Karl Box! Worth over $4500!

    Date: 07-Feb-2018
    KARL BOX ART COMPETITION! 1 box, 6 colour ranges, 350 drawing instruments! VALUED AT OVER $4,500! Click here to find out more... Read More...
  • GORDON HARRIS ELAM PAINTING AWARD WINNERS 2017

    GORDON HARRIS ELAM PAINTING AWARD WINNERS 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS to both Claudia Edwards (BFA Hons) & Emelia French (MFA) for taking home the 2017 Gordon Harris Painting Awards at Read More...
  • Easy monoprinting with Gelli Printing Plates

    Easy monoprinting with Gelli Printing Plates

    Date: 09-Nov-2017
    Gelli Printing Plates are a soft, reusable plate for transferring your work to paper with hand pressure. They are a very easy and mess-free way of making monoprints, and... Read More...
  • Welcome to the NEW Gordon Harris webstore

    Welcome to the NEW Gordon Harris webstore

    Date: 30-Aug-2017
    We hope you like the fresh new look of our new webstore. It’s designed to be simpler and more streamlined, easier to use and now mobile friendly. Images are... Read More...
  • How Artists' Brushes are made

    How Artists' Brushes are made

    Date: 28-Aug-2017
    Evan Woodruffe shares his visit in September 2011 to brush manufacturer Da Vinci in Germany and explains what's involved in making quality brushes for artists Read More...
  • 50 Shades of Black - Cretacolor Demo

    50 Shades of Black - Cretacolor Demo

    Join us for an evening with Reka Kovacs from Cretacolor, Austrian producer of traditional and innovative drawing materials. With demonstrations by Read More...
  • Acrylic Gels and Mediums

    Acrylic Gels and Mediums

    Date: 30-Jun-2017
    Professional acrylic colour, like Golden Heavy Body, Fluid, & OPEN, is concentrated, so it pays to extend it with a medium or gel - but which one should you use? Read More...
  • Wendy Walls

    Wendy Walls

    Wendy Walls is a mixed media artist and art instructor living in New Zealand... Read More...
  • Amanda Brett

    Amanda Brett

    Amanda's daily demonstrations include an emphasis on design principles, composition, colour and value relationships. By helping you to simplify what you see and how you think, Amanda will work with you... Read More...
  • The Estuary Art Centre (Orewa-Auckland)

    The Estuary Art Centre (Orewa-Auckland)

    The Estuary Arts Centre has a busy and varied exhibition programme that covers all media. Regular exhibitions in four different gallery spaces showcase a broad range of quality artworks. Read More...
  • Kumeu Arts Centre (Auckland/Rodney)

    Kumeu Arts Centre (Auckland/Rodney)

    They aim to promote and foster the arts in the area of the Rodney District and to also enrich ... Read More...
  • Mairangi Arts Centre (Auckland)

    Mairangi Arts Centre (Auckland)

    Mairangi Arts Centre is a vibrant, community based visual arts education facility and exhibition venue... Read More...
  • Moore Fine Arts School - Art Lessons & Workshops in Auckland, Whangarei & Kerikeri

    Moore Fine Arts School - Art Lessons & Workshops in Auckland, Whangarei & Kerikeri

    Lessons are easy to follow, with step by step instructions given by both Richard & Diana Moore. The results ... Read More...
  • Morag Stokes' - Painting Workshops (Wellington)

    Morag Stokes' - Painting Workshops (Wellington)

    The Artist Sessions run from Morag Stokes’ Khandallah studio in Wellington on Monday and... Read More...
  • Illustration School - Picture Book Illustration

    Illustration School - Picture Book Illustration

    The Illustration School offers students, across a broad range of academic ability, a unique opportunity to enrich and/or extend classroom activities with a series of story based workshops... Read More...
  • Te Tuhi (Auckland)

    Te Tuhi (Auckland)

    Te Tuhi works actively within the community of Auckland, providing a conduit for audience engagement and participation in the visual arts, underpinned by innovative exhibitions, education and... Read More...
  • UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture Centre (Auckland)

    UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture Centre (Auckland)

    They have an on site Theatre & Green Room, Malcolm Smith Gallery, three Art studios, a meeting room and... Read More...
  • Wellington Space Available for Classes!

    Wellington Space Available for Classes!

    Need a space in Wellington to hold Art Classes? Read More...
  • Banish Solvents with New Medium W

    Banish Solvents with New Medium W

    Date: 26-Jan-2017
    This exciting new oilpainting medium from Schmincke expands painting possibilities with no harmful fumes: mixing 1 part Medium W into 2 parts oilcolour makes the paint water-miscible… you can now thin it with water! Read More...
  • A Closer Look at Drawing

    A Closer Look at Drawing

    Date: 25-Dec-2016
    Drawing is one of our first languages – we use it to communicate even before we can write. As artists, we draw to work out our initial ideas, sketch to free the hand and mind up, use it to acutely observe our subject, as in life drawing and use it to produce finished works. Here we will look at how various drawing materials can be used to effect your desired end result Read More...
  • How Brilliant Colours are made at Schmincke

    How Brilliant Colours are made at Schmincke

    Date: 21-Dec-2016
    Schmincke make colours you fall in love with. How do I know? I've been painting with Schmincke paints for 15 years now and haven't found another colour I would rather use. They are incredibly consistent, and their colours stunning. In 2011, I was able to realise a long-held ambition to visit the source of these wonderful paints (and pastels), the Schmincke factory in Düsseldorf, Germany. Let's take a look at how some of their special and unique colours are made Read More...
  • Artists' Paint: A Closer Look at Quality

    Artists' Paint: A Closer Look at Quality

    Date: 18-Dec-2016
    Paint quality varies, depending on who the intended user is. We make sure that even our most affordable paint is the best quality that price will allow. For passionate recreational painters and discerning professionals, however, there are many qualities besides price our colours must satisfy - the colour must sing! It must perform flawlessly, feel gorgeous, seduce the viewer, last for decades ... in short - it must reflect perfectly what we have in our mind's eye. Read More...
  • Outside Art

    Outside Art

    Date: 16-Dec-2016
    Drawing and painting in the environment "en plein air" is the best eye exercise. It makes us see our environment more keenly than others who merely look. It's an experience unique to artists, akin to the immediacy of life-drawing, and summer is the perfect time to indulge in it. Read More...
  • Gordon Harris Whitecliffe Year 2 Painting Award 2015

    Gordon Harris Whitecliffe Year 2 Painting Award 2015

    Simon Lundqvist was awarded the Gordon Harris Whitecliffe Year 2 Painting Award 2015 Read More...
  • Gordon Harris Elam 2016 Award Winners

    Gordon Harris Elam 2016 Award Winners

    We provide over 40 Awards to students enrolled in the country's Universities and Polytechnics, as well as to many of the Community Art Groups around the country. Read More...
  • Selwyn Community Education

    Selwyn Community Education

    Selwyn Community Education provides quality affordable and accessible lifelong learning opportunities for our community, through a programme of nearly 250 short courses for adults and children each year. We are based at Selwyn College in Kohimarama, Auckland. Read More...
  • Gordon Harris Elam 2015 Award Winners

    Gordon Harris Elam 2015 Award Winners

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  • First Impression Printmaking Exhibition - Winner

    First Impression Printmaking Exhibition - Winner

    A big congratulations to Bev, for winning the ''First Impressions printmaking exhibition' People's Choice Award! Read More...
  • Gordon Harris 2014 Awards at AUT

    Gordon Harris 2014 Awards at AUT

    Congratulations Rosie Neyle who was awarded the 2014 Gordon Harris Award for Best Use of Traditional Media in Contemporary Illustration at AUT Read More...
  • 'Passionate About Pastel' Awards 2013

    'Passionate About Pastel' Awards 2013

    Marie Sanders pastel painting 'Tamaki Estuary' won first prize in the 'Passionate About Pastel' art exhibition at the Mairangi Arts Centre in December. Read More...
  • Gordon Harris 2013 Awards at AUT

    Gordon Harris 2013 Awards at AUT

    Each Year Gordon Harris awards prizes for excellence to students of Auckland University of Technology. Read More...