Monika Diak is an artist based on the Central Coast who works predominantly in watercolours and oils, as well as mixed-media sculpture. She is also an illustrator with her work appearing in children’s books, on the covers of Sci-Fi and Poetry novels, and in exhibitions across Australia, Japan and Europe. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School (majoring in Printmaking) and was awarded First Class Honours for painting at the Sydney College of the Arts. In 2022 Monika was a finalist in the Blue Mountains Portrait Prize, Gosford Art Prize, Lakes Prize, Newcastle Foundation Portrait Prize and the Frankie Goodstuff Awards. She was selected as the First Place winner in the Bluethumb Art Prize for the portraiture category.
In her drawing classes Monika “encourages observing from life to gain confidence in ways of seeing” and uses a range of materials so students can get a broad experience with different mediums. She has a gentle and practical step-by-step approach, ideal for beginners or those lacking confidence in their arts practice. Students are encouraged to find ways of embracing their own style and honing their skills at their own pace.
To see regular updates on her classes and student work please visit: https://www.instagram.com/artwithminty/
Approaches to Drawing Intermediate with Monika Diak / Approaches to drawing Beginners with Monika Diak / Introduction to Watercolours Beginners with Monika Diak/ Introduction to Manga with Monika Diak/ Fun with Watercolours with Monika Diak/ Paint & Sip Workshops