Followers who are in contact with creative art classes, painting class, drawing classes, or have just spent some time on the ladder between beginners and students and teacher of art classes, all of these whether adults or kids can have fun and learn all term or year about the range of school options and creative cultural outlets for any kind of art or craft in Melbourne. Online or face to face, year round form sep through jul or aug, sat through fri, you will find a class that runs to make the most of your time.

Regularly, you will see art classes under a different label depending on the range of techniques and location of the lessons. Drawing, painting, school art workshops for students, events for fun or beginners with paint or photography, you can spend hours of your time looking at the different kinds of lessons in a location near you. Melbourne VIC is the ideal space for students to learn about art, whether in a studio face to face or online.

Get in contact via email, or have a look online through a web search to see what's on offer in your location - Kew, Mont Albert, Port Melbourne, Sunshine - there's such a wide range of courses and classes on offer across Melbourne VIC. Take a read of our guide to see what sort of teacher, class, workshop, space, level or studio you might want to work in then consider getting into contact via email with your dream art school.

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Understanding Art

Painting, drawing, and art in general are obviously not phenomena solely associated with our location in Melbourne VIC. However, given that events and workshops are regularly held all over the city and we have a great appreciation for art, love for the stars of the art world and their craft runs in our blood.

To understand the role of art across time, long before even the first art classes or school (or art even had a label for that matter), let's climb back down the ladder of time to see how people have used space, materials, and techniques to hone their craft.

To get the first sip from the cup of understanding about the topics we will look at, let's go all the way back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The skills on offer at this time were actually very advanced and the clean lines that were used for drawing onto walls and papyrus were then adopted by the Greeks and subsequently the Romans. 

Many of the European ideas on art that were brought to Melbourne VIC by the British came out of the Renaissance period of the 15th-18th centuries that brought culture, music, painting, and drawing to the masses and made them appreciate it in a large way. Your lessons in jul, aug, sep, oct; on sat, sun (or just doing online between school runs with the kids if you're a busy adult!) will offer plenty of time to learn about this period of time due to its significance in art theory and history.

This period led to many other influential ideas we draw upon today, such as impressionism, abstract art, modern sculpture, and installation art. A quick online search or email to a teacher in a studio, school, or workshop will help you learn that these 19th and 20th century techniques and ideas are still regularly practiced today, although may appear under many a different label.

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The National Gallery of Victoria has a wealth of life drawing you could look into | Source: Wikimedia

Any location you can think of, there were societies who were regularly drawing and painting with their own techniques both for communication and art. Followers who are in contact with the art world and attend events regularly for instance will know that Indigenous Australian artists were some of the most creative students of any art practice, using creative techniques in their maps based on the stars that they used as a teacher for the next generation of students to learn from.

Given the range of expressions that kids and adults have shown with or without lessons, dedicating hours of them time to their craft, across many a location across the globe, the significant role of art is undeniable.

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Notable Melbourne Galleries

The enormous range and appreciation of art that Melburnians show day to day is manifested in the patronage of the attendance and cultural capital of our many respectable art schools and universities, and our museum and gallery attendance.

A few of the really noteworthy ones to consider in Melbourne VIC are listed in this section.

 

National Gallery of Victoria

The premium, the prestige, the best - government sponsored and containing one of the largest ranges of art collections in the southern hemisphere. Pieces in this well curated and diverse gallery space range from modern art and sculpture, to impressionist painting and Dutch and French masters, to installation art and fashion, and even to tribal art from around the world. You can also spend hours of your time getting lost in the myriad patterns of the stained glass roofing in their atrium.

Workshops and studio classes for kids run here year round, as well as art appreciation and technique focussed lessons for adults. Also for adults, NGV membership entitles you access to their other location just down the road in Melbourne VIC, the Ian Potter Gallery which you can hang out at and have a coffee and appreciate the range of Australian art and artists.

 

Heide Gallery

Just up from Mont Albert, and not far from Kew (although a little further afield for those in the west and along the water), the Heide Gallery is one of Melbourne and Australia's premiere private art collections.

This cultural institution was founded in 1958 on a homestead in Bulleen in Melbourne's northeast. It's founded patronage of a number of big names in Australian art including Sidney Nolan and Joy Hester, and is also noteworthy for the fact that it's traditionally been a lived in art gallery. The centre encompasses a wide range of avant-garde, traditional, and indigenous art pieces and is a fabulous place to spend the afternoon given its mesmerising architecture and peaceful gardens.

 

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Just a stone's throw from the NGV, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) bears striking architecture set against the rolling hills of the botanical gardens down the road.

This space, as the name suggest, has a greater focus on modern art in all of its facets, including performance art given its adjacent fellow cultural stalwart, the Malthouse Theatre. 

With a greater emphasis on photography and experimental painting and drawing techniques, this is a place to be if you want to feel challenged and, dare we say it, contemporary. Very acceptable for kids and adults like too, with many interactive exhibits.

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Kinds of Art Classes

It might be done in a well known art school, online with a private tutor, or in your location of Kew, Mont Albert, Port Melbourne etc with a group studio workshop. Melbourne VIC is the place to be for whatever art you're desiring.

Painting

Painting classes in Melbourne are varied and offer a range of skills and ways to learn for any level - beginners to advanced - or adults or kids.

What you will learn

Primarily you will focus on techniques and hand control, getting to know acrylic, watercolour, and oil paint and how these interact differently with different brushes and strokes.

Given that this creative art / craft is also the backbone for many other styles of art, a teacher regularly runs you through the history of painting and art during your time in class. This can give you an appreciation of the creative journey paint and painters, and the events that have occurred from hand to face to online painting that influence how we practice it today.

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Drawing

Drawing classes are also fundamental to understanding the artistic medium and applying these skills to other areas.

What you will learn

Much of the focus of this field is the study of lines and how to use them to capture the essence of a shape, space, or situation. This can manifest itself in hyperrealisitc drawing, line drawing, portraiture, still life, or technical drawing. 

You will most likely also study an element of art history given the significance of drawing as well. This is also a backbone type of art, and your techniques will focus on line control and using pens and pencils without colour initially, then gradually being able to shade once you have mastered simple lines.

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Where to learn

VCA (The Victorian College of the Arts) is a widely renowned school for its fine art programme. Students who spend a lot of time to learn in this space end up as followers of more traditional disciplines of painting, but are also encouraged to find a way to make their own message heard through their work. Bear in mind though, this is not for beginners and you need to already be at a higher level when enrolling.

RMIT University also has a large textile, art, and design degree range, especially if you're interested in pushing the envelope. There are bachlors, masters, and honours programmes available for students who want to explore their painting, drawing, architecture, fashion, digital drawing, industrial design, or art education practices.

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For secondary and tertiary art education, the Victorian College of the Arts is the place to be. | Source: Mapio.net

You may also want to learn privately for fun. It might not be on your radar to practice regularly either, just every other sat or sun, to help you or your kids learn something new and find new means of expression. Somewhere in a central location that has a strong reputation (for having also worked with some students who've gone onto be stars in the field) is Fitzroy Painting. They specialise in classes for beginners and are a studio where you can explore your creative side. Shoot them an email or check them out online to see which of their classes suit you.

Consider perhaps having some fun also in a central location like Richmond, where Melbourne Art Classes offer students of any level a chance to interact with different new techniques and refine old ones. Such a studio is also great because of the ability to attend events like drinks and bubbles where amateur artists can have a drink and enjoy a painting or drawing experience with friends.

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