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Matthew Kentmann

  • Mathew has been a finalist in some of Australia's most prestigous painting and drawing prizes including;
    • Archibald Prize 2015
    • Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2016, 2015, 2012
    • Dobell Prize for Drawing - 2011, 2003
     He is an Honours Graduate of College of Fine Arts,  holds a Bachelor of Teaching, and is a teacher at a private school in the northern suburbs of Sydney.

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.

Apple Yin

  • 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. 

Kristin Hardiman

  • Kristin Hardiman is one of Australia’s leading portrait and equine artists and is an Exhibiting Member of the Portrait Artists Australia.  Her awards include:

    • Finalist Clifton Art Prize 2016
    • Finalist Gallipoli Memorial Prize 2016, 2015, 2013
    • Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Prize 2014
    • Winner International Inglis Equine Art Prize 2011

    She holds a Diploma Fine Arts and Education from the Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education (now The University of NSW Art and Design) and has been working as a professional artist and teacher for nearly 30 years.

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.

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

  • 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.

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. 

Olena Kosenko

  • 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. 

Varry Niven

  • Varry holds a Diploma of Visual Arts, Certificate in Training and assessment, a Certified Art Clay Instructor and Assessor. One of our Senior children's tutor's who has students across four of our studio's Varry is an exhibiting artist 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.

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.

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.

Sophie Al-Bazouni

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.

Tam Cao

Tam Cao

  • Primarily a portrait and landscape artist,  Tam was also awarded first prize in the 2016 inaugural ‘Art on the walk’ competition at the Henry Deane Plaza with his work ‘People of the Plaza’. This work involved a series of 12 life portraits completed over a 5 day period.

    Tam’s practice is mainly grounded in the mediums of oil, pastel, gouache and watercolour.

    Tam has studied at the East Sydney Art Academy and Julian Ashton Art School. He was awarded the John Olsen Scholarship in 2010.

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.

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

Gary Myers

Gary Myers

  • 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.

  Put Yourself in the Picture

Put Yourself in the Picture

Susan Cesarini

Susan Cesarini