Life Drawing , Life Painting and Portraiture Day Classes


Hours  Monday through Friday: 9.15am- 12pm  (morning class) and 12.45 pm -3.30 pm ( afternoon class).

Saturday: 10:00am – 12:45pm (morning class) and 1:30pm – 4:15pm. Tutor Sally Ryan, but for Term 4, tutor will be James Tucker while Sally is away.

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

The Julian Ashton Art School offers a number of art classes suitable for art students wanting to practice directly from the nude model.

There is a different  emphasis on different days, more details below.


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There is a different  emphasis on different days.

Life Drawing Monday and Tuesday

Hours 9.15am- 12pm  (morning class) and 12.45 pm -3.30 pm ( afternoon class).

On Monday,  poses range from a few minutes to half day and full day. Students concentrate on their figure drawing and develop an understanding of human anatomy. As well as a systematic analysis of anatomy from the live model, students explore line and tone, in the process training their visual memory. Tutor Keith Dewell

On Tuesday, the model holds short poses, ranging from five minutes to half an hour.Tutor Andrew Paviour

The aim, with continued attendance, is for students to gain a sound knowledge of anatomy in order to depict the figure in an expressive, dynamic  fashion.

Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday and Thursday: 9:15am – 12:00pm (morning class) and 12:45pm – 3:30pm (afternoon class). On Wednesdays, there is a different pose in morning and the afternoon for either drawing or quick oil sketches.

Tutor on Wednesday- Isabelle Chouinard

The focus of this class on Wednesdays will be on colour perception and the concepts of light, form and movement found in the human form. In drawing, and painting in oil, the students will learn different conceptual exercises to improve their visual understanding and skills.

Pose lengths will vary from 1 to 5 days.

A basic level of experience is recommended for this class.

Thursday – Tutor Frank Giacco. Term 1 will focus on the features of the face, Term 2, starts on Anzac Day, with a ten week morning pose and a different ten week afternoon pose, both standing nude poses.

First week: drawing only, revising anatomy and form.
Second week: tonal underpainting followed by full colour.

Models hold both short and long poses, progressing to maintaining the same pose for up to 3 to 5 weeks. Shorter poses enable students to build their skills with increased practice.

Thursday’s classes range from concentrating on individual features to extended poses over several weeks.

Friday and Saturday

Friday: 9:15am –  3:30pm. Tutor Chris Browne, all day class with lunch between 12:00pm and 12:45pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 12:45pm (morning class) and 1:30pm – 4:15pm (afternoon class). Tutor Sally Ryan, but for Term 4, tutor will be James Tucker while Sally is away.

The model holds the same pose for the 10 week term on Fridays and 5 to 10 weeks on Saturdays

Students explore drawing and flesh-painting styles in oil, from laying- in to final glazing, as well as matching tones, mixing colours and paint application .

Some prior drawing experience is advisable.

Students may enroll from one class per week (Friday Life class excepted-this is an all day class) to 10 classes per week (full time).

Additional information

Materials List

For the first session, bring A2 paper, HB and 2B pencils, a kneadable eraser and knife or sharpener
For Wednesdays in Isabelle Chouinards class;
Drawing materials :
A2 cartridge drawing paper pad
Selection of HB, 2B graphite pencils
Kneaded erasers
Stanley knife and small sand paper or pencil sharpener
3-4 Bulldog clips
pencil pouch or case
Large art bag to fit A2 drawings and materials
Toned paper: Canson mi-teinte, (Sky blue, Steel Grey), Strathmore toned paper pad, 18 x 24 inches
Charcoal pencils, General’s or Wolff carbon pencils, 2B or hard to medium.
White pastel or chalk, General’s, Pitt Pastel Faber-Castell, Caran D’Ache pastel pencil
A2 size foam core for padding
Note: Please, don’t bring Montmartre brand product.
Painting materials :
Oil Colours:
Artist quality oil paint only. No student grade paint. No “hue”. No watersoluble paint. No Winton.
(The pigments are not the same, they contain only 50% of the pigment of an artist quality paint tube, but don’t
cost half the price.)
Art Spectrum, Gamblin, Rembrandt, Winsor and Newton Artist Colours, Schmincke Norma are be good and
reasonably priced.
Titanium white
Cadmium yellow light or lemon
Cadmium red
Alizarin Crimson Permanent
Ultramarine blue
Yellow Ochre (Gamblin or Art Spectrum)
Transparent Red Oxide (or burnt sienna)
Burnt Umber
Ivory black
Raw Umber
Raw Sienna (Rembrandt)
Cadmium Orange
Quinacridone Red or Rose, or Permanent Rose
Cerulean blue
Dioxazine purple (Winsor Violet, Flinders Blue Violet)
A selection of long handles, synthetic/nylon, rounds and filberts, small to medium sizes. Brushes should not
be too soft or too stiff. Buy 3 of each size you choose. You should have at least 12 brushes.
Recommended brand:
Da Vinci Nova, golden synthetic
Neef, white synthetic,
Parkers Brislon range
Art Basic Range, white synthetic and golden synthetic (found at the Art Scene, West Ryde)
Please, bring a wooden palette of medium size. A toned-grey paper palette is ok.
No glass, no plastic and no white plastic-coated palette.
If you’re using a new unsealed wooden palette, please seal the surface with 6 coats of linseed oil.
Alternatively, you can buy a New Wave brand palette which ready to use.
Painting surfaces:
Best and easiest surface to paint on is fine-weaved oil-primed linen canvas.
Claessens no 13 or no13DP can be purchases at Parker’s by the meter.
Off-cuts linen from Parker’s are a good inexpensive option.
Cotton canvas can be purchased from the office.
Alternatively, canvas paper, canvas pad made by Arches, Canson or Fredrix is also good. It should be at least
an A3 size pad.
Other materials:
Note book, A5 with pencils for thumb-nail sketches.
Palette knife, long-ish (2-3 inches) pointed, diamond/trowel shaped
Refined linseed oil
Gamsol 500ml, odorless solvent (only Gamsol brand is acceptable)
Masking Tape roll, white
Paper Towel roll
Plastic rubbish bag
Mahl stick (painter’s stick), optional
2-3 small jars with tight fitting lids for medium and solvent
300-500ml glass jar with tight fitting lid (filled to the half point with Gamsol for brush cleaning at home)
Sunlight soap bars (for cleaning brushes at home)
A bag to carry it all!
Medium recipe:
50/50 linseed oil and Gamsol. It is easier to make a batch in a medium size glass jar at home. Pour it in the
small jar to use when you paint and for bringing to class.
Alternatively, Gamblin Neo Megilp or Solvent-free gel or Rublev Oleogel are a good option too.
Art supplies addresses:
Parkers Art Supplies
The Sydney Art Store
The Art Scene


Andrew Paviour, Christopher Browne, Frank Giacco, Isabelle Chouinard, Keith Dewel, Sally Ryan


The Rocks

Class Times

Monday to Friday Hours 9.15am- 12pm (morning class) and 12.45 pm -3.30 pm ( afternoon class).
Saturday Hours: 10:00am – 12:45pm (morning class) and 1:30pm – 4:15pm (afternoon class)


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