the oily hinge of the doorless door,
open the door, there may be a breeze,
or even the Painters Eye to seize.
a life changing experience.
– Ellen Michel – pass-i-on,
teacher and artist

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What To Expect From Art Classes?

When you join painting classes at the Ellen Michel Art School, you will learn to embrace your rich artistic expression, cultivate your ability, build confidence, and gain knowledge of the time honoured tradition of oil painting.

You will cultivate the ‘eye of the painter’, a rich and rewarding experience, that stays with you, inspiring you to paint, to see a painting in a tree, a rock, a vase, an apple, a face, – you will decide. You will also decide which technique and colour palette you will use to render the expression of that visual story. In short the visual world becomes alive with detailed observation that inspires you to paint and you find you have the power to do so.

Whether you are looking for a short abbreviated glimpse of painting or wish to pursue a longer indepth study of painting, Ellen Michel Art School will accommodate you. Whatever your individual need, we make you welcome and embrace the opportunity to serve you. We work with you to design a program of painting suited to your goals and aspirations, guiding you to achieve your full potential.

  • Learn to develop a broad base of knowledge in Western art history, to not only enrich and empower an individually creative painting life but deepen the understanding of the connection between the making of art, social, political, philosophic and historical viewpoints. This rich diverse history provides a vital link to contemporary painting and a vehicle to imbue the student with a sense of ‘what it is to be an art maker in the past while being in the present’.
  • Learn to develop skills in oil painting with step by step techniques for application of paint, colour theory and principals of composition within the discipline of Western art history with reference to Eastern art disciplines such as Zen. At Ellen Michel Art School, there is no prerequisite for students to have prior knowledge of painting or drawing skills to be accepted into the studio.

Teacher and working artist, Ellen Michel has pass-i-on as her mantra and gives candid insights into the process of creating. Working in the studio with personal consultation Ellen openingly discusses with her students the experience and the inner workings of the practising artist.  Visit my ART SHOP to enrol online.


Artist Ellen Michel Quote 'I teach the student to see.', Ellen Michel Art School, Melbourne Australia.


READ what art student Jay says about Ellen Michel

I am fortunate to have found Ellen Michel, the artist, as my art teacher and that also later in my life when I received a redundancy payment and had some free time to indulge in a hobby. I have to thank Ellen for instilling in me the confidence to call myself an artist and now I am like a ‘runaway train’ when it comes to oil painting. Rather than collecting paintings, I now paint my own. I also enjoyed the time spent in her art classes mingling with a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life.

Any painting is not complete without a description of the artist. Ellen deserves the recognition as an accomplished artist and a creative soul of incredible talent because of the colours she brings to life and the meaning it adds to the canvas. She is a consummate artist and a person of passion, integrity and generosity, not forgetting  interesting when you indulge in a conversation with her.  Ellen is above all a wise and caring human being.  As a tonal specialist, Ellen teaches her students including me, to “see” and to just let go.

Art is a mirror to your soul and the depth and intensity Ellen adds to her paintings is wonderful to see and there is unparalleled beauty when you look at it intensely. She brings colours and shadows to life in her paintings which is something you can’t miss.  She is also an ardent poet who expresses her gift in her words besides her paintings.  I am also struck by her words I am mostly fascinated with the idea of the painter being an instrument, whose work reveals something universal, something that touches what it is to be human.”

I was fortunate to have my children gift me on my birthday with a painting done by Ellen titled Wildflowers.  It has a special place on the wall in my home. Ellen captures the essence of life in her paintings whether it is the Pilbara Dreaming, Peach Blossom  and scenes from across the world which she captures in her travels like her My Moroccan Caravan, Alhambra, Verona Morning or Under the Banyan Tree.  Art is a manifestation of our feelings of the world we live in, the people we encounter and the lives we cross paths with and Ellen’s art epitomizes that.

It is a privilege for me to be Ellen’s friend.

On the website

Ellen’s website is easy to navigate. It bespeaks of joy and the contemporary times and is very informative in an interesting way. With one click you can enroll in her classes, purchase her paintings or just browse around. It also introduces a lot of topics like Poetry, Art Therapy.  It is also a user friendly site where you can view all her beautiful paintings.


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       Student at work in Art Class at Heidelberg Studio, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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