Holiday Courses including Summer Schools


A number of art classes are offered during the holidays between terms.

Winter Holidays 2017

Hours for classes 9.15 am to 3.30pm, (Weekend  E excepted- Hours 10am to 4.15pm)

Outline of Holiday Courses

Holiday courses, including Summer Schools, are held over the JAAS Christmas Holidays and between JAAS terms respectively and follow whenever possible the New South Wales State State School holidays. (Please check as dates may differ.)  All are welcome,  beginners and advanced,  from 18 to mature aged.  All courses are held subject to numbers so it is advisable to book early. 

Each holiday course is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to sound studio practice in the subject area.  Our methods of teaching are traditional. We have respect for the proven techniques of the masters and believe that it is the duty of this school to provide, as well, up to date technologies and practice.

Our set program of courses includes;  Life Drawing,  Watercolour, Landscape, Tone Colour and Composition, Anatomy, Colour Light and Vision, Figure Painting, Still Life and Tonal Studies. They are held at both the Rocks and the Georges Heights Campus. The Summer Festival of Sea and Skies is held at our Georges Heights Studio which enjoys unparalleled vistas over Sydney Harbour.( Please see descriptions below as not all classes are held  in each break.)

The Julian Ashton Art Schools offers a comprehensive suite of Holiday Courses to art students at all levels of experience wanting to improve their depth of knowledge. Our courses do vary from season to season.  Please view the down loadable current class enrollment forms to your right. These enrollment forms also provide up to date information on all other visual art courses that we offer.

Course Descriptions for Winter 2017

Hours for classes 9.15 am to 3.30pm, (Weekend  E excepted- Hours 10am to 4.15pm)


Tutor Josefia Lemon

Week 1A  , 3 Day Watercolour Workshop. July 3rd. 4th & 5th, 2017.Hrs 9.15 am to 3.30pm. At Rocks. $300

Josefia is an award winning watercolourist Learn how to make perfect wet washes; use masking techniques and wet on dry and wet in wet; keeping colour clean; composition, retaining freshness; keeping your drawing; cutting back with the background and many other subjects. Develop a vigorous approach and master the happy accident.

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 Introduction to Drawing & Painting

Tutor Rod Wong

Week 1C , July 3rd to 7th, 2017, At Rocks . Hrs 9.15 am to 3.30pm. $450.

An enjoyable introduction to good practice in drawing and painting. Using our classical casts  or still life objects, students develop observational and basic drawing skills, progressing at their own pace to oil painting  in monochrome and, depending on progress, colour.

Also emphasised is an understanding of  light and tone and colour mixing.

Tuition is on a one to one basis in a class environment. Students are tutored according to their level.

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Fundamentals of Life Drawing

Tutor David Briggs
Rocks Campus.
Weekend 2E , July 15th & 16th, 2017, at Rocks. $220
N.B. Hours are 10:00Am-4:15PM

A program of exercises exploring different aspects of drawing in turn; See the subject as a whole: using alignments, measurements and negative shapes; using anatomy to explain action; perspective and the figure; exploring form and contour; using visualisation and visual memory. Then – putting it all together – the sustained study. Within the reach of the beginner but challenging enough to attract experienced students.

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Colour, Light & Vision

Tutor David Briggs
Rocks Campus
Week 2D, July 10th to 14th, 2017, at Rocks . Hrs 9.15 am to 3.30pm. $450.

A unique course intended for any painter, experienced or just beginning, who wants to fully understand colour. Theory and practical exercises cover: light and vision; pigments and their properties ; the different kinds of primary colours and their respective application ; a framework for visualising colour and tonal relationships ; physical colour mixing ;optical mixing and glazing and making colour sequences that evoke powerful effects of light.

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Drawing from Life

Tutor Richard Porter

Rocks Campus

Week 2G, July 10th to 14th, 2017. At Rocks. Hrs 9.15 am to 3.30pm.  $535

This enjoyable  course by a master draughtsman and painter,  caters for all levels, from those just beginning, to the advanced and experienced looking to finesse their skills. Anatomical  studies stress  the effect structure has on outward form. A sound knowledge of anatomy is the basis of all figure and portrait painting, permitting freedom of expression and imagination. Students work from a variety of life models throughout the week.

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