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Rob Gutteridge studied academic figure drawing and figure painting at the I. Repin Russian Academy of Arts Summer School, St. Petersburg, Russia, July – August 2018

A photo of many graphite and oil painting figure studies lined up on easels.

Multiple works on easels: final exhibition and evaluation in the teaching studio.

Rob Gutteridge attended the Summer School of the Russian Academy of Arts to find out for himself what makes Russian academic figure drawing and figure painting so distinctive. Throughout his career, Rob has sought out international opportunities to expand his knowledge and skills as an artist and teacher. At the Russian Academy Rob was taught drawing by Professor M. Molyakov, the Academy’s Professor of Anatomical Drawing. Rob considers himself fortunate in this, as Rob was the first teacher in Australia to revive the lost art (lost to Australia) of écorché (anatomical sculpture of a flayed figure). Rob is an autodidact in the study and teaching of human anatomy for artists, which he now teaches at the RGCR. Read More

2019 Workshops Program

Attached is the program of 2019 Workshops in skills based realist art at the Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism. RGCR drawing and painting workshops are tailored especially to the needs of realist artists, and are taught by Rob Gutteridge, the Director of the School.

Please email Rob Gutteridge to reserve a place in any of the workshops, or pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested in attending.

RGCR workshops are suitable for students of all levels, including high school students. Practicing artists wanting to develop new skills or improve those they already have are always welcome.

I recommend that the “Russian academic figure drawing” workshop is most suitable for intermediate to advanced students. The “Figure construction” workshop scheduled immediately before it is a useful introduction to the technical concepts involved in the “Russian academic figure drawing” workshop.

There are places for only 10 students maximum in each workshop. I will take advance bookings immediately.

Thank you for your interest in all things to do with making and appreciating realist art.

Rob Gutteridge.

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Summer School 2019


2 weeks full-time atelier training
80 hours tuition
10 students maximum


Teacher: Rob Gutteridge
Director of the RGCR
2 weeks: January 14th – 25th 2019


Learn the traditional skills of drawing and painting in a European style atelier art school. The Summer School Intensive is full-time atelier training, painting and drawing from plaster casts in the morning and a life model in the afternoon. Immerse yourself in the world of classical realism taught by Rob Gutteridge, the Director of the first ARC Approved atelier art school in Australia. A special feature of the Summer School will be long-pose drawing and painting: 40 hours over 2 weeks, 1 pose, 1 model. Summer School will introduce new skills, and hone those you already have. Learn sight-size drawing and limited palette painting of flesh tones. Suitable for beginners to advanced students and practicing artists.

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Emilio Longo interviews Rob Gutteridge about the Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism and the international resurgence in teaching skill based realist drawing, painting, and sculpture.

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.

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Rob Gutteridge and the RGCR cited in Masters Thesis by Emilio Longo: “Skill based drawing and aesthetics in secondary visual arts education”


The conceptual training of the twenty-first century artist tends to overlook academic instruction in skill-based drawing and aesthetics. Although these subjects are gaining international credibility in private institutions, they remain largely denigrated, only partially taught and even completely ignored in contemporary visual arts pedagogy. This study has endeavoured to investigate why this is the case, by reviewing literature related to the historical and contemporary teaching of drawing and aesthetics. The Secondary Victorian visual arts curriculum was analysed in proposition of an academic drawing and aesthetics curriculum, to be used as a strategy for building drawing skills and developing aesthetics sensibilities in secondary visual arts education. The qualitative research took the form of a documentary study, approached from an objectivist epistemology and an interpretivist framework, which was governed through an inductive thematic analysis. Both primary and secondary sources were used, which document and critically comment on the teaching of drawing and aesthetics from the time of Ancient Greece, through to the twenty-first century. The analysed data revealed that the subjects increase psychomotor development, historical awareness, visual analysis skills, emotional wellbeing and appreciation for discipline and craft, which ultimately enhance students’ creativity and lead to a widely applicable skill set. The results also justify that skill-based drawing and aesthetics can be taught in tandem with digital processes to improve visual literacy in the twenty-first century. However, further research is required to study the place of the subjects in primary education and how the competencies, techniques and capabilities learnt are transferable into career choices and life skills.

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Rob Gutteridge at the Menier Gallery in London

Rob Gutteridge has again been invited to exhibit 2 of his drawings at the Society of Graphic Fine Art Open Exhibition “Draw 17” at the Menier Gallery in London. These are the two drawings:


Rob Gutteridge in London with the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA)

London and the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA)

In May I travelled to London to present a folio of my drawings to the selection panel of the Society of Graphic Fine Art to apply for membership to the Society. Leaving my apartment in Trafalgar Square that morning, I took the drawings over to the SGFA and spent the rest of the day in the National Gallery while I waited for their phone call, which duly arrived, asking me to come back for interview and find out their decision.  They were very happy to accept me as an associate member and thanked me for coming from Australia for it. So I am now an Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, and I will apply for full membership next year. As an Associate Member I am entitled to use the letters designate after my name: ASGFA. I hope my students at the Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism, through activities such as this, are motivated to connect with fellow artists and institutions who are part of the international resurgence in skill based realist art.


RGCR accepted as an ARC-approved school by the Art Renewal Centre

Latest good news for the Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism!

The Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism (RGCR) has been accepted as an ARC Approved school by the Art Renewal Centre. This is historic. It is the first, and currently the only art school in Australia, to achieve the status of an ARC Approved School. The Art Renewal Centre is the foremost international entity for researching and vetting art schools that teach skill-based training techniques in the visual arts.

To see the RGCR listing on the ARC website the link is: http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/atelier.php?atelierid=148

I would like to thank my students for their dedication and hard work in 2016, resulting in such beautiful and skilful drawings, which supported my application for ARC Approval. This news is their celebration as much as mine, and means they are doing work that is as good as can be found in any atelier anywhere in the world. It is just the beginning. The RGCR has only been in operation for 7 short months and a lot has been achieved. My heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in RGCR.

Go to the ARC website to see what the RGCR is now part of. Here is an excerpt from their information for those who are new to ARC:

The Art Renewal Center is the foremost entity for researching and vetting art schools that teach skill-based training techniques in the visual arts. For those interested in acquiring strong technical skills in the visual arts, ARC Approval™ holds more weight than college or university accreditation, where for the vast majority, technical drawing, painting, and sculpting skills are not the priority. ARC is known for keeping the highest standards in art education, only approving those schools who teach solid, skill-based training methods, which increase visual literacy. The schools ARC endorses have instructors who have heavily trained in these methods and are able to produce high quality works of their own, thereby having the qualifications necessary to instruct others on how to create works of art with fully rendered and accurately depicted realistic imagery. The type of concentrated technical training the Art Renewal Center promotes first developed in the late middle ages/ early renaissance and was used as the primary form of studio art education throughout Europe and later, America. It was used all the way through the 19th century into the early 20th century before it died out almost completely with the inception of purely conceptual art. This type of training originally started as apprenticeships, and developed into guilds, small schools known as ateliers, and eventually large national schools during the 18th and 19th centuries, and was the type of training that almost all of the most famous old master and 19th century artists would have had, which is what enabled them to create accurate realistic imagery, shadow, and form, including anatomy and the human figure. This was the method learned by artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, all the way through to Sargent, Bouguereau, Gerome, Alma-Tadema, Lord Leighton, Il’ia Repin, Ivan Aivazovsky, and even by artists such as Monet, Degas and Van Gogh.

Anatomy Sculpture Intensive (ecorche) January 2017


Announcing the 2017 RGCR Anatomy Sculpture Intensive (ecorche)

The human figure is the focus subject at RGCR and Anatomy Sculpture Intensive (ecorche) is a great way to start the year. You do not have to be a sculptor to do this course.

Applications are now open for 2017 Anatomy Sculpture Intensive (Ecorche).

Monday 16/1/17 – Saturday 28/1/17 inclusive (26/1/17 public holiday).
80 hours tuition, 8 hours per day over 10 days.
10 students maximum.