After years of pursuing her creative dreams in her spare time, Louise Anthony enrolled in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Visual Arts, keen to learn from practising artists and develop a path of her own that fuelled her creatively and engaged her senses.
"It's allowed me to give weight to something in my life that has been, up till now, a passion without focus. I can take my creativity seriously now and will continue to do so!"
Louise Anthony followed her life-long passion for the arts by enrolling in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Visual Arts while working full-time.
With a full-time day job in the Air Traffic Control training centre at Tullamarine Airport, Louise Anthony was adept at expressing her creativity in her non-working hours. This led her to enrol in the Diploma of Visual Arts part-time as the perfect outlet for her passions.
“I’ve had a life-long interest in the arts and have always spent my downtime drawing, painting, sewing – creating! I thought it was about time I took it a bit more seriously – simply because I love doing those things so much.”
Louise was drawn to the course due to the diversity of subjects, convenient location, option to study part-time and affordable fees.
“I also really wanted to focus my ideas, skills and techniques, to find out what my strengths and weaknesses are artistically and be in a creative environment with like-minded people.”
Now having graduated from the Diploma, Louise says that she has more of an idea of the business side of art and has now enrolled in the Advanced Diploma in Creative Product Development.
“I’d like to have a solo exhibition next year – I’ve been called prolific, so I better start selling things soon as I’m running out of room to store work!”
Louise was “pleasantly surprised” by the works she created in the course. A modest appraisal given that she was awarded the Tertiary Silkcut Award for her linocut, a highly regarded external industry award, as well as the Magnani Papers Printmaking Prize at Melbourne Polytechnic.
“Last year’s painting graduation shown at 69smithst gallery was definitely a highlight and I’ve also met some terrific people during the course – another big highlight! Having teachers that are practising artists is also a huge bonus. They know how the ‘art world’ works and steer you in the right direction.”
While juggling full-time work and part-time study brought challenges at times, Louise feels fortunate that both her employer and Melbourne Polytechnic allowed her to be flexible. She found completing work and assignments in this course to be a “pleasure”.
Louise is a passionate advocate of the course and studying at TAFE, which has given her the chance to re-skill in another area, one that more closely draws on her practical talents.
“It’s allowed me to give weight to something in my life that has been, up till now, a passion without focus. I can take my creativity seriously now and will continue to do so!”
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