Our friendly, experienced teachers share their knowledge and inspire you to develop your personal artistic style.

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Annemarie Murland - Drawing & Painting Tutor

Artist and educator Annemarie Murland migrated from Glasgow to Australia in 1990. Annemarie completed her Doctor of Philosophy Fine Art degree, practice and theory in 2009 at the University of Newcastle, where she also taught in the fine art undergraduate and postgraduate program. Murland boasts significant achievements in her artistic career to date; most recently she was the artist in residence at Box Hill Community Art Centre, Melbourne, November 2016. 


Archie Barry - Drawing Tutor

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. 


Ben Howe - Painting Tutor

Ben Howe is an internationally recognized artist specializing in hyperrealist and surrealist painting. Over the course of nearly two decades, he has explored the nature of consciousness, personal history and the incongruities of memory through his artwork. Ben holds a Masters of fine art with distinction from RMIT and is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, international residencies and fellowships. Ben is also a highly qualified art teacher with over six years experience.

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Benjamin Guy - Drawing & Painting Tutor

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. Ben also has experience in illustration and has completed a series of children’s books for The National Library of Australia. He currently exhibits locally and internationally.


Dena Lester - Company Director, Corporate Programs Facilitator

A graduate in Fine Arts with Distinction from RMIT, Dena Lester has a consistent exhibition history as a contemporary photographic installation artist. Founder and director of both Art Encounters and Melbourne Studio of Art, Dena takes a strong interest in the schools’ creative processes.  Dena is now undertaking formal studies in Shadow Work Psychology which she is integrating into art education at the two schools.


Geoff Dupree - Head Drawing & Painting Tutor

Geoff Dupree is a graduate of the City and Guilds of London Art School, and St Martins School of Art, London; Masters Degree, RMIT University, Melbourne.

A representational teacher and exhibiting painter, Geoff is a highly respected member of Melbourne’s art community. A number of rising contemporary artists studied under the drawing program Geoff designed and developed at Monash University.

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Terry Jarvis - Water Colour Tutor

Terry Jarvis is an award winning water colour artist with work featured in collections across the globe. Based in Australia, he explores his passion for the water colour medium through a variety of subject matters that range from his European travels to working with Aboriginal groups in the Northern Territory to encourage engagement in the arts. Having written a number of feature articles for Australian Artist Magazine, and being selected as a feature artist in multiple watercolour publications, Jarvis is a much sought after tutor both internationally and at home in Australia. 

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Troy Argyros - Painting Tutor

Troy Argyros is a traditional realist painter inspired by the beauty of light and the methods of The Old Masters. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University. In 2014 he was awarded a summer scholarship by The Florence Academy of Art in which he spent several weeks studying with master painters Maureen Hyde and Vitaliy Shtanko. This experience inspired his third and most recent solo exhibition in 2015, Fragments of Florence which showcased at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street. He has recently undertaken further study at The Julian Ashton Art School over the last two summers with Chris Browne. Troy’s work has been selected for a series of exhibitions throughout Australia including The EMSLA and The AME Bale Art Award, and also features in a number of private collections. 

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