Author: abbystorey

About abbystorey

I am a contemporary photographic artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. My photography examines social and cultural activity.

Foundation Painting: Spots remain in morning session

Foundation Drawing at The Art Room


Our upcoming Foundation Painting evening class is now fully booked, however if you are quick there are a few places left for the morning session.

This 8 week class is aimed at both complete beginners and those with some experience who wish to improve their knowledge of the fundamental principles in painting. Intended to follow on from the Foundation Drawing class (but may be taken separately) this class aims to demystify painting. It is an introduction to painting techniques and materials and will give participants the confidence and knowledge to explore and work with paint in many different ways.

The program will cover oil and acrylic painting and will involve demonstrations and practical exercises designed to build your knowledge and confidence in paint handling and colour mixing, as well as techniques such as under painting, working wet in wet and glazing. This course will expand your painting experience and provide a foundation of knowledge for your future art practice.

Term 1 2017
Monday 6th February

Places available in the 10-12.30 class
7-9.30pm class is now FULLY BOOKED

8 weeks (now 8 weeks for the price of 7!)
$515 full fee / $495 student
some materials are supplied, a material list for other things you need to bring will be emailed once you enroll.

John Berger: Ways of Seeing

With news this morning of the passing of British critic and writer John Berger, we have gotten a bit nostalgic for his seminal BBC series Ways of Seeing (1972).   Berger helped bring 20th-century theories of visual culture and art — to a wider audience. It was a book first and is still widely available if you prefer something to read instead. He was 90. For your binge-watching pleasure the links are below.


John Berger

John Berger

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Erika and all the team at The Art Room!

We are looking forward to making a fresh start in our lovely new studio in 2017 and we hope like us your resolution was to create more, draw more, paint more, pastel more.. well just make more art really! We hope you had a great break and wish you all the very best for the New Year to come and of course we look forward to seeing you soon!

Happy New Year from The Art Room

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day, folks.

We hope you are relaxing in a manner suitable for the day, and have had a stupendous Christmas.

We are closed for a while over the New Year’s break, but will reopen with our first Casual Life Drawing on Saturday 7th January, followed closely by our very first Wednesday Casual Life Drawing session on the 11th of January.

Our Searching the Space Drawing Intensive is on Sunday 22nd January, followed by a full programme of workshops and classes.

Roll on 2017, you’re going to be amazing!

Boxing day life drawing image

Christmas thanks and good wishes

2016 has been a pretty crazy year in the world, which makes me even more grateful for the very blessed lives we are all very lucky to live.

Thank you to all the wonderful students, teachers and behind the scenes; friends who have made The Art Room such a warm, inspired and supported studio to learn, connect and create in.

I would like to wish you all the most wonderful Xmas and that the New Year brings you a desire to make a difference, an open heart, great creativity, happiness and lots of laughter.

X Erika

Tis the season to be thankful. Merry Christmas from The Art Room

Tis the season to be thankful. Merry Christmas from The Art Room


Grace Cossington Smith Landscape at Pentecost

Our guide to summer gallery outings

If you’re out and about this summer make sure to check out some of these incredible exhibitions at some of our fine Public Galleries. Here are a few we highly recommend…

The sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver

Bronwyn Oliver (1959-2006) was one of the most significant Australian sculptor of recent decades. This first comprehensive survey of 50 key works, from the mid-1980s to the final solo exhibition in 2006, includes early works made in paper, major sculptures from public collections, and maquettes for many of her much-loved public sculptures.

Birds: Flight paths in Australian Art

Over 70 works by 50 Australian artists are brought together for this exhibition on the bird. Encompassing works from painting to sculpture, decorative arts, photography, print-making and installation, this exhibition, two years in the making, explores the science, symbolism, beauty and curiosity of birds. Artists including Albert Tucker, Rover Thomas, Ginger Riley and contemporary artists such as Brook Andrew, Fiona Hall, John Wolseley, Ben Quilty, Christian Thompson, Kate Rohde, Petrina Hicks, Trent Parke and Louise Weaver consider birds as objects of desire, in relation to fashion, history, identity, the environment and as emblems of empire and nationhood.

Tricking the eye—contemporary trompe l’oeil

Drawing on the centuries old tradition of trompe l’oeil painting (or ‘trick of the eye’), this exhibition brings together the work of a number of contemporary Australian artists whose paintings, sculptures and moving images are intentionally illusionistic, play with perspective or are something other than what they first appear to be. Includes works by Chris Bond, Daniel Crooks, Georgina Cue, Gregory Hodge, Jess Johnson, Jan Murray, Ricky Swallow and Anne Zahalka, as well as commissioned works specifically for the exhibition by Colleen Ahern and Tully Moore, Stephen Bowers and John R Neeson.

O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith Making Modernism

Making Modernism brings together for the first time the iconic art of Georgia O’Keeffe, one of America’s most significant painters of the twentieth century, alongside modernist masterpieces by pioneering Australian artists, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith. Presenting thirty works by each artist from the breadth of their careers, the exhibition considers similarities and distinctions in their art to bring new perspectives to light about modernism’s dispersal and reinvention as it developed beyond the metropolitan wellspring of Europe.

David Hockney

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists,David Hockney: Current. The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features over 1200 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never-before-seen in Australia – including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

The Art Room Guide to Gift Giving

The Art Room Gift Voucher

Available in any amount, just email Erika ( to arrange.
A great way of gently encouraging your people to do that class they have been talking about!

St Luke’s Artist Colourmen

Every artist loves nothing more than receiving Art Materials for Christmas!

St. Luke’s have got the artist in your life covered. From Langridge Artist Colours Gift Sets, GOLDEN Artist Colors Gift Sets, to Easels and super stylish paint boxes, to journals and sketchbooks to die for and so much more. They also have Gift Vouchers- so your family can let you choose what you want for yourself!

PSSST… Did we mention the free arty giftwrapping?
OPEN MON- FRI 10-6pm and 10am-5pm Christmas Eve.
Reopening WED 4 JAN.


Stocking only the most stylish of gifts, homewares, clothing, interesting toys and games. If you love good design, beautiful arts and crafts, unique fashion and strong style (and who doesn’t?) then this is the store for you!

MON – THURS 10 – 5pm, FRI 10 – 5.30pm, SAT 10 – 5pm

Atelier Art Supplies

For all your holiday art project needs and other gift ideas head to Atelier Art Supplies in Williamstown. Or better yet avoid the Xmas madness and shop online!