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HOT: The Little Art Yurt, Yarraville

The Little Art Yurt is a gorgeous American-built yurt (Mongolian style bell tent) art studio tucked away in the sunny Yarraville backyard of Melbourne artist Dawn Tan.

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After an laborious flat-pack building process by Dawn and her husband (Dawn described it as Extreme IKEA),  The Little Art Yurt is now open for school holiday art classes for kids, after school classes during term time, adult art workshops and soon, private art party bookings.

The Little Art Yurt is like a dream come true for any budding artist.

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There's rows of neat art supplies in rainbow hues….

…inspiring picture books to read…

Little Art Yurt

…and even the denim art smocks are stylish.

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There's a purpose built toilet in the backyard too so you don't have to troop inside Dawn's house.


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When it's not in use for teaching The Little Art Yurt doubles as Dawn's studio where she works on her renowned watercolour images and makes perfumed soap.

dawn tan The Little Art Yurt, Yarraville

Dawn is a bubbly personality and a trained art teacher. It's evident that she loves working with kids and she generally teaches children from 4-12 years. The yurt is cosy and fits about 8 children comfortably, meaning all the children's workshops are drop-off sessions. It's heated in winter and ventilated in summer – the top of the roof opens up so you can look at the stars!

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Note that as the Little Art Yurt is located in Dawn's home the exact address is only emailed to you when you sign up for a class. Bookings are now open for School holiday workshops and Term 4 art classes .

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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