Art Summer School 2019

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Make art you will love

3-6 January 2019.

Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne 3067

We are taking Art Summer School 2019 to the next level. By popular request it will be a four day, more structured program, with four artist/facilitators and an increase in the offerings over the four days. These include:

Life Drawing, costume drawing, turning your landscape drawing into a painting, still life using acrylics, book-making with beautiful papers, botanical dyeing on fabric and paper, drawing nature with pastels, charcoal and inks. A tour of the Convent, its architecture and its gardens is sure to inspire, as is the Good Shepherd Chapel.  For full program details:

Each facilitator is on Instagram and we invite you to check us out and make contact if you wish.



  • Thea Bates Art in an Hour              @art_in_an_hour
  • Michael O’Hanlon Eureka                @eurekaartist
  • Mary Burgess Woven Memories       @maryhandweaver
  • Rick Matear Artist                          @rickmatear

Providence Arts Space will be our new home, light filled with all amenities on hand. We will be under a gnarly old peppercorn tree looking out to a cobbled courtyard towards the Collingwood Children’s Farm. It will be great to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones.

Save 5% off your own ticket when you purchase a ticket or gift voucher for a friend.


Tutors:          Thea Bates. TB

Michael O’Hanlon. MOH

Mary Burgess. MB

Rick Matear. RM


DAY ONE Thursday 3 January

9 – 9.30am

  • Settle in. Tea/Coffee.

9.30 -10am

  • Find your spot for the morning. Mingle. Be ready for prompt start at 10am.

10 am – 12 noon

  • With TB.
  • Tour of the Abbotsford Convent.
  • Getting your mojo on! Warming up.

Lunchtime. Lentil as Anything is open. Other cafes may be closed.


  • Life drawing using charcoal and pastels. With MOH
  • Botanical printing on paper #1. With MB.
  • Finding freedom in your art. With TB

3.30 – 4pm

  • Group reflections on the day. Planning for tomorrow.

DAY TWO Friday 4 January

9.30 arrive and choose your program. Find a spot.

10am – 12 noon

  • Botanical printing on paper #2. With MB.
  • Drawing in the Good Shepherd Chapel. With MOH.


1.30 – 3.30pm

  • Still Life Drawing. With RM.
  • Life Drawing and Costume. With MOH.

3.30 – 4pm

  • Group reflections on the day. Planning for tomorrow.

DAY THREE Saturday 5 January


  • Tea and coffee etc.

10am – 12 noon

  • Simple book making using beautiful papers. With MB.
  • Watercolour painting. With RM.


 1.30 – 3.30pm

  • Life drawing and costume, mixed media. With MOH.
  • Watercolour painting. With RM.
  • Woven spine book making. With MB.

3.30 – 4pm

  • Group reflections on the day. Planning for tomorrow.




DAY FOUR Sunday 6 January


9.30 Tea/coffee


10am – 12 noon

  • Life Drawing/Costume. Group activity. With MOH.
  • Unleashing your inner artist. With TB.




1.30 -1.45pm

  • Sustaining my creative practice. What am I taking with me into the creative year? How can I support my love of making art? These and other existential arty questions will be shared.

Led by MOH with TB and MB.


1.45 – 4pm

  • Finishing work, cropping, mounting and framing, putting together our exhibition.


4 – 5pm.

  • Pop-Up Exhibition with celebratory bubbles and refreshments. Families and friends invited to join us.




Contact Thea directly  m:0409 584 080.