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Artist Journal Making

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This 4 week course for adults is an introduction to art practices that many artists use to fuel their imagination and boost the quality and quantity of artistic output. You will learn the importance of keeping your own visual ideas through journaling and sketchbooks. Develop your confidence by becoming more familiar with your own visual expression and expand your curiosity through creative practices.

In the first lesson you will complete your own hand made personal artist book that you can develop and add to throughout the four week course. You will experiment with a variety of papers qualities and learn to identify the papers that you prefer for the specific materials and outcomes. Learn to observe and explore techniques with a variety of mixed media including pencil, acrylic paint, inks and watercolour paints. This course is designed to help you identify the techniques that open new pathways for your own personal creative flow.  The course is designed to suit students with all skill levels, even beginners, as well as students who have recently completed our Writing and Illustrating a Children's Picture Book Course and would like to further expand their knowledge of art practice.  All materials are included with the course.

About our presenter and facilitator:

The course is presented and facilitated by established children's book author and illustrator, Anne Ryan.  Holding a qualification in Diploma of Illustration, Anne has taught across all levels of education from early childhood to tertiary programs. 

Anne's list of published books include, ‘Sybil Investigates’ and ‘Sybil TV Journalist‘ ( Black Dog Books) written by Carole Wilkinson, "Unforeseen Circumstances" (Lothian Books), in which she wrote and illustrated, and "Shadowcat" written by Julia Louise. 

Anne has just returned from the second year in a row from the International Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy where she worked on the creator’s table as an illustrator, showcasing her latest works at the Australian Stand.

Topics covered in this course:

Journaling and visual diary processes

Creating an artist book

Explore paper qualities

Explore colour through a variety of mediums including pencil, coloured inks and acrylic paints

Explore texture and mixed media techniques

Personal development of artistic themes, developing creative processes

Observing and Responding to visual expression

Editing and reviewing personal expression

Collaborative feedback/responding of shared work in a supportive environment

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What you will learn
  • Explore and expand your artistic curiosity through hands on art practice
  • Learn how to develop artistic themes and creative process
  • Experiment with colours through a variety of art mediums
What you will get
  • Your very own handmade visual journal
  • All materials are included with the course
  • Learn from published children's book author and illustrator, Anne Ryan.

What to bring
  • All materials are included with the course
What to wear


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Malvern School of Art

Vendor since 2016

Malvern School of Art  offers established  visual art programs in Creative Drawing, Illustration and Sculpture, with classes catering to children, teens and adults .  Our boutique art school is located in a spacious, light-filled  mid-century building along the vibrant thoroughfare of Glenferrie Road.  We base our teaching on the individual development and skills of each student in a structured yet flexible art curriculum that is transformative and progressive. Through the engaging and resourceful teaching methods,  students  fully explore and express their own artistic creativity, skills and style to realise each of their full potential.

Malvern School of Art is owned and facilitated by award winning children's book author and illustrator, 

Tull Suwannakitr (

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Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Malvern School of Art or organised by Malvern School of Art must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Malvern School of Art.


I agree to give Malvern School of Art unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Malvern School of Art classes and events or on Malvern School of Art's premises. (For use of Malvern School of Art marketing materials).


Malvern School of Art requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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Terms & Conditions

Malvern School of Art requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Malvern School of Art to organise a refund or transfer

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01 September 2018 • Artist Journal Making

I loved this course - it was great to be encouraged out of our standard routines and sometimes stuck selves. I learnt so much in four short weeks - I really recommend this course highly. Anne Ryan is an expert, generous and also fun - and Tull's space is so inviting and well-appointed.