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

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.

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- Keith Dewell

Thursday – Tutor Frank Giacco. Term 1, 2018 will focus on the features of the face.

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 – 12:00pm (morning class) and 12:45pm – 3:30pm (afternoon class). Tutor Chris Browne

Saturday: 10:00am – 12:45pm (morning class) and 1:30pm – 4:15pm (afternoon class)Tutor Sally Ryan

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 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


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


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