9 Art Classes That Won't Break the Bank

Words: Julia Howland

Whether you're a pro or just always wanted to take an art class (but didn't want to shell out heaps of $$$), we've got you covered.

Here is a list of some budget-friendly art classes to keep you busy this summer and get that creativity flowing.


Fitzroy Painting

Studio 18A, 236-248 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

$120 - $240

Offering short courses in oil painting for beginner and advanced students. Plus 10% discount at local art supply stores!



Melbourne Studio of Art

544 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick

$75 - $895

One-off workshops and 8-week intensives available at this highly regarded studio. Painting, life drawing & much more on offer.


The Art Room

91 Moreland Road, Footscray

$20 - $515

Photography, drawing & painting classes are just the beginning at the Art Room.





195 Argyle Street, Fitzroy

Starting at $30

From hip hop hula hooping to business finance, these guys have covered all facets of life. And they are constantly adding more courses.


Laneway Learning

Various venues around Melbourne

Starting at $14

Learn how to make Samosas or create woodcut prints. The choice is your's!



Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

$20 - $300

Casual classes and courses available. Plus writing workshops for the novelist in you.


Northcote Pottery

142-144 Weston Street, Brunswick East

$50 - $350

Courses and workshops available that use porcelain, ceramic and the wheel to fine tune that inner potter.


Gasworks Arts Park

21 Graham Street, Albert Park

Starting at $35

Another gem of all things creative and life-affirming, you can take drawing classes while learning how to create a less stressful existence.


Centre for Contemporary Photography

404 George Street

$395 +

Ok ok, this one isn't exactly the CHEAPEST, but we can put our personal approval on CCP. They have created Masterclasses that will benefit even the most experienced photographer. Plus they have free artists talks, lectures and an always impressive gallery.




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