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The Make Art at TAC program offers term-based and casual art classes run by professional artists. Classes are held at the Tuggeranong Arts Center on:

  • Tuesday mornings for Parents and Toddlers
  • Tuesday mornings for seniors
  • Wednesday afternoons for young people aged 8 – 12 years
  • Wednesday evening short course – 6 weeks, commencing late July
  • Friday evening casual class for adults – held monthly, commencing late July


TODDLERS AND TEA

Image: Toddlers and Tea

TODDLERS AND TEA

  • Weekly art class for parents and toddlers
  • Tuesdays, 9:00am- 10:00am
  • Term three dates: Tuesdays 30th August – Tuesdays 4th October (6 weeks)
  • $300 per term

Book for Toddlers and Tea here

Weekly art class for children aged 2-4 and their parents to come together, make art and spill the tea. The class will foster social connections between children and parents, and focus on play, experimentation, and fun! Guided by one of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s teaching artists the class will be introduced to a new activity that builds fine motor skills and explores sensory art. Parents will have a chance to meet other creative parents and have fun while making with their child. 

All materials are included, tea and coffee will be provided! 




TUESDAY MORNING ART CLASS FOR SENIORS

Image: Making Time Art Class, Tuggeranong Arts Centre

I loved trying new techniques and working with a group of creative and supportive people.

participant

MAKING TIME

  • Weekly art class for seniors
  • Tuesdays, 11:00am- 12:30pm (Term two concludes on Tuesday 26th June)
  • Term three dates: Tuesdays 19th July – Tuesdays 13th September (10 weeks)
  • $250 per term
  • Receive a Doubles Discount of 20% when you book with a friend!

Book for Making Time here

The Making Time art class for seniors, is an opportunity to make art in a fun and carefree environment. Participants will have the chance to learn new skills or build on lifelong passions. The class explores different types of painting and drawing, giving participants a chance to find the artform that works for them. Class participants enjoy coming together as a community and encouraging each other to learn new things. A typical term will include sketching still life and landscape with charcoal, ink and pastels, or playing with watercolour, collage and print making.




WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ART CLASS FOR KIDS

Image: Make a Mess Art Class, Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Olivia was very encouraging and my children appreciated her gentle coaching and teaching style!

Student parent

MAKE A MESS

  • Weekly art class for young people aged 8-12 years
  • Wednesdays, from 4:30- 5:30 (term two concludes on Wednesday 29th June)
  • Term three dates: Wednesday 20th July – Wednesday 21th September (10 weeks).
  • $250 per term
  • Receive a Doubles Discount of 20% when you book with a friend!

Book for Make a Mess here

Make a Mess, for young people aged 8 – 12 years, aims to get children excited about art! Under the guidance of a professional artist, participants will be encouraged to experiment, play, and have fun in the art room; creating an artwork each week as they will learn the basics of colour theory, form, perspective, negative space, and composition. The classes are friendly and warm, and the learning environment is interactive and tactile. Students are encouraged to make a mess and make new.




WEDNESDAY NIGHT MASTER CLASS FOR ADULTS

Image: Students artwork from previous workshop

Olivia was very encouraging and my children appreciated her gentle coaching and teaching style!

Student parent

MAKERS TO MASTERS – HAND BUILDING CERAMICS WORKSHOP

  • Weekly art class for people aged 16 years and over
  • Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Term three dates: Wednesday 20th July – Wednesday  24th August (6 weeks).
  • $300 for six week course
  • Receive a Doubles Discount of 20% when you book with a friend!

Book for Hand Building Ceramics Workshop here

Join artists Emma Croker and Elspeth Rowell in a 6-week hand building ceramics workshop where you will learn the basics of working with clay. This well-rounded course builds on what was learnt in the previous week, so participants come away with a good amount of knowledge. Taking inspiration from natural forms and abstract sculptural pieces Emma and Elspeth will guide you through different processes and encourage creative expression!

  • Week 1: introduction to hand building, forming exercises 
  • Week 2: small vessel forming and surface additions
  • Week 3: larger vessel forming session
  • Week 4: refining and surface additions to week 3 vessels
  • Week 5: underglaze and wax resist 
  • Week 6: glaze objects






FRIDAY NIGHT CASUAL ART CLASS

Image from Everybody life drawing evening

I enjoyed that the class was so relaxed. Emma was so positive with everyone & embraced all of our ability levels.

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EVERY BODY

  • Monthly art class for people aged 18 years and over
  • Fridays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Next event on Friday 26th August
  • $20 per class, includes a free drink upon entry. Bookings are essential!
  • Receive a Doubles Discount of 20% when you book with a friend!

Book for Every Body here

Every Body is a monthly life drawing art classes held in the Lodge at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre on a Friday from 6-8pm. Facilitated by Canberra local and award-winning artist Emma Rani Hodges the class will strive to be inclusive of all bodies, weight, gender and race and celebrate all expressions of self! We will provide a safe space to have drinks with friends and sketch a diverse range of models. Basic materials will be provided such as charcoal, paper and pencils however you are welcome to bring your own materials to work with!

Meet the teachers:

Emma Rani Hodges – Makers to Masters Art class

Emma Rani Hodges’s work explores their mixed Thai, Chinese and Australian heritage. Working in mixed media, their work draws on personal narratives and inserts marginalised voices into the dominant discourse of monocultural Australia. Fluctuating between image, text and object, Hodges’s work resists easy categorisation. They combine odd material (painting, textiles, and found materials) to assert that their multiethnic identity can exist as a cohesive unified whole and challenges the view that individuals of mixed heritage are ‘caught between two worlds’. Emma’s exploration of these topics began while studying at the ANU School of Art and Design, they graduated in 2019 with honours and went on to be selected for the Hatched National Graduates show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, they have been a finalist in numerous prizes and in 2021 they won a Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship for painting. Hodges’s teaching experience includes having tutored the Messengers program here at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, previously volunteering as a teaching assistant for Hands on Studio, assisting in teaching the community planting and environmental care techniques for the Climate Factory as well as having a position teaching English to recently arrived refugees and migrants. Hodges has done this all while running their own workshops alongside particular artworks and exhibitions. Emma is teaching the Makers to Masters class.

Emma Croker and Elspeth Rowell – Hand Building Ceramics Master Class

Elspeth Rowell and Emma Crocker are two young artists living on Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri land. Whilst Elspeth is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the ANU, specialising in ceramics and printmaking, the two are largely self-taught. Emma studies Public Policy and International Relations at the ANU and was introduced to ceramics when, one day, Elspeth brought a 10kg bag of clay home to their sharehourse. In 2022, they held their first exhibition titled ‘Secure Escape’ at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Elspeth and Emma care about making ceramics more accessible to their local community, so that everyone can experience the joys of clay.

Olivia Gates – Make a Mess art class

Olivia Gates (born 1997, NSW) is an artist working and living between Ngunawal / Ngambri Country (Canberra) and her home in Kiama on Dharawal Country. Working primarily with the material of glass, Olivia’s art practice explores strategies that foster her sense of belonging, within specific places along the NSW South Coast. Olivia studied her BVA (Hons) and BDES at the Australian National University. She has exhibited both locally and internationally and has acquired prizes recognising her work such as the EASS ACT Legislative Assembly Award, the Corning Museum of Glass / Australian National University School of Art and Design Partner Scholarship, and the Nigel Thomson Travel Grant.

Olivia’s previous teaching experiences include volunteering as a teaching assistant for Glass Studio workshops at the ANU School of Art and Design and assisting in teaching workshops for local high school outreach programs in Canberra. Graduating from the ANU School of Art and Design in 2021, she is excited to foster a sense of curiosity and wonder of natural environments through an expansion of her students’ art practices. Olivia teaches the TAC’s Make a Mess art class.

Lily Platts – Make Time Art class


Lily Platts is an artist based in Canberra. Since a child growing up on the Monaro in southern NSW, Lily has always had a fascination with the world around her. Lily experiments with the application of paint and use of colour, pushing the different ways to best express herself on the canvas. Her work uses recognisable imagery such as a chair to tell a story and give a sense of the people existing in the world Lily imagines.  Lily will teach the Making Time arts class for seniors.

Lily has been teaching art classes for the last 8 years and loves sharing her passion for art. For the last two years Lily has been working at TAC as a Messenger tutor and has given her expertise in developing the new art classes that are running at the Arts Centre. Lily is teaching the seniors art class.

For more information on Theatre & Art Classes, or to enrol, contact us using the form below or on (02) 6293 1443.

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