The joy of painting: Art Metro

An art school, gallery and supply store, Art Metro helps make Canterbury the creative place it is. Metropol sits down with Malene Reynolds Laugesen to ask a few questions about her teaching role at the Papanui studio.     WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT ART METRO, AND WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOB SATISFACTION? […]

New directions: Art Metro

Painting may have been one of the hobbies New Zealanders took up over the course of the lockdown. YouTube tutorials may have sufficed then, but now it’s time to increase those skills further.     Enter Art Metro, a creative hub that has produced hundreds of happy students. Metropol caught up with owner Simon Walmisley […]


Christine Green tells us why she’s been such a fan of Art Metro for nearly a decade.   What prompted you to enrol at Art Metro, Christine? As Art Metro wasn’t far from my home, I thought I’d give painting a go. I could hardly draw, let alone paint, but once I started, I was […]

Become an artist!: Art Metro

With class registration numbers ever increasing, three students tell us why they love Art Metro.     Helen Spencer-Bower joined Art Metro 12 years ago. She likes to paint in oils from her own photographs and says her painting has strengthened because of expert tuition. “Most definitely my confidence has become greater from learning the […]

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For the love of art: Art Metro

Thanks to her father spying an Art Metro advert in the paper, Chelsea Burnside, a 24-year-old office administrator, rediscovered her love for art.     “I studied art throughout high school, but lost touch with it for around four years after leaving. My family have always encouraged me to get back into it, so I […]

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Artistic Tutelage: Art Metro

Three years ago, Paul Hobbs was looking for an art class that would help improve his painting. He spied an advert for Art Metro and immediately emailed owner and Director Simon Walmisley; within a short time, Paul found himself enrolled in a class and perched before an easel. Paul currently attends the Tuesday morning class. […]

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Easel-y the best: it’s never too late to start, learn to be an artist at Art Metro

Sarah Garland and Rodolfo Lopez began tutoring at Art Metro this year. We coax them from their easels to talk about why they love their jobs. “I get to look at art all day and talk with the lovely students,” says Sarah. “Seeing works progress – it’s nice to know I can positively impact development.” […]

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Great galleries: Four Christchurch art galleries you have to check out

Ladies and gentlemen, forget Paris, London and New York. The best in art is right here in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve gone in search of some of the latest and greatest. When it comes to art, these four favourites are exhibitionists in all the right ways. ART METRO: With more than 400 […]