Dear Nest Studio Families

It is not without great thought, consideration and tears that I am announcing the closure of Nest Studio.

For the next twelve months I will be taking a sabbatical from commercial lease holding and all that comes with it. Nest Studio has grown over the past 15 years from a tiny art room on Queen Street Croydon to what it is today, a thriving, bright and beautiful space that honors children’s creativity here on Magill Road Stepney. To be very honest now, some of you will know that I have been working with health issues over the past three years, so with this break I am looking forward to better taking care of myself, so that I can better take care of my family. I have two gorgeously creative girls, approaching 15 years and 10 years and as those of you with teenagers will understand, the baby years are sleep deprived but as their independence grows their need for you takes on a whole new shape. I simply can’t do all of it, all at once.

Before we close on August 15, Nest Studio is running two weeks of holiday workshops so that you can soak up the last of the Nest fun this winter. We will also be running a jam packed fabulously creative, best of the best 4 week mini term from July 25 - August 18. There will be limited placements available and current students are getting advance notice with this newsletter, previous Nest Studio families will receive this newsletter next week. This gives you a little extra time to check dates and book in. Please book in online at neststudio.com.au (click on enrolments, which takes you to neststudio.bigcartel.com) all information & payment information is listed, please read it carefully as there have been some changes to make the last few months nice and smooth.

Nest Studio is honored to be invited again to develop and provide the Adelaide Festival Writers Week team with an eighth year of ADELAIDE WRITERS WEEK KIDS WEEKEND visual literacy activities in March 2019, so make sure you come along this time, get the most out of this awesome FREE two day event dedicated to children and their love of books and creativity, I would really love to see you!

I want to take this moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making Nest Studio what it is, with out you and the genius of your child’s creativity there would be no Nest Studio for everyone to enjoy, including me! It has been the greatest honor to spend the past 15 years getting to know your child, whether that has been for 15 years, 10 years, or 10 weeks, it has been a privilege to spend time being creative with them every week, it truly does fill me with joy and I know I am going to miss your child terribly. My hope is that some of Nest Studio has rubbed off and is carried with your child so they can draw upon it when they need a little inspiration and creativity in their lives.

Who knows ... maybe some time down the track Nest Studio will be of service? My home studio (that does not exist yet!) or ..... I am always open to ideas! In the mean time - good quality pencils and ANY paper out on the table available at all times, is the best & most effective way to encourage visual creativity at home. Always choose open ended creative experiences to nurture authentic creativity. 

I will be sending all children home with my top tips for creativity at home in August and make them available as a PDF from the Nest Studio website.

Thank you for your support, all my love and gratitude,

X Carly

Nest Studio is a vibrant space for art classes, a working graphic design studio, home to textile design house Moonbow and we have a teeny retail store stocking a beautiful, inspirational collection of thoughtful products for you, your child and your home.

Please visit our website for more information and follow us on instagram to stay in touch.

Nest Studio was created 2003 to provide a nurturing space for children to learn how to think and be creative. At Nest Studio we believe all children are artists and that your child's innate creativity is best nurtured through playing & learning with beautiful quality art & imagination materials, under the guidance of professional teachers in a thoughtfully designed space.

Nest Studio is situated just 5 minutes from the city on the Magill Road bus route in the leafy suburb of Stepney, South Australia. We are directly across the road from the recently revitalised Richards Park, amongst the cafes, Antiques and homewares stores.


ART Expression is a deeply rewarding experience. Children and adults alike will be working in a safe and nurturing environment to explore the world around them and with in them. Using the highest quality art materials, students will focus on what they think, how their art makes them feel and what stories they have to express. .

ART Meditation is a beautifully calm, positive and uplifting experience. Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to be creative with out the pressure to create a masterpiece (although there may be some happy accidents!) The focus is rather on your sense of wellbeing and connection to yourself and the world around you, through mark making and the exploration of endless art materials.

DRAWING Club is for the lovers of drawing!
We will be drawing, drawing and then drawing... literally ALL THE DRAWING! Children will collect their drawings in a personal Artists Journal and Folio. Each child works at their own pace in a small group setting and is encouraged to develop their own style.

ART Play is a tactile & fun artful session where everything seems new and must therefore be explored with all the senses. Children have the opportunity to play with thoughtfully presented quality art & imagination materials. The art process is a focus and highly valued in this session for its calming & natural learning effect, the act of doing and being present in the moment is a wonderful skill young children posses naturally, this is something we want to nurture and develop.

ART Makers is a more traditional art class where students learn how to take care of art materials, use them in both traditional ways and surprising new ways to create works of art to keep and share. Children will work with pencils, paints, clay and inks in 3 week increments through out the 9 week term. Children are encouraged to use their wonderful imaginations, opening their eyes to see and understand the world around them.


147 Magill Road Stepney South Australia