Face up to a fantasy career in make-up

PICTURE PERFECT (LEFT): (From left Back) Models Jaimee Burnett, Lucy Rose Wells, (front l-r) Elle Jenkins, Agia Nenke, Amber Birchall showcase some of the amazing designs done by Wollongbar TAFE students as part of their course assessment.
PICTURE PERFECT (LEFT): (From left Back) Models Jaimee Burnett, Lucy Rose Wells, (front l-r) Elle Jenkins, Agia Nenke, Amber Birchall showcase some of the amazing designs done by Wollongbar TAFE students as part of their course assessment. Marc Stapelberg

WOLLONGBAR TAFE students in the Diploma of Specialist Make-up have turned their classroom into a fantasy world.

They were given carte blanche to create anything their imaginations could come up with for their final assessment.

The course has been running all year and in that time they have covered a range of film and theatre techniques and effects; from wounds and burns, to bald caps and rubber latex creations.

But the final assessment was less about shock value and more about creativity, and students were sculpting cones to hold hair and butterflies and applying delicate lines to their models' faces when The Northern Star visited.

"It's all about creative thinking today; expanding their thinking process beyond the eyes and the face," said teacher Elisa Stefanovic.

Ms Stefanovic started her career as a hairdresser, but found it was "not creative enough".

She then did an apprenticeship as a wig maker before working at the Sydney Opera House for 15 years as one of their key make-up artists.

She then worked on musical theatre shows such as Mary Poppins and We Will Rock You and has also had a number of film and television jobs.

This is the first time the course has been offered at Wollongbar, and she has also run it at Kingscliff TAFE.

"I have had to do the national curriculum assessment guide. I'm fully committed to teaching now," she said.

A couple of students are already doing some work experience on a film set this week and will do their final exam later.

Others have lined up some work experience with Opera Queensland.

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