• 2022 Term 4 (Oct-Dec)

Date & Time:

  • Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm (NZ time) beginning 21 October 2022. The final class of the Term is Friday 9 December 2022.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Thu 20 Oct 2022, 12:00-2:00pm

  • US Pacific: begins Thu 20 Oct 2022, 3:00-5:00pm

  • US Central: begins Thu 20 Oct 2022, 5:00-7:00pm

  • US Eastern: begins Thu 20 Oct 2022, 6:00-8:00pm

  • London, UK: begins Thu 20 Oct 2022, 11:00pm-1:00am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Fri 21 Oct 2022, 3:30-5:30am

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Fri 21 Oct 2022, 5:00-7:00am

  • Singapore: begins Fri 21 Oct 2022, 6:00-8:00am

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Fri 21 Oct 2022, 9:00-11:00am


  • This eight week course will take us from the very early beginnings that start with Maori petroglyphic art, through to the latest postmodern productions in the twenty first century.

Where It All Began

Week 1: Fri 21 Oct 2022

From rock art, early European encounters (Tasman and Cook), to romancing the landscape via William Hodges, to colonial confrontations courtesy of von Tempsky and others.

The Picturesque, The Beautiful, The Sublime

Week 2: Fri 28 Oct 2022

From mid to late 19th century, artists were trying to interpret this new land using all the conventional art codes that had gone before. Fox, Heaphy, Gully, Hodgkins, Buchanan, Sharpe and Kinder.
Mt Taranaki

Early Twentieth Century Stirrings

Week 3: Fri 4 Nov 2022

This saw landscapes and portraits get the romantic treatment together with a foray into folk art via the Maori prophet movements. Van der Velden, Nairn, Goldie, LIndauer, Rongopai and Rua Kenana.

Early Experiments

Week 4: Fri 11 Nov 2022

The first real shift toward a more modern approach began here with Francis Hodgkins, Fristrom, Field, Richardson, Lovell-Smith, Perkins, Rita Angus.


Week 5: Fri 18 Nov 2022

New Zealand came late to modernism. We were 50 years behind the rest of the world by mid century. Those leading the charge were, McCahon, Woolloston, Weeks, Henderson and others.


Week 6: Fri 25 Nov 2022

This is where the general public became confused and cynical. They could not understand this new way of painting, conducted by Mrkusich, Trustrum, Waters, Scott, Hotere, Killeen, Gimblett and Peebles.


Week 7: Fri 2 Dec 2022

These artists were an intense lot whose reign was influential but brief, borrowing from both the Germans and the Americans. The main players were Maddox, Clairmont, Harris, Fomison, Albrecht and Dolezel.

The New Breed

Week 8: Fri 9 Dec 2022

These twenty first century postmodern artists came at things from a variety of angles with various axes to grind, among them, feminism, environmentalism, and post-colonialism, often with a touch of cheek. Members include, Robinson, Cotton, Parekowhai , Webster, Pardington and Hammond.

Meet our Instructor:

History, Literature & Philosophy Instructor Peter Dornauf, MA Dip Tchg

Peter Dornauf has taught in secondary schools, Wintec and Waikato University collectively for over 25 years. He is a well know Waikato artist, art critic and a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His book “Days of Our Deaths” serves as the basis for one of Peter’s other popular EarthDiverse courses, “A Cultural History of Death.” Peter also teaches our “The Spiritual in Modern Art” course and continues to develop additional EarthDiverse courses for future Terms.


EarthDiverse, 401 Anglesea St, Hamilton or online via Zoom.

We're located just a couple of shops north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station on the same side of the Street. We're located on the first floor, above Copier Word. Our Entrance is on the left side of the building. Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton, New Zealand. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

Unwaged includes students, unemployed and retirees. All prices are in New Zealand dollars and GST inclusive.


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are usually posted within 1-2 days of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning on a day and time of your choosing.

  • Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and there are no prerequisites for any of the Term courses.

  • This class has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams.

  • All classes encourage questions and group discussion.

  • PDFs of each class presentation are are posted to the course webpage, along with the class video recording of the live session so that you are free to focus on class content rather than taking notes. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in and enjoy the discussions!

  • Course fees include a short tea/coffee/snack break in the middle of each session.

  • There are no refunds for missed classes. Missed classes can be made up by watching the on-line recording of the class session, which is usually posted within 24 hours.

  • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single session without registering.

  • Certificates of Completion for any particular Term Course or Series are available for Professional Development purposes upon request at the end of each Term or Series.


  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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