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The Make Art at TAC program offers term-based and casual art classes run by professional artists.


Image: Making Time Art Class, Tuggeranong Arts Centre

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



  • Weekly art class for seniors
  • Tuesdays, 11:00am- 12:30pm (Term four dates: Tuesdays 11 October – Tuesdays 13 December )
  • $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.


Image: Make a Mess Art Class, Tuggeranong Arts Centre

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

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  • Weekly art class for young people aged 8-12 years
  • Wednesdays, from 4:30- 5:30 (term four dates: Wednesday 12 October – Wednesday 14 December)
  • $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.


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.



  • Monthly art class for people aged 18 years and over
  • Third Friday of the month, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Next event: 20 January
  • $20 per class, includes a free drink upon entry. Bookings are essential!

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 – Make a Mess 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.

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.

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