When organising a design program to come to Griffith High School, teachers had no idea the head of the institute would be the one to rock up.
Leanne Whitehouse, founder of The Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney, came to teach students from MIA High Schools the tips and tricks of the design trade.
As the instructor who was set to teach the students from Ardlethan Central, Wade and Griffith High, Leeton and Hay Memorial High Schools went travelling, Ms Whitehouse stepped up.
Jonathyn Barbara soaked up the new skills and techniques, which enabled him to think critically.
“All of her stories and hearing about her career was incredibly inspiring,” he said.
“What really stood out for me, was that she told us to believe in what we wanted to do when we were older, and keep trying to succeed at doing that. To never stop.”
Chelsea Porter from Griffith High School said she found her knowledge of drawing techniques to be “inspirational.”
“I always thought this would be easy but it is so much more involved – it’s really fascinating,” Chelsea said.
For Sophie Stacey, it was the the opportunity to have a “talented and experienced” person come in and share her stories and passion that she found inspiring.
The students chose to do the program to follow a desire to learn about or continue following a creative pathway for the future.
Leeton High School’s Acadia Lee has the dream to pursue a creative career, and found herself enlightened as to the many different opportunities out there.
“Learning about the different sort of way you can design and create images,” Acadia said.
“Apart from the designing, her stories about how she got to where she is were really great, and how I could do the best I can to a place I am happy with.”
Masterminds behind bringing the class to the students textile teacher Jessica Wainwright and Melina Raguso