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Encourage creativity in a friend or family member. Voucher will be emailed and can be used for any of our workshops/sessions. Gift Vouchers >>


"The Atelier has a very warm camaraderie as students and tutors share the joy of the arts with conversation around the communal lounges often lively and challenging." Read more student testimonials >>

Life drawing Wednesday nights

Join us here every Wednesday night for life drawing!

To be part of the tutored session arrive at 6.30pm. Otherwise, start any time from 7pm for untutored life drawing. It finishes at 9.30pm.
$45 for full tutored session. $7.50 per hour for untutored.
Pictured right: drawing by Penelope Sanderson.

Painting the Figure in Oils with Keith Dewell

Weekend workshop Saturday & Sunday, 8 & 9 April 2017.
Whilst not suitable for absolute beginners, those with a little experience in life drawing and painting any subject in oils will find this workshop tremendously useful. The human figure is a complex and subtle subject to paint. You will learn how to meet the challenge of achieving a high standard in your work by using a systematic approach to your painting. Keith will introduce you to five stages in making an oil painting of the figure.
$350 for the weekend, includes model and a light lunch on both days. Limited to 14 places, so register your interest ASAP. A deposit of $175 (or the full amount) will secure your place, with any balance to be paid at the start of the workshop. You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, or by EFTPOS at the studio. Email

Intro to Oil Painting: 3-day workshop with Mark Feiler

14th, 15th & 16th April (Fri-Sun) 2017
During the Easter break this year, Mark Feiler is presenting a 3-day workshop which will introduce you to the challenges and pleasures of oil painting. You will learn how to safely use tools and materials, compose a painting, mix colours, understand tonal painting, and complete two paintings. Designed for beginners and those wishing to brush up on their skills.

$275 for the full three days. Maximum 10 students. Contact Mark on 0415 360939 or to arrange payment.


Academic drawing & painting:

Bargue Method
with Gerry O'Donnell

Monday nights 6.30-9.30pm.
Learn at your own pace.
We welcome Gerry O'Donnell who recently moved to Australia from Scotland. Gerry studied Academic drawing and painting at the Edinburgh School of Realist Art. Academic drawing and painting has been making a huge resurgence in the USA and across Europe. This provides a unique opportunity in Australia to study the methods developed in France during the 19th Century.
Get a 5 class pass for the Bargue Method course for only $200. To be used within 4 months.

Kay Kane joins Atelier

We're thrilled to have the popular artist and and art teacher Kay Kane join us. She now teaches here Mondays. Contact us to book your place. More details >>

Fundamental Drawing Skills with Nick Leavey

Tuesday & Wednesday daytime (9.30am-12.30pm & 1-4pm) and Thursday evenings (6.30-9.30pm).
Learn the concepts and skills fundamental to an artist's ability to reproduce in two dimensions what they see, in a representational manner. More details >>


Portrait POSE session

Run by Nick Leavey and Mark Feiler, we have portrait sessions 1-5pm on Fridays at our studios. Everyone is welcome!

- session is available tutored or untutored
- BYO materials
- model varies week-to-week
More info >>


Painting with Nick Leavey

Daytime: Tuesday and Wednesdays | Evening: Thursdays
Nick provides a beginner, intermediate & advanced painting course.
Start at any time and learn at your own pace.
Painting course details >>




Saturday 4-week, all day, long pose:
painting & drawing the figure

Saturday sessions 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm.

The next pose is hosted by Nick Leavey and the model is Chantelle.
The next four week long pose starts Saturday 11th March 2017.

You can join as many of the sessions as you like.
Tutored = $45 for the morning or afternoon session. $80 per day.
Untutored life drawing and painting = $7.50 per hour.
Saturday long pose details >>

(pictured right: 'Katie' by Nick Leavey)

Mon 6.30pm-9.30pm. Thur 9.30am-12.30pm & 1-4pm. Fri 9.30am-12.30pm
More details and enrol >>

Painting Realism
Mark Feiler

Thursdays 9.30am-12.30pm & 1-4pm.
Fridays 9.30am-12.30pm & 1-4pm.
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Traditional plastercasts for the contemporary artist

Costanza by Bernini. $250.00 plus shipping.



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Atelier Art Classes offers very flexible, individual instruction in a variety of courses and casual classes in the traditional fundamentals of form and tonal drawing, life drawing from the nude model, classical plaster cast, still life and landscape.  We also offer classes in painting, primarily in oil paint, but as well as oil painting, you can learn to use pastels and acrylics.  You will learn to paint from the plaster cast, the still life, landscape en plein air, and finally the figure by painting the nude life model, over time learning to understand three dimensionality, light, atmosphere and design.  We offer several life classes and untutored sessions from the nude life model over the week.  We offer a course in modeling in clay, taught using the method of famed 19th century sculpture and anatomy teacher Eduard Lanteri.  We also offer a basic ecorche course (sculpting/ modeling a simple flayed or anatomical figure) that emphasises the most important artistic anatomy.