Students of 1940–1950
Audrey Black (later Audrey Prouse) Dip FA - 1943
Richard de Bere Lovell-Smith Dip FA - 1945
Valerie Heinz Dip FA - 1948
Allan Leary Dip FA - 1947
Ngarita Johnstone Dip FA - 1949
Roy Entwistle Dip FA - 1950
Edward Bullmore Dip FA - Hons 1957

Lecturers W.A. Sutton and Francis Shurrock, and student Colin Lovell-Smith join the Home Defence Corps, while ex-student Juliet Peter joins the Women's Land Army.


Directly after the Second World War the 'old guard' retire en masse from the school. Francis Shurrock, Archibald Nicoll, Richard Wallwork, Cecil Kelly and Rata Lovell-Smith all leave this year. Colin G. Lovell-Smith, Dip.F.A. is appointed Director (acting 1945–47, Director 1947–60). Russell Clark is appointed to staff (1945–65, Senior Lecturer 1949–1965).

Plans are underway to build a new art school on a site at the corner of Gloucester and Montreal Streets, but this is never realised.


A new constitution leads to the reorganisation of the school as a senior school for fine arts, restricting admission to students over 16 years, and dropping most of the technical classes.

Florence Akins introduces a course in Weaving and Tapestry

John Oakley (1946–66) and John N. [Jack] Knight (1946–77) are appointed to the staff.


The facilities for art students become increasingly inadequate, and plans for a new art school on the Montreal and Gloucester Street site are again reactivated, but are dropped in 1950 in favour of a new College of Engineering.


The school's Prospectus notes that its facilities consists of a life studio, antique studio, still-life studio, architectural room, modelling studio, lecture room and library in the main building. Metal work and printmaking classes take place in a nearby building.

Courses include:

  • Painting: drawing from common objects, painting from still life, drawing and painting from the antique cast, landscape drawing and painting, drapery study, etching, lithography, woodblock and linoleum cutting, drawing and painting from life, pictorial design, figure composition and book illustration.
  • Sculpture: elementary modelling, drawing from the figure, anatomy, drapery study, modelling from life, modelled composition, stone and wood carving.
  • Commercial art: drawing from common objects, lettering, pen and brush, poster design, perspective, drawing from the cast, pen and ink, still life painting, landscape painting, life drawing and painting, book illustration, pictorial design, etching, lithography, wood and linoleum printing, silkscreen printing.
  • Metal and craft design: drawing from common objects and cast; design and colour, principles of ornament, lettering, life drawing, modelling, répousse in copper and silver, enamelling, cloisonné and champleve, jewel setting, casting in metal, fabric design and printing.
  • Needlecraft courses: drawing from the common objects, drawing from the cast, principles of design, design in black, white and colour, historic and peasant embroideries, plain and tapestry weaving.

Eric J. Doudney is appointed to the staff as senior lecturer in sculpture (1949–70, Reader 1966–1970).

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Figure Composition, Canterbury College School of Art, early 1940s

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The Life Room, Canterbury College School of Art, 1947

The afternoon sun streams through in the window on the right making bands of sun and shadow which seriously interferes with the work of the students. Right to left: C.L.S Irene Dickson (foreground), Louise Mansfield (background), Dierdrie Withers, Colin Ritchie, Leslie Taylor, Madeline Hall (centre foreground), Noeline Lewis (background), Kathleen Hanafin and M. MacDonald (far background), Gioia Sapio, Jacqueline Fahey, Donald Tyrell-Baxter.

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Figure Composition, Canterbury College School of Art, 1948

The crowded conditions for 24 students prompt one student, on the far right, to stand on a box in order to see the model.

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Still Life Room, Canterbury College School of Art, late 1940s

The light for 20 students is solely from two windows. The photographic flash bulb gives a false impression of the room's brightness

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Block Printing, Canterbury College School of Art, c.1949

This is a demonstration of block printing for a radio talk. From the left is Edgar 'Dick' Seelye, interviewer Molly McNab, Senior Lecturer James Johnstone, and the student applying the dye to the dye pad is Frank Forster.

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Sculpture Class, Canterbury University College School of Art, early 1950s

Senior Lecturer: E. John Doudney. Student: Karan Macfarlane.