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Oil Painting Classes with leading Melbourne Art Teacher and Practicing Artist
Australian NDIS Students welcome

Ellen Michel Art School


Oil painting classes with Master Art Teacher and celebrated artist Ellen Michel

Ellen Michel Art School is a place to find your creativity and artistic expression. 

Explore classical training in oil painting.

Learn how to cultivate the ‘eye of the painter’ and see a painting in a tree, a rock, a vase, an apple, a face…

Paint life as you see it and experience it 

In the Art Studio...

Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced
Students are welcome! 

The Ellen Michel School is a vibrant art school dedicated to supporting students to pursue their individual art interests, passions, and 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, and Impressionism.

Beginners can learn to paint without drawing skills.  Intermediate students achieve and develop more sophisticated techniques.  Advanced students will improve skills and critical analysis.

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Hue On Sam

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!!!



I was so happy when I found Ellen Michel for my painting teacher. Her enthusiastic passion for teaching and practice of oil painting makes her the perfect painting teacher. When I first came across Ellen’s website I was drawn to her vast experience in teaching and her beautiful paintings with their many styles. I was very much a beginner when I joined Ellen’s Oil Painting classes but I quickly gained confidence. With Ellen’s guidance and patience, clarity of instruction, in a step by step process, I built knowledge in all aspects of oil painting.
I have no hesitation in recommending anyone who has even the faintest desire to be an oil painting artist. It’s the best thing I have ever done. …….Betty S.


Courtney King

“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 gauge 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.”

Contact Us

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206 Cape Street, Heidelberg

VIC 3084,Australia

+61 (0) 418 504 811


In the spirit of reconciliation and deep gratitude, Ellen Michel School of Art, acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as traditional custodians of the land on which we reside, and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.  We extend respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait people throughout Australia.