Benjamin Guy

Tutor & Course Co-ordinator: Young Artists Studio (8 - 12 year olds)

Ben Guy is a graduate of Visual Arts from The ANU School of Art. He specialises in traditional oil painting and drawing in a range of genres from Portraiture and Landscape to Pop Surrealism, and also has experience in illustration, completing a series of children’s books for The National Library of Australia. He currently exhibits locally and internationally.


Dena Lester

Founder & Director: Art Encounters, Melbourne Studio of Art

After graduating from RMIT with a degree in Fine Arts, Dena's work was taken on by Gallery 101 on Collins Street, where she has had five solo exhibitions and participated in a number of group shows. After initially leading classes herself, Dena has now stepped down from teaching to focus on the administration and development of the school.


Michelle Molinari

Tutor & Course Co-ordinator: Art Techniques for Teens (13 - 18 year olds), Advanced Mentoring Program (15 - 18 year olds)

Michelle Molinari is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary artist. Graduating with distinction from the Victorian College of the Arts in Fine Art Honours, she has since gone onto complete international artist residencies in New York and Florence, held several solo exhibitions, has been a finalist in numerous national awards and was the recipient of the Graeme Hildebrand travelling fellowship in 2014. 


Kirsty Powers

Tutor & Course Co-ordinator: Junior Art Encounters (5 - 8 year olds)

Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University, and on completion of her diploma she was given a Deans Award for her work. She has been a part of numerous group exhibitions, and won The Mary Lou Senini Art Award for a selection of works included in a textiles exhibition at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. Kirsty spent her early work career in various interior design positions and has always maintained a love and passion for teaching all forms of art.

Liam Milner

Tutor: Young Artists Studio (8 - 12 year olds)

Liam Milner holds a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design from ACU, primarily working as a visual artist in illustration and graphic art. His wide ranging practice also includes painting, mural art, video art, t shirt design and zines.


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Term Three - News

Term 3 2017 is fast approaching and places are expected to fill quickly! View and book courses here.

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Winter School Holiday Program - News

The Art Encounters holiday program is an extravaganza of creative entertainment and education. Each day is themed to teach students about art processes and history in a fun and accessible manner. View and book classes here.

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Art Exhibition - René Magritte: The Revealing Image, Photos and Films - News

Now showing at Latrobe Regional Gallery are 130 photographs and 8 films of Belgian surrealist René Magritte.

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