Art workshop boosts fashion interest

Love for art: Crystal McKenny, 15, from Miller, was among 11 other students who took part in a recent art workshop at the MCA in Sydney. Picture: Anna Warr

Love for art: Crystal McKenny, 15, from Miller, was among 11 other students who took part in a recent art workshop at the MCA in Sydney. Picture: Anna Warr

ART is a passion for Miller student Crystal McKenny.

Needless to say, she jumped at the chance to attend a recent four-day workshop at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art exploring the many facets of the creative discipline.

The Bella workshop is held twice a year for art students in years 10 and 11, supported by The Smith Family.

During the workshop Crystal and 11 other students from across NSW explored contemporary artistic techniques, including sculpture, drawing, film-making, lino printing and stencilling.

"I have always been interested in art and fashion," the 15-year-old said.

"I absolutely loved the workshop and it really showed me to look at art from different points of view.

"It has inspired me and I hope to go to it every year it is held."

The workshop was run by professional artists, who helped the students create a body of work and build a portfolio.

The Smith Family chief executive officer Lisa O'Brien said the workshop was in its 12th year.

"Thanks to funding made available through the Macquarie Group Foundation, it is opening doors to students to build self-confidence, develop their artistic talents and explore career paths available in the art world," she said.

Crystal's work was exhibited at the MCA's National Centre for Creative Learning.

Details: thesmithfamily.com.au.

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