WARRNAMBOOL ART SCHOOL BEGINNINGS
The beginnings of the Warrnambool art school were very modest. It started at Warrnambool College in Timor Street with only a handful of art students attending. Some of the art rooms were behind the college’s canteen and were quite small in size .The original building had been the former army drill hall and was mostly inadequate for art courses.
The facilities were very limited and even water had to be brought in from a tap from an outside area next to the assembly hall. Life drawing was a part of the art certificate curriculum. Unfortunately life models were almost impossible to hire so the students had to take turns in being the model
The main art teacher was Barry Singleton who now is an established ceramic artist in Central Victoria. Even though there were practical limits to the art school enough good work was produced by the students. In time former students Colin Suggett and Maggie May succeeded in establishing themselves as notable artists in Victoria.
Eventually the college was upgraded to the Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education and this is where the art school expanded to have proper facilities with many more students and staff .A full art diploma could now be achieved with in Warrnambool campus. The art school was headed for many years by Ken Daniels originally from South Australia. Former students that attended the Timor Street campus that have had successful careers within the arts include Ruth Johnstone, Glen Morgan, Barry Tate, and Steve Gilchrist among others.