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Matthew Kentmann

  • The NSW Coast is a source of inspiration and a point of departure for my practice. 
  • Matthew is an Honours Graduate of College of Fine Arts, a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2015 and has also been a finalist in the Dobell & Moran Prizes, a teacher at a private school in Sydney, and dad to 2 young kids.

    His style is minimalist and subtle - and shows mastery in how an artist can see and communicate the soul of his subject in a simple but powerful way.

    Matthew continues to draw, paint and produce works for solo exhibitions.  We are suprised that he finds the time to also teach at Sydney Art School but glad that he does! 

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Finalist: Archibald Prize 2015

    Finalist: Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2015 (Semi Finalist 2012)

    Finalist: Dobell Prize for Drawing - 2011, 2003

    Exhibited: Redlands Westpac Art Prize - 2006

    2011 Bachelor of Teaching, Secondary Charles Sturt University

    2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) College of Fine Arts, UNSW

Elizabeth Wilson - Silversmithing and Jewelry
Liz Wilson
Head Teacher
Art Classes & Workshops
Mini Monet - After School Art Class for Kids Art Classes for Children Silversmithng and Jewelry Design Classes

Liz Wilson

  • Liz is a practising artist and one of Australia's best silversmiths and artistic jewelry designers.

    Liz also holds the position of head teacher for all of Sydney Art School's art classes for school aged students.

    Those that have had classes with Liz will know that she has such a great love not only for teaching art to children – but also using art as a vehicle to help develop the child's confidence and self esteem.

    She takes a direct and active role in monitoring all of the children's classes to ensure that we continue to improve the quality of the learning experience that the students receive from art classes with SAS.

    Her teaching style is creative and nurturing - making her a popular tutor with children,  parents, art therapy clients, and of course her jewelry design students.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of Natal)
    Professional Artists, Jeweler and Jewelry Designer

Apple Yin
Apple Yin

Dual Archibald Prize Finalist
Art Classes & Workshops
Absolute Beginners How to Paint Art Classes Portraiture, Life Drawing, Figure Painting How to Draw a Portrait

Apple Yin

  • ... It's about the meditation mind and about the Buddhist thinking of finding beauty in nature...
  • Apple uses an "unusually" large breadth of colours in her palette to build a richness that is unique in Australian art today.  This has been part of the formula that has quickly established her as a regular finalist in major art prizes shortly after entering the art world in Australia.

    As a tutor her beginner students benefit from her experience and deep skills in the use of colour. They consistently show exceptional progress over a short period of time. 

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Finalist Archibald Prize 2010, 2011

    Finalist Moran Portrait Prize 2009

    Finalist Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards 2008

    Finalist Hornsby Art Prize 2013 

Kristin Hardiman Art Tutor
Kristin Hardiman
Master Artist
Art Classes & Workshops
Absolute Beginners How to Paint Art Classes Essential Drawing Skills Leading to Portraiture

Kristin Hardiman

  • The Earth without Art is just "Eh"
  • Kristin is a professional artist and art educator. Her commissioned works are held in private and corporate collections throughout Australia.

    She holds a Diploma of Fine Arts and Education from Alexander Mackie CAE - a predecessor to the College of Fine Arts (COFA) at UNSW.

    Kristin is also an exhibiting member of Portrait Artists Australia.

     Her mastery of painting and drawing across a wide range of subjects is evident in her work across portraiture, equine art, landscapes and in her "Master's Apprentices" where Kristen created a series of triplet works paying homage to 25 of her favourite artists. 

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Finalist Gallipoli Memorial Prize 2015
    Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Prize 2014
    Finalist Waverley Art Prize 2014
    Finalist Mosman Art prize 2014
    Finalist and People's Choice Blacktown Art Prize 2014
    Finalist and People's Choice Hornsby Art Prize 2014
    Second Prize Royal Easter Show Figurative 2014
    Winner International Inglis Equine Art Prize 2011
    Finalist: Sulman Prize 2012
    Finalist Mortimore Prize 2012

Sally Ryan

  • Sally is a professional artist with a style best described as "contemporary realism" and includes works in graphite, charcoal and oil with life-like representation of the subject being of utmost importance.

    She has been a finalist in some of Australia's most prestigous art prizes including the Archibald and Moran Prizes.

    With formal qualifications in design and teaching she is a great tutor and mentor for anyone looking to either improve their skills or pursue a career based in the visual arts.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Winner ...

    Kennedy Prize (2013),   Mortimore Prize Small Painting (2011)

    Finalist ... 

    Archibald Prize (2013),  Black Swan Portrait Prize (2013),  Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2012), Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize (2012), Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (2012, 2011), Nora Heysen Centennial Prize for Still Life (2011), Portia Geach Memorial Prize (2010),  Mortimore Prize (2010, 2008)  

Matthew Kentmann Art Tutor
Matthew Weatherstone

Exhibiting Artist
Art Classes & Workshops
Art Classes for Children Senior Transition Advanced Painting and Drawing Art Class How to Paint and Draw | For Beginners Learn to Paint in Oils

Matthew Weatherstone

  • Matthew has carved a career as a professional artist with great success in exhibitions.

    As an artist his strong technical skills are evident in his work - but are balanced with a highly developed approach to the concept and messages that is being communicated to the viewer.

     A dedicated visual artist driven by a passion for understanding, capturing and expressing that which is seen and experienced, drawing on the fruits of a curious and contemplative mind.

    A firm believer in the therapeutic, transformative and enriching qualities found in creating, experiencing and engaging with others through art. This belief manifests itself in the sharing of creative inspiration, ideas and artistic technique through the practice of art therapy and engagement with fellow artists and the broader community.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    2009 Diploma of Fine Arts, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, Hornsby

    2004 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management with Distinction, North Coast Institute of TAFE, PortMacquarie

    Guest Speaker and Tutor - Primary and Secondary classes
    Heritage Christian School, Port Macquarie
    2010, 2011, 2012

    Guest Speaker
    Discover English (ESL), Melbourne
    2012 

    Guest Speaker
    Wahroonga Public School
    2009

Peter Mackie
Peter Mackie

Bachelor of Design
Art Classes & Workshops
How to Paint and Draw | For Beginners

Peter Mackie

  • Peter has over 30 years experience as a designer, commercial artist and art director. Working in both traditional and digital mediums he has created design and illustrations for organisations large and small.

    He has returned to producing his own artwork with work shown in the Silk Cut Awards and has exhibited in numerous group shows and has had a solo exhibition at Gaffa Gallery.

    Peter is an accomplished artist whose art practice includes drawing, painting, printmaking and digital-artwork.

    He enjoys challenging students to explore the edge of their abilities and discover their hidden potential and their own expression.

Krista Brennan

  • Krista brings a fresh and exciting approach to art. 

  • As a professional artist the quality of Krista's artwork speaks for itself.  She has a broad skill set that covers commercial and children's illustration, watercolour and oil painting, drawing and stained glass crafting.

    Her specialist medium is watercolour, tackling a diverse range of subjects and styles with her bold, intense, realistic approach. Her commissioned works include books, card games, portraits and landscapes.

    She is a passionate artist and enthusiastic tutor, dedicated to supporting her students in achieving their artistic goals.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Dobell Scholarship at Julian Ashton Art School, 2009
    Diploma of Fine Art, 2010
    Finalist Portia Geach Portrait Prize, 2011
    Finalist AME Bale Scholarship, 2010 & 2011

Christina Rogers
Semi Finalist
Moran Portraiture Prize
Art Classes & Workshops
Life Drawing Art Workshop with Krista Brennan - How to Draw the Human Figure Watercolours for Beginners

Christina Rogers

  • Christina left her role as a Commercial Operations Manager in the end of 2011 to pursue intensive training in drawing and painting.

    She is currently building a career as a portrait artist and painter of bespoke commissions.

    Her main focus is on portraiture, working mostly from life, using oils in the Alla Prima method. She enjoys the challenge of capturing the observable, the hidden and the inferred, as evidenced in a sitter’s face and environment.

    While classically trained in Sydney and London, she adds her own expressive touches to her works - combining the real with the imagined and experiments with different media. She also paints landscapes, still life and large abstract works. 

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    2016
    Finalist Perce Tucker Portrait Prize
    Finalist Glencore Percival Protrait Prize
    Uncovered: Making a Work of Art Group Exhibition
    Finalist Percival Protrait Prize
    2015
    WINNER Singleton Art Prize (Acquisitive)
    WINNER Singleton Art Prize - Centanary of Anzac
    Finalist Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize - Lismore
    Finalist Cliftons Art Prize
    Every Boardroom Needs an Artist YSC Event  - MCA
    History Week War, Nationalism and Identity - Singleton Public Library
    Grand Little Pictures group exhibiton - Clifton Gardens
    Finalist Waverley Art Prize
    Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize
    Finalist Gallipoli Art Prize
    Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize
    Finalist Who's Looking at You Portrait Prize,   Cambridge Studio Gallery
    2014
    Semi finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize
    Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize

Olena Kosenko

  • I am like an architect in my creative space ... I build the painting in my mind ... I decide the media, the size of the work and finally the layout...
  • Artist ... turned succesful designer/businesswoman ... turned artist ... as a role model and mentor Olena has a great deal to offer for both young and mature students of art.

    Olena is a consultant tutor and course Director for Children's Classes at Sydney Art School.

    Her list of awards is impressive and grows at a rate faster than we can keep up with.

    Her style while grounded in classical fine arts is distinctly contemporary displaying strong design skills often using architectural or industrial subjects with surreal interpretations. 

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    First Prize - Royal Easter Show - Drawing - 2013

    Winner - Noel Chettle Memorial Art Award - 2013

    Winner - Lane Cove Art Award - 2012

    Finalist - Mosman Art Prize - 2013

    Finalist - North Sydney Art Prize - 2013

    Master of Fine Arts - Karkhov State Academy of Design & Art

Varry Niven
Varry Niven
Diploma of Visual Arts
Art Classes & Workshops
Senior Transition Advanced Painting and Drawing Art Class Art Classes for Children Mini Monet - After School Art Class for Kids

Varry Niven

  • My works are a collection of my artistic and personal journey

  • Varry holds a Diploma of Visual Arts, Certificate in Training and assessment. Varry is also a Certified Art Clay Instructor and Assessor.  She is is an exhibiting artists and works in all forms of art ... painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking and jewellery.

    A natural communicator. Varry's students find that her breadth of experience creates a balanced perspective in her teaching and helps them to explore multiple creative options

Ana Pollak

  • ... I try to capture the essence of it, and play with that essence of movement, because it is all about movement and line and bringing the two together.
  • Ana Pollak lives and works on Dangar Island. She began her art studies at the Byam Shaw School of Painting and Drawing in London in 1976 and at Alexander Mackie School of Art from 1978 to 1980.

    Ana is a tutor for School Student Art Classes

     

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Winner - Dobell Prize for Drawing 2007

David Collins

  • David is one of the most humble and unassuming people you will ever have the pleasure to meet.  But boy ... can he paint!   His exhibitions are consistently "sell outs".  There is a lot to learn from an artist like him.

    Finalist in the 2013 Wynne prize

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Finalist - Wynne Prize for Landscape Painting - 2013

    Winner - Hornsby Art Prize - 2011

Sue Ashpole

  • After initially building a succesful career in the corporate sector Sue has moved into the world of visual arts where she has specialised in pottery and silver jewellery.

    Sue has been Certified as an Advanced Instructor and assessor for Art Clay Silver and also tutors children's classes in painting and drawing.

Samantha Wiltshire
Art Classes & Workshops
Mini Monet - After School Art Class for Kids

Samantha Wiltshire

  • Samantha is currently attending University of New South Wales (College of Fine Arts) and enrolled in a double degree of  Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts.
    She has also been attending Sydney Art School (since 2012) and has studied under Matthew Weatherstone and Apple Yin.

    Sam tutors Mini Monet classes. Her commitment and achievments has developed her artistic skills to a very high level making her an exceptional role model to young artists.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Achievements

     

    • 2016: First, Hornsby Young Artists Award, 16-18 years category.

    • 2015: Ranked first in HSC Visual Arts with a Band 6 at Arden Anglican Secondary School.

    • 2014: Selected to participate in the National Art School HSC Studio Intensive Course in Life Drawing.

    • 2013: Work experience with the curating team at Macquarie University Art Gallery.

    • 2011: Second place for print making and third place for drawing using any medium at the Penrith Show.

     

     

Sophie Al-Bazouni
Art Classes & Workshops
Mini Monet - After School Art Class for Kids

Sophie Al-Bazouni

  • Sophie Al-Bazouni is an artist from Sydney who specialises in acrylic portraits. Under the artist name SOPHIEAYE, she has created works revolving around Hip Hop culture, being influenced heavily by the music itself, and figures in pop culture. Sophie's work is often dark, with use of heavy shadows and subtle highlights. Sophie continually aims to further her practice through exploring different mediums and techniques.

    Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at UNSW Art and Design. She has exhibited in a number of group shows and had her first solo exhibition last year. She is currently working on her second solo show for March 2017.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Exhibitions:

    2016, What's the Meme-ing of This?, group exhibition at Casual Powerhouse Arts Centre
    2016, RAW Sydney Showcase, Manning Bar
    2016, Hip Hop and Chill, solo exhibition at M2 Gallery
    2015, Rappers on Bags, group exhibition at Goodspace Gallery

Gary Myers
Art Classes & Workshops
Painting the Australian Landscape - Art Workshop with Gary Myers

Gary Myers

  • If you can't have fun while you do art then why would you bother doing it?
  • A prolific artists, lovable rogue and entertainer. Gary loves to communicate with his students and help them to connect to a vibrant and colorful outback.

    He once rode a motorcylce around Australia ... funding his trip by by paintings he created sold and bartered during his 9 month adventure.

    Back in the studio Gary has an ability to help his students discover to a new way of seeing and representing their subject matter in their own artistic style.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Gary has been awarded membership to Kevin Hill's list of current Top Ten Australian Artists.

Mitzi Vardill

  • To be a teacher of art to adults requires much more than a firm technical knowledge ... You need to be able to bring out the wall flower and tone down the loud mouth ... You are at once the hostess and the instructor, the actor and the confessor.
  • Mitzi has a loyal following of students who continue to enrol in her courses.  

    Why? To put it simply ... she is one of the best art tutors in Sydney.  Her students have created prize winning works in numerous art competitions and sold at exhibitions.

    If you are a new artist looking to learn acrylics, oils or even watercolours - you won't go wrong in one of Mitzi's classes.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Finalist Hornsby Art Prize 2013

    Masters in Contemporary Arts for Educators (Sydney College of Arts at Sydney University)

    Diploma in Fine Arts

Susan Cesarini
Art Classes & Workshops
Learn to Paint in Oils

Susan Cesarini

  • ... the freshness and spontaneity of an "alla prima" portrait is more exciting than a perfect photographic likeness ...
  • Susan is a multi-award winning portrait artist and an experienced teacher. She enjoys painting directly from life, believing that the freshness and spontaneity of an "alla prima" portrait is often more exciting than a perfect photographic likeness.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Awards

    Finalist Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards

    Finalist Mortimore Prize

    Finalist Berkelouw Self-Portrait Prize

Mark Tippett

Anita Chisholm

  • Anita is a qualified Visual Art Teacher and for the past 11 years Anita has practiced as an Artist and Art Teacher. Primarily working in painting and drawing mediums, she paints commissions for private clientele, businesses and government and has completed, managed and collaborated with other artists to paint murals at 'Allphones Arena' and at Primary Schools

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    • Bachelor of Art Education, College of Fine Arts, UNSW 2003

Belinda Skinner
Belinda Skinner
Diploma of VIsual Arts
Art Classes & Workshops
Mini Monet - After School Art Class for Kids

Belinda Skinner

  • The kid's in the Mini Monet classes love Miss Belle.  A natural people person and organiser - she can always keep her students on task and engaged (from primary schoolers to adults).  Her artistic style is contemporary and creative.

    Belinda is one of the "new wave" of tutors at Sydney Art School having served her apprenticeship under our senior tutors, learning the skills from some of the best artists in Sydney.

    She returns to tutoring after completing full time studies in Visual Arts.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Diploma in Visual Arts (Drawing & Painting)
    Children's Art Classes Tutor

Jessica Kate Ashpole
Jessica Ashpole
Art Classes & Workshops
Mini Monet - After School Art Class for Kids

Jessica Kate Ashpole

  • Jessica is one of the "new wave" of tutors at Sydney Art School having served her apprenticeship under our senior tutors, learning the skills from some of the best artists in Sydney.

    The kid's in the Mini Monet classes love Miss Jessica.  A natural people person and organiser - she can always keep her students on task and engaged (from primary schoolers to adults).  Her artistic style is contemporary and creative.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Jesicca is currently completing studies towards a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

  Put Yourself in the Picture

Put Yourself in the Picture

  • Could you see yourself as a tutor at Sydney Art School?
  • Sydney Art School continues to grow and we are always on the lookout for great tutors.

    The quality of our tutors is a key ingredient in that success - and if you have the talent to be a tutor at Sydney Art School then we would love to hear from you.

  • Awards & Qualifications Include:

    Here are some of the things you absolutely must have ...

    • Tertiary Qualifications in Fine Arts or Visual Arts 
    • Teaching experience
    • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (min) for Diploma level tutors
    • A passion for art,  a love for working with people, and a great attitude
    • Ethics and integrity