About Us

Art Est. Art School

Art Est. Art School is a dynamic creative hub for the visual arts in Leichhardt, the heart of Sydney’s inner west. Founder and Director Jennifer McNamara established Art Est in 2008 with a vision to create an art space where students of all ages and abilities can discover their artistic potential in a professional studio environment with practicing artists. Art Est has gained a reputation for providing quality tuition in a nurturing and relaxed environment.

Our professional art tutors

All our tutors are practicing artists and experts in their genre and medium. You can click on the tutor’s name in the course information to find out more about their qualifications, art practice and the courses or workshops they are currently teaching at Art Est.

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Our Courses

Art Est offers term courses and workshops for kids (aged 5+), teens and adults:

Term Courses

Term courses are week-on-week classes for kids, teens and adults. Each term ranges from 4-weeks up to 8-weeks, depending on the program you choose.

We run four terms throughout the year, with many students continuing to learn term after term to refine their skills. From 2022, Art Est will be offering an in-studio program and an online program.

The online courses have been specifically designed for the online environment, with careful consideration to workflow, structure, and materials.


These are one-off classes where the student can get a hands-on learning experience. Depending on the age group and program, workshops can run for a half-day, full-day, two-day or three-day session. From 2022, Art Est will be offering an in-studio program and an online program.

School Holiday Art Programs for kids and teens

During the school holidays, Art Est runs a very popular 2-week workshop program for ages 5-16 and includes a wide range of art forms like painting, drawing, sculpture, cartooning, mixed media and more. Each school holiday program has fun and quirky workshops inspired by the season, famous artists like Van Gogh or Monet, or popular children’s entertainment like Among Us or Manga.

Summer Art School Program for Adults

Our Summer Art School program runs throughout January each year. Art Est curates a specialised workshop program by guest artists from around the country for full-day, two-day and three-day intensive workshops, for beginners to the more advanced.

Workshops for Adults

Our workshops for adults runs year-round and includes our one-day and two-day weekend workshops and masterclasses. Occasionally, we run specialised workshops at other times throughout the year. We update our program regularly so sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date with what’s on offer.

Our Venues

Art Est now has two permanent premises opposite each other on the corners of John and Hill Street in Leichhardt:

  • Annex Studios and Office Administration | Rooftop 42-48 John Street Leichhardt

Located above the Hardware Store, our new Annex Studios are newly refurbished, fully airconditioned and have district views! This is our Administration and Resource Centre with a large teaching studio. There is limited off-street parking on the rooftop and the Main Entry is also via the carpark where there are bike racks for anyone who cycles to art class.

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  • Main Campus and Reception | 10 Hill Street Leichhardt

Our main art and ceramics studios and gallery will be in our new spacious, light-filled warehouse at 10 Hill Street. It will also have air-conditioning, so you can enjoy your art class in comfort year-round. This is still undergoing fit-out, with classes due to commence later this year. There is no parking at this end of Hill Street which is also a dead end.

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