Melbourne's Premier Private Art School

Unleash your artistic potential with our term courses, workshops, and more. Explore, create, and elevate your skills. Enrol now!

Upcoming One Day Workshop

Introduction to Oil Painting – Sunday 11th August 2024

Date Night

Perfect for you and your most creative junior (5+years) to paint and draw side by side. 

Adult Course Enrolments

Mid term and late enrolments into courses available!

Classes for Adults

Discover a world of artistic mastery at The Melbourne Studio of Art!

Our exclusive and well curated classes are designed for passionate individuals looking to discover and enhance their artistic potential. Led by experienced professionals in the Fine Arts industry, these courses are crafted to nurture your creativity and transform you into a skilled artist. By dedicating yourself to regular practice and honing your craft, you can expect rapid growth and remarkable progress in less time than one may expect.

For personalised program recommendations or any assistance in choosing the perfect course for you, don't hesitate to contact our team at 0452 593 218 or email us at

Let us guide you on your artistic journey with confidence and support.

Classes for Kids & Teens

For over 25 years, the Melbourne Studio of Art Junior (formerly Art Encounters) has been a cornerstone of art education, nurturing students of all ages in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and personal expression, preparing them for success in their artistic endeavors.

Our studio provides a safe haven for children with sensitive and creative spirits, where their desire for self-expression is valued and nurtured.

Unlike traditional school art classes, our programs attract young individuals who are genuinely passionate about art.  Our dedicated tutors are committed to helping children and teens discover their artistic voice through the exploration of techniques, artists, art history, and personal expression.

Join us at the Melbourne Studio of Art Junior and embark on a creative journey that will inspire and empower your child.

Workshops & Intensives | Holiday Programs

Workshops & Intensives

Join our Workshops & Intensives for a range of classes catering to all skill levels. From absolute beginners to masterclasses with renowned Australian artists, everyone is welcome! Reignite your creativity and enrol today.


School Holiday Programs

Spark creativity in your children during the school holidays in our amazing workshops that focus on drawing, painting, clay sculpture and mixed media.  We will keep your budding young artist from the ages of 5 – 16 deeply engaged and far away from their screens while teaching them valuable art making skills. 

About the Melbourne Studio of Art

The school was founded in 1997 as Art Encounters in the backyard studio of artist Dena Lester who saw a great need for authentic art education. This has since evolved into a highly respected venue for self development and genuine art learning at a high level.

Introduction to Classical Drawing & Painting


Enrol in this comprehensive foundations course with Andrew Li to learn the fundamentals of these classical art making mediums.