Our Tutors


  • Tanya Baily

    Tanya Baily works exclusively in watercolour across a range of subject matter. Her passion is with the medium itself, and she continually experiments with techniques old and new, different pigments, and a range of papers and surfaces. Her recent works have been landscapes.

    Tanya Baily is a frequent finalist in National Art prizes and won the Rex Irwin award for painting in 2011. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Sydney and overseas. She takes commissions for portraits, architectural subjects and landscape themes.

    Tanya Baily was educated at Oxford University and Chelsea School of Art in England, and completed a Masters of painting at COFA, UNSW, in 2010.

    Link to Tanya's website

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  • Ash Bell

    Ash is a Sydney based multidisciplinary artist, working across video, installation, sculpture, jewellery and painting with a passion for exploring new and innovative mediums.

    With a professional background in editing and production design for set and costumes in film and theatre, Ash often uses elements of classic cinema in her art making practice.

    Ash holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Majoring in Painting and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) specializing in Visual Arts and TAS from UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA). She also hold two diplomas from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, in foundations of filmmaking and story fundamentals.

    Ash has exhibited, curated and taught throughout Sydney, and is excited to foster a sense of fun and play with young, emerging and established artists alike.

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  • Tanya Bechara

    Tanya studied Pottery and Ceramics at Hornsby TAFE college in NSW where she received Distinctions in Surface Treatment and won an Acquisition award. She uses a variety of techniques in her work such as wheel forming, hand building, sculpture and brush, airbrush and sgraffito applied decorations. Inspired by Australian landscapes, flora and fauna, Tanya creates functional work that is also decorative and fun to use, as well as sculptural pieces and landscapes. Since 1999 it has been Tanya Bechara’s mission to create beautiful, unique and functional ceramic art that is charming, visually entertaining and brings a smile to your face.

    Tanya’s work held in collections in Australian and overseas and has featured in pottery and ceramics magazines. Tanya has won several awards for her work in NSW competitions such as the annual Sydney Teapot Show and the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Tanya has also been teaching both children and adults in small ceramic workshops at her home studio in Sydney for several years where she also creates her own work. Her students have also won several awards at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and at the Bellingen Show. Tania’s objective is to engage the students through an enjoyable learning environment. She believes a happy student learns more and that practicing art is very much like “therapy” and should be a very soothing activity.

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  • Laura Carey

    Laura is an Irish artist & printmaker now living in Sydney. Her work focuses on her response to the environments that we live in, depicting the familiar in unfamiliar ways.

    Laura has been teaching art for over 10 years both in Ireland and Sydney. She received a BFA with honours from the National College of Art and Design Irelandin 2007 and after coming to Australia she completed postgraduate studies majoring in printmaking at College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 2009.

    Since completing her studies she has continued her teaching and art practice, participating in various solo and group shows both in Australia and internationally.

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  • Jade Court-Gold

    Jade Court-Gold is a Sydney based artist working predominately with clay. Her recent work explores bodily thrown shapes and saggar firing. Jade has been experimenting with the combination of clay and metal, sculpturally and within ceramic firing.

    Jade has a Bachelor Fine Arts from the National Art School, majoring in Ceramics and is due to complete her MFA in 2019 and is a recipient of the Bird Holcomb MFA Scholarship.

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  • Kate de Kantzow

    Kate de Kantzow has always had a passion for art and studied art and design throughout school. She completed a Certificate in Fashion and Fashion Design at the University of Darwin as well as a Certificate in Graphic Design at Enmore College of Design. Kate designs bespoke stationery for boutique homeware stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, NZ and London. Kate specialises in wedding stationery and personal stationery and has a wide variety of clients such as Australian Harpers Bazaar, Inside Out magazines, YSL Beaute, Witchery and Croser sparkling wine.

    Kate teaches art to kids during the school holidays and does regular adult weekend workshops.

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  • Monika Diak

    Monika Diak is a Blue Mountains based artist working predominantly in watercolours. She has a BFA from the National Art School majoring in Printmaking and is currently studying further through the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. She has exhibited her works in Australia, Japan, Europe and the UK. Monika has worked on children’s books and contributed the covers and internal illustrations for the Sci-Fi Young Adult novel Metl 1 & 2, published in 2019 and 2020. As well as painting for exhibitions, Monika is the creative behind Moss Dolls, a Designer Toy brand creating artist editions, illustrations and zines.

    Moss Dolls is frequently represented at Comic Con, Supanova, The MCA Zine Fair, as well as other indie and underground art events.

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  • Julia Flanagan

    Julia Flanagan is primarily a painter with a growing interest in sculpture. Born in Newcastle, Julia moved to Sydney to study Painting and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School in 2004 and her Painting Honours in 2005.

    Working from home while she had young children, Julia began exploring textiles – designing and making hand-painted leather bags. As she moved back into painting and art making, her strong interest in textiles, pattern painting, geometric forms, colour and printmaking emerged within her new works.

    Working in an improvised way and drawing on her textiles making practice, Julia combines colours and patterns to create abstract pieces that are whimsical, quirky and joyful.

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  • Ashley Frost

    Ashley’s teaching style is eclectic and energetic with an underlying focus of the formalities of drawing, color theory, tonal values and brush work. His recent teaching work has been on expedition cruise ships traveling to the the polar landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica where he taught passengers drawing, watercolour and acrylic painting. He has taught art theory at the university of Wollongong while researching for his PhD study of public art.As a local government cultural officer he facilitated a wide range of community art projects across the Illawarra region resulting in creation of temporary and permanent public artworks. Early in his career following art school Ashley co developed the state funded Matthew Talbot Art Program where he taught painting, drawing and ceramics to homeless communities across Sydney.

    Ashley paints landscapes and portraits with many of his works developed by painting and drawing outdoors. This method known as working plein air, involves painting and drawing on location and has a long tradition with artists from Edgar Degas to Richard Diebenkorn. His first solo show in Sydney was at 235 Gallery Annandale was in 1997, and he has had regular solo and group shows in Sydney, Melbourne and abroad ever since. Ashley won the Hills Prize in 2018 and was a finalist in the 2017 Archibald Prize. He won the people’s choice award for the 2017 Mosman Art Prize and was a finalist in the 2017 EMSLA Still Life Prize and the 2017 NSW Parliament Plein Art Prize. He is a graduate of the National Art School and has a Certificate in Studio Ceramics from Gymea TAFE.

    Ashley is represented in Australia by Stella Downer Fine Art.

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  • Jody Graham

    Jody Graham is a Sydney-based artist whose work encompasses drawing, mixed media, sculpture and installation. Jody is best known for her bold, expressive urban landscapes, particularly of industrial and construction sites and older buildings, exploring themes of impermanence, loss and erasure. She favours the directness of plein air sketching as the basis for work in the studio. Jody has been selected twice for the Kedumba Drawing Collection and as a finalist in several drawing awards including the Dobell and Adelaide Perry. Solo exhibitions in 2011, 2013 focused on urban and industrial landscapes but there is recurring interest in portraiture and animal studies. In 2014, Jody won the Drawing Prize at Waverley Art Award, Wild Valley ‘Draw on the Mountain, Sketchbook Prize’ and the works on paper award with Blacktown City Art Prize. Jody’s recent solo exhibition ‘Sydney Drawn’ at the Lost Bear Gallery in 2015 focused on a starker vision of Sydney’s streets and buildings.

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  • Carla Hananiah

    Carla is known for her landscape works that explore a sense of place through movement, light and colour primarily through the medium of oil paint.  She has a Master of Fine Art (COFA), Master of Art (COFA), Bachelor of Fine Art (COFA) as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    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.

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  • Laura Jade Hindes

    Laura has a varied educational background, holding a Masters in Illumination Design from the University of Technology Sydney, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (National Art School, Sydney) and further studies in biology, science communication, curation and museum studies. Laura is also the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.

    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.


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  • Juliet Holmes à Court

    Juliet Holmes à Court has had 13 solo shows, exhibiting at the Australian Galleries, Sydney and Melbourne, Mosman and Manly Regional Galleries. She has won the Waverley Oil Prize and her work has been hung in the Archibald, Paddington, Mosman, Mornington Peninsula and Portia Geach Prizes and more. Juliet regularly teaches term classes and workshops including painting workshops and lecturers at the AGNSW for 15 years and now lives on Scotland Island.

    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."

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  • Nicole Kelly

    Nicole Kelly has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from National Art School, Sydney and works across drawing and painting with a particular interest in the landscape genre. Nicole has held 8 solo exhibitions in Sydney. She has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Nicole’s work is represented in the Shoalhaven City Arts collection, Moran Arts collection, Foxtel collection and private collections in Australia and England.

    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.

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  • Marie Mansfield

    Marie holds a BDes (Visual Communication) and studied painting at the Julian Ashton Art School, she has taught workshops and master classes in both Sydney and New Zealand. Marie’s work is instinctive and investigative, whether her subject is a landscape, a person or a still life; her intention is to catch a moment that tells a story or to capture the soul of the subject. As a tonalist her work has a subdued, emotive resonance, she draws on everyday objects, situations and environments.Marie has been a finalist in numerous major prizes including the Archibald Prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Black Swan Portraiture Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. She has been invited to exhibit in the Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize and in 2016 she was invited by the Moran Arts Foundation to have a solo show at Juniper Hall.

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  • Tania Mason

    Tania Mason has a Diploma and Degree in Fine Arts at the National Art school in Sydney. The past 20 years Tania has exhibited widely throughout Paris, Saint Tropez, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and in Sydney at Australian Galleries and Art House. In 2016 Tania was the winner of the Calleen Art Award for Painting and has recently completed an eighteen metre Public Art Commission in Bondi Junction. Some other worthy commissions are The Arts Centre of Victoria and The Australian Ballet ‘Fire Bird and Other legends’, a 100 year celebration of inspirational art history to respond to. These works were acquisitioned for The Arts Centre of Victoria Collection and proudly toured regional Australia.

    Tania has been in the mix of artist in residence at Bundanon, Hill End, ArtSpace and NG Creative Residency in France over the years. Throughout these residencies a love of workshops and teaching has blossomed and led to conducting and presenting workshops for children and teenagers based around children’s book illustration and her art practise.

    Tania is also launching her designs on the new FAER swimwear range.

    I have found over the years art making does not just fit into the old traditional old concepts of creating art. Art is about ideas and beauty that just aren’t pretty pictures on a wall but interactive, thought provoking and quite unique. Having an interest in creating art is about learning and incorporating the cross-over of many different mediums; charcoal, ink, gouache water colour, pen or sculpture…..you name it lets explore it!

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  • Sam McNair

    Samuel McNair a professional caricaturist and illustrator who also conducts specialised cartoon workshops for young artists. His approach to teaching customises lessons suited to each age group and which aim to develop the skills and trigger the imagination of students. Younger classes focus on shapes, symbols and expressions, the elder students will be given a more in depth view into design, technique and character.

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  • Denise McDonald

    Denise has a Diploma of Arts (Ceramics), Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Melbourne and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of New South Wales, Sydney. She exhibits regularly and has won many awards for her ceramics.

    Clay is a drug. Once you touch it, it is easy to get hooked. It is my life and I hope to hook as many others along with me. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the medium with people for whom it is a new discovery. I also love helping those who have taken their first clay steps and are hungry for more. The world of ceramics is inexhaustible and together we can all learn from one another. Through my business DM Pottery, I am busy supplying my ceramics to retail outlets in NSW and attending artisan markets and stocking my online store, i.e. making a living through my craft. This requires high skill levels and attention to quality and consistency. I can offer my students an insight into this lifestyle and a practical approach to making pottery.

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  • Matilda Michell

    Matilda graduated from the National Art School in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in painting. Since graduating, she was the overall winner in the Waterhouse Art Prize and has been a finalist in many other prestigious art awards including the Eutick Memorial Still life Award, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards and the AME Bale Art Prize.

    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.

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  • Sally Mowbray

    Sally Mowbray studied Fine Art in London at Camberwell School of Art (Foundation) Chelsea College of Art (Painting BA 1st Class Honours) and at the Royal College of Art (MA Painting). After graduating, Sally was part of the Notcut artist run studio and gallery space in Southwark London. She was a recipient of the Erasmus visual artists Scholarship to Berlin in 1995 and the Royal College of Art Cite Des Arts Residency in 1994. She was twice shortlisted for the British School at Rome Residency.

    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.

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  • Susie Murphie

    Susie has been a watercolour artist for 30 years and decided to share her passion for watercolour painting through teaching.

    "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.

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  • Remy Pajaczkowski-Russell

    Ceramics tutor and studio technician Remy Pajaczkowski-Russell works between making production domestic ware and his sculptural practice.

    He trained in Sydney at the National Art School majoring in ceramics before moving to France to work in traditional French studio potteries in La Borne.

    Since returning from France, Remy has been working in the ceramic field in Sydney in a variety of different roles, from artists assistant to studio management to teaching and course designing.Remys art practice ranges from installation, drawing and ceramics. At the core of it, Remy is interested in using ceramic forms as the medium on which to draw and paint as a way to create installations that activate space.

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  • Kara Pryor

    Kara Pryor, has been playing with clay for over 25 years. Kara studied Ceramics at Northern Beaches TAFE college, where she received an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics in 2015. Whilst at TAFE, Kara received an award in one of her certificates, as well as having the TAFE purchase her final work of a magnificent Dragon for the TAFE.

    Kara’s work has been in many galleries for sale and exhibition such as Kerrie Lowe, Breathing Colours, Art Est. Art School, NSW Craft, Manly Art Gallery, Saint Cloche and Winkel Gallery.Kara has won several awards for her work in NSW competitions such as the annual Sydney Teapot Show in Newtown and the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

    Kara teaches both children and adults ceramic workshops and term classes.Kara’s own work is rainbow of colours and characters. She specialises in quirky, fun, detailed teapots.

    Kara was originally a handbulilder, but now combines throwing with her handbulding to create detailed characters. She specialises in dogs, all characters, functional and non functional ware and with a love of design creates functional thrown or handbuilt objects as a means of decorating.

    I am influenced greatly by fantasy art and characters. I love to see your reaction of my work, it normally brings a big smile to your face

    Kara’s classes are always calm and she has a certain energy that both children, parents and adults adore.

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  • Rhonda Pryor

    Rhonda completed a Master of Fine Arts and Master of Studio Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney) and Bachelor of Fine Arts College of Fine Arts (University of New South Wales), Sydney. She exhibits regularly and has completed numerous artist residencies, most recently in Japan. Her work is held in private and public collections. Rhonda’s visual arts practice encompasses textiles, painting, drawing and photography. Her work focuses on memory and how it functions within the cultural spaces of textile, object and place, and is particularly interested in history, emotion and imperfection.

    I am drawn to working with textiles for many reasons: their intimate relationship with the body, their close association with memory, and their visual beauty and tactile appeal. For me, textiles are a natural, but not exclusive, medium of expression for my concerns. The invisible narratives within cloth speak of hidden histories, making, industry and identification. The DNA carried on cloth can no doubt reveal many stories.

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  • Mellissa Read-Devine

    Mellissa was born in England in the 1960s and as a child emigrated to Australia with her family. She has studied & practiced printmaking and painting continuously for the past 14 years and is a recipient of many prizes and awards. Her Artwork is part of many private and public collections around the world. Living in rural Sydney overlooking the Hawkesbury River, Mellissa’s work ranges between vibrant interpretations of her local landscape to intricate wood & linocuts. Her combination of quirkiness and calm blend to create works with a strong spiritual base.

    A founding member of the Hawkesbury Artisans Trail, Mellissa continues to work promoting creativity in the local community and works as artist, tutor & illustrator.

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  • Jennifer McNamara – Director

    Founder and Director, Jennifer McNamara, has a passion for art that guides her own creative journey. Art has always been her passion, and her etchings were selected for the HSC Art Express. A year living in Japan as an exchange student then took her to study Japanese at Canberra University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts.

    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.

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  • Pablo the Art Dog

    Pablo is Jennifer’s Cavoodle (Cavalier x Poodle) and is named after Picasso. He is a regular at Art Est. and a favourite of students of all ages.  Pablo also inspired our now annual WOOF! exhibition of paintings about dogs held in September.

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