It’s never too late to discover your artistic and creative side. Our tutors have extensive experience, are creative, skilled and well known in the arts sector.

Art for All Abilities

Tutor Sheena Mathieson

SOCIAL INCLUSION ACTIVITY. Join Sheena, a practising artist and our team of volunteers in a program of facilitated fun and stimulating art-related activities. You will use recycled materials and your creativity in a variety of mediums, as well as enjoying excursions. This group is for adults living with or recovering from a mental illness, have a mild disability or a long term condition. Contact the Program Coordinator

Mondays  10.00am-2.00pm
Term 1 1 February – 29 March (no class 8 March)
Fees  Full $256 Concession $233
Term 2  19 April – 14 June (no class 14 June)
Fees  Full $288 Concession $262

Fridays 10.00am-12.00pm
Term 1 5 February –  1 April
Fees  Full $176 Concession $160
Term 2 23 April – 25 June
Fees  Full $220 Concession $200

Span is resourced to fund NDIS clients with mild disabilities.

Thornbury Writers Workshop

Tutor Tania Chandler

This group meet to share their writing experiences, give each other feedback, try writing exercises and read work from published authors for tips and inspiration. Guided by a qualified and published author. Members come from all walks of life and all levels of experience.

Wednesday 9.30am–12.00pm
Term 1  3 Febraury – 31 March
Fees Full $267 Concession $243 ACFE  $84
Term 2 21 April – 23 June
Fees Full $297 Concession $270 ACFE  $87 

Creative Writing

Tutor Tania Chandler

Develop your writing skills and build confidence with our fun and informative course. The focus is on novel writing, but the skills and techniques learnt can be applied to other styles of writing, such as short stories and personal narratives. Suitable for beginner to intermediate writers who are happy to give and receive feedback on their work in a relaxed and encouraging environment. Tania is a writer, editor and tutor published in Australia and internationally.

Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am
Term 1 2 February – 30 March
Fees Full $267 Concession $243 ACFE $84
Term 2 20 April – 22 June
Fees Full $297 Concession $273 ACFE $87

Artistic Development

Tutor Katie Roberts

Artistic Development is a small, friendly, in-depth art class for people who want to deepen their knowledge and nurture a more creative life. This year students continue to focus on their own projects – from drawing portraits, to watercolour and landscape – I will teach a range of skills including proportions of the face, body, drawing trees, flowers, landscape etc. and various media depending on interest. You will need to supply your own materials, and work on projects at home too. Beginners to advanced welcome, please call to discuss if you’re interested.

Thursdays 6.00pm-8.30pm
Term 1 11 February – 1 April
Term 2 22 April – 24 June (no class 20 May and 10 June)
Term Fees Full $378 Concession $344

Dip into Drawing – NEW – mini course – run outside mostly

Tutor Katie Roberts

Join in this fun little class – where you get to dip into drawing and learn some key skills. You will establish a journal practice and learn the basics and begin to draw from observation. An intimate class in which the tutor draws with you and we all learn from each other. Suiting intermediate to advanced students ideally. This is a covid safe class in which we will be drawing outside (weather permitting). Limited to 4 students.

Wednesdays 2.30pm-4.00pm
Term 1 24 February – 24 March
Cost to be confirmed.

Wild Watercolour – NEW – mini course – run outside mostly

Tutor Katie Roberts

Dive into watercolour, splash around and explore! This session you will get to explore the wild side of watercolour and your own artistic nature. These sessions are based outdoors and involve splashing and dripping and other less-conventional, yet wonderful watercolour techniques. Suiting beginners to intermediate, or anyone. This is a covid safe class in which we will be  working outside (weather permitting). Limited to 6 students.

Wednesdays 2.30pm-4.00pm
Term 2 28 April – 26 May
Cost to be confirmed.

Microbusiness Skills  –  Sewing

Where East Preston Community House

Beginners Sewing: wardrobe pieces. In this course you will develop skills in sewing. Students will learn to thread a sewing machine, plan sewing projects, cut and sew basic projects. Students will work on Sonya Philips’ 100 Acts of Sewing patterns.  Students will complete a number of small wardrobe and project items as they learn the skills of sewing. Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine or use one of the Centre’s machines. No previous sewing experience is necessary! Materials supplied. Please contact 8470 8107 to register your interest.

Thursdays 1.00pm-3.00pm
Term 1 11 February – 1 April
Fees Full $252 Concession $229 ACFE $74


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