Let your creativity run wild this summer at the USQ McGregor Summer Arts Retreat. The Summer Retreat is held at USQ in Toowoomba in January each year, offering a diverse range of workshops to suit all skills levels and artist practices.

Each workshop will run for seven days, offering a fully immersive creative experience. From calligraphy to jewellery making, the McGregor Summer Retreat, from 12 to 18 January 2020, showcases a mix of visual arts and creative arts workshops. A new addition to the Summer Retreat this time is Victorian artist Daniel Butterworth who will be presenting his new workshop, Painting People. The seven-day workshop will involve creating and painting the figure. Participants of any skill level will gain an understanding of composition and the power of perspective and light, while capturing personality and the subject’s essence through painting.

Anthony Brink will present his ceramics workshop, 20:20 Vision – At the Potter’s Wheel. Drawing from more than 35 years experience, Brink’s guided intermediate workshop aims to sharpen and refine pottery skills. The workshop will emphasise the process of design, making multiples, and the aesthetic interplay of form and function in the potent expressiveness of clay. A stand-out event of the 2020 Summer Retreat will be Devising Physical Comedy with The Travelling Sisters. Participants will learn comedic skills through clown, satire, sketch and physical comedy, while exploring classical comedic techniques in a creative and collaborative setting.

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