Weekend Workshops Inspire Students


Nearly 60 students from Governor Stirling SHS got a taste of what life is like at university during Weekend Workshops on the Mount Lawley campus recently. The Workshops consisted of a tour of SCA’s latest exhibition ‘Third Space’, a Chinese Painting Session and a Photomedia Studio Workshop.

Head of the School of Communications and Arts (SCA), Professor Clive Barstow and ‘Third Space’ curator Dr Donna Franklin, along with others, are currently exhibiting their work as part of a collaboration between the SCA and the University of Shanghai Science and Technology (USST). Clive and Donna offered individual insight and inspiration to the students, many of whom will soon be selecting their senior school courses and plan to pursue tertiary education in the creative arts. Donna conducted a Chinese Painting session, drawing on inspiration from the exhibition and introducing the students to a new and exciting art form.

The students then dove straight into a two hour Photomedia Studio Workshop facilitated by professional photographer and SCA Honours graduate Ryan Ammon. Ryan walked the students through the fundamental concepts of photography that shaped the start of his career in the industry. Using hands on demonstrations and group discussions Ryan explored traditional film photography, lighting techniques and the ins and outs of using a DSLR camera. He talked about his experiences in India on an ECU photojournalism tour and offered the students a real world example of the bounding success SCA graduates are known for.

Arts/Media coordinator at Governor Stirling SHS, Elizabeth Phillips, praised the event and its facilitators, “Donna, Clive and Ryan were engaging and full of great information and details that piqued the student’s interest throughout the day… The Photography Workshop was excellent, the kids had lot of fun and learned a lot and I even found them using their knowledge in our film lesson today!"

SCA is one of the largest and most diverse Schools of its kind in Australia and continues to proudly offer free School Intensives such as these aimed at engaging and inspiring school aged children and exposing them to the opportunities tertiary education at ECU has to offer.

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