An Online and Studio Art School for the complete beginner or the experienced artist.

Paint Life as you see it and experience it…

Join Online Art ClassesMeet Artist and Art Teacher Ellen Michel

Courtney King paints ‘The Wizard of Oz’
(See what Courtney says about Ellen Michel Online Art School here)

Hue On Sam paints ‘My Grandmother’
(See what Hue On says about Ellen Michel Online Art School here)



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About Ellen’s  Art School

A place to embrace your rich artistic expression, cultivate your ability, build confidence and gain knowledge of the time honoured tradition of oil painting. A place where  you will cultivate the ‘eye of the painter’, a rich and rewarding experience, that stays with you, inspires you to paint – you will see a painting in a tree, a rock, a vase, an apple, a face… Paint life as you see it and experience it…

Hue On Sam enjoying an online art class at home

Online Student Hester paints  ‘Cockatoo’

Online Student at work – Melanie

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Classes with Ellen!

The Ellen Michel School of Painting is a vibrant art school dedicated to the time honoured tradition of oil painting and supporting students to pursue their individual art interest, passions, techniques.

Be inspired by your teacher as a working artist, your peers in a congenial environment, develop your distinctive style of painting and learn to paint from life – Still Life – Landscape-Florals – Portraiture – Realism – Impressionism

While the school is most interested in giving students a passion for the craft of painting, there is a strong emphasis on and reference to Western Art History.

Develop a richer appreciation and love of life through your artistic expression.

Learn foundational techniques and principals of the Masters in Western Art History.

Beginners can learn to paint without drawing skills.

Advanced students achieve and develop more sophisticated techniques.

Advanced students will improve skills and critical analysis.

Student Artist paints a still Life

Online Art Classes

Courtney paints a teapot

Creativity is a human right because it’s a human  need

Ellen Michel


An Artist At Work

‘Sunflowers’ by Ellen

Be an Online Student and learn the time-honoured tradition of oil painting

Art classes that embrace your artistic expression, cultivate your unique abilities and build your confidence! All beginners, intermediate to advanced students welcomed!

MONSALVAT DAM MONSALVAT DAM. The Dam at Montsalvat, Eltham, Victoria, Australia is more like a reflective lake and provides the visitor with an opportunity to relax, listen and observe nature.


Taking an online class outdoors


Who is Ellen Michel?

Learn to paint from celebrated working artist and art teacher with over 40 years experience.

Happy Students

“Not only are Ellen’s classes informative and productive, but they are also extremely enjoyable. In a short period of time my skills and techniques dramatically improved. Ellen’s infectious enthusiasm has given me the drive to continue painting.”


“Ellen is an amazing, insightful artist and teacher who has the ability to inspire budding artists through her love of art and life. Her classes not only teach you painting techniques and how to create your own masterpiece, but also give you an understanding and appreciation of art history.”

Claire Farrell

“Ellen you have been an inspiration to me since joining your classes. Even during this ISO you have made it possible for your students to do online classes to keep everyone going with such a wonderful craft. You put a lot of passion and compassion into your work and to your students.”

Linda Franklin

“I really enjoy the art classes delivered by Ellen. She is a good and nice teacher, very patient and knowledgeable in guiding me in every step from the beginning. I do not know much about art, techniques or any historical artists, and after I took her class (it is my 2nd session at the moment), I gradually develop understanding about my style and techniques. And more importantly, Ellen inspires me to keep learning about it! Highly recommended the online class!!!”

Hue On Sam

“Ellen is a phenomenal teacher- right from the start her approach teaches you a clear, simple yet effective approach to painting. She is able to gage everyone’s individual needs and adapts her feedback/guidance accordingly. The art school is a lovely venue with a beautiful garden and studio space, with enough room for multiple students. I have grown tremendously since painting with Ellen and look forward to many more years.”

Courtney King

“Learning art with Ellen has been a rewarding and magical experience. As a painter she is absolutely brilliant when working the paint. As a teacher she is learned and patient. She is energetic, lively and always optimistic. I recommend art with Ellen to anyone, even someone with no experience in oils. She will turn you into the new Monet, Manet or Van Gogh.”


"Ellen,Your website is amazing and a thankyou for sharing your knowledge. You will inspire everyone who reads your articles.

I had a chuckle to myself when I saw your article about the size 0 and 00 brushes - I can still see you telling the elderly man in our class about 30 years ago to stop using the small brush & you used to sound so exasperated with him as he continued to paint small, detailed people into his tonal paintings with his small brush! Its a beautiful website and you look so gorgeous in the picture - full of vitality and passion - good luck with it all, I'm sure it will be a great success & you will definitely inspire people as you have done with me"

Kerryn Doig (Each tone so affects its neighbour so as to make its neighbour appear lighter......not sure thats quite it!!!!)

"I have been a student at Ellen Michel Art School for just over 18 months. When I began I had very little experience in oil painting, the last time I had picked up a brush was almost 20 years before in high school.

I mentioned to my husband that I'd like to start oil painting classes, he knew that I was nervous about getting started and that I would like a more personal and welcome environment. He found Ellen Michel Art School online and after speaking to Ellen realised he had found the perfect school for me. Ellen's teaching methods, friendly approach and encouragement gave me confidence from my very first class. I left with a sense of accomplishment and amazed at what I had produced in one class.

Thanks to Ellen I have produced a number of paintings that I am proud of and gained skills that I didn't think I was capable of. I have also met a wonderful group of people who I look forward to seeing each week.

Thank you Ellen, for re-igniting my passion in art, for giving me the techniques and skills to create paintings I am proud of, and for continually improving my skills at each class. I look forward to your classes and to painting for many years to come.

Lisa xo

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