Ted Dansey


Ted Dansey

Tuesday 10am to 12pm
9th October to 11th December
(9 Weeks)


About Ted Dansey
Ted is a member and former General Manager of the Victorian Artists Society, a member of the Watercolour Society of Victoria and member of the Hobson’s Bay Art Society.
He has been a practicing artist for most of his working life, being one of the lucky people who managed to combine artistic talent with work.
Starting his working career as a ticket-writer and sign-writer Ted moved into graphic design and illustration when the opportunity arose. He held a key role as Creative Director & Senior Designer with the State Government of Victoria and the Premiers Private Office before being sought after as Production Manager/Art Director for a leading Victorian Media Company (Leeds Media/Starcom Worldwide).
He studied watercolours with David Taylor in the early nineties and watercolour has remained his favoured medium since, though he does admit to dragging out the old oils on occasions.
“I have drawn for as long as I care to remember. I love plein air painting, teaching and giving the occasional demonstration. My philosophy is ‘Keep it Simple’, See the image but paint from the feeling. Enough things can go wrong anyway!”
Drawn towards an impressionist approach to painting, some of Ted’s favourite role models include John Singer Sargent, Edward Seago, Harold Herbert and R. W. Sturgess.
He has had fourteen solo exhibitions since 2000 as well a number of group shows with artist friends including ‘5’ (Mary Hyde, Julian Bruere, Ray Hewitt, John Hunt and himself), all good friends, Ted believes that this is the most exciting and fun group he has been involved with.
A number of First Prizes and Commendations in various Art Shows have included:

  • Victorian Artists Society’s Artist of the Year Award for 2007
  • Victorian Artists Society’s Gordon Moffatt Award for 2011
  • The MooneeValley Art Show Watercolour 1st Prize
  • The Hobson’s Bay Rotary Art Show 1st Prize for Watercolour
  • Best work on paper Yea Rotary Art Show 2013
  • Best Watercolour Bayside Art Show 2013
  • Best Watercolour Flinders Art Show 2014
  • Camberwell Rotary 2014 – Contemporary Art Award
  • Best Watercolour Strathmore Rotary 2015
  • Best in Show Strathmore Rotary 2016
  • Victorian Artists Society AOTY Design Framing Award 2015, 2016

Ted was made a Fellow of the Victorian Artists Society in 2011 for his contribution to the Society and Art.

About Teds Classes
Students are taught the fundamentals of watercolour, colour, tone and design and the importance of good drawing, techniques and visualizing.
Learning is done via tutor demonstration – in sequence and one on one tuition.
The classes are primarily landscape classes but also include seascape, cityscape, landscapes and still life (on occasions). Subjects will be determined weekly and students are encouraged to bring a photo/s of their choice.

Bookings & Questions

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Heidelberg, VIC 3084
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Monday to Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed

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