An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision - James Whistler

Canning Arts Group runs a variety of different classes and has a group of talented individuals tutoring various arts and craft courses here. 


Pottery and Children's Art

Maimunah Abdullah is a potter and a painter and has been a member of Canning Arts Group since 1997. She has been exploring many creative pursuits for a number of years and brings this experience to her students.


She teaches our Beginner's Adults Pottery Class and Children Art.


Children's Pottery

Erica Diong took up pottery at the Canning Arts Group in 2009. She enjoys creating with clay both on the wheel and hand-building. She has a varied interest in the creative arts and continually participates in workshops to enrich her work.

Erica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Design) degree from Curtin University and has worked for many years as a graphic designer.  She started teaching children pottery classes in 2012.


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Chris completed her technical training with 2 years Studio Pottery at Kalgoorlie College with Bela Kotai. She became involved with teaching in schools throughout WA with the visual art foundation and teaching adults and children at CAG 


Chris spent 6 months potting – teaching workshops as a Member of South Australia Studio Potters in Adelaide. Along the way, Chris has taught pottery to juvenile offenders at Marin County Special School in the U.S.A., at Selby Street Quadriplegics, to juvenile offenders in Banksia Prison, the Institute for the Blind and various classes for the Disabled here at CAG.


Chris is experienced in Raku, Pit, Gas, Electric and Salt Firing and has many years experience in all aspects of pottery. 


Children's Art

Preet Sandhu is an experienced teacher and has taught children art in public school for 5 years.  She attained her Masters of Arts is 2003 at Panjab University, India and is a keen painter herself.

She enjoys teaching children and plans her class with a view to help develop her students knowledge and desire to learn.


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Children's Art and Art for Person with a Disability

Michelle Culnane’s love of art developed after she won the Year 12 Art Award.  She then went on to Complete a Diploma in Art and Design at Central Tafe. After completing her studies, Michelle was invited to teach at Tafe and enjoyed her teaching time there.

 She has completed various design works on commission and participated in 

exhibitions at the Crafts Council of Western Australia, Perth Galleries and other private galleries. 


Michelle has been teaching at the Canning Art Centre for several years and says that teaching art is the most fulfilling and rewarding role she has ever done.  Michelle has taken many other drawing and craft classes to keep things fresh and interesting. She believes this is how we keep motivated and pass on new and exciting ideas to the students. 


Children's Art

John was born in Sydney in 1960. He worked for Hanna Barbarra animation studio in the early 80’s and became the manager of the camera department. John left after working 4 years with them. 

He then traveled Australia as a landscape and portrait photographer, settling in Perth to start a business as a supplier of hand painted mallee roots to many souvenir shops, locally and interstate. 

He went on to train at Claremont School of Art, then achieved a Bachelor in Visual Arts at Curtin University, majoring in painting and drawing. He has worked with various councils on public art commissions and held numerous classes and workshops with community groups including adults and youth. 

He has taught at Liddelow Homestead for 13 years and joined us in the last term 

of 2007 as a drawing teacher for children.

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Laurie Cochrane has been teaching art in Perth for over ten years. She studied as a mature student at Curtin University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art. 

Laurie helps you overcome the fear of painting or drawing by teaching in a fun and relaxed environment. Her love for art and the creative process is shared with great enthusiasm. One of her teaching highlights was working asa workshop educator with Sculpture by the Sea.She continues to hold art workshops with community groups for those who want to tap into their creative spirit. 

Please enjoy viewing her website 


James is a talented portrait artist who has exhibited all over Australia and has been teaching private classes for several years now. He is one of our newer tutors.

You can see examples of his work on his Tumblr.


Tim Wilson was born in Margaret River, W.A.  He has a B.A. in Fine Art (1989) and has been a qualified art teacher for 15 years.

Tim is an award-winning pastel artist who has recently begun teaching to adults.

He taught numerous children's classes as well in the art of cartooning since 1997, at P.E.A.C or community centres.
As an artist participating in the pub blackboard art craze in the 1990s, he has a special love for this medium. Tim is currently working toward his first pastel exhibition in 2016 .

Cher Shackleton

Cher is an accomplished and experienced potter and President of the Ceramic Arts association of Western Australia.  She trained in ceramics both locally and overseas and participated in numerous joint exhibition as well as solo exhibitions. Her journey in clay began following a pottery class she attended in New Zealand’s Marton Arts & Crafts Centre in the 80’s. Cher is partial to - “beautiful lustrous shino as well as a crusty multi-fired piece that has been torched for hours (and hours) in a fire box.” Cher takes inspiration from her surroundings, by the beach nearby and sea shells with their delicate designs and by the magnificent Australian outback, with its spectacular colours and the overwhelming vastness of it all.


Catherine Kelley specializes in Pastels and Watercolours. Her favourite subject matter is animals.

 "All my life I have been surrounded by animals from best friend to protector. So with my fascination for art, the two blend together brilliantly..."

Catherine has won numerous awards. This includes the Acquisitive prize in the 2015 Dalwallinu Art Award, Boyup Brook Arts Award and prizes in the Watercolour Society of WA Annual Exhibitions.

Read and see more of Catherine's work on her website.