Tutors and Class Descriptions


Drawing Fundamentals - Danielle Robertson


Danielle Robertson attended Box Hill College and studied two years of Art & Design, followed by an Associate Diploma in Finished Art. She then worked for various design houses and although Danielle enjoyed working in this industry, her passion is for fine art. Whilst working she has continued to do life classes and other creative pursuits in her spare time. Inspiration came when she saw a portrait demonstration in pastels by artist Agata Lelek. From that point on, she was inspired to focus on her artistic passions and threw all of her efforts and focus into developing her own individual artistic style. Danielle loves to work in pastels and oil, specialising in portrait, still life and life drawing. 


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Danielle Robertson - Bill



Watercolour - Maxine Wade


Maxine Wade has always had an interest in creativity and trained as an Art teacher at Melbourne University, going on to teach in a variety of secondary colleges for 27 years. She then began tutoring adults in watercolour, drawing, life drawing and mixed media at many art societies in Melbourne. She has been a member of Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA) for 12 years (2 of those serving as a councillor there, as Professional development Officer) and a member of the Watercolour Society of Victoria for 15 years. She was recently accepted into the Melbourne Society of Women Painters & Sculptors (M.S.W.P.S.) and also holds membership at Woodend Art Group & Macedon Ranges Art Group. Maxine has won many awards for her work and has held many solo and joint exhibitions over 25 years. 

Maxine Wade - Beechworth Bakery

Painting and Pastels - Danielle Robertson 


This painting class enables you to work in either paints (oil or acrylic) or pastels.  The subject matter may be still life, landscapes or portraits.  I will be guiding those students wanting to set up their own still life, as it can be challenging if you haven't had much experience in doing so.  Others may prefer to work from a photo reference, which I've had a lot of experience with and I do so mostly with my work. 

Everyone works at their own pace so there is no rush to finish a work in one or two classes or you may take a whole term to work on a piece.   

If you have wanted to start painting but haven't had a lot of experience, or you are slightly anxious about it, then feel free to come along for a trial class.  I am sure you will enjoy working in this stress free environmet with other like minded people. 




Danielle Robertson  - Played no more....


Pastels - Sandra Marasco



To capture the simplicity and beauty of nature is ongoing throughout my work, a recurring theme sugggestive of my rural upbringing in Victoria's North East Alpine region.  Life on the farm certainly allowed many creative endeavours and a great appreciation of solitude.  A year studying Art and Design introduced the intrinsic value of direct observation from life.  At the forefront of all I engaged in, was Drawing.  By understanding the transformative power of drawing, tutoring art is personally both passion and privilege.   The process becomes a journey to inner peace.  Italian for 'made by hand', "fatto a mano", took on an even greater significance when I began learning the ancient craft of Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, graduating with Distinction and a Bachelor of Fine Art.  

In this class Sandra guides the students as they work on their own individual pastel projects from portraits, landscape, still life etc. Skill level can be from beginners through to advanced.




  Sandra Marasco  - Door Hinge 


Life Class- Untutored - Danielle Robertson


Life Class - untutored . This class is suitable for beginners through to the more experienced working in different mediums from a model. Cover cost of model  and a small donation to GECAG for use of studio.


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Danielle Robertson - Helma



Acrylics & Watercolours - Craig Penny


Craig studied art at the Ballarat University, where painting and graphic design attracted most of his attention. He then pursued a successful career as an illustrator. Craig's career has progressed into a range of mediums including skills in computer graphics. As a result he has also undertaken a successful career in teaching both traditional drawing and illustration. Throughout this time, he never lost his love of using traditional methods and subsequently specialized in watercolour and acrylic painting. This has lead to an extremely successful solo career.


Craig Penny - Brighton Talk


Drawing/ Mixed Media - Manwel Cassar


Manwel's art works on different levels. As representation, subject matter is realism rendered unphotographically in unnaturally bright colours. As self expression, his vigorous fauvish-expressionist pictures derived at first hand inspire the viewer to share the experience of the joy of living. His art articulates deep felt appreciation of nature and the human form. He also produces totally abstract works which broods emotionally and cerebrally. Manwel's art contrast with world tragic events and implies a message of "seize the day" - carpe diem - enjoyment and peace.   

Manwel studied art widely in colleges and university (multi qualified) and has extensively exhibited solo and in groups in Australia and overseas over many years.


Manwel Cassar


 The Art of Painting Oils & Acrylics - VIcki McInnes

I teach in an informal friendly style and move around the group discussing successes and challenges of each student's work. Painting  must be enjoyable even though it can also be hard work. I find that painting in a group provides a social connection as well as sharing of ideas and knowledge. You will build the skills and confidence to develop your ideas- drawing and painting at your own pace. Beginners and those with more experience will be guided in the medium of their choice, to find an individual style, and create finished pictures. The fundamental of composition, colour and tone will be taught as they apply to your work. Class tuition covers different techniques in oils and acrylics.                                                   



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Vicki McInnes





Children's Creative Art - Sandra Marasco 

Engaging young artists to make art in a studio environment, Sandra endeavours to unlock their creativity whether it be exploring colour or constructing geometric shapes.  Here we learn perseverance and lateral thinking.  Children progress at their own pace with individual and personalised instruction to develop the tools needed to gain confidence in their art-work.  Expressive mark-making is highly encourage.  Drawing increases visual literacy and the arts have to power to transform the lives of young people.