Michelle Zuccolo

MICHELLE ZUCCOLO

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Visual Arts.​She has taught at the Beaumaris Art Group for more than ten years. she teaches children and teenage art programs as well as adult art classes.​​Michelle has held various art teaching positions at secondary and tertiary levels during the past 25 years and currently teaches at the Sophia Mundi Steiner School, Melbourne.

My paintings and drawings have been included in national prizes, awards and exhibitions over the past two decades. I have been a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award, E. H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney in 2011, 2013 and 2014, represented each time with a self-portrait. In 2015 and 2016 I became a semi-finalist in The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

I have been represented in the Australian 7th Drawing Biennale held at Drill Hall, ANU, Canberra (2009). My drawings have been included in several national prizes. These include five times in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, PLC, Sydney, twice in the Spring Festival of Drawing, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, twice in the ARC Yinnar Drawing prize and the Castlemaine State Festival Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Castlemaine.
As a recipient of the ISS Italian Services Institute International Fellowship in 2013, I have been able to conduct research in Italy and Austria studying classical and medieval art forms. Inspired and enriched by this experience, my artwork continues to reference and celebrate the human form and architecture, with symbolic and religious undertones.

Subjects I have taught include General drawing, Life drawing, pastel, watercolour, collage, painting, textiles, ceramics, book – binding, visual communication and art history. I currently teach art part time at the Sophia Mundi Steiner School in Abbotsford, and in community art groups.

Education/Academic Qualifications

2016 Workshop Presenter, Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop, Queenscliff

2013 Workshop Presenter, TTA (Professional Development for Australian Teachers, Cambridge Education)

2011 International Baccalaureate Teacher Training – Visual Art (IB Diploma Certificate) Brisbane.

2004-2007 Master of Arts, (Visual Arts part-time by research – full scholarship) University of Ballarat

1985 Diploma of Education, Melbourne College of Advanced Education, Melbourne

1980-83 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art, majoring in Drawing), Victoria College of Art and Design, Melbourne

Professional and Teaching Experience

2014 – Judge of “Winter Exhibition”, Victorian Art Society, Melbourne

2014/2016 – Artist Critique, “Glen Eira Artists Society Members Exhibition”, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Caulfield

2013 – Current – Glen Eira Artists Society – Tutored Workshops on Life Drawing, Caulfield

2012- Children’s Holiday Program coordinator, The Convent, Abbotsford

2005 – current – part-time Visual Art Teacher IB Diploma Programme, Sophia Mundi Steiner School, Abbotsford

2002 – 2007 Art Lecturer, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat

2000 – Current Art Tutor, Beaumaris Art Group, Beaumaris

2000 – Current Art Tutor, Brighton Art Society, Brighton

2001 Art Teacher, Brighton Bay Art, Design & Photography Program, Elwood

2002-2004 – Art Tutor, Glen Eira Council Arts Program, Caulfield

1992 Victorian College of Arts – Sessional Art Lecturer (Drawing), Prahran Campus

1987 -1991 Victorian College of Art and Design – Sessional Art Lecturer (Drawing)

1987 Contract and CRT – Victorian Institute of teaching,  Huntingdale Technical School

1986 Arts Coordinator, Bronx House Emmanuels Camp, Copake, New York, USA

Awards and Prizes

2016 Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney

Semi – Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Sydney

Finalist, Arc Yinnar Drawing Prize, Yinnar

2015 Semi – Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Sydney

2014 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney

2014 Finalist, Arc Yinnar Drawing Prize, Yinnar

2013 ISS Italian Services Institute International Fellowship

2013 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney

2013 Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney

2013 Finalist, The Flanagan Art Exhibition, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

2012 Finalist, The Flanagan Art Prize, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

2011 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney

Finalist, The Flanagan Art Prize, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

2009 Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney

Finalist, Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown

2008 Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney

Finalist The Flanagan Art Prize, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

2007 Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney – Honourable Mention by      judge,   Aida Tomescu

Finalist, Castlemaine State Festival Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Castlemaine

Finalist, Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown

1987 Australia Council for the Arts – Desiderius Orban Youth Award

1989 Finalist, Spring Festival of Drawing, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington

1986 Finalist, Spring Festival of Drawing, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington