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

Join 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 with an intellectual disability or those living with a mental illness. Bookings essential – please contact Span.

Term 3
Mondays 10.00am–2.00pm
Dates 15 July – 16 September
Cost $100

Term 4
Mondays  10.00am-2.00pm
Dates 7 October – 9 December (no class 4 November – 9 weeks)
Fee Cost $90

Fridays 10.00am-12.00pm
Dates 11 October – 13 December (10 weeks)
Fee NDIS plan $270 Pension/Healthcare Card $100

Span is resourced to fund NDIS clients with mild disabilities.

Family Carers – Carers Get Creative

Tutor Sheena Mathieson

Join a small group of like minded carers at Span Community House in a relaxed setting. Take time out to be creative using recycled and found objects, in a fun and relaxed setting. Each session will explore different avenues for creativity. Start with morning tea and an introduction to the activity of the day—then create at your own pace. Monthly sessions. Booking essential

Tuesdays 11.00am-1.00pm
Dates 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December
Free HACC-PYP & CHSP supported

Thornbury Writers Workshop

Tutor Tania Chandler

This group meets 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 3 17 July – 18 September
Term 4 9 October – 12 December
Term fees Full $162 Concession $147

Fiction 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 3 16 July – 17 September
Fees  Full  $162 Concession $147
Term 4 8 October – 10 December (no class 5 November)
Term fees Full  $146 Concession $132

Children’s Picture Books Fan Club

Tutor Julie Murphy

Picture books aren’t just for children!Meet to read, discuss and learn more about the world of children’s picture books. We’ll cover a broad range of topics, including what makes a good picture book, current trends and styles, reading them aloud to children with confidence, finding the right book for fussy readers, and an insider’s view of the industry. Whether you’ve always wanted to write one, or simply want to share the love with like-minded devotees, Julie (a published author of fiction and non-fiction picture books) will guide the discussion, share recommendations and tips, and generally foster appreciation for this special branch of literature that all ages can enjoy.

Tuesdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Term 3 16 July – 20 August
Fees  Full  $187 Concession $170

Artistic Development

Tutor Katie Roberts

In Artistic Development you have the opportunity to really develop your inner artist in a supportive, friendly, encouraging environment. In this class we look at art history, engage in discussions, explore various mediums, skills and techniques – all the time developing your own art. In term three (of this second year of our three year cycle) we explore Australian art through history, from ancient to contemporary times. We will be trying different mediums and styles each week from watercolour, gouache, pastel, pencil and more. We focus on developing your own artwork and art practice during the week, keeping a visual journal, supporting and sharing your development with each other. Some working outdoors and at easels. BYO materials and journals. Some basic paper and back-up materials provided. For further information contact Katie 0435 481 202,

Thursdays 5.30pm–8.00pm
Term 3 18 July – 19 September (no class 29 August)
Fees  Full  $396 Concession $360

Tutored Life Drawing

Tutor Katie Roberts

Join this in depth life drawing class and learn to draw the human figure, from start to finish! These classes are thorough, fun and informative. This semester we start again from the beginning building blocks of drawing. We look at structure, anatomy, surface, the face, the features, hair and hands. You will learn skills such as composition, line, tone and shading, judging proportion and making dynamic drawings. We will use everything from charcoal and pencil, to mixed media and ink. These classes include extra time for theory and preparatory drawing exercises. Tutored life drawing classes with professional artist Katie Roberts (MFA – majoring in drawing). Some experience valuable but beginners welcome! BYO materials, paper, life model, nibbles and back-up materials provided. Contact Katie 0435 481 202 or email

Fridays fortnightly  6.00pm-8.30pm
Term 3 26 July (fortnightly for 5 weeks)
Term Fees (payment in advance) full $400 Concession $350

Life Drawing Intensive

Tutor Katie Roberts

Fridays   6.00pm-8.30pm
Term 4 11 October – 8 November
Term Fees full $400 Concession $350 (payment in advance)

The Drawing Studio

Tutor Katie Roberts

Gain real drawing skills you have always wanted! In semester one we look into the practical aspects of using colour, structure, composition and tone. Cover perspective, landscape and using secret artist techniques to gain more accuracy in your art, while working on developing your own artwork. This is a class for those really wanting to extend their technical skills. Best for those with some experience, intermediate/advanced class. This is a very small and intensively informative class, max 6 students. BYO materials and journal, you will need to develop your own extensive art kit. Some paper and easels supplied. More information/enrol call Katie 0435 481 202,

Wednesday 12.30pm-3.00pm
Semester 2 17 July – 11 September
Fees  Full  $480 Concession $450

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  ongoing
Free HACC-PYP & CHSP supported

Diversity in Art

Tutor Sheena Mathieson

This program is for individuals and their families, of all ages, from LGBTIQ communities, to experience a creative activity in a supportive, safe and welcoming environment. Facilitated by a qualified and experienced tutor using found and recycled materials. Free to attend. Contact Span to express your interest and to obtain further information.

Saturdays 10.00am-12.00pm
Dates 6 July, 3 August, 7 September,  5 October, 9 November, 7 December
Free HACC-PYP & CHSP supported

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