“The course offered everything I wanted to know and it was a thoroughly enjoyable four weeks.”

Harriet, Introduction to Floral Design, Aug 15

“I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank Carolyn and the team for a truly wonderful experience in both the introductory and advanced courses. 
I have been wanting to do some sort of creative class around flower arranging for a long time, I looked around at CAE courses and other websites, and by a stroke of luck came across these classes with Carolyn, which are something more special. 

As a busy professional originally from interstate, it became a real oasis to spend a Saturday afternoon amongst new friends with Carolyn, learning about mindfulness, art therapy and floral design. To get in touch with your creative side and make beautiful arrangements to fill your home, surrounded by lots of inspiration and the lovely surrounds of Enderby studio / Uniting Church Richmond was a wonderful treat for a weekend.

Carolyn is a fantastic teacher, I learnt so much and she made me feel inspired and more confident to follow my heart and my own personal style whilst guiding me in the right direction around principles of design. Her passion for the craft was infectious, it was lovely to see how much she cared about the art of floristry as well as the creative space and connection of human emotion towards that art.

The classes are fun and interactive, as a student you are well looked after and the equipment, flowers and arrangements are beautiful and great value for money. I could go on, but I feel like I also don’t want to let the secret out here in Melbourne!!

I’m looking forward to completing any more available classes in future, I am sad to have finished up the Advanced course and not having my lovely Saturday afternoons anymore!

Thanks Caz, I’ll think of you when I pick out my wedding flowers or make a lovely arrangement at home!”

Kristin, Advanced Floral Design, Aug 15


“I am a beginner who is in the process of preparing my portfolio in order to apply into university to do what I have always wanted to. After two courses with Hilmi Baskurt, I found my passion for drawing nurtured and provoked.
I loved the way I was made to feel comfortable with my own style, yet at the same time thrown out of my comfort zone by pushing boundaries and overcoming my limits.

My skills were both refined and perfected. I could actually feel Hilmi’s dedication in wanting to make a difference in each student’s personal improvements.

I have been to many other classes and am yet to see such effort and encouragement; not to mention that Hilmi’s knowledge was impressive.
I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to master their skill set. As for myself, I am enrolling into his other coming courses for sure.”

Max, Mar 15


“Jesse catered for a range of abilities in a supportive, relaxed environment. It was great getting to know some of the other participants too.”

Eric, August 2015

“I loved the course and I would recommend it to others. Jesse instructs you in the different approaches you can take to life drawing, but then he lets you experiment and figure out what works for you. I really liked learning about the geometry involved.

Another reason I would recommend this course, is because it is not as expensive as other courses I looked into, and the materials are provided

Thanks for a great experience,”

Beth, Dec-13

“Thank you for running such a fantastic class. I found the experience very cathartic and enriching. Jesse’s layback style made the class feel at ease and his advice always respectful and informative. This is the first formal artistic class I have attended and I feel my skills have grown and has changed the way I look at forms and objects.”

Jared, Dec-13

In four years of modelling in Melbourne, this class is the first to really draw more than just outlines – but to really create 3x dimensional drawings.”

Janice, Oct-13

Jesse is an excellent teacher. He gives individual attention and useful feedback, is encouraging, and modest about his own talent. 10 out of 10 and a Koala stamp, as Phillip Adams would say.”


“Definitely enjoying the course and Jesse is fantastic!”


“The class was fun, and Jesse was a really nice person. It was good for me to be able to participate in this class :)


“Jesse is a great teacher, I’ve really enjoyed the classes and look forward to doing another term!” 


“It’s been a great 6 weeks, I feel like my drawing has certainly evolved from the first class and I’ve come away with some really good things to practice and consider. Thanks again!”



“I would definitely recommend this course to others, it was a great experience for me and I thought Jesse was a fantastic teacher. All the students had different skills and levels and he all made us feel comfortable in the class. I definitely feel I have made some progress with this 5 week course, and would love to continue, probably next year though.”

Clémence, Nov-13

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Jesse has a fantastic teaching style, especially for someone who is a total beginner (i.e. I haven’t drawn since primary school!). He tailored feedback to suit each individual without making anyone feel judged, which I think is important for those people who don’t consider themselves ‘naturally’ creative.”

Jacqueline, Oct-13


“I started attending the ESAP drawing class as a 28 year old beginner.  I hadn’t really drawn anything since art classes at school, and I remembered those as fairly pitiful.  I am so glad I started the course with Marco.  The classes really are for all levels – I worked very happily alongside some very experienced and talented attendees, and was never made to feel uncomfortable or out of my depth. It was the perfect environment for us all to develop at our own pace. The introductory mini-lectures and guest talks are fantastic and varied, and the programme is very well designed to challenge and inspire. I look forward to art class every week – it is a time to relax and learn, and I look forward to starting my third term in the new year. Thanks Marco – I’m really proud of my achievements and you should be too.”

Rosie Dec-13

“Marco’s classes helped me enormously: not only enjoyable and informative but also enabling me to apply for further study.”

Marion, RMIT University

“I have been attending ESAP classes for the last 18 months and have found Marco’s arts program highly enjoyable and stimulating.

Besides having made many new friends through ESAP, the program’s relaxed and friendly environment – in combination with Marco’s expert guidance – have helped me begin the journey into exploring my own creativity.

In 2012, I completed a Certificate of Visual Arts at the VCA.  Studying commitments meant it was often difficult for me to make it to Tuesday night classes. Or, if I did make it to class, I would arrive late with no idea of what I might work on.  However, since Marco provides the option to attend classes at a casual rate and because a wide variety of media and materials is provided to students, there were always plenty of options available to me.

The things I love most about ESAP are the flexible format and the creative community of students who are always happy to have a chat over a cup of tea during class or provide feedback to you on your work.

At the beginning of each Term, Marco provides us with a break-down of topics or activities to be covered during each weekly class.  As a casual student of the program this enables me to schedule those classes into my diary which I simply cannot miss! For example, life drawing, clay sculpture, a presentation on a particular artist/art movement/medium, or a guest artist talk.

During ‘project sessions’ we work on our own personal creative projects.  During this time Marco challenges me to look at things in a different way, or try an alternate way of working – though I must say I never feel pressured to work in a certain way.  Consequently I have noticed an improvement in my observational and drawing abilities and am gaining confidence with my painting.

Marco is professional in his arts teaching and provides a good balance of challenge and gentle guidance.”


“I stumbled upon Marco’s class, and with his teaching techniques I have not looked back. Tuesdays are now one of my favourite days of the week.

Classes are structured in a way to give students the freedom to work on their own personal projects, or to participate in Marco’s lessons, whether it be still/life drawing/painting/sculpture/animation etc. Marco has challenged me to look at a still life differently, and I have produced many pieces I am very happy with over 2012, which I would have never created on my own.

Marco takes time to aid and critique everyone’s work over the course of a lesson, with a great sensitivity that is very encouraging. His scheduled talks on various artist are also particularly inspiring, as well as guests artists who visit the studio.

I would highly recommend this art class to anyone who needs to dedicate time to their creative pursuits, from beginners to advanced. They have greatly helped with my confidence and art production.”


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