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Carrero Art School, art classes.

Carrero Art School, art classes.

Art Classes and Tuition.


The “Carrero Art Studio”

I’ve designed the course based on the old schools of early Australian artists. They in turn applied what they learned in the old countries of Europe.
The art I teach is:

  • Traditional (classic school that goes back to the renaissance)
  • Representative (not abstract) and
  • Realistic (We paint what we see) style.
  • There is a degree of impressionism in my art that separates the photo from a work of art.

We gather every week (… and that has been going on for over 30 years). We paint together, learn from each other and teach every one that comes along wanting to learn. We grow and nurture our market, organize our own exhibitions and SELL our art.

Art Classes in drawing, oil painting or soft pastels:


Saturdays, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Other times may be available on request.

You have the choice of 1) drawing, 2) oil painting or 3) soft pastels. I suggest to do drawing first, since it forms the base for all other forms.

  • $30.00 per session for the duration of the chosen course.
  • Afterward just $20.00 to paint in the group, for as long as you like, as often as you like.
  • All art supplies available in our premises at a 20% to 30% off retail prices.

Register now!
Phone / Fax: 61 02 4647 0988
Mobile: 0401 128 334

Course outline:

I teach individually. That means everyone follows the same basic system but at their own pace and with their own choice of subject, be it portrait or anything else.
My mediums are oil paints, soft pastels, graphite pencils and charcoal.
  • To learn the basic techniques on how to paint portraits takes approximately two months of weekly 3 hr sessions.
  • It takes the same in any medium, so if you want to learn pencil portrait drawing, it’s 2 months, monochrome 2 months and full colour oil painting, 2 months.
  • So your learning can take anywhere from two to six months, depending which medium/s you want to learn.
  • After that learning period you can paint as part of the group for $20.00 instead of $30 per session.
  • Many people find that continuing is very helpful because they still continue learning faster than on their own, get help if needed and find lots of motivation.
 2005_0731(001)      The course involves me painting or drawing one portrait in front of you and showing you how to do it, step by step. Then you do about half of the next portrait and I help with the difficult bits. The third portrait you will try to do it all by yourself and I only make suggestions. Some people need more than three portraits, some less. But in any case after that period, you will know the basics. It just depends on how much you practise after, how good you get.
      All my students get work and paid commissions of one kind or another soon after completion of the course. Many also win art prices, which is comforting to know and also more than justifies the cost.

(Ring up, email us or come during business hours for registration and enquiries)

Sample portrait demonstration in class:



Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)