Combined Art Societies of Sydney

Art at the Top


Our recent Art at the Top workshops offered a great variety for artists and students of all levels to choose from and were enjoyed by the many. Here are some of the comments made by those who attended;

“A great three days. My first ever, so sad to be the last.”

“The hubbub of excited students at meal times and tea breaks (Saturday scones and jam and cream!), the Saturday roast dinner, music and dancing, the teachers shared spectacular fund- raising painting. The friendships made and friendships deeply cemented from sharing this annual pilgrimage for decades. And the teaching – endlessly generous instruction and guidance from some of Australia and New Zealand’s best….what an extraordinary privilege to have had access to this at such affordable prices and in such a nourishing environment.”

“Such a great weekend!”

“Thanks to all the volunteers who devoted their valuable time and energy to keep it running, great memories. Hoping there will be a new beginning.”


We at the Combined are also sad that Art at the Top, the follow-on event from Art in Action, will not continue after 30 fabulous years.
COVID-19 has changed the world and our social interactions and expectations – at least for now and the near future,
but we are hopeful for new beginnings.

As John F Kennedy said, “There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.”

We will be seeking out different opportunities that still resonate with our aim to “foster the visual arts” and “to work for the recognition of the importance of art in education, in community life, in commerce and in industry and the appreciation of art by the authorities and the general public.”

Thank you to our tutors, artists, guests and the CASS committee of dedicated volunteers.

Keep in touch and check back in with us for up to date news and events.


Here are the photos of the Tutor’s Challenge in which two teams of tutors painted the same subject. 
It was interesting to see how different the paintings turned out. 
Both these beautiful paintings were sold to their lucky buyers.

Thank you to Derivan Art Supplies for their donation of two painting sets for this challenge. 

And here are a few more photos taken at the workshops.