Art Resources


Congratulations to our wonderful sponsor LANGRIDGE ARTIST COLOURS on their new website and upcoming exhibition CHROMATOPIA – a history of colour.

Welcome to Chromatopia, an exhibition on the history of colour.
Spanning thousands of of years, travel through the story of pigments and their incredible journeys from across the globe.
Tales of dragons & beetles, alchemy & poisons, slaves & pirates, from the ancient world to the present come alive in this exhibition on colour’s creation.
This voyage of discovery features pigments made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, bodily waste, crushed insects and predatory sea snails. Colours dug simply from the ground beneath us, others so expensive that only kings and popes could afford them.
Within the exhibition, see the living process of historical colour manufacture in action.
Also featured is the new world of strange modern colours that only reveal themselves when touched, are invisible in sunlight or shine in the dark.
Opening 6:30pm on the 31st of May and on display from the 1st to the 18th of June 2017.


How to prepare canvases and boards

We’re looking forward to the next workshop in our WHAT I WISH I LEARNED AT ART SCHOOL series!  HOW TO PREPARE CANVASES AND BOARDS with artist Merryn Trevethan is on June 17th, places are limited, and all profits are being donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Social Media for Artists

Our first WHAT I WISH I LEARNED AT ART SCHOOL WORKSHOP is this Saturday!  Join us to learn how to use social media as an artist, and how to make it work for you.  Places are limited, afternoon tea is included, book your place HERE.

All profits from this series of workshops are being donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Professional Development for artists

We’re so excited to launch this new series of Professional Development workshops for artists! Tell us what you want to learn and we’ll find an artist with expertise in that area!

Thank you so much to everyone that has sent us feedback so far. Some of the topics being covered in this series are:
– How to prepare canvases and boards
– Crowdfunding
– Bookkeeping
– Taxation for artists
– Artist websites
– How to host a successful exhibition
– Grants and residencies
– Artist Admin (CV, bio, artist statement, proposals and applications)
– Networking, prizes and pricing

Anything else you want to learn? Let us know!

The first workshop is SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ARTISTS on Saturday 20th May with Ilona Nelson.  Places are limited, please book your seat HERE.

Social Media for artists

SOCIAL MEDIA. Love it? Hate it? Want to learn more about how to use it? Come along to our Social Media workshop and learn how to make social media work for you as artists!

It’s on Saturday May 20th from 1pm, places are limited, please book your seat HERE.

And we’d love some feedback from you! Please send us your comments and let us know what you would like to learn about social media, and we’ll address it in the workshop!

Something to apply for

A couple of great things for artists to apply for –

Artists are invited to propose a work that is specific to Melbourne’s trams as a site for collective engagement throughout the city.  Expressions of interest are due May 22nd.  All the details and to apply HERE.

There is a new art prize for women artists!  Entries close June 29th.  All the details and to enter HERE.

What I Wished I Learned at Art School

We’re so excited to announce our new series of professional development workshops… WHAT I WISH I LEARNED AT ART SCHOOL!!  We’re going to cover all the important topics like grant writing, applying for residencies, how to host a successful exhibition and social media for artists.  BUT we want to hear from YOU!  What do you want to learn more about?  Please comment with your ideas and we’ll find the perfect artists with expertise in these areas to host the workshops.

We’re kicking off this series with SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ARTISTS hosted by artist Ilona Nelson on May 20th!


Marie Antoinette Inspired The Drawing Lab – Friday Night Life Drawing

the drawing lab

The Drawing Lab returns for our first session for 2017 on Friday 3rd February between 7-9.30pm. We loved the last Marie Antoinette themed session last year that we thought we’d do another one!!!


Accessible to all levels these fun and relaxed sessions will be a great way to end the week. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while drawing from two fantastic professional models in a wonderful large well lit, fully equipped studio. Participants will be free to explore and experiment with alternative methods, and less conventional approaches will definitely be encouraged.

Although these are untutored sessions, they will always be facilitated by a professional, experienced artist/teacher who is very happy to provide guidance if required.

Easels, large and small drawing boards, chairs, and tables are all provided.  Bring whatever materials you like or buy basic materials in the studio. It is likely to fill up fast so be sure to book online.

Our next session is Friday 3rd February
7.00 – 9.30pm

Coffee, tea and bickies are included. Wine or beer by gold coin donation.

Christmas Gift Guide: Art Room Vouchers

The Art Room Gift Voucher image

Give a friend, loved one or yourself a Gift Voucher for a class at The Art Room!

Available in any amount; just email Erika ( to arrange. This is a great way of gently encouraging your people to do that class they have been talking about.

View our Timetable for an idea of some of the amazing classes we have coming up in 2017 – there are more to be added soon too!