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Budding artists blossom at museum art course

Friday October 23, 2015 Written by Published in Education
The art students have been working hard throughout the course to produce the artwork to be displayed at the National Culture Division Museum. 15102201 The art students have been working hard throughout the course to produce the artwork to be displayed at the National Culture Division Museum. 15102201

November is set to be an exciting month for eight budding artists whose course work is to be put on display in the National Culture Division Museum.


The collection of work comes from the Continuing Education Art Course at the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute, which is nearing completion. 

Te artists were taught by trained art tutor, Lee Raela, who has sold her work in New Zealand and currently has a stall at the Punanga Nui Martket. 

Raela took the participants through a progression of techniques and approaches, exploring a variety of media and encouraging personal expression. 

She believes one key to maturing artistically is in developing confidence and enjoyment of the artistic process, as well as being inspired by other artist’s works.

Community Education co-ordinator, Violet Tisam, says a few of the participants are already established as artists who currently sell their work.

Tisam says these artists have found the course refreshing and helpful with regards to diversifying their work towards future sales.

She says a few of the learners are doing this for the first time and their own style is starting to emerge.

“On display you will see a range of works that represent our artist's journey.”

A number of other exciting courses are also coming up in November, following on from the success of the art course.

One such course is ‘Plan My Home’ to be taught by Angaroa Williams from November 2 to 19 at the CITTI Trades campus in Arorangi.

The course covers step by step processes from when acquiring a piece of land to building a home.

Tisam says this is an opportunity for interested community members to learn from an expert.

Angaroa is a carpentry tutor at CITTI Trades and has worked as a building inspector whilst with Infrastructure Cook Islands.

Tisam says an increasing amount of people are asking him the processes of building a home, and now he wants to share his experience and take people through this huge undertaking. “There are a lot of hoops to jump through and can be mind boggling for first home owners,” Angaroa says.

Another upcoming course is ‘Computing’ with Courtney Papatua which is designed for those interested in the basic skills of computing.

The course will be taught at the CITTI Hospitality campus in Turangi, Ngatangiia from November 10 to 22.

By the end of the course, Tisam says each learner will know how to use word documents, send emails and use Facebook.

Papatua completed her Information Technology (IT) intern training with Ministry of Education and is now working at the CITTI Hospitality Centre.

Tisam also wants to encourage more people to join the Tui Tataura Cook Islands Embroidery class coming up on November 3.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn Cook Islands embroidery and stitching from Vereara Maeva Taripo.

“Our embroidery stitches is unique to us and we need to embrace and cherish it. Vereara has created some embroidery stitches that she wants to share with those who are interested,” Tisam says.

The Tui Tataura course will be at the CITTI Trades campus from November 3 to 19.

Anyone interested in these courses can contact Tisam by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning 21471 ext6.   

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