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Summer School Intensive: January 15th – 27th, 2018

Rob Gutteridge, “Cast drawing”, graphite on paper, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw and paint realistically in a European style atelier art school? Now in Australia you can, at the Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism. The Summer School Intensive gives you a taste of full-time atelier training, working from plaster casts in the morning and the life model in the afternoon. Immersing yourself in the world of classical realism, drawing and painting 8 hours a day over two weeks you will be taught by the School’s Director, Rob Gutteridge. Learn the sight-size method of drawing and apply it to cast and life drawing. The life model will take one pose for 2 weeks, making the 40-hour pose a special feature of the Summer School. This intensive will introduce new skills, and hone those you already have. It is suitable for beginners to advanced students and practicing artists.


40 hours per week

80 hours total tuition

Weeks 1 & 2 Subject Week 1

15th-19th January

Week 2

*22th-27th January

9am-1pm Plaster cast Drawing: charcoal Painting or drawing
2pm-6pm Life model Drawing:  charcoal Painting or drawing

*26th January: Friday, no class – Australia Day public holiday

27th January: Saturday make-up class

In Week 1 you will work on 1 cast drawing in the morning (20 hours on 1 drawing), and 1 life drawing in the afternoon (20 hours on 1 drawing).

In Week 2 you have the option to continue working on the same cast drawing and life drawing from Week 1 for a further 20 hours. Or begin painting from the cast in the morning and life model in the afternoon.



Atelier training requires extended time to make, improve, and resolve each drawing or painting. This approach is necessary if visual and technical issues are to be addressed in sufficient depth. The time spent is well rewarded in the high quality of learning and its outcomes.



Week 1: drawing

Plaster cast and life drawing: tuition covers

  • sight-size method
  • block in
  • shadow lines
  • contour refinement
  • compressed values
  • value categories: lights, half tones, core shadow, reflected light, cast shadow
  • charcoal techniques
  • basic anatomy
  • how to make a transfer drawing

Charcoal lends itself to a “painterly” approach to drawing, well suited to dealing with figure ground relationships, and the figure in a value context.

Week 2: Painting and/or drawing

Plaster cast and life painting: tuition covers

  • Reiteration of visual concepts covered in Week 1 drawing
  • How to make and use a value scale – cast painting
  • Use of a limited palette for skin colours – life painting
  • How to apply paint, and control edges
  • Technique: dead colouring to full colour form description
  • Knowledge of materials and use of equipment


Study options

Full attendance – Weeks 1 and 2

Partial attendance – attend Week 1 or Week 2

Painting is only taught in Week 2.

It is strongly recommended you attend Week 1 if you intend to paint.

In Week 2, painting is an option. If you do not want to paint, but instead want to continue developing your drawing skills then you can continue working on the drawings from Week 1.



Depending on your choice of study options you will make:

  • 1 cast drawing and 1 life drawing
  • Or 1 cast drawing and 1 life drawing + 1 cast painting and 1 life painting
  • Increased knowledge and skills in all areas outlined in the “Tuition” section above.



  • 2 weeks: $1600.00
  • 1 week: $800.00
  • Covers tuition and model fees
  • Students supply their own materials
  • 10% discount to students enrolled in the RGCR Atelier Program



  • Maximum number: 10 students
  • Minimum number: 2 students attending for 2 weeks
  • Enrolment preference is given to students attending the full 2 weeks


How to enroll by email:

Email the following to RGCR at robjgutteridge@gmail.com

  1. Notify your intention to enroll.
  2. RGCR will notify you if there is a place available.
  3. Reserve your place by paying the fee.
  4. Notify RGCR by email you have paid the fee.
  5. RGCR will confirm your place is reserved and send a receipt with the materials list. 


Enrolment by fee payment of total cost: due on or before 1/12/17

Places are limited to 10 students so be early to reserve your place.


How to Pay:

Fee payment may be made by EFT direct deposit to:


Commonwealth Bank:
Branch: Campbelltown SA
Account Name: Robert Gutteridge
BSB: 065145
Account Number: 10452187

Or: by cash, cheque, or postal order made out to:

Rob Gutteridge
2/4 Kareda Drive
SA 5074


  • A refund of 20% of the total fee paid is available if a student withdraws on or before 2/1/18. No further refund is available irrespective of the reason for withdrawal.
  • If for any reason the Summer School is cancelled, all money paid by students will be refunded in full.