HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU: Woodford art teacher Peter Hollard with some of his self portraits.
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU: Woodford art teacher Peter Hollard with some of his self portraits. Vicki Wood

Diverse program is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears

PETER Hollard's striking expressions jump from monochrome canvases adorning Artisania - the village where visual arts and crafts rule at this year's Woodford Folk Festival.

Mr Hollard's surreal black charcoal, white pastel and graphite pencil creations have been drawing in ambitious artists for the past three years he has taught at Woodfordia.

"You get a really mixed bag, from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds," he said of his students.

"It's good fun."

Mr Hollard's classes, Put Yourself in the Picture, teach self-portraiture with the same media he has recently been working with himself, allowing participants to create a self-portrait with striking tonal effects.

Students simply have a canvas and tools, a mirror and good guidance for the three-hour workshops.

The 59-year-old former high school art teacher contract teaches on the side and is based in Nambour.

He will hold three more workshops at Artisania next week, before leaving for France next year to expand his own artistic horizons.

But it wasn't just Artisania that was dripping in creativity yesterday.

All 28 Woodfordia venues buzzed with opening day energy.

Festival general manager Amanda Jackes said she was thrilled with the public response.

Organisers expect the event to grow by 15%, and so far the sunny weather forecast bodes well for the prediction.

Today's line-up includes popular musician Matt Corby, Blue King Brown, nine-piece big band Babylon Circus and Circadia workshops including juggling, clowning around and fire manipulation.


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