On course to unlock your artistic potential

PHOTO: Emma Hillier
CANVASSING THEIR TALENT: Local artist Paddy Milne is among those currently displaying her work at the Baines Gallery at the Wangaratta Library. Like many creative spirits, she has benefited from GOTAFE courses over the years and is delighted to see new training opportunities continue to be provided, to enhance the vibrant and talented local arts community. Full story page 6. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

ANYONE can draw and be creative.

Drawing and painting are skills that can be taught and learned like any other activity according to experienced art teacher Leonie Partridge.

“For many years TAFE courses have provided a hub for local artists to meet, learn and exchange ideas and GOTAFE has been a significant player in the regional arts community,” Ms Partridge, a visual arts teacher at GOTAFE, said.

“Graduates from the courses have gone out into the wider community to pursue their practice in a diversity of ways.

“Many of the younger graduates have moved to major regional centres to establish their own successful businesses.

“Take past student Holly Tunstall as an example.

“Holly now runs a successful design company in Melbourne after studying both the visual arts and design courses at GOTAFE.

“Kate Gorman has also made a name for herself as a successful practising artist exhibiting regionally and regularly in Melbourne.”

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