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Visual Art Classes for Kids & Teens in Newcastle

Welcome to The Hive Art School!

A vibrant community of qualified and experienced practicing artists who are passionate about inspiring children and teens to connect with their inner creativity whilst developing skill and talent in drawing, painting & sculpture.  Our creative art classes for children & teens in Newcastle region are located in Charlestown and offer a variety of age groups and art styles.

Our Programs 

7-16 years

Illustration

An art illustrators class specifically designed for children and teens who are interested in learning to draw in both modern and traditional illustration styles, including Fantasy and Cartoon. The program teaches students drawing and painting techniques whilst also developing basic and fundamental skills that can be applied to all areas of art. Developing and designing a Character is included in our projects, giving students creative freedom to use their imaginations whilst being guided through drawing techniques. Our art classes for children & teens are located at our studio in Charlestown, Newcastle.

The timetable offers availability in illustration classes divided into:
Illustration Jr (7-9 year olds)
Illustration Jr (8-12 year olds)

Illustration Snr (11-16 year olds)

Projects vary for the two age groups, and art projects for each specific term can be viewed below.

View Current Projects

No experience necessary.

Class Location:
All Art classes are held at our studio in Charlestown, Newcastle. 

Class Duration:
1hr

Class Fee:
$29.50/class ($295/10 week term)
Payment can be made upfront or monthly payment plan.

Makeups:
Illustration students can take advantage of 2 makeup classes per term. Notify your absence no less than 2 hrs before your class (via the Client Portal) to receive a makeup token. Makeups have no expiry, however may only be accessed while you are enrolled.

8-16 Years

Art Club

Refine Skills and Express Yourself! Art Club Classes are the perfect fit for children and teens who are keen to gain more confidence in their abilities and individual self expression, expanding emotional intelligence through creativity. Our program focuses on refining art skills in drawing, sculpture, composition, colour mixing, acrylic painting and more, building greater depth in artworks through multiple layers. Students remain focused on a single project over multiple weeks to extend their skills.

While Art Club does cater to a wide age range of children and teens, the timetable offers availability in art classes divided into:
Art Club Jr (8-12 year olds)
Art Club Snr (11-16 year olds)

Projects vary for the two age groups, and art projects for each specific term can be viewed below.

View Current Projects

No experience necessary.

Class Location:

All Art classes are held at our studio in Charlestown, Newcastle. 

Class Duration:
Art Club Jr: 1hr
Art Clun Snr: 1.5hr

Class Fee:
Art Club Jr: $29.5/class ($295/10 week term)
Art Club Snr: $35/class ($350/10 week term)
Payment can be made upfront or monthly payment plan.

Makeups:
Art Club students can take advantage of 2 makeup classes per term. Notify your absence no less than 2 hrs before your class (via the Client Portal) to receive a makeup token. Makeups have no expiry, however may only be accessed while you are enrolled.

5-7 years

Art Buzz

The Art Buzz Class meets children right at that inquisitive creative stage of life and takes them further in developing real art skills in drawing, painting and sculpting.

Each term the program focuses on a number of different artist and learning their techniques. This expands students creative intelligence and ideas about ‘what art is’. It also gives them the opportunity to use and experiment with a variety of mediums.
Each class also has a drawing focus to ensure a development of the basic elements and principles of art.  Art projects typically run over 2 weeks per project, enabling children to gain a wide variety of art experience each term.

Projects vary for the two age groups, and art projects for each specific term can be viewed below.

View Current Projects

No experience necessary.

Class Location:
All Art classes are held at our studio in Charlestown, Newcastle. 

Class Duration:
1hr

Class Fee:
$29.50/class ($295/10 week term)
Payment can be made upfront or monthly payment plan.

Makeups:
Art Buzz students can take advantage of 2 makeup classes per term. Notify your absence no less than 2 hrs before your class (via the Client Portal) to receive a makeup token. Makeups have no expiry, however may only be accessed while you are enrolled.

10-16 Years

Art Academy

Our Art Academy classes offer select students intensive training in more advanced art skills whilst further extending their creative capabilities. This two hour extension class is perfect for students who want to take their art to the next level. Classes are limited to 8 students for more personalised feedback and detailed instruction.

Each term will focus on a specific theme and students will be exposed to a variety of art making processes and technical skills within that theme. They will complete a sophisticated body of work at the end of each term as well as a visual process diary. The Art Academy class is for children & teens aged 10 to 16.

Enrolments are by application only. Please fill in the form below to express your interest in the Art Academy class.

Experience Necessary.

Class Location:
All Art classes are held at our studio in Charlestown, Newcastle. 

Class Duration:
2 hr

Class Fee:
Art Club Jr: $42/class ($420/10 week term)
Payment can be made upfront or monthly payment plan.

Learn From Industry Professionals! 

Grace Lickley | Bach. Natural History Illustration

Grace is a passionate writer, artist and graduate of a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration...

Grace is a passionate writer, artist and graduate of a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration from the University of Newcastle. Grace specialises in both digital and traditional drawing methods and has a profound love for watercolour. She also works with acrylic, polymer clay and fine liner. She has been recognised by the National Art School in Sydney where she was accepted into their Intensive Studio Program specialising in Life Drawing and has participated in multiple exhibitions.

Grace has extensive experience working with children and has taught at both primary and high school levels. She is incredibly passionate about encouraging kids to discover their creativity and develop their artistic skills.

Hannah Simonovich | Bach. Fine Art

Hannah is a contemporary abstract artist who has been painting for over ten years...

Hannah is a contemporary abstract artist who has been painting for over ten years. She obtained a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Newcastle where she graduated with a double major in painting and photography. 

Since graduating Hannah has dedicated her time to her art making practice where she has been a part of numerous solo and group exhibitions. Hannah has also worked as a freelance photographer, conducted art lessons for primary and pre-school aged children and worked in the Interior Design Industry. 

Predominantly working with oil on canvas, Hannah paints intuitively by drawing on memory of the natural world to create abstract landscapes. She is inspired by the emotive quality of colour and the environment. 

Melody Suranyi | Bach. Visual Communication

Melody is a professional artist and muralist with a passion for teaching and encouraging the next generation...

Melody is a professional artist and muralist with a passion for teaching and encouraging the next generation. After graduating with distinction from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design, Melody joined an art studio where she runs her business selling paintings and creating murals. She teaches backed by a wealth of industry experience in both teaching and art making.

Specialising in painting and lino printing, Melody has been involved in many group and solo exhibitions and currently has her work for sale all over Australia. Her murals can be spotted across Newcastle inside local businesses and in public spaces.
Lee Seaman | Dip. Graphic Design

Lee is an Artist and Designer with a Diploma in Graphic Design...

Lee is an Artist and Designer with a Diploma in Graphic Design.

She finds inspiration for her art/design from all facets of life but mostly from the sheer beauty of kids and my fondness for all things that are colourful, fresh and fun. I am beyond passionate in helping the next generation of little humans find their creative spark by providing them the tools to create projects that push their capabilities so they are continually growing and developing.

Lee loves to create art and design that’s accessible for children and brings joy to the art-making process.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ”
Maya Angelou

Current Projects

ILLUSTRATION
JR (7-9 Yrs) JR (8-12 Yrs) SNR (11-16 Yrs)

Term 3, 2024

Students will create their very own fantasy book set in the mysterious and undiscovered Enchanted Forest. Students will come up with their own character and design a mythical creature to help guide them through the forest.

Students will be guided through professional illustration processes that are used within the industry to develop a fully conceptualised character and storyline. Students will enhance their technical skills in cartoon and character design as well as watercolour and fine liner methods.

Character concept sheet.
Students will their own character to feature in their book. Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing human cartoons that they are able to replicate in different situations with varying facial expressions.

Storyboard.
Students will create a storyboard that outlines each page in their book, exposing them to the professional processes involved in book illustration.
Book.
Students will create their own book complete with a title page and a map of their island and will illustrate the pages using watercolour and fine liner.

ART CLUB
JR (8-12 Yrs) SNR (11-16 Yrs)

Term 3, 2024

Project 1: Botanical watercolour painting.
Students will develop their watercolour painting technique in this tropical botanical artwork.

Project 2: Watercolour and fine liner chameleon
This project involves looking closely at depicting detail and tone using fine liner pens. Students will then get the chance to further develop their watercolour technique.
Project 3: Paper clay chameleon
Using paper clay, students will study sculpture making techniques and will be looking closely at form, shape and texture which are fundamental to all art making practices.
Project 4: Cubism inspired guitar acrylic painting
Students will study the art movement ‘cubism’ and artists such as Picasso and Braque. Students will use acrylic paint to make various geometrical shapes to depict a guitar whilst exploring monochromatic and complimentary colour schemes.
Project 5: Polymer clay bird
Students get the opportunity to work with polymer clay and explore 3D elements of art whilst also further enhancing their fine motor skills.

ART BUZZ

Term 3, 2024

Project 1: Fox Watercolour
This project will expose students to basic drawing skills needed to create any artwork. They will also be exploring the basic principles of watercolour painting and colour theory.

Project 2: Hedgehog polymer clay scene
Students get the opportunity to work with polymer clay and explore 3D elements of art whilst also further enhancing fine motor skills. They will complete a series of miniature sculptures that sit on top of a moss-covered wood slice.
Project 3: Acrylic polar bear
Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and techniques involved in acrylic painting and colour mixing.
Project 4: Polymer clay penguin
Creating a polymer clay Penguin, students will be able to strengthen their understanding of form, shape and proportion which are integral to all forms of art making. 
Project 5: Mixed media city scape
Using the drawing and painting skills learnt throughout the term students will design their own town. We will be experimenting with other art mediums including oil pastel and markers to give students the opportunity to discover different methods of drawing helping them to discover new ways to enjoy art at home. This project engages students’ imagination and exposes them to concepts of composition and visual storytelling.