Sculpture and Painting Workshops at TOTEM

In collaboration with renowned New Zealand artist and Wallace Award finalist Louise McRae, Totem presents a series of art workshops.

 Workshops begin by discussing and developing ideas and concepts around the subject matter. Once the creative process is understood and problems solved Louise will guide and support you through creating your work. 

Before embarking on sculpture Louise will take you through a basic knowledge of the tools used, teach you woodwork and casting techniques and help you to select the appropriate materials to begin.

Next Sculpture Workshop

The All About Me Weekend with Louise McRae

March 1st – 3rd 2019

Off the back of Louise’s wildly successful exhibition ‘UnMonument’ comes a stay & play Sculpture Workshop.

Meet us on Friday night for a drink and light meal, Lou will talk and inspire you through the concept and drawing phase of the workshop and then you get to stay the night at the gorgeous Totem Retreat.

On Saturday after a breakfast on the verandah, we get stuck in to the power tools! Two days of cutting, splitting, carving, burning and creating. You’ll be fed and nurtured well. All meals, snacks and both nights accommodation included. We wind up on Sunday afternoon with a glass of wine and an exhibition of the works created by the group.

Price $1499 per person OR bring a friend and share a room for $1200 per person; includes all meals, snacks, drinks, 2 nights accommodation, all materials & tools.

Better than another boring weekend shopping in Sydney! (But if you do need a little more luxury, talk to us about tacking on a massage at the end of your day on the tools!)



Landscape Painting in response to New Zealand poetry. A weekend with Louise McRae.

June 21st-23rd 2019

Details coming soon. Register your interest using the form below.

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Meet Lou

Louise McRae has exhibited in galleries around New Zealand since 1998.

She paints demolition timber and then splits in by hand into shards and reassembles it into wall-hung works.

Colours are interspersed with metallics, and burning and charring wood is an important part of her process. Louise completed her Master of Fine Arts at Whitecliff College of Art and Design in 2016.

Her main galleries are Seed in Auckland and Gallery 33 in Wanaka.

She has been a finalist in the Wallace Arts award a number of times and has recently been a key speaker at the annual Decon and Re-use conference in Portland, Oregon.

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