Anne Ham, Principal of ArtAbility, has been a resident of Hervey Bay, Queensland since 2001, and is an experienced Visual Art teacher who holds current registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. She has developed and taught programmes in Visual Art for over 25 years in both Primary and Secondary schools on the Gold Coast and in Hervey Bay and founded ArtAbility in May 2011.
Come along, participate, learn, grow, enjoy and have fun!
ArtAbility provides a unique service to the community catering to all age levels and media preferences. As a teacher of both Primary and Secondary school students for many years, I realise that we all learn differently. Each of us has been uniquely crafted and we are all wired in our own special way with giftings and abilities like no-one else. Each of us comes to class with different expectations, and maybe even some fears and insecurities. The ArtAbility Studio is a safe place, set in a quiet, tranquil environment where you and your children will be nurtured to engage creativity, celebrate colour, and produce amazing artwork.
I endeavour to engage each child every week with exciting Visual Art lessons. Each lesson will be different from the preceding lesson and no child will ever repeat a lesson or a workshop. Material is channelled to the age and ability level of the child with sufficient scaffolding provided for each child to succeed. Children who attend classes over any length of time will acquire skills and knowledge which is built on to ensure progress. Confidence grows as children see their own successes. With Visual Art being progressively squeezed out of school curricula and the prevalence in our society of ‘push-button’ technology, it is essential that children engage their creativity before they become too self-conscious to express themselves in this way. ArtAbility classes complement school programmes and give children the opportunity for fun and friendship without fear of competition.
Adult classes and work-shops cater for all ability levels from absolute beginners, to practising artists. Most of my adult students come because they wish to put some creativity back into their lives and to de-stress from their busy work-a-day worlds. Many have not done any Art since leaving school. Others come for guidance in product, technique and style. Every lesson and workshop is structured in a way which ensures that you have something worthwhile to take home. You will be exposed to many different mediums and ways of working. It is never my desire to make ‘artistic clones’ of anyone. Coming from a school teaching back-ground, I have had to be proficient in all aspects of Visual Art. I am therefore happy to teach across the gamut - drawing, water-colour, acrylics, oil painting, pastels, ceramics, print-making, mixed-media and more. I am also constantly learning, and eager to pass on to you what I discover.
Term-time Classes focus each term on a different medium (e.g. Water-colour, Acrylics, Oils, Drawing, Print-Making, Mixed-Media). Curriculum for each new term is generally determined by consensus of opinion of the students currently enrolled. Most students are happy to try out whatever is on offer at any one time. Each new technique and skill you learn, builds on previous knowledge and you will find that you are constantly able to add new things to your own personal ‘library’ of proficiencies. Terms consist of nine two hour lessons with a refreshment break half-way through our time together. There is always beautiful music, good friendships, stimulating conversation and lots of laughter. Every day is a new adventure into the world of art-making.
Holiday Work-shops offer you an opportunity to come for a full day and be immersed in a project for the day. These days are fully catered and (almost) all the supplies you will need for the day are included in the fee (canvasses, if needed, will be extra). You need to book for these workshops as soon as they are posted, as places fill fast. Every holiday there will be up to 4 different topics offered and these will vary every School Holidays. Come along for an all-inclusive, fully-catered, Art experience featuring Art-making, great company, beautiful music and fine fresh food. All work-shops are self-contained and are suitable both for beginners and more advanced artists. Professional Development Certificates are available and you may find the cost of these workshops tax-deductable for teachers and other professionals.
With 26 years' experience, Anne Ham knows a thing or two about art.
Thanks so much for today, everyone is just buzzing. Good to have your expertise!J.
L. just loves coming to art. You are an inspiration to her. Thank you.K.
Many thanks for the opportunity for O. to do some extra Art this term – he has really enjoyed it and we have been delighted with his creations each week.R.