CHAC was very well represented at the Queensland Art Teachers Association (QATA) State Conference Re-connect, held at South Bank TAFE on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 July. More than 300 Visual Art teachers from across Queensland attended each day of the conference. This event is the biggest on our annual Art calendar, and it is one all Art teachers embrace with gusto!
In a vibrant Sharespace session, Secondary teachers Jen Chaplin (Visual Art) and Rowena Berlin (Science), presented an overview of Year 9 Flight, which was very well received by members who were interested in how the two faculties developed the program unique to CHAC.
Equally interesting was a presentation from CHAC’s Director of Marketing and Development, Steve Forster, who spoke about his interest in collecting (Star Wars memorabilia in particular). With the National Gallery of Australia recently acquiring the biggest collection of Australiana memorabilia, it was an appropriate topic that can be used as a stimulus for Art making.
In the trade stall area, past student Ella Rollarson and current Year 11 student Millie Rollarson introduced their new business Limelight to teachers across Queensland. The sisters have commenced a business that provides clients with options to hire props, prop designs, and special effects make-up, which gained much interest from the Art and Drama teachers in the crowd.
As the conference convenor, I was enormously proud of the strong CHAC presence and positive feedback from members for their presentations.