How to Regulate your Mood as a Creative Person

I have come across countless stories of very successful people—from actors to athletes—who’ve said they struggle with mental health issues. And I have wondered why it is so easy for...

Famous Examples of “Preliterate” Art

The word “prehistoric” is very popular but when it comes to art made before the advent of settled life and writing systems, I try not to use it. Many believe...

Using our Shadow Side as Fuel for Creativity

One of my favourite contemporary thinkers is the American author Robert Greene (born 1959)—who has produced the bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power (1998), The Art of Seduction (2001), The...

Albrecht Durer and selfies

Who are you, and what are you doing here? You, there in the mirror, there in the lens of your phone: What do you see? asks Lawrence Farago in the...

Eva Hesse, No Title 1963

In the early 1990’s, while working in a part time job with the installation team at the NGV, an artwork by Eva Hesse, No Title 1963, struck me as being...

The art of Luisa Blignaut

Driven by a freight train of a mind, Luisa Blignaut’s acrylic paintings frequently and impulsively veer off track into unexpected, fertile territories. The painting After Anaesthetic describes the minutes after...

Margaret Dunn’s paintings build environments, often domestic and exotic at the same time, often modern and ancient also. These environments seem to be in flux, suggesting that while we exist...

Sarah Murray – Internship Experience

Of the many things that I have learnt in doing an internship with the Melbourne art class, the most prominent was the importance of fostering community and art’s unique ability...

Building Melbourne, creatively

The idea of building a creative city has been at the forefront of how we imagine and develop cities like Melbourne for the last decade or two. As an artist,...

Pam Hallandal – Paper Walls

Pam Hallandal (1929 – 2018), Australian artist and Former Head of Drawing VCA, impacted the lives of many artists in Melbourne from the 1970s onwards, including our very own teachers...

Painting and feelings – my journey with art

Art is in doing. Take the first step and be yourself. Brutally honest will do fine. Luisa, one of our resident Friday morning Drawing and Painting students, has generously shared...

David Palliser – Deep Sneeze

One of Australia’s most extraordinary abstract artists – David Palliser, who we are fortunate to have teaching painting and abstraction at Melbourne Art Class, is showing his new body of work...

Exhibition dates: 4 – 17 April Opening: 6 April 6pm – 9pm Location: Brunswick Street Gallery I began to reflect on the King River as a source. Its river stone...

Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper

Written by Elizabeth Fritz Melinda Harper’s vast kaleidoscopic collection of works has been carefully curated from three decades’ worth of paintings, screen prints, embroideries and much more. Harper’s love of abstraction,...

Andrea J. Smith’s exhibition at Australian Galleries

Andrea J. Smith’s new body of work was recently exhibited at Australian Galleries, Derby Street. Andrea was a guest artist at Melbourne Art Class in 2013, discussing her art and...

David Palliser’s exhibition ‘send nurse’, opened at Chapman and Bailey in Melbourne last night with this work being a highlight. The exhibition continues David’s exploration of gesture, tone, colour and...

Graeme Drendel – Surrender

We are pleased to announce Graeme Drendel’s latest exhibition, Surrender. MAC has been fortunate to have Graeme speak at a number of our art classes about his previous works, and...

Drawing course still life, working with tone.

This is a Still Life that we have used for working with tone in our drawing course. Yes, the fruit and vegetables you see are real and have been hand painted....