Tutors

Stephen Buntrock

(Co-Owner & Adult Classes Tutor)

About: Stephen Buntrock studied painting at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, finishing his Diploma of Fine Art in 1969. He has worked as a visual artist in many areas: television, film & theatrical sets and props, graphic design and book illustration and also worked as an art educator at secondary, adult and university levels.

His main interest lies in the development of his personal visual language, in printmaking, works on paper and large scale works on canvas. His mission is to help students find their own visual language.

Since 2002 he has taught drawing and painting at the Gold Coast Art School.

Jessica Buntrock

(Co-Owner & Childrens/Teens Classes Tutor)

About: Jessica has many years of teaching experience, both in Australia and overseas. After gaining her Bachelor of Education in Primary Education, she taught for two years in Yamagata, Japan through the highly competitive JET Programme.

Around 2016, she was invited to teach at The Gold Coast Art School, which she later became co-owner of in 2019. Since then, she has been managing the school, as well as teaching children’s and teens classes each week.

Jessica has a strong interest in the visual arts, specifically drawing, painting and ceramics. In addition to her art background, she has 10+ years of video and social media experience. As well as teaching younger students, Jessica would love to help local creatives tap into the online world of promotion and expression. Please feel free to contact her at the school with your ideas.

Natasha Castelijn

(Adult & Children’s Classes Tutor)

About: Natasha is an Australian visual artist, living and working on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Her parents have always artistically influenced her, and she has been ‘creating’ over a range of different mediums including textile from a young age.

In recent years painting has become her expression of choice. In order to enlarge her art practice, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture in June 2019. Creating uplifting works through expressing her love of people, colour, texture, emotion and movement is important to her. Her Christian faith also influences all areas of her life, including her art. 

Her youth was spent in and around Sydney but she has since lived in the Blue Mountains, Katherine NT, The Kimberly’s and now on the Gold Coast. She loves seeing the diversity in people, a feeling which has been shaped by the many places she has lived and travelled. 

For the past 13 years, Natasha has been employed by Queensland Education. While living in Sydney, she ran community workshops, and now runs a monthly Art Connect Group in Maudsland on the Gold Coast. Many of her works are in private collections.

James Mckay

(Adult Classes Tutor)

About: James has been painting in watercolour for over 25 years and has exhibited his work in galleries throughout Australia and Southern Africa for the last 10 years.

James was born and spent most of his life on a farm in Africa where he started to paint scenes from the farm and African life. Some 20 years ago he moved to make Australia his home, and fell in love with the Australian landscape particularly the old farms, the warm soft colours and the light. This inspired him to paint more seriously.

He paints loosely in watercolour using wet into wet techniques “the faster I work the more feeling the painting has”. 

He does a lot of his work on site and is passionate about painting in the great outdoors.

Tony Champ

(Adult & Teen Classes Tutor)

About: Tony has been painting and drawing all of his life.
By the time Tony was 19, he was doing commercial art and professional commissions.

Later, Tony worked as lead illustrator for News Corp at Queensland Newspapers, winning five Stanley Awards through the Black and White Society for best realist and symbolic illustrator in Australia.

Since 1989, Tony has been teaching others how to paint and draw, with sixteen of those years being at The Gold Coast Art School.

Tony is able to teach and demonstrate all styles and schools of art using conventional medium, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, pencil and pen, specialising in the mechanical processes of problem solving by demonstrating outcome.

Cristina Van Loon

(Children’s Classes Tutor)

About: Cristina is an experienced children’s art teacher, with a Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design from R.M.I.T., and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

A self-taught artist from a young age, Cristina has been exhibiting and selling fine artworks since the age of 12.

Aim:

  • To inspire young learners to develop a passion for observation and application in art
  • To help learners observe, think critically, and plan through discussion and demonstration
  • To show students how to break down complex tasks into something manageable
  • To encourage learners to express and ‘play’ with techniques learnt with freedom and confidence
  • To provide an environment where children can relax, learn, have fun creating, and forge new friendships

Approach:

Your child does not have to be gifted or talented.
Drawing and painting are learnt skills that can be taught to any child with a desire to learn.
I take great delight in each child’s art journey, confidence and learning.

Andrea Rodriquez

(Teens Classes Tutor)

About: Andrea is an experienced art teacher who relocated to Gold Coast, Australia in 2019. She is originally from Mexico, but was previously living and working in Shenzhen, China, where she worked at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen for 5 years, gaining valuable experience in her role as an art educator for younger children. 

In addition to her knowledge of drawing, painting, fabric arts, stop-motion animation, etc., she has experience with classroom management, parent-teacher communication, collaborating with other educators and planning and implementing curriculum.

Andrea very much enjoys working with children and is excited to work as an educator here in Australia and while also studying online.

Georgina Bignell

(Children & Teens Classes Tutor)

About: Georgina Bignell has spent far too long at uni studying many things including science, maths, anatomy, and education. Her final degree was a Bachelor of Fine Art (painting major, drawing minor) at QLD College of Art. All this study informs her work. She has a scientific approach to how her materials work and interact, loves playing with what colour can do and has a special interest in human and horse anatomy. Using painting, drawing, printing, photography, digital and sculpture, Georgina chooses the style and medium that best fits the subject matter. Her speciality subjects include equines, invisible illness and playing with colour.

When it comes to teaching Georgina believes in a focus on sound basic knowledge: if you know how your materials work, all the technical stuff becomes automatic and you can focus on creativity. Georgina enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels.

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