Our Teaching Staff

KIRSTY POWERS

Tutor & Course Co-ordinator: Junior Art Encounters

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.

BROCK Q. PIPER

Tutor & Course Co-ordinator: Young Artists Studio

Brock Q. Piper holds an Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts majoring in drawing and painting. His practice primarily focuses on large Modern Australian Abstraction works, based heavily on archetypal symbolism and personal narrative.  Brock is regarded as one of Melbourne’s up and coming abstract artists and shows at the Metro Gallery.

Click here for Brock’s website and samples of his beautiful work.

BENJAMIN GUY

Tutor: School Holiday Programs

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.

Click here to see samples of Ben’s amazing art work.

LIAM MILNER

Tutor: Young Artists Studio

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.

Liam’s website

MICHELLE MOLINARI

Tutor & Course Co-ordinator: Art Techniques for Teens, Advanced Mentoring Program

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.

Click here to see samples of this promising artists’ work.

SCARLETTE BACCINI

Scarlette is a freelance illustrator and writer. She specialises in sequential art, particularly in cartooning and comic book development. Scarlette is well regarded for you comic releases, storyboard developments, medical illustrations and educational materials.

A trained biologist, her passion is for Art, story telling and passing her skills onto young artists of the future.

Click here to see examples of Scarlett’s work.

ROMAN SCHOENI

Tutor: School Holiday Programs

Roman is a well-established Swiss artist who teaches a wide range of technical techniques in drawing and painting at our sister adult school, The Melbourne Studio of Art. Specialising in abstraction and art therapy, Roman is a valuable addition to our holiday staff at Art Encounters.

Take a look here to see Roman’s artwork.

BRIDGET HILLEBRAND

Bridget Hillebrand is a Melbourne based visual artist with over 20 years’ experience teaching and conducting workshops. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Art from RMIT University and completed her PhD in Visual Art at Monash University, Melbourne.  She has won a number of printmaking awards including the Silk Cut Award and is represented in collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW.

GALLERY & WORKS

ARCHIE BARRY

Archie Barry is a first class honours graduate of Art Education from the College of Fine Arts (Sydney), and is currently studying a Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. With a background in traditional drawing, Archie’s focus is on mastering observational skills and honing drawing techniques to achieve realism. Archie’s teaching practice is informed by Buddhist meditation, with a focus on investigation, reflection, clarity and calm when approaching the subject matter and drawing process.

GALLERY & WORKS