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Sydney Art School



63 Hunter St, Hornsby, Australia

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Sydney Art School is the only Australian ARC approved school that is also accredited by the Australian Government to award qualifications at certificate & diploma levels under the Australian Qualifications Framework.  It is the only private college in Australia that is focused solely on the visual arts to have achieved this accreditation. 

Students at the school develop skills in the disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking & silversmithing.   The School has built a reputation for excellence in developing observational and representational artistic skills.  Graduates of the School have gone on to build careers as professional artists, art educators or have moved into further studies at Australian Universities.

The School caters to a diverse range of students with courses covering tertiary, secondary and primary level studies.  In addition to domestic students the School attracts students from overseas who come to Australia to study art at Sydney Art School.

The faculty comprises some of Australia’s best professional art practitioners and educators.  Tutors include winners and finalists in some of Australia's most prestigious art prizes including the Archibald Prize, the Moran Portrait Prize & the Gallipoli Memorial Prize.  The tutor's role is to give “in studio” instruction on techniques combined with personal feedback to help each student develop technical and professional skills as an artist.

The School additionally offers classes to school age students which follow a developmental program designed to lead young students into the classes where they can work towards formal qualifications.

Founded 2009
Course languages (Check multiple if applicable) English
Accreditation Diploma and Advanced Diploma
Part-Time Instructors 1
Full-Time Instructors 11
Students 600
Accommodation No

Part time: EUR 3097 / year

Full time: EUR 5450 / year

Sydney Art School

63 Hunter St


Matthew Weatherstone

Painting and Drawing Tutor

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.

Krista Brennan

Watercolour Painting and Drawing Tutor

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 picture 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 Career Highlights Illustrator for Once picture-book with Kate Forsyth Finalist AME Bale Scholarship, 2010 & 2011 Finalist Portia Geach Portrait Prize, 2011 Diploma of Fine Art, 2010 Dobell Scholarship at Julian Ashton Art School, 2009

Peter Mackie

Printmaking, Painting and Drawing Tutor

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. He has returned to producing his own artwork with work shown in the Silk Cut Awards and has exhibited in numerous group shows and has had a solo exhibition at Gaffa Gallery. 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 a Registered Training Organisation Assessor and Senior tutor.

Cristina Aura

Drawing Tutor

Cristina Aura was born in Romania to an artist mother. She graduated from the prestigious 'Ion Andreescu' Institute for Visual Arts. After receiving her Masters Degree in Painting, she moved to Algeria. There she pursued her artistic and teaching career and held numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 1989, Cristina and her family migrated to Australia. She has since worked as an Art Teacher in a variety of High Schools and Institutions, while at the same time, continuing her passion for painting. Cristina has a fascination with portraiture and that is reflected in her current work. Cristina's paintings are held in many private collections in Australia, France, Algeria and Romania. Cristina lives on Sydney's North Shore and is a member of Portrait Artists Australia Cristina is one of Sydney Art School's Registered Training Organisation Assessors and Senior tutor.

Kristin Hardiman

Painting and Drawing Tutor

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 a Registered Training Organisation Assessor and senior tutor.

Michael Simms

Painting and Drawing Tutor

Michael Simms is a multi-award winning artist based in Sydney. 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 artist. He has been a winner and finalist in several national painting prizes, including the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize - Finalist 2017, and Black Swan Prize for Portraiture - Finalist 2016 for his painting of Thomas Kennealy

Apple Yin

Painting Tutor

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. Qualifications & Career Highlights Finalist Archibald Prize 2010, 2011 Finalist Moran Portrait Prize 2009 Finalist Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards 2008 Finalist Hornsby Art Prize 2013

Susanna Strati

Jewellery and Silversmithing Tutor

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. 

Christina Rogers

Painting and Drawing Tutor

Christina is a Sydney based 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. Career Highlights 2016 Finalist Perce Tucker Portrait Prize Finalist Glencore Percival Protrait Prize Uncovered: Making a Work of Art Group Exhibition Finalist Percival Protrait Prize 2015 WINNER Singleton Art Prize (Acquisitive) WINNER Singleton Art Prize - Centanary of Anzac Finalist Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize - Lismore Finalist Cliftons Art Prize Finalist Waverley Art Prize Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize Finalist Gallipoli Art Prize Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize Semi finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize

Tam Cao

Painting and Drawing Tutor

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.

Daniel Cap

Jewellery and Silversmithing Tutor

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.

Daniel Cap runs his own jewellery manufacturing company by the name of Object Maker Pty Ltd specialising in Mokume-gane.

Originally from Adelaide, Daniel did an informal apprenticeship under Bell and Brunt jewellers after completing a Bachelor in visual arts and applied design.

Michael Simms - Paul Capsis

Michael Simms - Susannah

Michael Simms - Thomas Keneally

Michael Simms - Transendence

Apple Yin - The Previous Life

Apple Yin - The Girl with her Flute

Apple Yin - Hearing Meditation

Krista Brennan - Ancient Roots

Krista Brennan - Ellie

Krista Brennan - Tamara

Christina Rogers - Billy

Christina Rogers - Gaily Bedlight

Matthew Weatherstone - Wanderer, Wonderer

Matthew Weatherstone - Shadows and Silhouettes

Matthew Weatherstone - Afternoon Haze

Matthew Weatherstone - I See It All

Kristin Hardiman - Zabeel

Kristin Hardiman - Uncle Martin

Tam Cao - Dumpling Kitchen

Tam Cao - Untitled Portrait

Cristina Aura - Self-portrait

Cristina Aura - Sleeping

Krista Brennan - Respite

Peter Mackie - Nude study


Portrait drawing

Portrait drawing

Still life Eggplant

Horse drawing

Still Life Fruit Drawing

Still Life drawing, reflective objects

Portrait painting

Landscape painting

Life model study

Figure study

After Sargent

Skull study

Figure study

Still life Coffee pot

Life model study

Flayed head study

Portrait drawing

Main Studio - Hunter St, Hornsby

Hunter St, Interior

Hunter St, Interior

Hunter St, Interior