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

LOW COST 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

Term 1
Mondays  10.00am-2.00pm
Dates 3 February – 23 March (no class 9 March)
Fees  Full $150 Concession $136 NDIS $190

Fridays 10.00am-12.00pm
Dates 7 February – 27 March
Fees  Full $191 Concession $173 NDIS $252

Term 2
Mondays  10.00am-2.00pm
Dates 20 April – 22 June (no class 8 June)
Fees  Full $194 Concession $176 NDIS $246

Fridays 10.00am-12.00pm
Dates 17 April – 26 June
Fees   Full $262 Concession $238 NDIS $347

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–11.30pm
Term 1 29 January – 25 March
Fees Full $214 Concession $194
Term 2 15 April – 24 June
Fees Full $261 Concession $238

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 4 February – 24 March
Fees  Full  $190 Concession $173
Term 2 14 April – 23 June
Fees Full  $261 Concession $238

Artistic Development

Tutor Katie Roberts

In Artistic Development you have the opportunity to really develop your inner artist in a supportive, friendly, encouraging environment. This year we complete the three-year cycle and focus on working on our own projects while developing basic skills and exploring various mediums. As such there will be less of a focus on theory, but we will look at contemporary artists and especially women artists. We will go deep in a much more self-directed studio-based session. Suitable for intermediate/beginners. BYO materials and journals, some basic paper provided if needed.

Thursdays 6.00pm-8.30pm
Term 1  6 February – 2 April
Fees  Full $392 Concession $356
Term 2 16 April – 25 June (no class 21 May)
Fees  Full $435 Concession $396


Craft Works

Facilitator Judi Herkes

Whether you knit, sew or crochet, get together with other crafters to swap skills and stories. Bring your own materials.

Thursdays 10.45am-12.45pm
Dates  6 February – ongoing
Free HACC-PYP & CHSP supported

Diversity in Art

Tutor Sheena Mathieson

Diversity in Art is a program that Span offers to all within the LGBTIQA+ community.  All ages welcome. In Span’s welcoming, supportive, non-discriminatory environment Diversity in Art will be facilitated by an experienced tutor using a range of playful techniques, media and recycled materials. Bring your ideas and join in these fun, creative activities once a month. Group projects possible. Proudly supported by the Darebin City Council.

Saturdays 10.00am-12.00pm
Dates 8 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June,
Free HACC-PYP & CHSP supported

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.

Wednesday 12.30pm–3.00pm
Term 1 5 February – 25 March
Term 2 22 April – 10 June
Term Fees Full $295 Concession $268 ACFE $52

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