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Looking to be more creative or to finesse your artistic talents or just want to try your hand at something new?

Classes for beginners and advanced adult students of all ages are held day and evening in Drawing and Painting.

Students may use oil, acrylic, watercolour or pastels.

They are given individual tuition in observational drawing, composition, the study of form and light, construction, perspective, tonal relationship, the mixing of colour and the art of picture making.

A sound foundation is provided which can lead to a personal choice of subject matter such as landscape, still-life, the human figure and portraiture.

Students may explore a variety of approaches with guidance, including degrees of abstraction.

Classes are taught by award winning artists Lee Brett, Margaret Whitehurst, Angela Iliadis, Morna McIlraith and Tetsuya (Sam) Mori.

Vacancies still exist in some drawing & painting classes, please call the office for more information.

Lee Brett is a winner of the John Upton Watercolour Award and many other highly commended awards.  Lee has studied at Julian Ashton Art School and the Royal Art Society of NSW.  Lee has exhibited widely and judged numerous prizes including the Le Gay Brereton Drawing Prize for the Art Gallery of NSW.  Lee has taught for over 40 years at the Centre as well as at other evening colleges and art societies.

Margaret Whitehurst has been painting watercolours for 42 years and oils for 34 years. Has branched out into pen and ink and wash, pastels and charcoal.  Margaret did training at Gymea technical college for 4 years doing drawing and topping the school in colour and design,  also Caringbah art and many years being taught by Margarette Looney.
Margaret has won many awards, for her work in oils pen and ink and watercolours. Including an award for excellence in watercolour last year for a painting of waterlilies.  Travelled extensively through Greece painting,  and Italy. Has found that her experiences in Japan and China has influenced her style with painting flowers and botanical work. Really loves doing pet portraits too.
Margaret also teaches in the eastern suburbs and has commenced teaching at the Centre since 2016.

Tetsuya (Sam) Mori has been painting and drawing since 2004.  He gained an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art, followed with a Bachelor of Fine Arts  in which he majored in painting at the National Art School of Sydney.  Sam has studied drawing and painting in Florence, Italy in 2008.

Sam has been awarded many National Art School Drawing Prizes, including Residency Prize, National Art School and more recently, City of Kogarah Art Prize.

Sam has held many Solo Exhibitions and Group Exhibitions, showcasing oil paintings, watercolours and charcoal.

Sam is a talented artist specialising in all mediums with a particular love for charcoal drawing.

Angela Iliadis is an award-winning artist and an educator living in Sydney, Australia. Her works can be found in Australia and overseas. Angela has a Master of Education and a Master of Art and she works across a range of media and a variety of approaches, working predominantly in painting and drawing but also venturing into printmaking, digital photo art and collage.

Her works seek to use lines, colour and other elements of art and principals of design to create artworks that evoke feelings. She is inspired by nature, colour, lines and the creative process.

Her background and continued work in art education informs much of her expanded practice, focusing on teaching as a form of socially engaged art. She is interested in the relationship between approaches to teaching and approaches to making.

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