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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.

    Matthew's role at Sydney Art School is Registrar/Senior Tutor for both Domestic and International Students.

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.

    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.

    Peter is an assessor and Senior tutor.

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.

    Sue also holds the position of Studio Manager at Sydney Art School.

Iwona Tamborska

  • International art jeweler, whose works are mosty recognized by the use of insects as part of the jewelry.

    The artist creates in a style inspired by the early XX century art, calling it “the new art nouveau”.

    Her creativity shows characteristic etherealness, dynamics and an intentional lack of symmetry. Strongly inspired by entomology, botany, biochemistry, astrophysics, graphic arts and ethnology.

     

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.

    Kristin is also an Assessor and senior tutor.

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. 

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. 

Michael Simms

  •  Michael Simms is a multi-award winning artist based in Sydney. Born in Adelaide, he completed degrees in psychology and film at Flinders University.

    Michael's art demonstrates an deep command of classical skills combined with a contemporary perspective on his subjects.

    For any student he provides a strong ability to help you develop your technique and approach to art as well as practical guidance on developing your career as a professional artis.

Susanna Strati

  • Susanna has a wealth of skills and credentials as an artist. 

    She holds a PhD from the Universtity of NSW Art & Design, where she was also a sessional lecturer in Jewellery and Object Design.

    Her jewellery is held in numerous domestic and international galleries as well as the Art Gallery of NSW.

    Susanna is also highly skilled in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. 

Daniel Cap

  • Daniel has been working in the jewellery trade for just over 10 years, predominately in design and hand making of platinum or gold diamond rings. He is one of Australia's leading craftsman using the Japanese art of Mokume-gane which fuses several layers of differently coloured precious metals to create stunning laminated patterns in handcrafted jewellery.

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.

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.

Jules Read

  • Jules is a silversmith and jeweller.

    Metal Clay & Silversmithing are her two artist passions.  Jules uses a variety of traditional techniques in her work but her favourite things to create is mixed medium pieces made from both metal clay & precious metals such as sterling silver & gold.

    Teaching & sharing her jewellery passion enables her to interact with people who love what she loves & that's such a beautiful thing.

Cristina Aura

  • Cristina will improve your skills to a level you never thought possible.  Her attention to detail is second to none.

    Cristina is a Assessor and Senior tutor.

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.

    Krista is the School's Liaison officer and also Senior Tutor

Samantha Wiltshire

  • Sam's students benefit learning from her exceptionally strong skills in drawing and painting.

    She has won the Hornsby Art Prize Emerging Artists Award & was First Place in the Hornsby Young Artists Competition.

    Samantha attends University of New South Wales (College of Fine Arts) and enrolled in a double degree of  Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts, and was previously a student at Sydney Art School.

Daniel Vivas

  • Daniel Vivas is a visual artist and printmaker.

    Prior to coming to Sydney Art School he was previously a Professor at Universidad de los Andes Venezuela where he lectured in printmaking and drawing.

     

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 currently holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales: Art and Design. She has exhibited in a number of group shows and has had  many solo exhibitions. 

Tim de la Hoyde

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. 

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.

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.

  Put Yourself in the Picture

Put Yourself in the Picture

  • 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.