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The Make Art at TAC program offers term-based weekly art classes run by professional artists. Classes are held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for young people aged 8 – 21 and Tuesday mornings for senior citizens.

Make a Mess:

Make a Mess:

  • 8-12 years
  • Wednesdays, from 4:30- 5:30
  • Term two dates: Wednesday 27th April – Wednesday 29th June (10 weeks).
  • $250 per term

Make a Mess, for young people aged 8 – 12 years, aims to get children excited about art! Under the guidance of professional artist Olivia Gates, 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.

Book for Make a Mess here

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

student parent

Make and Create

Make and Create:

  • 13–16 years
  • Wednesdays, 5:45pm – 6:45pm
  • Term two dates: Wednesday 27th April – Wednesday 29th June (10 weeks).
  • $250 per term

Make and Create for 13–16-year-olds, aims to nurture individual artistic interests and build on existing skills by delving into artistic fundamentals. In a supportive atmosphere, and under the guidance of professional artist Olivia Gates, participants will learn new skills and techniques, engaging with the work of modern and contemporary artists to develop creative thinking and an understanding of art.

Olivia creates a welcoming and open space that allows students to use art to unwind and let go of the stresses of life and enjoy making! Students say they like taking time out of their busy schedule and learning new creative skills without the pressure of the school environment. While cementing theories such as colour theory and composition, Olivia encourages students to try their hand at print making, weaving, sketching, and painting.

Book for Make and Create here

I loved the small group and welcoming feel. 


Makers to Masters: Figuration Workshop

Makers to Masters: Figuration Workshop

  • 16 years and over
  • Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Term two dates: Thursday 12th May – Thursday 30th June
  • $280 per term

This is a master class in drawing and painting the figure, taught by an award-winning artist Emma Rani Hodges, with a new focus each term.

Join Emma for a 8-week figure and life class at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Be guided, step by step, through the process of drawing and painting people. Students will be taken through sketching from life, drawing with ink and finally painting with oils, to create their own artworks. For the first 5 weeks students will learn new skills and experiment with different materials such as charcoal, graphite and oil pastels. Students will then apply these skills to a 3-week oil painting project to finish off the term.  Emma is a skilled artist and great teacher who forms strong connections with students and tailors learning to the individual needs of students. The class is open to all abilities and beginners are encouraged to give this class a go!

Book for Makers to Masters here

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


Making time

Making Time

  • For seniors
  • 11:00am- 12:30pm
  • Term two dates: Tuesday 26th April – Tuesday 26th June
  • $250 per term

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. We also try observational drawing, and playing with colour and shadow.

Book for Making Time here

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


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.

Olivia Gates Make a Mess + Make & Create 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 TAC’s Make a Mess and Make & Create art classes.

Lily Platts – Make Time Art class

Lily Platts is an artist based in Canberra and the Visual Arts program Manager at TAC.  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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