The McGregor Winter School at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has proved to be a great bonding experience for father and son Angus and Callum Wilson.


This is the first McGregor experience for the two and while Angus is into metal sculpting and Callum into painting, both of them share a love of the creative arts. Angus said his mother used to attend the school regularly and this year he decided to take part. “I thought this would be a good year to give it a go and managed to convince Callum to come along as well,” Mr Wilson said. “I guess creativity must run in the family.

“I’m a farmer but enjoy creating steel sculptures in my spare time so I took classes in Hand Forging Flatware which has given me a chance to work with silver which requires a much more delicate and intricate style of forging than steel. It’s been a great week so far, I can definitely see myself coming again.”

Callum said he enjoyed painting in his spare time and took up the opportunity to take part in the Space in Painting: Mixed Media/Acrylics class at his dad’s suggestion. “This is my first time here and it’s been really interesting,” Callum said. “I’ve always had an interest in art but it’s been more of a hobby so this has been a great opportunity to explore that more.”

The 2014 McGregor Winter School has seen more than 150 students taking part in 16 different classes and hone their skills in painting, photography, millinery, upholstery, jewellery, hand-forging, marquetry and more.

For more information about the McGregor Schools, visit www.usq.edu.au/artsworx/mcgregor-schools