Bio

Michelle Ripari, who resides in Melbourne’s Western suburbs, has loved drawing for as long as she can remember. Michelle completed a Bachelor of Teaching and also a Graduate Diploma of Special Education, moving from Bendigo to work as a teacher in a specialist autistic school.

Michelle’s love for drawing was not ignited again for quite a few years due to being injured at work and subsequently diagnosed with Post Traumatic Fibromyalgia Syndrome, being a wife and very busy mum of four children. But her family kindly persisted that she pursue art and since then she has not looked back.

Although not been formally trained as an artist and solely self-taught, Michelle is continuously learning and evolving with her skills and technique using coloured pencils, and more recently, watercolours and ink.

Michelle has turned full circle and has returned to teaching, inspiring others with her enthusiasm and passion for fine art. The greatest reward being the ignited confidence from participants and positive “I can do this!” attitude.

“I create highly detailed drawings with pencil, a representation of both imagination and realism. Emotionally challenging the viewer, by portraying both nature and man-made subjects that continually collide, collaborate and intertwine. I am continually developing my skill and sharing my artistic story, by inspiring others who have a passion and respect in the intricate details surrounding them through their own journey.”

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Photograph by Westend Photography

Residencies

2017

Art Republic Melbourne, Hoppers Crossing

2016

Saltwater CC, Point Cook


Teaching

2018

Classes adults/teens – Saltwater Art Studio, Point Cook

Classes/Workshops children – Art Republic, Hoppers Crossing

Classes/Workshops children/teens/adults – Wyndham Arts Incubator, Werribee

2017

Classes children – Art Republic, Hoppers Crossing

Classes/Workshops children/teens/adults – Wyndham Arts Incubator, Werribee

Williamstown North Primary School – Five day Incursion workshop Grades 2-6

Classes children/adults – Saltwater CC, Point Cook

Art of Shopping Workshop children/adults – Stockland Shopping Centre, Point Cook

Drop in Drawing guest host – Wyndham Arts Incubator, Werribee

2016

Tullamarine Primary School – Full day Incursion workshop Grades 1-6

Colour Pencil Classes at Monastery Hill – Croydon Hills co-facilitator with artist Karina Griffiths


Education

Graduate Diploma of Special Education and Human Resources 1998

Bachelor of Teaching – Primary 1997


Affiliation

AUSCPA – Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists Inc – Founding member & Secretary

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Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

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NAVA – National Association for the Visual Arts

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Membership

Creative Kids Tales

National Registry for Australian Art and Artists NRAAA Gallery 247

Wyndham Arts Incubator

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