Our Teaching Staff


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.


Tutor & Course Co-Coordinator: 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.

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Tutor & Course Co-Coordinator: 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.

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Tutor & Course Co-ordinator: Art Techniques for Teens, VCE 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.

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 Tutor: Art Techniques for Teens, VCE Mentoring Program

Anita Lester is a Fine Arts graduate from RMIT, with a major in illustration and animation.  Having previously taught at Art Encounters for just under a decade, she has returned from London and re-entered the teenage program. Her award-winning animations have featured in Oscar contending festivals globally, with over 40 laurels to her name.  Anita is also an accomplished illustrator, having been involved with more than a dozen published books. In 2019 she has launched her own business, ‘Encounters Publishing’, a branch of Art Encounters where she will publish children’s literature with a focus on education.

Click here to see some of Anita’s beautiful illustration work. 


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.

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Tutor: School Holiday Programs

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.

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