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Our mission: The objectives of WWAS are to foster and promote the appreciation and study of, and participation in, the creative arts among its members and the community and provide employment to artists through a range of activities which would benefit the whole community. 


Since 1968, Waverley Woollahra Art School (WWAS) has provided an extensive program of quality art classes, delivered by practising artists.  The school is an independent, not-for-profit, cooperative with an impressive alumni of emerging and prize-winning artists.  It has grown into a much loved and highly regarded arts hub of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, offering a range of art courses, talks, workshops, prizes and exhibitions.

Courses are open to everyone.  No previous experience or knowledge is required except where stated.  Courses include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking.  A popular school holiday program and after-school classes are also offered to children and teens.

WWAS produces three national art prizes including the 9×5 Landscape Prize, the Printmaking Prize and the prestigious Waverley Art Prize which we manage in partnership with Waverley Council.  The Joan Purves Encouragement Prize is also awarded to a current student each year.

Donations and bequests from our supporters help ensure that we continue to deliver an inclusive and affordable art education to the community. Visit our support page if you would like to donate today.