We will be reopening the VAS Studio and Galleries to fully vaccinated students and visitors on the 5th of November at 10am.
Term 3 classes will resume on the 6th of November and run until the 19th of December.
Contact us on or 03-9662-1484 for more details.

Emine Karakan

Artist, teacher


Emine Karakan, has found her special element in art since childhood. A Turkish/Australian, professional artist and teacher, qualified in Art/Design at Ballarat CAE and in teaching at Hawthorn Inst.of Education, has made a colourful career with aim to inspire. 

Career spanning 30 years, with experience & multi skills in visual arts and teaching include work at greeting card industries around Melbourne.  Her dedication and passion to her art led her to mixed exhibitions at VAS, The Herald Sun and various other shows with plein air,  portrait commissions, exhibition paintings and creative writing. 

Inspired by the Impressionists, and was grateful for the teachings by renown artists such as Shirley Bourne (V.A.S) and John Balmain. She continued to develop her skills in tonal realism and enjoyed exciting spontaneity in water colours, fluidity of classic oils and drawing feel in pastels in creating light, mood and atmosphere. 

Emine has paintings in private collections and won numerous awards and prizes. Her biggest achievement was when her painting, Pond of Tranquility was selected and represented in the International Artist Book Vol.2, Flowers and Gardens (2004). Portraiture has been her special area for some years and since relocating, she was involved in her children’s education, was proactive with art, hospitality and study in reflexology (2019-2020).

Inspired by her travels, love of culture, art history and the ocean, she is painting and currently renovating to run a business in B&B with future plans in the horizon. 


Acknowledgment of traditional owners.

We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.