Farmer enjoys painting at McGregor Winter School

CREATIVE EXPERIENCE: Angela Edwards takes a break from creative and abstract painting.
CREATIVE EXPERIENCE: Angela Edwards takes a break from creative and abstract painting. Kate Dodd

IF ANGELA Edwards didn't have to do anything other than look after the farm and create art, she would be a happy woman.

Mrs Edwards took a break from work on her farm in New South Wales to travel to Toowoomba this week to take part in the University of Southern Queensland's McGregor Winter School.

It's her first time at the school and she enrolled in the Investigations in Acrylic with Peter Griffen.

She said although it was intense, she was thoroughly enjoying herself - especially the freedom of abstract painting.

"We started with 'taking a line for a walk' with some thick black paint and we moved onto other things where our work evolves with different layers," she said.

Mrs Edwards said she created many artworks on paper and even experienced nude life drawings during the course.

"That was something a little different," she said.

Organiser Kate Scott said she was thrilled with the level of creativity participants brought to the school.

The classes are at varied stages of creativity with each group mastering new techniques and finishing various projects each day.

"Participants have travelled from as far away as Victoria and southern New South Wales, as well as regional Queensland to attend this winters' retreat, and they are embracing our brisk temperatures to learn new skills," she said.

"Everyone is having a great time."


Attendees are already signing up for the McGregor Spring School which is a two-day event held from September 24-25.

Places will be limited for workshops in:

  • Acrylic Painting
  • Sketching
  • Porcelain (Ceramics)
  • Sugar Art (Cake Decorating)
  • Japanese Silk Flowermaking (Jewellery)
  • Photography
  • Fashion Illustration

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