Year 10 students Charlotte (Redlands College) and Ellie (Mary MacKillop College) at the QCA workshop. Photo credit: Cian Sanders

Queensland College of Art (QCA) recently hosted the state’s best high school visual arts students in collaboration with the Department of Education and QAGOMA.

Year 10 student Lucy (Pimlico State High School) works alongside Creative Generations Artist Michael Candy. Photo credit: Cian Sanders

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Arts ‘In Residence’ initiative brought the best Year 10 visual art students from around Queensland to Brisbane for three days of workshops at QAGOMA and the QCA’s South Bank campus.

The students were accompanied by Creative Generation artist Michael Candy, whose work is also featured in the new blockbuster Water exhibition at QAGOMA.

Visual Arts Programs Director Professor Jay Younger said the program allowed high school students to start building a pathway towards a career in the creative arts.

“I think it was a life-changing experience for many of the students,” she said.

“The workshops at the QCA allowed them to work alongside our faculty and gain an appreciation for the breadth of opportunities offered in the creative industries.”

The students took workshops with a host of QCA artist academics, including Martin Smith, Ali Bezor, David Harris, Louis Lim and Ged Rutten. They had the chance to try their hand at everything from laser cutting and interactive/kinetic sculptures to painting with light.