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Sarah Johnson Make Your Mark Art

Sarahs’ Work

Sarah Johnson BFA

Head Teacher and Owner of Make Your Mark Art

Sarah Johnson is a young local emerging artist from Northern Beaches, Sydney. Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art at National Art School in 2011, Sarah has exhibited in a number of exhibitions and sold numerous commissioned artworks for clients in Australia & Internationally.

Her passion for drawing and her love of teaching children and teenagers inspired her to launch Make Your Mark.

With over a decade of tutoring experience, Sarah has learned a lot about understanding how to make classes fun for students to be at. The classes introduce kids to new techniques, skills and materials helping to develop their drawing ability and increasing each student’s self-confidence.

The aim of the after-school drawing classes is to teach and encourage students to achieve a level of drawing skill they are happy with within a fun, relaxed environment.

“My objective is to ensure that students get real hands-on individual teaching assistance to learn various basic through to advanced drawing techniques. It’s important that students have their own say in what they create, enabling involvement in the whole artistic process. This interactive approach gives students a great sense of pride and ownership in their drawing”

Sarahs’ Work

Celia de Vries

With a life-long love of drawing and all things creative, Celia brings this passion and enthusiasm to her classes and loves seeing the remarkable results each student produces.

Celia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Primary Teaching. She has also worked as an educator at a Montessori Primary School for the past 7 years and brings along this wealth of teaching practice to her classes.

Her favourite aspect of teaching art is watching how a child’s personality often emerges through their artwork. She believes that nurturing the creative skills of young people has positive results far beyond the beautiful artworks they create – also building their confidence and well-being in all areas of their lives and into their future.

“What I love about our classes is that our students are given the type of guidance and technical skills that allows them to become more confident and competent artistic explorers for the rest of their lives.”


Emily Foresto

Emily is a past student of Make your Mark and loves that she now gets to inspire a new generation of artists. From a young age, Emily began art lessons to nurture her love of drawing and painting, which continues to be an important part of her life.

 Having worked in a childcare setting and as an art assistant for primary school-aged children, Emily has a lovely rapport with this age group. 

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education. She has recently started an art business in Surface Pattern Design, combining her love of drawing, watercolour painting and illustration.  

Emily enjoys the creative freedom that art provides and loves that her students can embrace their own artistic expression in a fun and positive environment, through exploring a variety of mediums and techniques.


Jade Andersen

Jade started attending classes at Make Your Mark in 2016. Since then Jade has gone on to graduate in Year 12 and start her Bachelor of Fine Art at National Art School in Sydney, where she is currently studying alongside her teaching.

Jade started as a studio assistant in 2019 and has continued to teach her own class at the studio, helping foster a creative and fun environment for the students.

Jade majors in realism portraits, painting and printmaking and wants to share her love of creativity, supporting the individual expression of those young artists she teaches to help create works of excellence.

Our Studio Assistants

Make Your Mark also has a dedicated team of incredibly skilled studio assistants who provide creative guidance & advice to our students nurturing the artistic development of our community of young artists.