In Sydney he is represented by Defiance Gallery. In 2015 he engaged in an artist residency and cross cultural exchange program in Hong Kong and China, leading to an exhibition in Hong Kong in November 2015.
He has been a selected finalist over 20 times in many of Australia’s leading art prizes including NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize, Wynne Prize AGNSW, Dobell Prize AGNSW, Kedumba Drawing Award, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and Paddington Art Prize.
"My interest is not in detached reporting, but in expressing ideas and emotions. I encourage students to deepen their sensitivity to visual expression, and to increase their knowledge of paint mediums and techniques."
Tanya studied at the Chelsea school of Art, London: Foundation Course and COFA, UNSW, Sydney: MA painting.
"I enjoy teaching others the wonders of printmaking. My classes include experienced and beginner printmakers – everyone learns from each other. I encourage each student to find their own aesthetic and make prints which are personal to them. That usually means each student is working on something different which adds to the interest for all. As a class, we talk about context, art history, composition and what makes an image work successfully. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly, inclusive."
Pina has a Bachelor Visual Arts COFA (UNSW) majoring in painting and Drawing and a Fine Art Diploma from Seaforth TAFE majoring in painting and minor in printmaking
been exploring for over 30 years. Jane has been teaching since she was a teenager and loves working with people of all ages and sharing the joys of learning. She is passionate about watercolour and all that can be done with it, and encourage students to find their own style through a number of exercises and projects that eventually give them the confidence to start on their own style and work. Many of Jane’s students are exhibiting, winning prizes and selling in their own right.
Jane is a Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute.
Kassandra Bossell is a professional freelance sculptor, designer, mould maker and props maker. She graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in sculpture. She has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Berlin and in group exhibitions around Sydney including Fox Studios, Customs House, 151 Gallery, Artspace and The Performance Space. Kassandra achieved the Steven Lardner Award for Excellence in Adult Education in 1997. Professional commissions in a broad range of forms include work for the 2006 Asian Games, the Powerhouse Museum, Opera Australia, Old Parliament House, Fox Studios and Sydney Theatre Company. Her puppets, masks, paintings and sculptures reflect a versatile artistry from the satirical to the fantastical and whimsical.
Kassandra’s artwork explores the interconnection of all life forms through states of transformation, cycles of life and death, and links between micro and macro worlds. While retaining organic qualities and a sense of transience, her work occupies the liminal zones or meeting places of art, science, imagination and memory. Her works deal with our experiential and cultural relationship with the natural world, often in response to specific sites or environments.
Since 1995 Kassandra has taught a huge range of topics including drawing, painting and sculpture classes to children and adults throughout Sydney and in 2003 was lecturer in sculpture at the National Art School, Sydney.
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Louisa has over 10 years experience teaching painting and drawing to adults, tertiary students and high school students. She is currently a lecturer in painting and drawing at the Australian Catholic University, a workshop tutor at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and previously worked as a sessional lecturer at TAFE, COFA UNSW, and the University of Western Sydney.
Louisa exhibition history includes eight solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions, her most recent solo at the Adelaide Perry Gallery was part of an invitation Artist-in-Residence Program at PLC Sydney and Bundanon Trust. Louisa has been awarded numerous prizes including winner of the Friends of Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Winner of the Fisher’s Ghost James Gleeson Award 2013. She has been a finalist in the Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of NSW. Her work is held in The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawing, PLC Sydney, Adelaide Perry Gallery, The Michael and Marilyn Reardon-Small Collection, International Drawing Institute Archive, COFA UNSW, Josef Lebovic Gallery Collection, Southern Sydney Institute of TAFE and private collections in Sydney.
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Janis Clarke completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney. He has been selected as a finalist in various major prizes including The Doug Moran National Portait Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Chippendale New World Art Prize and the Rick Amor Drawing Prize amongst others. He has had several solo exhibitions including a recent exhibition at the prestigious Juniper Hall as a guest of the Moran Arts Foundation. His work is marked by a characteristic, austere approach to spatiality, depth of colour, and an idiosyncratic painterly mark derived from his interest in transient and obscure subject matter. Janis' friendly and approachable teaching style encourages students to have fun whilst discovering their creative strengths and building on them.
A devoted art educator, Justine works to provide a nurturing environment in her classes in which every student feels safe to take risks and extend themselves.
‘I want every student to leave the class having achieved something they did not think they were capable of doing beforehand’.
Kate teaches art to kids during the school holidays and also does regular adult weekend workshops.
He has had over fifty solo exhibitions in Australia, five exhibitions in London, three in Paris, two in St Tropez, one in Lyon and one in New Zealand. His participation in group exhibitions is also widespread; art fairs in Canada, UK, Belgium, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney, he has been a finalist in the Blake, Sulman, Dobell, Fleurieu, Eutick, Alice, Faber-Castell, Fishers Ghost, Biennale Internationale du Pastel (France) and has been invited to exhibit in the Tattersalls Landscape Exhibition and Messagers de la Terre (France). This year he won the Muswellbrook aquisitive prize for works on paper.
The Macquarie University and Qantas have large collections of his work and Griffen’s work is in numerous other public and private collections world wide. His commissions are many and include Public Art for Keaman Constructions in Sydney
Peter has been teaching workshops for over 15 years throughout Australia, and in New Zealand, Italy, UK and USA.
Carla has won numerous prestigious art awards including the Hornsby Art Prize, 2011, The John Coburn Emerging Artist Award, Blake Society 2011, Winsor and Newton Start Your Studio Scholarship 2011 and was Second Runner Up Prize, UNSW Arc Annual Exhibition at Kudos Gallery 2009. Carla won the Mosman Art Society Viewer’s Choice Award at the 2012 Mosman Art Prize.
Her teaching approach is enthusiastic, patient and hands on with reference to other practitioners' works either historically or contemporarily. Her desire is to bring the best out of her students and see them develop in confidence both technically and conceptually.
Carla exhibits at Art House Gallery in Sydney.
Jan has been a finalist in many Sydney art prizes, including the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (2012), the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2008), and the Mosman Art Prize (2008, 2009). She has exhibited in group shows since 2004. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, USA and France.
Jan’s practice includes painting, drawing, monotype printing, collage and mixed media, and small object making.
Jan believes that we all have a creative soul and, with nurturing and encouragement, an ability to learn the skills and joy of ‘seeing’ and drawing. Most of all, she just loves teaching!
Sarah works with a variety of mediums, specialising in fabric inflatable sculptures. Her work incorporates the visual, interactive and functional elements of the sculptural medium. She is passionate about the development of new and exciting sculptural experiences that brings people in contact with shifting perspectives. She has a wide experience of working collaboratively with others, to realise a shared vision through the development of visual and interactive displays.
Sarah has received both private and government grants to develop and teach 3D design programs for youth and adults and is passionate about programs that utilize creativity through play. Sarah has the ability to inspire and develop confidence in her students and facilitate the progression from play to the process of design and realisation.
Sarah’s works have been exhibited in a range of contexts such as exhibitions, theatres, music venues, festivals on television and circus performance. She has been invited to show her works in exhibition such as ‘Art of Sydney’ in 2008, The ‘Biennale’ in Florence, Italy 2007 and ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Sydney and Perth, Australia in 2005, 2011 and 2014.
Laura is both a painter, sculptor, illumination artist and interaction designer whose work fuses the multidisciplinary fields of art, biology, illumination design, neuroscience and BCI (brain-computer interface) technology to explore new ways of perceiving and interacting with our inner biological processes.
Laura has had work presented at major Australian festivals including Vivid, BEAMS and Woodford Folk Festival. She has at institutions across Australia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Museum, the S.A Natural History Museum and the National Archives in Canberra and recently presented a keynote demonstration of her project Brainlight at the ‘Hoy Es Diseno’ (Design of the Future) conference at ICESI University, Cali Colombia in 2015.
Juliet believes being an artist is about wrestling with shape, colour, composition and the sheer stuff of paint and how you learn to work it so it becomes your language to communicate.
"Painting must communicate our feelings. This is why as painters we must learn to use our paint to carry those thoughts and ideas. My classes are fun and information packed, where I aim to give you the richest art learning experience possible... sharing everything I wish I’d been taught when I’d studied, but have since learnt over 30 years as a practising artist."
In his practice, Alex uses a variety of mediums – from oil painting to animation – to depict what Charles Baudelaire describes as “the epic side of actual life”. In the last two years, Alex has used the figure of the flaneur as a vehicle for his investigations into the world around him. The flaneur harks back to Paris in the 19th century, where it was used to describe an observant, solitary person who wandered around the city. The flaneur’s historical origins overlap with other towering figures such as Charles Baudelaire, Edouard Manet and the Impressionists. These artists and writers were passionate about the epic side of everyday life. It is this same revolutionary desire to record mundane aspects of the physical world that informs a large part of Alex’s art practice.
In 2009 Nicole was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. She has been awarded residencies at the AADK in Spain, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France and Bundanon NSW. Nicole received the Glebe Youth Art Award, the Hazelhurst Local Artist Award, the Gruner Prize and the Robert Le Gay Brereton Drawing Prize. Nicole has lectured at National Art School and facilitated workshops in partnership with the Sydney BEAMS festival.
Nicole teaches at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Art.Est Art School and sits on the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Exhibition Committee.
Her teaching philosophy is to facilitate her students' own style and creativity to emerge through structured lessons in art practice and theory, that incorporate visual references and demonstrations in different mediums and techniques.
As a practicing artist Ochre has had solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane, Alice Springs and Northern NSW and is represented in private collections in Australia and Europe. She has completed several artist residencies at the ‘Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiative’ in the Blue Mountains. Ochre has been a finalist in various art prizes such as the Defiance Small Sculpture Prize, Gosford Regional Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art Prize and has won awards in painting and sculpture.
In 2009 she was a delegate for Australia, to select Australian printmakers to participate in the International Printmaking Biennale in Sarcelles, France. Seraphina travelled to India in 2011, to take up an Artist in Residency at the Government School of Art in Calcutta. There she taught Solar Plate etching as well as the Kola Bhavan University in Shantineketan, West Bengal..In 2014 a survey show of her work was held at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Sydney from 1990-2014. Her work is influenced by her Indian experience and Medieval art aesthetics. Seraphina has had many solo and group exhibitions and is represented in many public and private collections in Australia and Overseas.
Mie’s understands how beginners feel about learning art and likes to instruct individually, step by step, flexibly and friendly.
Mie likes to help people to experience the joy of discovering and creating, while learning real skills. She enjoys teaching both children and adults, and when not in her own studio painting, enjoys singing in a choir.
Paul has worked extensively as a community artist in varied capacities including working with a remote aboriginal community, high schools, and acting curator for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. He has also coordinated several groups of volunteers working with groups covering the Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as well as adults with disabilities at Studio Artes Hornsby.
He is a sought after prize winning tutor who brings a sense of fun and excitement to the classroom, encourages individuality as well as developing design composition and colour skills.
View Paul’s exhibition A Brush with My Palette which was at Art Est. Gallery 1-18 October 2011.
Mr McKay’s work responds to place and involves repeated and sustained excursions into the environment. Plein air studies inform his studio paintings, which typically depict architectural spaces where formal and geometric considerations are countered by the nuance of atmosphere and light. The historical is often contrasted with the contemporary in eerily empty road-based compositions where urban transience is juxtaposed with classical form.
Kevin has a studio in Sutherland where he lives with his young family, is represented in numerous collections, and is currently exhibiting at Brenda May Gallery, Danks St, Waterloo. He has taught at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Grammar School, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Waverley Woollahra Art School and the National Art School.
During her time at the National Art School she was the recipient of a William Fletcher Foundation Grant and the Pata Paris Studio Residency Award. She won the Art History and Theory Prize in both first and third year, and was highly commended in the John Olsen prize for Figure Drawing and the Arthur le Gay Brereton Draughtsmanship award. Matilda also has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Media Arts and Production, and a Bachelor of International Studies from UTS.
Since returning to Sydney, she has been teaching, painting and developing new work. She has work in collections in the UK USA Switzerland and Australia. Commissions available.
"I teach a loose approach to painting. Very much ‘less is more’. I like to have fun in my lessons and do not hold back when someone is not doing the right thing. In the nicest possible way of course! I certainly give lots of praise too. I try to give students confidence in their ability and believe that you only need basic drawing skills with watercolour. If the paint is properly applied, you will end up with a lovely painting.
During her career in the arts Mignon has remained a prolific artist, submitting work for mass media publications, teaching and conducting workshops at well established schools such as the Northbridge School of Arts, Art East School of Art at Leichhardt, Grafton Artsfest, Art in Action, Mitchell School of Creative Arts at the Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, McGregor Schools University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Bribie Island Artfest and many other workshops state wide.
Mignon’s work is not limited to one style, rather a unique and diverse ride through many different styles and techniques. Her love of flowers and the figure are reflected in the work she presents. Mignon works in a diverse range of media such as watercolour, acrylic, oil, rust oxidisation, patinas and encaustic. Inspired by nature her passion is colour and texture and her work continues to evolve and engage the viewer with new images.
Mignon has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is represented in various galleries and private and corporate collections in England, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
Meaghan creates expressive abstracted drawings using charcoal and watercolour, taking familiar elements of art and nature and revealing their complexities. She is intrigued and inspired by the colour and pattern of fur, feathers, scales and all animal coats. The drawings speak of both a complex biological evolution within animal patterning and colour as well as the pareidolia effect in the human brain; that is the ability to envisage a familiar image within an environment where it does not exist.
Meaghan is represented by M. Contemporary in Sydney.
"I’m passionate about providing students with opportunities to explore and make sense of their visual world by providing a rich learning environment through discussion, demonstration, guidance and access to a variety of art materials."
When not teaching Belinda likes to experiment in her home studio with a range of media, particularly monotypes and collage.
In her artwork, Agnes creates the illusion of space or flatness through constructing relationships of colour, tone, line and shape. Her paintings work both as recognisable images that may spark one’s experience, memory and imagination as well as abstract compositions of shape and colour.
As an artist, Agnes sees herself as a craftsperson. The human touch is evident in all stages of her work from making boards, building frames, stretching canvas to collaging and painting. She frequently uses collage in her work; she glues canvas on to board and then paints the board and glued canvas. In her works on paper, she first paints sheets of cotton paper and then cuts and glues the cut paper on to board. She uses this method to see, to emphasise or contradict spacial expectations and to create a dynamic surface.
An opportunity to work on a Japanese arts festival in Sydney, “Close Up of Japan 1988” led to a career spanning over 20 years in the arts. She has managed programs for significant events and institutions including the 1988 Biennale of Sydney and the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Toga Theatre Festival Japan, First International Covent Garden Festival London, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Her background in public programs, festivals, business events and marketing, combined with her passion for art has culminated in fulfilling her dream to open an art school.
Jennifer believes everyone has some artistic ability, and with the right environment and the best teachers, anyone can discover their inner artist. Her desire to inspire an artistic future in people of all ages has led her to establish Art Est., and is guiding the principles under which Art Est. operates.
Jen is still searching for her work-life balance but loving every minute of Art Est.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA) with Honours from National Art School, Sydney. She also studied at Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney Gallery School Meadowbank TAFE (Dip Fine Arts).
Lisa regularly exhibits her work in Australia. She has been a finalist in numerous art awards including the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Burnie Print Prize and Mosman Art Prize. Among other awards, she received the Earle Backen Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, and was a recipient of a William Fletcher Foundation Tertiary Grant. She recently co-curated an exhibition of Australian Contemporary Drawing called ‘Just Draw’ at Newcastle Art Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.
Her work is held in private collections in Australia and the United Kingdom.