SIMONE LINEHAN visual artist, illustrator, educator
Hi there, I'm Simone Linehan, but call me Sim! I've worked as a graphic designer since 1988 and drawn since I could hold a pencil. I am a practising artist and illustrator (and have now given up graphic design to focus purely on this wonderful studio) who adores sharing what I've learnt over the years with like-minded souls.
I opened 'Big Shed Little Shed Art Classes' for both women and children in 2009 with a dear friend at my home in Ironbank. After selling the property I founded the 'Hubert and Mavis' art studio at Parkside. In March 2018 the studio found its new home in the lovely, leafy suburb of Hawthorndene. I’m incredibly passionate about visual creativity plus love people, their visual stories, watching them grow artistically and nurturing them through the process.
I completed my Diploma of Art Therapy in 2018. I am very passionate about art ‘IS’ therapy and this is how I currently choose to use this knowledge rather than therapy sessions.
My 'shed' has been converted into a comfy, peaceful timber lined art studio with the amazing help of my beautiful family. It's been quite the process and I have learned a lot along the way including how much fun a circular saw is! Slideshow below if you'd like to have a squiz.
Why do I call them 'art sessions' and not 'art classes'? I think it comes from my personal lack of love of school days even though I LOVE learning now. Sessions feel more fun, journey-based and less pressure to achieve goals in a specific time frame... I think we all have enough pressure in our lives already! In saying that, as a participating Hubert and Mavis artist you will achieve your goals and learn loads in a relaxing, enjoyable, non-judgemental way and environment at your own pace.
I love to facilitate adult sessions as I believe women especially have a tendency to do a lot for others and quite often not as much for ourselves. If we give ourselves 'permission' to recharge it's been my experience that we are much better for everyone else and feel more satisfied with ourselves and day-to-day life. A little time out, relaxation and looking after yourself through creative expression with a like minded tribe is not a luxury, it's fundamental to your emotional wellbeing. Life is to be enjoyed, enriched and the sisterhood is so powerful and loving.
Our intuitive creative little ‘teachers’ that haven't forgotten the art of play yet! I wish to encourage them to always enjoy the process, to experiment, to stay free and true to themselves as they learn creative technique, unique style and problem solving.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso
I've facilitated many creative sessions for businesses that may not have the opportunity to flex their visual creative muscle often. It's a wonderful way to bond, team build and create together. Sessions for up to 8 participants (women and men) are available. Get in touch for more information.
I look forward to seeing you all soon. My sessions are not limited to what you see on this site, please get in touch if you have questions about birthday parties, hens' and girls' gatherings, workshops and more.
If you'd like to know more about me you can visit my visual artist website here: simonelinehan.com