Taking a class at Montsalvat is a great way to get involved with the artists. Montsalvat is an inspirational and creatively stimulating environment for artists of all stages and all ages. Most classes are open to beginners and advanced students. 



Clay Talk runs ceramics courses over eight weeks. Students can learn wheel throwing and handbuilding in the spacious and beautifully designed ceramics studio. Weekend and weekday morning or evening classes are available for clay lovers of all skill levels.

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Jewellery Classes are held all year round in Jeanette Dyke’s gorgeous poolside studio, with tranquil water and wisteria views to inspire your creativity and Master Craftswoman Jeanette Dyke to engage you in learning your new skill.

Jeanette trained at the Royal College of Art in London and has been passionate about designing and making for over 30 years. She offers a relaxed and nurturing environment for all students, from complete beginner to advanced student.

Both group classes and private classes are available in all aspects of silver jewellery making from rings, pendants, stone setting, soldering, silversmithing and all aspects of running your own business.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 5 students so that Jeanette can give you lots of attention in order to learn your new craft.

For more information please refer to Jeanette's website at:

Contact Jeanette on: or 0403 852 444

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Katie Roberts is an artist with extensive life drawing and teaching experience; she majored in Drawing at RMIT under Godwin Bradbeer, where she completed her Masters in Fine Art in 2006. Since then she has undertaken a long-term project to map the Yarra River, it’s catchment and history, culminating in a major exhibition at Montsalvat in 2010. She started and ran Synergy Gallery, a community contemporary art space in Northcote in 2001, through which she gained extensive experience supporting and mentoring hundreds of artists over a ten year period. Much of her practice consists of large-scale drawings, although her work transcends the disciplines. Since 2011 Katie has taught a range of drawing and art classes, including a popular tutored life drawing class. Her teaching style is engaging and encouraging, balancing technical skills with freedom to experiment.

During these relaxing sessions Katie will provide guided facilitation and structure, and will be available for advice and tuition, tailored to both beginners and accomplished artists.

To view some of Katie's work, CLICK HERE

Barn Gallery, every Tuesday evening from 9th October - 11th December, 7pm - 9.30pm

$25 Casual class
$200 Full term (10 sessions)

Please Note: The charge for these sessions covers the model and use of the space - Materials not included. We recommend bringing paper, charcoal, pencils, kneadable erasers and a surface to lean on

Bookings essential as places are limited
To book, please call Montsalvat on (03) 9439 7712


Angela holds oil painting classes from 9.30am to 12 noon on Wednesdays at Montsalvat. Angela provides individual tuition in a group setting and beginners to more experienced students are welcome. Still life, figure and landscape are covered. 

For more information, call Angela on (03) 9509 0358 

Oil Painting with Don James

Don has been teaching oil painting for more than twenty years and bases his methods on the tonal realist school centered around Max Meldrum.

He teaches the discipline of painting from seeing to the final application of paint, as well as the use and care of equipment and materials. Still life and landscape are covered, with beginners to advanced students welcome. Eight week terms run concurrent with school terms.

See Don’s biography

For more information, call Don on (03) 9459 4586 or 0427 300 675


David teaches oil painting classes at Montsalvat in the morning, afternoon and evening. Advanced students and beginners are welcome. Tuition is based upon still life and the figure. David’s teaching concentrates on giving students a thorough training in oil painting and studio practices. 

See David’s biography

For more information, call David on 0412 568 441

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Youth Art Classes with Kate Belvedere

Montsalvat studio artist Kate Belvedere is running youth art classes designed to develop technical skills and conceptual frameworks. Come to Montsalvat and develop your creativity in a casual, friendly environment! Class times available after school and on weekends. Short courses and casual classes available for VCE art folio prep. 
Class sizes are small (maximum of five students) to ensure that your child is receiving lots of considered feedback and attention. Classes are $250 per school term, and follow school term dates.

Get in contact with Kate on 0423 265 007
or for further details and to book a class! 

11-16 years old
Wednesday 6-7.30pm
Thursdays 4:30-6pm
Saturdays 2.30-3.30pm

6-10 years old
Tuesdays 4:30-6pm
Wednesdays 4-5:30pm
Saturdays 10-12pm & 12.30-2pm