From Classical to Contemporary: Painting Exploration for Teens


Explore a diverse range of painting styles, from classical to contemporary, in our engaging program designed for teens using a variety of materials including acrylic and oil paints.

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In this specialized course led by Elsie Preston, an accomplished emerging Melbourne artist with a diverse artistic background, students will immerse themselves in a variety of painting techniques. Under Elsie's guidance, participants will hone their skills in using acrylic and oil paints safely to create sophisticated artworks influenced by art history, techniques of Master Artists, technical processes, and personal expression.

Beyond practical skills, this program fosters a deep appreciation for art history, enabling students to grasp the intricacies of artistic traditions. By emphasizing personal expression through classical and contemporary painting methods, students can develop their unique artistic voice and style.

Recommended for aspiring artists, this program offers a valuable opportunity to build a strong portfolio and lay a solid foundation for a future career in the arts. Participants will benefit from a transformative experience that nurtures their creativity and artistic growth. Please be aware that this class runs for 2.5 hours to give students the appropriate time to immerse themselves in the nature of the projects that we run.


  • We invite students to arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of class.
  • Materials may stain or ruin clothing and we do not take responsibility for damage to clothing.
  • Students are offered one make up class per term which must be pre booked to match the missed class. Please contact us to arrange your make-up class.
  • Please review terms and conditions before enrolling.
  • Term length may vary according to government school timetables between 8 & 9 weeks.

At Melbourne Studio of Art, we prioritize imparting not just technique and expression to our students, but also instilling the value of seeing projects through to completion. In an educational landscape often characterized by instant gratification and overemphasized outcomes, we place a significant emphasis on teaching the principles of commitment, perseverance, and the rewards that come from disciplined effort. We believe it is important for children to learn these valuable lessons in today's fast-paced world.

5:00pm – 7:30pm  | 17th July – 11th September 2024

Course Materials

Materials not included in the cost of this course however are available for purchase at the studio. View suggested materials list below.

Comprehensive kits are discounted by 25% of regular retail prices and enrolled students receive a 10% discount on individual items. All items are available for collection from our studio prior to course commencement.

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