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. 




Danielle Robertson - Anton



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 20 years. Maxine has won many awards for her work and has held many solo and joint exhibitions over 35 years. She also tutors at Malvern Artists' Society, Brighton Arts Society, Victorian Artists' Society and McClelland Guild of Artists.

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  - Tiger Swimming


Pastels and Mixed Media- 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. Exploration of materials, including charcoal, oil and watercolour amongst others, is encouraged. Covering any technique for portraiture, landscape, or still life. Skill level can be from beginners through to advanced.





  Sandra Marasco  - Door Hinge 


Life Class- Untutored - Margarita Riaikkenen


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


 Art for Wellbeing - Margarita Riaikkenen


Margarita Riaikkenen is a self-taught artist, co-author of internationally published books, and an accredited therapeutic art life coach. She is also a certified cognitive behavioral life coach. Finding work in cooperation with other artists inspirational, she has participated in a range of exhibitions as an artist, and received art awards. Margarita is a member of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists and the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia.  She is most passionately producing portraiture, still life and scenes from everyday life in Melbourne together with meditative works of art in different media, mostly in oil and pastel.  


Ancient Greek Mandala by Margarita Riaikkenen

Margarita Riaikkenen - Ancient Greek Mandala



Acr ylics & 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

Pen and Ink - Lisa Murphy 


This class is for beginners and those with some experience. Discover the wonderful versatility of ink as a creative medium. Learn how to apply ink with confidence, controlling where you place it, but also allowing it to run across the page in swathes and bleeds, adding new dimensions of interest and beauty to your work. Students will learn various techniques on ink application including washes and layering, line and tonal work through exercises and demonstrations in class. Students will also have the opportunity to introduce new dimensions to their ink work with collage, gold leaf, cling wrap, charcoal and masking fluid, to name a few.   As students become confident with the fundamentals of ink, you will be encouraged to also work on your own projects, with my guidance.

My love for ink began over 20 years ago while teaching drawing and calligraphy. I combined the two and began drawing with a nib and with the introduction of coloured inks, I moved in a new direction and have never looked back. I have a great passion and understanding of ink and love to share it with others. 

In this class, individual style is encouraged, working at your own pace is a must as is having fun as you learn.


Lisa Murphy - Hydrangeas



 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.