Wands and Dragon Eggs : A Creative Holiday Experience


In this class we will be creating a variety of wands and dragon eggs… exploring imaginations, experimenting with paint and object structure. We will be adding finishing touches to our creations using magical props finishing techniques such as gold leaf, silver foils, metallic paint and stains.


In this class we will be learning a bit about what a scenic artist/props painter is in the film industry. We will be spending time conjuring up designs and inspiration. Students will be learning some basic props painting techniques and playing with structure of an everyday object to make it spectacular. In film we learn to make just about anything look like something else. For instance, we might be given a rubber tube and asked to make it look like a steel bar for stunt use. I hope to convey and encourage students to think outside of the box.

Another thing we need to learn in film is time management. Will be juggling several projects at once so we are not standing around waiting for things to dry.

About Therese Eberhard

Scenic/Props painter finisher.

I was born in Palo Alto, California in 1965. I grew up on the West coast of the U.S.A. Spending time in Denver Co, Oregon, and various parts of California. I always had an desire to paint and draw. My High School art teacher further fuelled this desire by entering my work in local art shows. I moved to Laguna Beach California after graduating. That was where I would start my journey as a Scenic Artist. With determination I knocked on doors and apprenticed where I could. I started with fine art, interiors, and hand painted textiles. Through the years I would continue to knock on doors and travel (my desire to learn and create never dying), that eventually lead me to Theatre and Film. It is Film (King Kong) that brought me to Wellington, New Zealand. I have continued to work in NZ and currently reside in Strathmore Park with my daughter.

I now have 25+ years’ experience painting finishes for commercial and private interiors, Film (props and sets), Theatre, Casinos, themed environments, and Museums. I love sharing my passion and talent with young people who are keen to learn and create.

Therese has an impressive list of film credits to her name. Here is her IMDB page

Therese Eberhard – Professional Profile website

Course Outline:


Students should be able to walk away with several completed variations of wands and dragon eggs. Hopefully, have a basic understanding of the benefits of time management and creative planning. And will walk away feeling they can create anything out of everyday objects, if they put their minds to it.


There will be a variety of products available for students to use. This will include paints, glues, foils, beads, wire, wood and decorative materials. With the exception of super glue (which should be given permission to use) all will be water based as to cut out toxicity. However I will be using some metallic powders in water based polyurethanes. Students with sensitive skin may need to wear gloves. All children should wear clothes that can get paint on or bring an apron. This workshop is for children at a responsible age that can work sensibly with the products available.

Timetable and Enrolment

  • Start: Wednesday 11 October 2017
    Finish: Friday 13 October 2017
    9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) Drama Rooms 1 and 2)Location
  • Girls and boys in school Years 6-9 (10-13 year olds)Target Market
  • BYO lunch and water bottle. Morning tea provided. NB if you have special dietary requirements please bring your own morning tea.Requirements
  • Price/Student (incl GST)· $260 for 3 days (price includes all making materials).Price/Student (incl GST)
  • New EnrolmentEnrolment

Our Location

Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243
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