A bit about Tammy’s Art Studio

A safe and creative space for children to develop their artistic side.

Classes are based on age appropriate motor skills and interests.  A broad range of techniques and applications are covered in each class.  Everything from the elements of design: – line, tone texture, shape and colour to prominent art periods and artists.  We explore a variety of mediums such as acrylics, watercolours and pastels and apply these to canvas, various papers and surfaces.

Students are encouraged to be imaginative and individual, to explore and have fun each and every week.  Kids can advance at their own pace and have the freedom to investigate their own interests throughout the classes.

Tammy’s Art Studio is located on Watland Street at Springwood.

About Tammy – Director and Instructor

Tammy Quire graduated from the Bayside Community College of Art with a High Distinction in Visual Art & Design. She spent several years working as a screen print artist and freelance photographer before starting a family. In 2008 Tammy began working for Education Queensland in the area of behaviour management.  She has worked extensively with children on an individual and group basis both developing and delivering specialised programs to kids including those on the autism spectrum. She also holds a Therapeutic Arts Diploma (Renaissance Training Academy -UK) and is currently studying a Diploma in the field of art therapy, to formalise her passion in this area.

In 2014 Tammy founded Tammy’s Art Studio in order to pass on her years of art and educational experience to the next generation. Now a full-time practising artist Tammy is passionate about building confidence in children through creativity.

About Nicola – Senior Instructor

Nicola Hooper is a teacher who believes in the importance of art as a form of self expression who endeavors to make her classes informed and fun. She is a practicing artist who holds a Masters in Visual Arts with Class 1 Honours,  and is currently completing her Doctorate in Fine Arts  at Griffith University’s, Queensland College of Art. Her work focuses on drawings and printmaking.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is held in public and private collections.

About Brittany – Instructor

Brittany Sauta graduated from Pratt Institute in May of 2016. She majored in Art and Design Education and gained a BFA and Masters. Since then she has moved to Brisbane to have new experiences and to teach! As a practising artist Brittany’s passion lies in painting, however she loves all art mediums including sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. Brittany believes that art can allow anyone to explore their everyday lives, and that it can help one practice critical thinking and strengthen creative thinking. Brittany currently also works as a high school visual art teacher in the Logan area

About Peta – Instructor

Peta Thompson is a practising mixed media artist, designer and art therapist. Currently undertaking a Visual arts degree and embarking on an Art Psychotherapy degree in 2018 to  broaden her  skills to promote expressive art therapies. Having graduated with a diploma in art therapy from Health and Harmony college in 2016, she has gone on to conduct art therapy workshops at Logan Women’s Health and Wellbeing centre in Beenleigh since 2016 (with Krank & live Well Logan). This has now expanded to reaching at risk teens through Education Qld through expressive art therapy workshops in secondary schools in South East Qld. Peta is an experienced mixed media art journalling teacher in all disciplines and encourages the joy of ‘making art’ as a creative endeavour.

“Learn something new today, it keeps us young.”

About Jermu  – Instructor

Jermu Hautsalo holds a Bachelor of animation from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art.  He has worked with Autism Queensland since 2014 as a mentor in the New Steps Studio G program.  In his spare time he enjoys skateboarding and music.  Jermu has an amazing ability to connect with youth, combined with his next level drawing and animation abilities brings a new skill set to teach our high school students.

About Kelly – Instructor

Kelly Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Queensland College of Art and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Griffith University). As an educator of 25 years, her teaching style is encouraging and inclusive. She believes that art is for everyone, and especially loves to help people rediscover their ‘inner artist’ in a relaxed classroom. Inspired by the natural environment of South East Queensland, she expresses this connection through a range of mediums, including printmaking, painting and pastels. This has developed into a particular interest in botanicals and plein-air landscape painting. Currently, she teaches adults, and welcomes students who want to take time out from their busy lives to reconnect with their artistic side.

About Kirsi – Art Therapist

Kirsi is a qualified Art Therapist and Social Worker with over 10 years of experience is various fields including case work and counselling with children, young people, adults, separated families, people with mental health issues, people with trauma background, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She works part-time in the mental health field as a Wellbeing Support Coordinator for a NFP organisation. She has also started providing private art therapy sessions for individuals and small groups in Springwood and surrounding areas on Thursdays and Fridays either at our studio (Tammy’s Art Studio)  or in a mobile capacity in south Brisbane and Logan areas through her private art therapy practice ‘Beauty, Forgiveness, Healing’. Kirsi is also studying towards a Certificate in Clay Field Therapy and will provide Clay Field sessions half price for the next few months.

Kirsi’s recent qualifications include a Bachelor of Human Services (Griffith University, 2009), Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, majoring Art Therapy (University of Queensland, 2013), Masters in Social Work Studies (Qual.) (University of Queensland, 2016) and a                      Masters in Mental Health, majoring Art Therapy (University of Queensland, 2017)

Kirsi integrates various other therapy and counselling models throughout her practice depending on her client’s needs. Please check Kirsi’s website https://beautyforgivenesshealing.com for more information. Enquiries and bookings currently only through emailing beautyforgivenesshealing@gmail.com

About Holly – workshop teacher

Holly Robinson is a graduate in Fine Art from Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art. She has taught drawing and painting privately to all ages for many years and is also kept busy with regular commissions.

Holly strongly believes that Visual Art  has many emotive, communicative and educational functions in society. For her creating artwork is therapeutic. She is very confident with a wide range of materials, but especially oils, acrylic, watercolour, gouache and drawing mediums.

About Phil b – Workshop teacher

Phillip Blunt (Phil b) is a Brisbane based artist who is primarily recognised for his bright and colourful style and bearded viking characters. He paints everyday, and the majority of his work is created in transit – on the bus, on his way to and from work.

Aside from his viking characters, he is also heavily inspired by movies and nature, which results in a mixture of realism and portraiture paintings. Phil’s favourite medium to paint with is Ironlak Pumpaction markers.  He can be seen regularly painting instore at Ironlak Art & Design (both Garden City / Chermside) and of course, whist travelling on public transport. He paints on Dragonlance Chronicles books because the theme of the book often fits the topic he has painted, and the paper takes really well to the acrylic markers.

Phil has painted a mural on the outside of our studio, and runs street art and sticker workshops at the studio on school holidays!

Teaching Philosophy

As art teachers our aim is to teach our students the following:-


Teaching them to have a go and to overcome any fears of unfamiliar materials or processes


Teaching them to think outside the box and to be themselves


Teaching them that the mind has no limits, allowing them to dream


Teaching them to show their feelings and to do it in their own personal style


Teaching them to be proud of their work and to never insult the work of others


Teaching them that mistakes are part of the creative process and can lead to the greatest work


Teaching them to share materials and ideas with the rest of the class


Teaching them to use, re-use and recycle items one would normally throw away


Teaching them that a great work of art takes time and one has to follow a process and to see it through


Teaching them to have respect for the teacher, their classmates, materials and the opinion of others



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