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USQ’s McGregor Winter School 2014 An Unqualified Success

The 2014 McGregor Winter School winter program wrapped up on Thursday 12 July,  and Flagstone Creek resident Martin Stemmler said he learnt a lot in just a single week. There was rarely a dull moment Mr Stemmler said.

“This was my first McGregor School experience and I had a great time. There was a lot of work involved but it meant there was always something to do. I would definitely consider coming back.”
Martin Stemmler-McGregor Winter School

Mr Stemmler said he learnt a lot of new skills in the Introduction to Precious Metal Jewellery class. “I’ve always had an interest in sculpting and craft but I’ve never made jewellery before,” he said. “I thought I’d give it a go and this week I’ve crafted rings, necklaces, pendants and earrings. He wnt on to say “I could even see myself doing it as a career, although if that doesn’t happen at least it’s a fun way to make gifts for people.”

Program administrator for USQ Artsworx Christine Matthews said the McGregor Schools were a greatly received part of the USQ calendar. “We’ve had another great week at the McGregor Winter School, everyone is in very good spirits,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of compliments this week and people have really seemed to enjoy the program.

“Our next McGregor School program will be the Spring Schools which will start at the end of September this year.

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

For more information about the McGregor Schools, visit or call 4631 2755.

Submitted by:
Callum Johnson
USQ Toowoomba
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