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About Northshore School of Art

After requests from many of my former students The Northshore School of Art was established in 1999 as an independent art school (Sydney Australaia). The School was founded on the principle anyone can learn to draw and paint if you have the desire and motivation to succeed as has been shown over the years. Initially we teach our students in a basic “Hands On” method of “Learning to See” objects in a realistic way, building on your powers of observation, and increasing confidence you can draw, in a short time you will begin your first oil painting. We also specialise in art history which encompasses, philosophy, theology, romanticism, impressionism, to enhance your understanding of (what, why, where) painting and drawing fits into the great scheme of life. This will increase your art appreciation, and give rise to many creative ideas.



mike lamble

Mike Lamble FSAI. DIPAD

After working as a Studio Manager at one of the world’s most successful advertising agencies, Saatchi and Saatchi, Mike has been a full time artist and illustrator for many national and international clients in Europe, Asia and America. He has lectured in art history, drawing, painting and illustration at many colleges including Leeds College of Art UK, Sydney Graphics College WEA College Sydney, in addition to many talks on Art History on the radio.
Artist Website: mikelamble.com
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Ako Lamble

Ako graduated Tokyo Photographic college and came to Sydney in 1993. Joined Northshore School of Art as a student in 2002 that’s when she first experienced painting with oils, later on she married to Mike. She is a self-taught web designer and has done digital art since late 90’s using “Corel Painter”, “Adobe illustrator” and “Adobe Photoshop”. Ako’s creativity shifted from visual arts to felting in 2006, set up her own brand ‘woolhug“. In 2010 when iPad came along, she started painting with iPad, iPad has made her painting again. She discovered that iPad would help so many people who is in a similar situation to her – having limited energy and time, help them doing creative things by using in-between-time. That’s her motivation to teach iPad Art at NSA. From 2014 Ako has seriously committed herself to doing watercolour painting, and in 2015 she started teaching watercolour painting for beginners.
Artist Website: akolamble.com
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Stephen Dernocoure

Stephen Dernocoure

Starting off as a freelance illustrator for publications such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan, Stephen has been exhibiting his art, creating set design and installation works for over 30 years. He has a wonderful reputation for his unique teaching, established in the 80s at TAFE and other community centres. Stephen currently provides an Art Service for a number of hospitals throughout Sydney, a collaborative process, combining creative expression with science and medicine in the healthcare industry.
Stephen’s Artworks
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