About Us Art Est Art School and Gallery

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:

Short Courses

Short courses are week-on-week classes for kids, teens and adults. Each term we have courses that range 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. All of our programs are currently held in studio.


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. All of our workshops are currently held in studio.

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:

Main Campus and Reception | 10 Hill Street Leichhardt

Our state-of-the-art main campus offers contemporary facilities with a New York-loft feel. The giant 450sqm refurbished warehouse has three art studios, a ceramics studio and gallery. It also has air-conditioning, so you can enjoy your art class in comfort year-round. Please note: there is no parking at this end of Hill Street which is also a dead end. We recommend taking public transport or finding parking in the surrounding streets.

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Annex Artist Studios | 42-48 John Street Leichhardt

Located above the Hardware Store, our Annex Artist Studios are newly refurbished, fully airconditioned and have district views! There are now spaces available to rent within the Annex to artists, creatives and small business. Find out more about artists studios

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