About Us


Hi and thanks for visiting The Art Room.   Rosenda (left) and Pip (on the right) are 2 busy mums who met whilst working together at Silverstream School, Upper Hutt.  Rosenda is mum to Isabella, Eva and Lottie. Pip's children Felix and Holly, are both busy teenagers.  Between the 5 children there is a real mix of kids passionate about sports and the arts.


Rosenda is a primary school teacher with over 20 years experience, she has a passion for discovering what makes kids 'tick', with a goal to bring out the absolute best in each child.   Pip formerly a Teacher Aide is a talented artist with a passion for the arts.  Pip has 10 + years of creative experience beginning her journey under the tutelage and guidance of Mary Amour at Archibalds, Upper Hutt.  She later studied Art and Creativity for 3 years at The Learning Connexion in Lower Hutt and is currently a design student at Massey University.  You may recognise her famous artwork on the reusable bags in Upper Hutt.


Rosenda taught at Silverstream school and always loved it when Pip could spare some time to add some magic to her art lesson with her artistic talent.  As Rosenda and Pip spent more time teaching art they discovered that the children had a hunger for more.  Over many coffees, wine and chocolate, The Art Room has evolved and will continue to do so!


At the Art Room we aim to provide an environment where everyone feels welcome, safe and comfortable to learn, make and create to their heart's content.  We aim to create an atmosphere of mystery, imagination and discovery. We are passionate about enabling all our students to be creative in a positive learning environment working at their pace of creativity.  After years of experience we know that everyone works differently - whether it be full speed ahead or carefully taking their time, no student will feel rushed or pressured at any time.  We aim to draw creativity out, not cram it all in!

The Art Room currently offers after school classes for school aged children, Evening Art Classes for late teens/adults, School Holiday Programmes, Craft Workshops, Sewing Classes and Workshops, DSLR Photography Workshops, Crochet Classes, Paint and Pour, Cake Decorating Workshops, Watercolour Classes, Birthday Parties and has recently enjoyed hosting School Visits, Staff Team Building events, Adult Birthday Parties and Art Therapy workshops for Arthritis New Zealand.

We have many hopes and dreams to offer our local community what they want and need.  Watch this space as it will be changing each term.  






Meet our tutors
Jessica Webster

Beautiful fabrics have always been in Jessica’s DNA. Learning the art of sewing at an early age, Jessica loved to create outfits out of scraps of silks, velvet ribbons, pearl buttons or anything she could find that sparked her imagination. She developed these skills even further at Massey University, where she completed a Degree in Fashion Design and graduated with Honours.  Jessica now runs her own clothing label where she creates entire collections using all the luxurious fabrics that she dreamed about growing up. 

You will see Jessica at The Art Room running birthday parties, assisting with our school holiday programme and PD3D classes.

Erica Baker



Erica comes from a fabulous big family and is a natural at connecting with and teaching people of all ages. Her hospitable nature has developed from a young age which means she adores hosting and organising events.  Erica is at her happiest when she is being creative. She loves sharing her ideas and encouraging others to experiment, and to trust their own creative instincts. In her spare time she loves to be musical, create delicious edible masterpieces, and dabble in all things crafty; as well as spending precious time with friends and family. Erica completed her Advanced Diploma in Patisserie at Weltec, with a London City and Guilds Advanced Diploma in Cookery and Supervision with Distinction. Cake decorating is Erica's true passion, and she has an instagram account called The Baker Cakery where she makes the most of her well suited last name and shares some of her favourite creations. 

You will meet Erica at our Birthday Parties, Holiday programmes and at our Edible Art workshops. 

Angela Newson

Angela is a true creative at heart and finds contentment when turning ideas into reality.

She has spent the last 18 years working in the New Zealand fashion industry and currently works as the patternmaker for a NZ made bridal designer.  Angela ran her own successful business for over 12 years as a freelance patternmaker, where she was privileged enough to work with a number of Wellington’s top fashion labels as well as a bunch of start up brands.

Angela has also taught patternmaking and construction part-time at both Massey University and NZ Fashion Tech. It was while carrying out these roles, that she felt the personal fulfilment ones gets from passing on their skills and knowledge to others keen to learn.

Angela has a strong enthusiasm for teaching and supporting others in learning and developing the practical skills needed to bring their own ideas to life.


When she’s not busy creating, Angela is relishing time with her husband Anthony and their two young daughters Emma (8) and Charlotte (5).  

Iain Watt

Born and bred in Scotland Iain has been an artist and designer for over 40 years.  Iain's first degree was in illustration after which he freelanced in London, Glasgow and to a wide variety of clients around the globe.  During this period Iain also taught photography at an art school in Glasgow.

Having discovered a deep passion for teaching Iain took his teaching certificate and taught art and design at secondary schools in England and for a short period of time in New Zealand.  Iain's introduction to New Zealand was through an invitation to teach 2- dimensional design at a design school in Wellington.

After moving to New Zealand Iain lectured at the Design school as well as teaching life-drawing, portraiture, water-colours and photography on the Wellington High School Community Education Programme.  In 1998 Iain was recruited by the Learning Connexion, a private tertiary art school to teach illustration, photography and visual literacy, where Iain is still employed.

In 2009 Iain completed a masterate in adult education from Massey University.  Being predominantly a figurative artist life-drawing has always been a passion being a central component of the art.  Iain is looking forward to passing on his skills and techniques to the students of The Art Room.




Nick Fields



My name is Nick Fields. I am a Diploma of Art and Creativity graduate from The Learning Connexion and an avid cartoonist.  I find deep satisfaction in idea and story creation; a process which reaches back to high school where I experimented with many characters and their would-be plots and downfalls.  During tertiary study I focused on the process of comic and cartoon making, combining drawing and writing into a single cohesive art piece. Bringing that passion through tertiary study has brought me a lot of joy, as I have been able to see my own characters and stories evolve from concept to completed work. Comics and cartoons are my ongoing passion and I have many comic and cartoon projects in the works, some of which have been a work in progress for over two years!


Andy Monk

Born in Wellington Andy Monk has always been a photographer.

I’ve always been a photographer... just like you, I’m a person who sees the world in a unique perspective. I love the documentation process of photography, meeting people and going places to see the wonders that this world has for us all to enjoy.

I've spent the last two years working mostly with 35mm film (analogue) photography to develop stronger composition and engaging images; It will be a discipline I will never stop as within this ‘retro’ modern method of photography I feel the best images can be captured due to process and patience.

I have three years of formal education in Photography and over these past five years it is my full-time occupation. Working with DSLR and Film for travel, landscapes and street photography across New Zealand, Europe and the United Kingdom. I’ve had exhibitions within Wellington and a finalist for emerging artists 2018 at New Zealand Art Show.

I believe every person has a unique view to offer and I am looking forward to getting you started with your DSLR and beginning the journey of you expressing your way of seeing this world. 

Janina Hodges








Hi, I’m Janina, wife and mother to a cheeky wee boy Felix.


I grew up in a very creative family. My Dad, an amazing oil painter now was originally a potter. In fact the pottery wheel I now use was my Dads.


After having my son, I really struggled with not having a creative outlet, so I signed up to a ceramics night class. As soon as I touched the clay, I was hooked. I became obsessed, immersed and in love with all things ceramic. I am excited about learning and trying new things with clay, slowly evolving this ceramic hobby into something more. 


I am a trained Secondary school art teacher and love being able to share my passion with others. I enjoy supporting others in creating pieces of pottery which they can enjoy and use in their own homes. 




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