How does the University Vice-Chancellor design his Christmas card?

1 November 2011

He asks a Compass partner school student of course!

Early in Semester 2, Compass ran a competition for Year 9 students from partner schools to design a Christmas or summer holiday themed card. Fairfield High and Marrickville Intensive English Centre were the winning schools and their prize was a print design workshop for thirty students run by experienced print artists at the Sydney College of the Arts.

Once in the studio the students were instructed on solar etching and screen-printing techniques. Mess, fun and creativity ensued. Both groups carefully planned their designs then transferred them either to the screen or a solar plate. Although the processes involved in each printing method differed drastically, the pleasure the students' (and their teachers) got from creating their unique prints was the same.

The students' designs were then sent to Professor Colin Rhodes, Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, who selected two finalists (both from Fairfield High School) and the finalists' designs sent to Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor for his selection for his annual Christmas card.

The winning design was that of Diana Mammo (15)_who had used the screen-print method to produce her two-toned and very summery flower design. The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) Professor Derrick Armstrong, was so impressed with the other chosen design that he has selected 14-year old Christian Townsend's red-on-green screen-printed tree as his Christmas card.

Congratulations to our design winners at Fairfield High School, and to both participating schools for your excellent works of art.