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Forty Six Canvases - November 2020

Forty Six Canvases - November 2020

A painting marathon it was!  The Inverlochy Collective created forty six abstract canvases in twenty three hours for the new Sojourn apartment hotel in Newtown.  Mike Price of Sojourn contacted IAS to gauge our interest in painting 80 canvases for a donation to the school.  We agreed to forty given the 5 December deadline. 

Our weekend of painting quickly evolved into an amazingly fun staff development topped with yummy food, wine and groovey tunes. Painting techniques and ideas were shared and implimented in creative new ways.  The freedom to explore new techniques was liberating for some whilst others found the contraints of working on a canvas quite daunting.    

The initial start was a challenge which was quite surprising given all particpants are practicing artist.  We did discuss the possibility of recreating Yves Klein's 1960 Anthropometry of the Blue Epoch in which the female proxies smeared their bodies in Klein's signature blue pigment.  After a thorough giggle session, we opted for a different plan.  

Rowena Fry and Stephanie Turgoose painted in a Colour Field style in which colour was more the driver as compared to active gestures. Techniques such as pouring paint instead of using a brush were used to draw attention to the relationship between the canvas and shapes that emerged. Denise Durkin and Christine Gregory broke away from their conventional techniques to produce completely Abstract Art that reflects a dynamic gestural form that shares their emotions and unique personalities. Cheryl Corrado, a mixed media artist, was totally out of her element and found working on canvases very disconcerting and an incredible challenge. 

Sarah Brock added a new dimension to our nonstructured painting by joining us on the second day.  Her seemingly organic images were painted using overlapping colours which created subtle spatial relationships and varying degrees of depth. 

We deemed this weekend a fun and successful event with positive bonding and learning for the tutors involved. To top it off we made way for a donation of much needed funds for Inverlochy Art School! Check for updates on our website or sign up for our newsletters to find out about the next exciting Inverlochy experience.  Hope to see you there. :)

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  • Forty Six Canvases - November 2020
  • Forty Six Canvases - November 2020
  • Forty Six Canvases - November 2020



In October Brian and Jane from Brass and Glass Photographic Alchemy came to Inverlochy to teach an exciting, introductory workshop.  Students crafted their own portrait tintype and experienced the magic of silver and light combining to create the 19th century tintype.  Tintypes are created in an authentic bellows camera, processed under red light in a darkroom, then washed, dried and varnished. With care, the priceless heirloom photograph will last for decades without fading or changing colour.


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Current Events

Our popular children's after school classes have resumed with Rowena and Rachel and our September/October holiday programme is up and running. We have Rowena Fry in week one and Cartooning & Zines for Tweens & Teens with Randy Wolf in week 2.

We offer classes for beginners, and ongoing progressive classes for advanced practitioners in drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration and silk screening. Our classes are small and most fees include all materials (check individual classes for details). We have a maximum student limit for each course, giving you the best tutor/student ratio possible.

We also run open studios for groups of artists who wish to meet regularly, or you can use our specialist print studio if you have printmaking experience. Please inquire for further details. 

We are located in the atmospheric, grade II listed, historic Inverlochy House in the Te Aro district of Wellington. Our garden maintenance is held on the last Saturday of every month.  Bring garden gloves, tools and join the fun.

Inverlochy Art School is pleased to return to Level 1 in the Wellington region. Our QR code is located on the front door and the alternative hand written contact register is in the foyer upon entry. For further information on safety guidelines under the Covid19 alert levels, please visit


Aotearoa Poster Competition 2020

Entries are now open in the Aotearoa Poster Competition 2020! 

Are you ready to create art to move hearts, tickle minds & inspire change for the better?  

Come join us and use the power of art to reflect who we are, and can be, as a positive and diverse nation. We want original artworks with creative ideas and that ‘wow’ factor to ignite conversation. 


  • Young Person: 13-17 years 
  • New and emerging artist: 18 years & over  
  • Established artist: 18 years & over 
  • Shortlisted popular vote  
  • PRIZES $500 cash and winning entries displayed nationwide.  

  • Entries open 10 August and close 21 September 2020 
  • Popular vote opens 1 October and closes 15 October 
  • Wellington prize giving event 29/30 October 

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