We have been asked for a long time now, when will we be holding art classes during the day?!
Well, we are excited to announce we will be running two new Drawing and Painting (Studio Art) classes during Tuesday and Friday mornings from 2017! Finally, we hear you say!
Artist Marco Corsini will be presenting these daytime art classes and they will run the same way as our popular evening Studio Art Class (don’t worry, he will still be taking our Tuesday night class)!
Marco’s Studio Art Classes are our longest-running and are the foundation of Melbourne Art Class. We welcome people from all creative backgrounds, skill levels – anyone who needs a space to be creative, become inspired, acquire specific skills, continue an artistic project – the list goes on. The unique element about this class is that we limit enrolments to only ten students, so Marco is able to provide critical feedback, drawing and painting tuition or just help you get your idea out of your head and onto the canvas.
To get to know Marco’s classes a little better, you can read about his Tuesday evening class here.
Our classes are held at Enderby Studio, 314 Church Street, Richmond.
Daytime Art Course Dates
Term 1 Tuesday mornings: Feb 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Mar 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (8 sessions)
We are looking to bring our artistic community closer and create a communal art studio with individual storage, and an exclusive mentor program.
From 2017, our additional space will have both teaching studios and a communal studio. We are so excited about creating a space for artists to create, connect and even collaborate.
To make this happen we are seeking expressions of interest from individuals who would like to be a part of our communal studio. As we get an indication of the interest, then we can further clarify exact costs and location.
Why join our shared studio space?
Our communal studio offers a cheaper alternative for artists than a rented private studio.
You will be able to connect with different artists and be a part of a new, creative community.
You will have 24-hour access to the studio and your personal storage space.
You will receive a 10% discount on all MAC courses whilst you are part of our communal studio.
You can also receive one-on-one art tuition and mentoring from our teachers.
What is the communal student studio?
A communal studio which is available for individual use. Each artist would have access to personal storage space.
Proposed Timing: 24-hour access
Cost: Approximately $30-$50 per week
In addition to this, Melbourne Art Class will also be offering one-on-one art tuition and mentoring in this space.
What is one-on-one mentoring?
One-on-one meetings with your tutor (one of our experienced artists/instructors), in the communal studio.
Proposed Timing: Twice weekly, about half an hour each session.
Cost: Approximately $50-60 per week
If you are interested in being a part of our communal studio, or have any questions or feedback, please email Lauren at email@example.com and help our new project begin!
Ivana’s inspiring experience during our Summer School
Ivana was one of a few students who undertook the challenge of completing both our Painting and Drawing Masterclasses in-between Christmas and New Year (not to mention the challenge of the heat)!
She has had previous experience in painting, however it was the first time she had ever experienced life drawing. We gratefully received her feedback and detailed experience below, and hope you also find it helpful and an insight into the classes we hold here at MAC. Thank you Ivana for allowing us to share your wonderfully candid account! This is why we love what we do.
“My objective in these classes was twofold. To refine my eye and hand; to learn specific technique and refine accuracy in representation as these are areas where I am poor. Also to dive into the Flemish technique as I’m obsessed by light and form but am yet to represent them in a way I find satisfying. The class was a remarkable opportunity to do that.
I see an immense difference and again, must say I’m thrilled with the result. I think I’ve come a long way in a short time. At home, I paint something I am more often than not unhappy, sometimes to the point of wanting to go all ninja on it, beat it with nun chucks and chuck ninja stars… You’ll be pleased to know that these works remain safe from Japanese implements of combat. J
…I’m also practicing Flemish technique on some small canvasses at home (I’m intent on capturing that light, dammit!) and am happy to share those once done and if I’m happy with them.
My focus was on learning; the technical in these two specific areas (refine my eye and hand; to learn specific technique and refine accuracy in representation) and that goal was achieved. I am thrilled with the results.
I think it’s also important to point out that these are my first still life and portrait paintings. Ever.
Now, with my drawing skills they are significantly less progressed and in respect to the drawing class, I think I was probably on a par with the others. I spoke with Hilmi about this before signing up as it was a Masterclass, and he encouraged me to do so as refining skills in this area would only be of benefit to my painting… even if I was slow and didn’t totally rock the class.
He was right.
First time working with charcoal, first time life drawing – I Loved It!
I don’t think my drawings will be hanging anytime soon, however even I could see the progress as the days progressed. See what you think:
Day 1: Still Life Gestural
Day 1: Still Life, Charcoal. Structural. Dark Base w/ shellac and Day 4 painted highlights
Day 2: Still Life, Charcoal. Structural. Light Base.
Day 3: Life Drawing #1. Pencil + Black Charcoal:
Day 4: Life Drawing #2. Pencil + Black & White Charcoal:
Once again, I was thrilled by the results and have become slightly obsessed with life drawing. I need to do more. Soon!
I also learned to mix black. I think this may have changed my world.
I really enjoyed Himi’s teaching style. He’s quiet and confident, firm and precise but also gentle. I think one of the most important things in a learning environment is to have the freedom, comfort and latitude to feel free to make mistakes; countered with a confidence in your lecturer that they can pull you up on these without making you feel like an arse and have the skill to pull your work back from the brink so you can move forward. That’s a tricky balance.
Hilmi did this with me many times and I am hugely grateful and inspired to continue.”
We are very appreciative of any feedback we receive and also encourage students to share their work with us so we can share it with everyone at MAC!
Lauren Ottaway is about to exhibit in three weeks, painting madly and in her own words, “doing some shameless self-promotion”.
Lauren is a Melbourne based artist and a participant in our studio art program. Her abstract paintings are bright and colourful, containing a rhythm and balance that seems to come naturally to Lauren’s painting process.
Lauren is currently blogging about her experience of preparing for her first exhibition. You can follow her journey at www.laurenottawayart.com
Next week, Enderby Studio Art Program will host guest artist, Maree Woolley.Maree has worked as a freelance illustrator and animator on numerous award-winning multimedia titles for broadcasters and multimedia production houses.
Maree has a love of drawing. Her drawings are evocative notations of everyday objects and zoo animals. They are economical and skillful, often containing subtle, delightful narratives.
Jesse Dayan (BFA – Drawing VCA) will be teaching a Drawing short course, designed for anyone who wants to develop their drawing skills. Jesse will introduce you to new techniques you can use and will guide you to becoming a better drawer. Jesse has earned a reputation as a fantastic drawing teacher and this course should be a great opportunity for anyone wanting to get started in drawing. For more information please go to: