We've all had that look of frustration and determination when producing art. Niamh, our painting studio student has done a fabulous job painting our stone cast completely from life! Well done, so proud of you putting in all the hours in this piece. She has learnt so much from this experience and I'm looking forward [...]
Extremely grateful to artist Eolo Paul Bottaro for taking the time to talk to our Folio Prep students about his Titian Project at the Essendon Fields. Great educational experience to see the process from idea; research; developmental sketches; frame and now form. Students were also fortunate to meet prominent and renowned sculptor Peter Corlett and [...]
So wonderful to see our Junior tackling a difficult subject as the stone bust of the Greek Mythological King Agamemnon. Students started with sketches in pencil and moved towards a tonal study in charcoal. I think more got on their faces and hands than the paper! History: In The Iliad, Agamemnon was the commander of the Greek [...]
The BP Portrait Award is an annual portraiture competition held in the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. I am pleased to be informed that my portrait of Taane has been selected for the second round judging .The painting is now on its way abroad! Fingers crossed :)
What a great start to the new year. We welcome back past students and greet new students to the studio. All our junior classes are now at maximum capacity as I like to keep the number at 10 per class, allowing more one on one time with students. I've always been one for quality rather [...]
A big thank you to all those who came today and all my students at The studio. Thanks to the Mandalos clan for cooking the delicious spit. It was a joy teaching you all this year and seeing your creativity and skills in art making evolve. Each year I give Rings Rd achievement awards and [...]
Congratulations to our Folio Prep students who were accepted into VCASS for their final years of high school. We are very proud of your hard work and commitment. VCASS only accepts 20 students per year, 10 females and 10 males. 8 of our female students are part of this group. Congratulations and we wish them [...]
Congratulations once again to Effie for being selected as a semi finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait prize with the portrait of her son Taane. A beautiful and soulful portrait, well done.
Congratulations to Effie Mandalos who has been selected as one of the finalist in the Portia Geach National Portrait Prize. Her portrait is of Ciaran Daley a professional mixed martial art fighter. The Award is Australia's most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists.
Congratulations to Effie who has been selected as one of the finalist in the 2018 John Leslie Art Prize with her seascape, 'The Invitation". The John Leslie Prize is one of Australia's most prestigious and valuable prizes in landscape painting. Well done.