About Young Artists

The Art School

Every year, thousands of children enjoy visiting the Sydney Young Artists Art School to experience our art programs and classes, school holiday art workshops and themed art parties. Our carefully structured approach to education is designed to give students a rewarding art experience in a nurturing, creative and inspiring environment.

Young Artists educational art programs are designed by qualified educators who specialise in art education for children. We develop technical skills in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, collage, clay, sculpture, ceramic painting and glazing.

Our age appropriate programs and classes give students confidence by allowing them to experiment with a wide range of media.  We teach art terminology and help students recognise their own strengths and weaknesses as artists. Programs and classes also change from term to term, meaning students stay interested, and challenged. We aim to make our programs enjoyable for the children because they learn more when they enjoy what they are doing!

Young Artists is located in the Hills District of Sydney, NSW. Our professional, child friendly and light filled studio space is located in a safe area away from busy roads at Unit 43, 9 Hoyle Avenue, Castle Hill. There is parking at the front door.

All Young Artists teachers have had a working with children check.

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about Jane

(our School Principal and qualified art teacher)

Jane Blatchford was born into an artistic family in a small NSW country town.         
Her father was an art teacher early in his career and her aunt and uncle are both well recognised artists.

As a young child Jane was always making things under the guidance of her creative family.  By the age of 6 she was designing and making Barbie clothes and crocheting colourful cushions and blankets.  By 9 Jane was lucky enough to receive art tutoring from her talented aunt in the country town of Forbes.  It was at this time and with this positive encouragement that Jane discovered her love of art.  Jane remembers her own experience of growing confidence and pleasure in her creative skill, honed in these early years of art education.  It is this same experience that Jane aims to provide to her students.

Jane studied visual arts throughout high school, including her HSC.  By the age of 16 she was helping a local artist paint a mural on the façade of Muswellbrook’s Regional Arts Centre.

After school, she spent 4 years studying in Sydney at The City Art Institute, which is now known as The NSW College of Fine Arts (COFA). Jane completed her Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts and majored in drawing.

During her youth, Jane regularly visited her uncle’s art gallery in The Blue Mountains to see exhibitions of his work. He was also an art teacher and let her borrow many art reference books, which were vital to her studies in a time without the internet.

Jane has also studied portraiture and figure painting at the oldest running Art School in Australia, The Julian Ashton Art School. Even the easels she worked on there are heritage listed!

With over 30 years of experience teaching Visual Arts and Design and Technology, Jane has worked in both government and independent schools. Many of her students have gone on to tertiary studies, and she would like to believe, a lifetime enjoyment of art. Jane has predominately taught in secondary schools, but is experienced in teaching infants and primary school children, and operated an art studio prior to opening Young Artists.

Alongside teaching Jane started her hand painted giftware business, “JFB Designs” back in 1996.  JFB Designs produced painted glassware, coasters and jewellery boxes for 15 boutique shops throughout Sydney.  A number of these products have featured in home and decor magazines. The birth of three beautiful children meant life became too busy to continue this business.

While Jane has exhibited some of her artwork over the years, teaching children art has always been her key interest.  Now that her children are getting older, Jane hopes to spend more time painting.

Jane’s goal in life is to use constant positive reinforcement to encourage as many children as possible to continue with their art.  To quote Picasso;
“All children are born artists… the problem is to remain artists as they grow up.”  
Jane wants children to create art for pleasure without fear of criticism or judgement. Jane does not want children to be worried about grades – she wants to create future adults who love and enjoy the process of creation.

It is for this reason that Jane started upon this next stage in her artistic journey. It had been a dream of hers for many years to open the Young Artists Visual Arts School for kids and teens.  It finally happened on July the 12th, 2010.

The slogan “Joy Creating” says it all.  By enrolling your children at Young Artists, you are empowering Jane’s dreams and passion for art, and cultivating a similar attitude in the lives of your own family.

about Manjula

one of our qualified art teachers

Manjula Sri-Pathma has over 20 years of teaching experience, and is passionate about the visual arts and creativity.  Manjula has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts from the College of Fine Arts UNSW, and a Diploma in Teaching from the University of Sydney.  Manjula is experienced with a range of media and creative techniques, and holds a wide knowledge of art history and art criticism.  After exhibiting her paintings for a short period, she has dedicated her skills and creativity to teaching people of all ages.  As a visual arts teacher, Manjula enjoys the privilege of watching students develop their artistic skills as they age.  A number of her students have had artworks displayed in the prestigious annual Artexpress exhibition.

Manjula continues her pedagogical interests and is currently a University Practicum Supervisor with the Australian Catholic University (ACU), assessing new teachers’ application of teaching and learning practices. Manjula has a Diploma in Development Studies from Macquarie University and combines her passion for art with her humanitarian voluntary work.  She is a passionate mentor and volunteer in art workshops for under privileged women and children from many community groups.

about Karen

one of our illustrators

Karen Carter has been working in the book publishing industry as a graphic designer and illustrator for over 25 years.  During this time she has illustrated more than 35 books and designed many more.  Her initial training was at Randwick TAFE, participating in their prestigious Graphic Design and Illustration Program.  This program covered all aspects of design and typography as well as fine arts and photography.  Karen furthered her education with watercolour and life drawing classes under the guidance of a well-known artist.

Karen works predominantly in watercolour and acrylics, yet has been working increasingly on digital illustrations.  Karen has exhibited chalk pastel art works and has produced numerous commissions. She is in the process of working on her next exhibition of mixed media/acrylic pieces.

Prior to teaching at Young Artists, Karen taught after school art classes at a local primary school for over 10 years.  Karen loves working with children and emphasises fun and creativity whilst encouraging students to develop their own sense of style.  Positive reinforcement is always important in her classes.

Karen lives with her husband and three children, along with their dog Roxy and two curious cats!

about Dilara

one of our art teachers and artist

Dilara Niriella is a Sydney based artist and illustrator. Her artistic career was launched in 2016 when she won the Young Archies award. Seeing her work exhibited in the Art Gallery of New South Wales along side major Australian artists ignited a passion for painting and following a career in the arts. Following her Young Archies win, Dilara has exhibited in many competitions such as the Ravenswood Woman’s Art prize and the Mosman art prize and has also won the Mosman Youth Art Award. Dilara featured as a presenter on Channel 7’s Children’s art program “ Get Arty” for 3 seasons. She has also illustrated 4 published children’s books and one book of poetry.

Dilara is currently completing her honours year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree from The University of New South Wales. After completing her Bachelors study, Dilara aims to complete a Masters of Conservation in order to help fix, restore and preserve paintings for future generations to enjoy.

Dilara is an oil painter who predominantly works with still life and portraiture. Her style has a focus on realism and plays tribute to Masters of Baroque and Dutch golden age paintings.

Dilara was a student at Young Artists during primary school and credits the school with helping develop a solid foundation for art making. Teaching at Young Artists gives Dilara the opportunity to foster creativity and encourage her students, just like the many people who encouraged her when she was younger.

About Yvonne

one of our digital artists

Yvonne is an emerging artist, writer and performer, publishing under the pseudonym Devon Mer.

Yvonne is completing her Bachelors of Media Arts majoring in animation. Her coursework covered many digital art-making techniques including but not limited to digital illustration, visual development, photo-montage and life drawing. In 2018 she completed her Honours Research thesis on post-migratory cultural tensions and interdisciplinary art making. At her time at UNSW Art & Design, Yvonne has contributed to a number of organisations including the Framework experimental arts journal, Artsweek and is the president of the Life Drawing Society. In her spare time, Yvonne participates in various art and dance events around Sydney especially zine fairs and dance festivals.

Yvonne really enjoys teaching art especially for children. She finds inspiring creativity and developing artistic technique very rewarding and enriching for everyone involved. Alongside teaching at Young Artists, Yvonne is an exhibiting and freelance artist. Yvonne hopes to develop a teaching career alongside her artistic practice.

about Alex

one of our illustrators and a former student

Alex completed her HSC in 2016, with a focus on creative arts. She was awarded the highest accolade by the NSW Board of Studies for both her major works, with her Visual Arts artwork selected for ARTEXPRESS and her Costume Design project selected for OnSTAGE. These exhibitions showcase the works created by the top HSC students in the state from the Visual Arts and Drama disciplines.

Alex is currently pursuing a Diploma in Live Production at the Design Centre in Enmore. Here, she is furthering her studies in illustration, graphic design, special effects makeup and set production, allowing her to marry her love of illustration with her interests in movies, cosplay and costume design.

No stranger to Young Artists, Alex was a student here herself for over 5 years, and a Teacher’s Assistant for 4 years. She is well known and liked by many of the students.

In her spare time, Alex is also illustrating a children’s book series, and working on a number of commissioned illustration projects.

Alex holds a keen interest in the comic book genre, and is passionate about Manga and Anime.

She has gained popularity on her social media pages by her many likeminded followers. She is keen to share her passion with the students at Young Artists and give back to the community that has nurtured and supported her so well.

About Janine

one of our qualified art teachers

Janine Chapman is an experienced and passionate Visual Arts teacher who values every child’s unique qualities and abilities. She is dedicated to encouraging students to find their true creativity, reach their full potential, and enjoy the creative process. She loves working with children and watching them grow and develop their artistic skills and confidence.

Janine has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Education Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa where she majored in painting and drawing. She has over 18 years of Visual Arts teaching experience and has taught a range of different art forms from Kindergarten to Year 12 including sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, lino, etching and photography.  Janine is a NESSA accredited Visual Arts and English teacher and works at both Young Artists and a private school in the Hills district.

Janine came to Australia in 2014 with her family and loves all the amazing opportunities this country has to offer.  She spends her free time traveling to all the corners of Australia looking for unique and beautiful bird species to photograph. She loves the outdoors, hiking and camping and shares her home with her husband, 2 children, 3 chickens and two adorable dogs.

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The programs at Young Artists are written by qualified educators who specialise in art education for children. We aim to make our programs enjoyable for the children because they learn more when they enjoy what they are doing!

Young Artists is found in the Hills district of Sydney. Our professional light filled warehouse studio space is located at Unit 43, 9 Hoyle Avenue, Castle Hill NSW 2154.
There is parking at the front door.

“Happiness… it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”  Vincent van Gogh