Outline of Courses and Art classes at Georges Heights, Mosman

Drawing and painting classes at Georges Heights, Mosman

From the JAAS Studio at Headland Park Georges Heights, Mosman you can take a five minute walk along the escarpment path and gaze from many vantage points at the  entrance of,  “The Greatest Harbour in the World”, as Captain Arthur Phillip described it;  Students are constantly aware of the changes of the mood of the day – clouds, clear skies, rain, morning clarity and evening softness.

There is no better place to study landscape.

It should be noted that the basics of landscape painting are to be discovered by studying still life.  In the studio at Georges Heights as at the Rocks Campus, the student observes tonal values in simple still life objects under a controlled light.

Becoming fluent with tonal colour is the key to all landscape and figure painting and it is a joyful journey of discovery.

All of the following subjects are studied at this perfectly located studio. Please view the current class enrolment forms to your right.

Art classes – Basic Drawing and Painting  (A)

The student achieves co-ordination of hand and eye and examines the proportion, direction and the form of simple objects. The recognition of structure and the rules of perspective lead the student to the study of light and shade in monochrome.  Tonal still life studies in graphic media provide the basis for tonal anatomical studies. Oil painting is very much a traditional, however ever so versatile painting medium.  Painting in oils is often the preferred painting medium for portrait as well as landscape painting, as it allows the artist to work and re-work, continuously blending the oil colours to the desired effect.   Oil Paints have a longer curing period than Acrylic Paints & mediums.

The Julian Ashton Art School teaches oil painting classes for portraiture; painting directly from life, as well as oil painting classes for landscape & seascape.  Our teachers also enjoy teaching each student the fundamental techniques of oil painting to ensure the student can apply this universal painting medium to any choice of artistic endeavor.

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Art classes – Life Drawing, Painting and Portraiture   (B)

The fine art of figurative drawing is as old as art itself. Learning to draw the human figure is considered a fundamental art practice that is central to the teaching at this famous Art School. Many fine artists consider life drawing from the nude model to be serving ones artistic apprenticeship and that it is a must do for any aspiring art student.

The Julian Ashton holds structured life drawing classes where students are tutored in understanding the human form, observing anatomical structure and form from the nude model, drawing or painting in various media. The school also has a collection of plaster casts & artists skeletons perfect for use when initially learning the finer points of the human anatomy including bone and muscle structure and connections.

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Art classes – Watercolour Painting  (C)

Watercolour class at Georges Heights

The Julian Ashton Art School offers both beginner & advanced tuition suitable for any aspiring art student who wants to learn the fundamentals or more complex techniques of handling watercolour.

Watercolour is very much a medium of effects and requires a thorough knowledge of the possibilities and brilliance of the medium and above all knowing the right time to stop.

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Art classes – Landscape Painting  (D)

The joy of landscape painting

The student may join this progressive course during the term. Conditions apply.

Being taught individually you progress at your own pace.

The ever changing skies which the artist can observe from horizon to horizon are an inspiration and a challenge to the student.

The varying hues of the sea – from cobalt to ultramarine and now a hint of monastral leading to violet are exciting journeys in colour mixing. You learn the first rule which is to keep your edges clean and how to prepare your palette as a tonal colour keyboard.

You explore concept, tone colour composition and perspective in oil or other media in the studio and out of doors and painting “En plein air” by the Harbour.

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Art classes – Sculpture/Modelling    (E)

The Julian Ashton Art School teaches figurative sculpting techniques as well as how to sculpt portraits or ‘busts’. You learn as you sculpt from life in either plasticine or other suitable modeling mediums.

The sculpture & modeling techniques you will learn can one day form part of your artistic process if you’re aiming to create cast bronze artworks or other forms of sculpture.