Classy Art collection chance to highlight course diversity

Classy Art Exhibition co-ordinator Michelle Dawson with some of the artworks which will be on display, including a pen and ink sketch, an acrylic artwork and a digital photograph.

ART tutors and their students have brought together a diverse range of art and mediums for Southland Education’s annual Classy Art Exhibition.

On display at RAW Gallery, Don St, exhibition co-ordinator Michelle Dawson said this year’s collection would show “the disciplines and the diversity of courses on offer” at the learning institution.

Also an art tutor, Ms Dawson said the thing she really liked about teaching art was people got to be creative in ways they were not confident in. “Really all they need is permission.”

As well as tutors Karen Pringle, Gina van Wichn, Ms Dawson, Norris Johnston and Shanae Stenton, up to 80 students would also exhibit their various artworks including lead-lighting, patchwork quilts, acrylics, oils, watercolours, mixed medium and photography.

As the exhibition was the culmination of more than a year’s work, some students had entered two items, some just one, Ms Dawson said.

“Because of Covid and the lockdown, we have given students the opportunity to have work from this year and last year… as we had a big break of at least a term in the middle of this year.”

When the students were allowed to return to classes they were buzzing, she said.

“We found that when people came back, they wanted to do something new, they wanted to break out.

“It was good for people to come back together to bounce ideas, support each other and encourage one another.”

She said the exhibition was a great opportunity for people who hadn’t had the opportunity to exhibit before to do so, and hoped it might give them encouragement to continue with their art.

As well as the exhibition, there would also be items for sale.

  • Classy Art Exhibition, RAW Gallery, 25 Don St, Invercargill. Opening night, Friday, December 4, 7pm. Until Friday, December 11, 11am-3pm. Free

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