Art Encounters is Melbourne’s leading art school for children and teenagers. Our programs are designed to help students develop their imagination and explore their creativity.


Rather than approaching art as a whimsical pastime, we support our students’ ambitions. That means taking their work seriously and placing great emphasis on respecting our students’ artistic integrity.

Art making can help develop your child’s confidence

In our children’s classes we work with the child’s ability to express their inner worlds. Seeing clear progression from one week to the next will help students develop a solid confidence in themselves and their art.


Our teen programs offer young artists an opportunity to learn more sophisticated drawing and painting techniques. During the challenging teenage years – when many struggle to express their feelings – we’ve seen that art making can have a cathartic effect.


Adult classes are taught by some of Melbourne’s most widely respected art teachers. These classes are hosted by Melbourne Studio of Art and suit students of all skill levels. In day, night and weekend classes we explore a variety of mediums and techniques.

Embracing the new while honoring traditional skills

We aim to teach students classic painting and drawing techniques, without dismissing the importance of contemporary art.


We also strive to remove the mystique surrounding art and teach students that just like any other study, it requires concentration and commitment.

A first introduction to a lifelong relationship with art

We have seen hundreds of children and teens complete our programs, many of whom have found a career in the arts.


We truly believe that the children and teens who come through our doors may be the great artists of tomorrow.

Explore & Learn

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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