Rose Skinner is the founder and Creative Director of The School of Contemporary Art. With over fifteen years of experience working in the creative industries Roses bubblegum aesthetic and imaginative narratives have resonated with children and adults alike. Rose has exhibited widely across Australia and abroad in galleries, festivals, and exhibition spaces. Rose's particular style and lowbrow approach to children's art education allows for creative learning through directed experimentation, technical skills development and play.
Mariaan is a textile artist and fashion designer with a Bachelor of Arts (Textiles) and an Advanced Diploma in Fashion and Textile Design. She has worked for Perth label Garbage TV and Danish designer Henrik Vibskov. After returning from a textile residency in Iceland she is currently focused on her textile art practice, exhibiting locally and internationally. With experience teaching textiles at Tafe Mariaan is passionate about arts education and her role at the Children’s School of Contemporary Art.
Tessa Beale is a practicing multi-disciplinary artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from Curtin University. She works across drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and photography both locally and overseas. Currently working as an art technician in a formal primary school setting, she has also run art and craft workshops for the town of Claremont and in a Canadian outdoor education camp for multiple age groups. She has also run interactive printmaking workshops in and around Perth and worked with children at the Awesome Arts Festival. Tessa is interested in how children interpret the world around them, using art as language and is passionate about nurturing creativity and developing skills in young artists through the making and practice of visual art in a supportive, stimulating environment.
Di Harnett is a practising artist and a qualified art and media teacher with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree. She has experience with drawing, painting, lino printing, collage, sculpture, digital media, and craft. Di feels art is therapeutic and cathartic, it is a gift we are all able to access which expands our thought processes in creative ways in all avenues of life. This is why she chooses to share and nurture this in others. “I teach art because it equips us with tools and techniques to help process the world and our feelings, as well as helping to shape the world in positive and progressive ways. Art can communicate an often shared experience in a universal language which connects us all.”
Marcia is a visual artist based in Perth. After graduating with a Bachelor of Art (Visual Art) from Curtin University in 2011, Marcia focused her time on building on her skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital projects. She has featured in season 1 of Perth Artists documentary series by artist Peter Cheng, been a part of a variety of collaborative exhibitions around Perth, and held a solo exhibition, 'Stone Cold Baby' in 2014. She has taught at the Children School of Contemporary Art since 2013, taught the extended art program at Canning Vale College in 2014, and in 2017 began illustrating for local music merchandise screen printing company Loop Effects Apparel. In 2018, Marcia was made a finalist in The Perth Royal Art Prize and finished a piece in a live painting showcase at Live Art Mondays at Henry on Eighth. As her paintings and drawings are based in the importance of self-expression and emotion, Marcia has found a new passion in facilitating art classes for artists with disabilities through Ability WA and is looking forward to upcoming work with DADAA Fremantle.
Jane Grierson is a practicing artist working from her studio at Heathcote Cultural Precinct. She is an experienced graphic artist with a solid foundation in traditional design skills and holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from Curtin University. Jane has been making art since the age of 6 when she first attended formal art classes, she is a passionate artist and believes creativity feeds into all aspects of life and equips children with important skills, including creative problem solving, resourcefulness and self-confidence. An experienced educator in alternative learning environments, Jane has valuable experience working with young children across a range of mediums in contemporary art practices.
Debora is a freelance illustrator specializing in manga, character development, concept design, animation and modelling.
With a life long passion for art and illustration, Debora has studied at the Manga Summer School in Italy, and recently acquired qualifications in Graphic Design.
Debora runs manga, illustration and animation workshops for kids, teens and adults across Perth in art spaces, childcare centres and schools.
Charlotte Gee is a practicing artist, designer and qualified teacher. Her experience in the Fine Arts includes drawing, painting, art history, sculpture, printmaking and theatre design illustration. Her creativity transcends from paper onto stage, designing a repertoire of theatrical productions (WAAPA graduate 2014). In addition to her studies of Fine arts and Design, Charlotte holds a Graduate Diploma of Education (Visual Arts and Drama, Edith Cowan University) and has taught both Visual Arts and Studio Art in New York. She loves making art and enriching the creative development of young minds.
Olivia is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist from Perth, Western Australia. She graduated from a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) from Curtin University in 2019, having specialised in both painting and sculpture. Olivia’s artistic practice has already seen her exhibit in a long list of local exhibitions and is passionate about inspiring that same ambition and drive to be creative in the next generation of artists and designers. Her experience of the benefits of art begun in her own childhood, when each move with her expat family was made easier by joining local art classes, much like those held at The Children’s School of Contemporary Art. Olivia focuses her studio time on working with her hands and on the tools to create full-scale joinery, furniture and organisational pieces that combine aspects of both art and design.