Benjamin Guy

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. Ben also has experience in illustration and has completed a series of children’s books for The National Library of Australia. He currently exhibits locally and internationally.


Dena Lester

Dena Lester is the Founder and Director of Art Encounters and Melbourne Studio of Art. After graduating from RMIT with a Fine Arts Degree, 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

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. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Gippsland Art Gallery and also features in private collections within Australia and overseas. Her practice thematically addresses concepts of temporality and preservation; through the use of representational painting and sculptural techniques, combined with taxidermy, her work seeks to investigate the motivations that impel the urge to preserve and suspend nature’s inevitable course.  


Kirsty Powers

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 has spent her early work career in various interiror design positions, and while always maintaining a love and passion for all forms of art, she has only recently returned to teaching.

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Term Two - News

Term 2 2017 is fast approaching and places are expected to fill quickly! View and book courses here.

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Autumn 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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Visit galleries around the world, without leaving your bedroom - Resources

Being an art lover has never been easier. Although there is nothing like experiencing your favourite work of art in real life, virtual tours and other interactive tools have made it possible for you to experience the world’s greatest art without having to leave the house.

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Interview with local artist Georgina Glanville - Local Artist Interview

Georgina Glanville, 28, is an artist living and working in Melbourne. In her work, Georgina is actively exploring a range of different mediums such as fabrics, papers, paints, dye, earth, ecological matter, video, and found imagery.

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