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“We don’t always see” – written by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

STEPHEN

Written and drawn by Stephen Dernocoure

At that moment drawing became the otherside of looking
and I said yes, now I see it.
When I began to draw the next day I had to start all over again,
how mysterious.

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Stephen’s sketchbook.


Life Drawing Workshops – Last Saturday of Each Term

Saturday morning 10am – 12:30pm
29th June 2013
$50 per person per class

Why don’t you join our Life Drawing Workshops? Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the life drawing class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Flyer

iPad Art Workshop (18th May 2013) Review – written by Ako Lamble

Erika, Charlotte(12yo) and Anna

Erika, Charlotte (12yo) and Anna

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
We’ve just finished the second iPad Art Workshop on 18th May 2013. We had a great day together. I initially planned and designed my workshop for adults only for many reasons. However, Mike encouraged me to accept Charlotte (12yo) when she wanted to join my workshop. “Charlotte is capable and she is so enthusiastic about Art” said Mike. She has joined Mike’s Monday kids class. I hadn’t met her yet. When I saw Charlotte on the day I instantly thought Mike was right and I was so glad to accept her. She reminded of me when I was her age, being “enthusiastic” about any creative things and full of positive energy. Don’t get me wrong, the other mature ladies were also enthusiastic and creative too, you can see that from what they created at the workshop.

Learning the basic handy functions

First of all, I wanted them to make a kind of surrealistic artwork to learn some of the handy functions along the way. They were asked to take a photo of an apple, use the smudge tool to make the apple have a painterly look, erase the background and duplicate the apple a few times then take another photo of any painting on the art school wall and put it as a background to the apples. That’s why you can see Alex’s chameleon in Charlotte’s iPad Art.

iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya

iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya
Procreate app & Snapseed app

iPad Art by  Charlotte Oleary

iPad Art by  Charlotte Oleary

iPad Art by Charlotte Oleary (12yo)
Procreate app (top) then used Snapseed app (bottom)

Making a greeting card

Next, they were asked to paint anything with a view to make a greeting card. The techniques and the functions which they learned earlier could be used for it. I’m amazed what they could create in a short time! In the afternoon, we went to Officeworks to print it out directly from the iPad by using their printing app and wifi.

iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya

iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya
Procreate app & Snapseed app

iPad Art by  Charlotte Oleary

iPad Art by Charlotte Oleary (12yo)
Procreate app & Snapseed app

The Greeting Cards they made.

Printed them at Officeworks and made a greeting card.

For a person like Erika who joined the workshop again.

Erika had joined my previous workshop and this time she carried on learning the next steps she wanted to achieve. Erika quickly adopted “Brushes app” at the first workshop and created the fantastic iPad Art which is rather graphic. She wanted to learn how to create one with a more painterly look than graphic. As you see her painting (below), she created a beautiful painting which is not graphic with a more pastelly feel. Erika said it took a lot of time to finish it compare with doing the more graphic one. I admire Erika’s diligent attitude. She sends me her iPad Art almost everyday since the first workshop in March, you don’t know how much I have been encouraged by her in return. It is a huge pleasure for me to share my knowledge with a person like Erika.

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iPad Art by Erika Dollission
Procreate app

“Drawing for 15min a day” project

Once they joined the workshop, they were automatically signed up for “Drawing for 15min a day” project (I’m joining too) which runs from Monday to Friday for 4 weeks. Everybody will send their iPad Art to me by email daily and I put them up on the Art school’s Flickr site to share with others. The artwork doesn’t have to be finished, the whole point of doing it is acquiring a habit to do creative things daily with the iPad and you won’t forget easily about what you learned at the workshop. I created a small iPad Artist circle with those who joined my workshop and class to get motivated and encourage each other. Hey, what’s the point of painting with the iPad if you don’t share it with others?

iPad Art by Erika Dollission Click to see more of Erika’s iPad Art

iPad Art by Charlotte Oleary Click to see more of Charlotte’s iPad Art

"Let's go banana" iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya Click to see more of Anna’s iPad Art

Comments from our students

” The workshop on Saturday was very intense and I learnt a lot about procreate. I prefer brushes but believe procreate can be mastered if practised enough.So my aim is to keep practising both and when the next course comes to revise and master saving and moving the drawing around. snap seed will be something to revise in the future. ”

– Erika Dollission

” I would like to thank Ako for the iPad workshop on 18th May. It is obvious that Ako have put a lot of thought and effort in planning the workshop. Ako was focused on teaching the group how to achieve the desired outcome and create the artwork with the least possible steps, utilising various programs and apps available for the iPad. I have in particular enjoyed learning more about the Procreate program and feel more confident in using this program now. ”

– Anna Orlyanskaya


iPad Art Workshops for Beginners

10am – 4pm Saturday 20th July 2013

Did you miss the workshop this time? Don’t worry the next workshop will be held in July. Jot the date down in your diary and send us the enrolment form after you filled in. You will find out how iPad can be your powerful art tool. Download the flyer. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the workshops. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au

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Hunter loved "iPad One".

If you still own the very first iPad,
this is all it’s fit for.

Drawing from direct observation – written by Mike Lamble

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike LambleWhy some are afraid of life drawing?

We all inhabit bodies of different shapes and sizes, sit at any street cafe and observe how we watch or even perv at people walking by. In so many ways we are fascinated by are own species. Why then are some so afraid of life drawing?

I often ask my students “Do we really observe what we are seeing we have an idea of how the human body looks but only an idea?” We have more awareness of the human body than say a flower or a simple every day object like a cup so it’s more obvious, that’s the difference between what we draw and what we see, thus our mistakes can be obvious and we feel it’s too difficult, so our tendency is to avoid the challenge of drawing the human body.

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

The class

However, from the ancient times till now the best artists and illustrators I know have endevoured to do as much life drawing as possible. What we are doing is discovering the essential appearance of a body by close study. The training of how to see the body comes first the result, you will draw it better.

I introduce a variety of ways or drawing in class, for example, the students will draw on but not looking at their paper the focus is to study carefully the body’s shape. At first students feel insecure especially the control freeks but this exercise frees them up to look and face there fear of “making a mistake” For the same reason, I let them draw with their non dominant hand as well as quick poses where students have to work quickly with not too much time to think this breaks down old established patterns of thinking .

The beauty of life drawing is it trains us to see by drawing from direct observation to represent what is seen in front of us the gap between what is observed and what we know is there in stark reality on the paper before us, this can be disconcerting at first especially for beginners but also for those of us who are more experienced.
Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

BEGINNERS

I use a number of exercises to help (beginners in particular) draw what they see (objectively) with persistence and enthusiasm even my rocket scientists have learned to draw with understanding,clarity, and realistically.

EXPERIENCED

To my students who have reveled in my life drawing classes for a number of years, it still helps them to resolve ideas and focus the mind on enquiry. In theory to draw the figure, knowledge of what lies beneath the surface is not an essential, if the planes and valleys of the body are closely represented the underlying structure will be evident, although some knowledge of anatomy will be useful.

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

A little history of life drawing

It wasn’t until the Renaissance do we see a flourishing of figure drawing,detailed studies from life particularly Michelangelo and Leonardo. Leonardo had to flee Italy to escape the wrath of Pope Leo X he was accused of witchcraft for cutting up bodies and studying them at night but what artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo and many others who were to follow was to extract from their models information required for their paintings, this has become standard practice in all art schools since then, in a similar way students who do life drawing notice the rapid improvement in their ability to express their ideas in paint.

Anatomical studies of the shoulder by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1510-1511

Anatomical studies of the shoulder by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1510-1511

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Study for a Nude by Michelangelo Buonarroti 1504

Review of “Saturday Morning Anatomy Life Drawing Class”

The anatomy /life drawing class was quite unusual in respect of the model I used thought it was a good idea to show some of the underlying structure of the skeleton and muscles so we arranged a special Life drawing class for a Saturday morning. It took me almost two hours of drawing on Amber before the class started and even then I ran out of time before I completed the job, as you can see the class was full half of my students were doctors. There is no limitation when it comes to life drawing.

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Some observations of my students

“It was great to have a sense of what’s underneath it certainly helped with my drawing.”
“It makes a change being able to draw the bones and muscles on a real live human instead of a cadaver!”

Life Drawing Class for All Levels

7 – 9pm Mondays
$275 per Term (10wks)
$35 per Casual Class

Why don’t you join our Monday evening life drawing class? If you are not sure, try it out as casual first. Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the life drawing class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form


Hunter the model

“I need to draw” – written by Mike Lamble

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Saturday 11th May

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

With increasing desperation I had to get away for the day and draw, I had started a drawing in the holidays so after spending most of the day driving, breakfast at Pie in the Sky on the old Pacific Highway found myself late afternoon at exactly the same spot drawing in Lambs Valley with the setting sun behind me in blissful silence, for many a true artist drawing isn’t a chore it’s a need something I understand.

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Saturday 4th May

Something I encourage all my students to do, draw draw draw as much as you can this will develop your powers of observation. Some of the drawings I have done in the last few weeks.

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Drawing by Mike Lamble


Henry said "I prefer to be a doormat instead of moving out of the way"

Sometimes Henry has to stay home
while his master having a fun sketching in the country side.

Ask Our Students – Alex Condos (Kids Club Friday 4-6pm)

” I wanted to learn how to draw properly, better than high school art would teach me.”

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Name: Alex Condos
Age: 14yo
Joined NSA: 2011

 

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

ALEX: A self-portait done I was nearly 6, as part of a school portrait competition. I was runner-up.

 
AlexCondos_self-portrait 

A self portrait painting by Alex Condos when he was 6.

 

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

ALEX: Yes, I have always enjoyed anything to do with art. Especially painting and drawing.

 

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

ALEX: I wanted to learn how to draw properly, better than high school art would teach me.

 

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

ALEX: Probably “Starry night” by Van Gogh. I really like the look of it the way it isn’t realistic and looks effortless.

 

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?

ALEX: I’m painting a large chameleon. I want to do some more on perspective and maybe get another painting in.

Chameleon 

Alex has been working on “Chameleon” oils.

 
 

NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?

ALEX: You get all that time and don’t have to think about anything else but art.

 

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?

t-shirt_for_Mike_Alex 


mike_face Mike said “For all those former and present students who know me and read my comments about Alex will probably be surprised to read I have such a high opinion of  someone of the the male sex. He is such a delight as a person, a delight as a willing and very hard working student, a delight to teach and converse with in class. His painting is entirely made with his own hand with guidance and advice from me. If I was to look into my Crystal ball is I see a very bright future whatever career path he chooses to follow what a great attitude!”


Ako Lamble Ako said “When I saw Alex sitting in the corner of the class quietly and painting the huge chameleon, I thought “he can paint very well, I would like to know about him” so I asked him to answer the seven questions. We have only two boys out of 16 kids in the Friday class, so being a boy and painting very well naturally stands out. Mike said about himself that he was quiet (believe or not) and enjoyed drawing and painting so much when he was young, so whenever and wherever I see a boy like Alex I wonder if Mike Lamble was like him …? That means Alex may end up becoming an extravert artist like Mike!
I found the Youtube video for you, Alex. If you like “The starry night” you will love this.”

 

iPad Art “When you are not well, how can you keep your creativity going?” – written by Ako Lamble

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

A study of the texture of Egon Schele’s painting – iPad and Procreate app

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
Today, I would like to share my bad days with you. Don’t worry, it will be a happy ending. I have a chronic infection on the bone of my ankle, it flares up every so often and I need to take strong antibiotics for a while which makes me very tired all the time. It happened during the school holiday and I relied on my iPad to keep my creativity going. That’s what I would like to talk about.

If you have an iPad you may have a few apps which helps you kill your time on games, SNS and so forth. Why not nurture your appreciation of the beautiful arts instead of wasting your precious time? I would like to introduce the amazing App called “Art Authority (AU$10.49)”. It might be a little pricy compare with other apps which cost next to nothing but when you think of owning the art gallery where the whole world’s masterpieces are contained and you can take it around with you wherever you go, it’s definitely not expensive at all. I’ve had it for a while and whenever I need some inspiration I get my iPad stand, open it to the Art Authority app, set it to slideshow and view one painting after another.

So I laid on the bed and looked at amazing masterpieces on my bad days, Schele’s paintings of landscapes caught my eye this time. When we are not well we’re drawn to something sweet and nurturing, aren’t we? Schele’s landscapes reminded me of one of my childhood favourite books “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” which was translated in Jananese and the illustrations were drawn by a Japanese illustrator, Miyoshi Akasaka.

"Krumau Town crescent I" (1915) oil on canvas. by Egon Schiele

“Krumau Town crescent I” (1915) oil on canvas. by Egon Schiele

Children's book "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle"

The picture from Ako’s childhood favourite book “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle”

I wonder whether you can see the similarities between them as I do…? Well, I was NOT well and needed something sweet / sweet memories to comfort me after all. The textures of dryness, messing-with-mud-like, earthy colours, uneven lines … all these characteristics give me such endless pleasure, I can almost dive into the picture to have an adventure …

Then I get the urge to know how the textures were made. I used Procreate app which can customise the brush tool and I experimented with a few brushes and colours to get it close to the texture I want. When it comes to digital art, it’s the magic of pixels, it’s all a matter of how you can manipulate the pixels. I’m quite happy with what I did. It’s so fascinating. Oh, don’t forget that I did it while lying on the bed, that’s the beauty of iPad Art.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

A study of the texture of Egon Schele’s painting – iPad and Procreate app


Do you really need the iPad if you live in Japan?

I would love to share with you the Youtube video about Japanese stationary which I came across the other day (around 30 min length for Part 1 and 2 altogether), it is fascinating. My first reaction was that I’m so glad that I’m staying in Sydney, otherwise I’d be bankrupt buying all that beautiful and interesting stationary back in my home town, the second one is I might not have shown any interest in the iPad, why bother with the iPad if there is so much variation in fantastic sketching tools which I can buy around the corner?
Guess what? I can actually do the pen spinning (normal and reverse) which I learned while at my high school. You should watch it if you want to find out what it is.

Part 1 : 14’24” length

Part 2 : 13’36” length


iPad Art Workshops for Beginners

10am – 4pm Saturday 18th May 2013

Because you are not living in Japan, you might need to find out how iPad can be your powerful art tool. BOOK NOW! There are still a few spots available. Download the flyer. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the workshops. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au

Go to iPad Art Workshops Page >>


Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

We have just started the weekly classes for iPad Art, and it has been very well. This would be the way to go if you would like to do it on your own pace. Your questions will be answered and the instructions will be given according to your level on a weekly bases, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without! Download Enrolmentfortm.

Suitable for;

  • Someone who knows how to draw but has never done digital art before.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
  • Someone who has limited energy but would like to do something creative.
  • Someone who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
  • Someone who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.

Go to iPad Art Weekly Class Page >>


Henry 6months watching Hunter eating.

“Getting back into painting after a child” – Hannah Klupiec

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

iPad Art by Hannha Klupiec, Paper by fiftyThree App

hannah_faceWritten by Hannah Klupiec

Being a first time mum, I don’t think I realised the full scope of how things would change. It took me a while to get back into painting and only recently after 2 years did it happen. Having said that, I have always been committed to and been a keen supporter of artistic pursuits of all kinds. During the last couple of years I have made many mixed media cards, downloaded a few arty apps, gone back into part time art teaching but never had the strength to go get that canvas and start painting again. I went along to one of the evening classes and just started slowly, not going every week but getting there with a familiar theme… good old still life. Enjoying being back into it, loving my oil paints ( sorry but water mixable)and having the silence of no interruptions from home life with Van Morrison playing in the background. My focus and goal is to finish the small painting this year and start a larger one in early 2013. Mike has been very flexible with my comings and goings at NSA which has been great so here’s to a new balance of one of many roles many of us play in life. It’s hard but sometimes you just have to make room for the creative energy inside.


Drawing and Painting for Absolute Beginners

Monday Afternoon: 12pm noon – 3pm
Wednesday Evening: 7pm – 9pm
Thursday Morning: 9.30am – 12.30pm

For all those who doubt that they have a single creative bone in their body! Let us prove you wrong! Everybody has the ability to draw and paint. All you need is the enthusiasm to do so. We uncover the tricks of the trade through simple exercises that will teach you to see like an artist. Get your lines right, get your tone right, understand how perspective and scale works. Learn how to use colour pencil and be introduced to oil painting. Discover skills you never thought you had in our fun and relaxed environment!
Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form

The inspiration behind my painting of Global Warming – written by Mike Lamble

Sydney Harbour by Mike Lamble

“Icebergs in the Harbour” by Mike Lamble, Oil

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

Here I am sat almost half a days drive from Sydney roof down in my thirty odd year old MG, enjoying the peace and solitude of another spectacular day listening to the birds calling, cows mooing in the field next to me it looks and feels like paradise. Adam listened to the wrong voices and lost his paradise through greed and selfishness. In a moment I lost mine as the serenity was broken with the roar and whirl of helicopter blades as it dashed across the sky I thought how well this illustrates mankind’s greed and folly.

As I looked up I remembered a quote from German astronaut Ernst Messerschmid as he looked down upon the earth.
“When the Russian cosmonaut tells me that the atmosphere over Lake Baikal is as polluted as it is over Europe, and when the Americans astronaut tells me fifteen years ago he could take much clearer pictures of the industrial centres than today, then I am getting concerned.”

The shock is those words were spoken in 1988 twenty four years ago, global warming wasn’t even an issue then, one wonders how the same scene would look today as China and India continue to industrialise at a rapid and increasing rate, and yet only a few years ago the politician that represents the electorate I live in called global warming “a load of crap”.

My painting of Sydney Harbour with icebergs floating in it was my outraged response to such stupid short sighted and self serving comments.

Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway by J. M. W. Turner

Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway by J. M. W. Turner

When Turner painted Rain Steam and speed in 1844 Britain’s rapidly industrialising railways were very much the new wonder of the age, from a largely rural society at the beginning of the 19th century to an industrial one at the end, Turner depicts the changes contrasting an idyllic rural landscape fading in the background with the train racing towards us showing the incoming age of invention and science.

Coming from the mill 1930 by L. S. Lowry

Coming from the mill 1930 by L. S. Lowry

This was a romantics view. Turner loved to portray in his paintings of “progress” in British society at the time, never the consequences of such rapid industrialisation as poverty, disease, overcrowding, vast inequality, black soot covered dark Northern English cities.

That’s the short list, he never saw the implications of what he was portraying in this picture. To be fair how could he especially in the light of another 170 years of global industrialisation and yet our politicians talk about expanding the “global economy”, full employment, higher standard of living, while paying lip service to the ever increasing cry from scientists and visionaries we choose to ignore at our peril.

In an earth that has finite resources, at the rate we are going now we need another earth to satisfy our demands for “stuff”. Like Turner we are looking in the other direction in our greed selfishness and the pursuit of money. The train (Turners train) we are all riding is out of control with only disaster ahead.

Image of Earth

Suddenly from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-orion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery.
It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth…home.

Edgar Mitchell
USA Astronaut

Ask Our Teachers – Hannah Klupiec

“I teach art because I have a love of communicating an idea and representing it in a visual form.”

Hannah Klupiec

Name: Hannah Klupiec
Teaching in : Beginners Painting and Drawing (Wednesday 7-9pm)
Joined NSA since: around 2004

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

HANNAH: Trying to think back it was a self portrait I did using a mirror in 5th grade at school. I still have it! It was in colour pencil and at the time I was attending a portrait painting class at the local YMCA. I think I had had enough of painting and the mess so I did a drawing of me in my green and white school uniform. My eyes look are a bit too wide and bright…like I had seen a great shining light or drug of some sort!

Drawing by Hannah Klupiec

The black texta drawing of butterfly (highly patterned) drawn by Hannah when she was 7yo.

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

HANNAH: I have always enjoyed doing artistic things. From an early age I used to make all of my own cards. So much so my parents have kept all of them. There were Easter, anniversary cards, birthday and Christmas cards to make. I also enjoyed doodling patterns and writing my name in fancy fonts everywhere on any bit of paper and on the chalk boards my father installed along the wall of the garage. It did help that my mother was artistic also and willing to encourage me in that direction.

Hannah Klupiec and her mum

“Hannah(right) and her artistic mum (left) in 1992

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

HANNAH: I saw a job in the paper for a Children’s art teacher needed at a small art school in Spit Junction. I went for the job and started teaching children after my other education job once a week and doing the holiday workshops.

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

HANNAH: There are a few..no favourites. I love Marc Chagall‘s “I and the Village” for the vitality of colour, IngresThe Bather of Valpincon” for its beautiful rendering of the figure and composition and any of Tim Maguire’s magnificent magnified huge flower paintings. I enjoy also Man Ray‘s photographs for their dramatic viewpoints.

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?

HANNAH: My creative activities extend to helping my high school students resolve their own artworks and working on my own little art journals using the IPad.

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec on 20130325

Created with her iPad and Procreate app

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

Created with her iPad, Procreate app and Snapseed app

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

Created with her iPad and Brushes app

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

Created with her iPad, Bamboo app, Procreate app and Snapseed app

NSA: why do you teach art, and what do you get out of it?

HANNAH: I teach art because I have a love of communicating an idea and representing it in a visual form. I enjoy the dimension and insight it brings to my life and the ability to see past the literal and obvious to the detail and beauty of even the most banal of subjects. It is a way of verbalising something in a visual manner.

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?

HANNAH: I created it with my iPad and Doodoo lite app.

Designed by Hannah Klupiec


mike_faceMike said “When I asked Hannah to join the art school she was head and shoulders above the other applicants. Love her artwork and on the many occasions we have worked together she is the perfect complement in the the class room, each teacher has their own way of working but there are fundamental truths that never change when teaching art.  Often students who join me from other colleges complain the teachers “contradict each other” which leaves them confused and unsure,not so here.
In the ten years we have worked together all my students appreciate and understand the help and guidance Hannah gives, so I know they are in good hands.”


Ako Lamble Ako said “Hannah recently became one of my fellow iPad Artists (hope more to join us). I’m so thrilled about it, I asked her to become one of our regular blog contributors and she will share her iPad Art with her thoughts of being a busy working mum and how she keeps up her creativity. I believe her art and words will encourage and inspire those who are in a similar situation. Let’s look forward to it!”


Drawing and Painting for Absolute Beginners

Monday Afternoon: 12pm noon – 3pm
Wednesday Evening: 7pm – 9pm
Thursday Morning: 9.30am – 12.30pm

For all those who doubt that they have a single creative bone in their body! Let us prove you wrong! Everybody has the ability to draw and paint. All you need is the enthusiasm to do so. We uncover the tricks of the trade through simple exercises that will teach you to see like an artist. Get your lines right, get your tone right, understand how perspective and scale works. Learn how to use colour pencil and be introduced to oil painting. Discover skills you never thought you had in our fun and relaxed environment!
Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form

“ON HOLIDAY WOOPEE!” – written by Mike Lamble

Mike and Henry on their holiday

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble
Our dear students,

After the usual busy term ” I wish to be alone”
By Tuesday i’m missing you all, I know for most of you it’s work as usual, seeing as I am not here to nag, plead, cajole you all to practice drawing while I am away you don’t get off that easy I can do it by email.
What I think all of you don’t realise is when some of you bring your drawings to the school or email me them how happy that makes me to see your progress and tells me I must be doing something right, in my opinion a good teacher inspires others and if it hadn’t occurred to you how much that encourages me to practice, so send me some of your drawings……please.
So by the weekend I will be driving somewhere out there sketchbook, ipad and dog in hand plonking myself in a quiet spot God knows where drawing I will post them on the next blog.


Mike and Henry having Siesta

iPad Art “Windows – homage to Edward Hopper” – written by Ako Lamble

iPad Art by Ako Lamble, homage to E hopper Western Motel

created with iPad, Procreate App and ArtistaOil App by Ako Lamble, homage to E. Hopper “Western Motel”

"Western Motel," Edward Hopper, 1957

“Western Motel” by E.Hopper, 1957

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
Today, I would like to share with you one of my obssessions – “windows”, particularly this time is a homage to one of my favourite artists, Edward Hopper. Hopper painted the window/s in his art so many times, I used my iPad to replace the view to the one I like. I did five of them and it took for me around 15 minutes for each that is a part of “draw for 15 minutes a day project” we’ve just finished week 3 and one more week to go.

I would like to talk about those three points.

  1. The magic of “Layers Tool”
  2. Discover the new perceptions
  3. Learn from Hopper

1. The magic of “Layers Tool”

Layers Tool

It’s quite simple it’s esier than you think. I placed Hopper’s painting on the top layer and erased the view with the erase tool to make it like a photo frame then placed the image you want on the lower layer, now you can see the view through the window. It can be addictive once you’ve done that, you will want to try one after another image to see how it looks.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

created with iPad, Procreate App and Artrage App by Ako Lamble, Homage to E. Hopper “Room in Brooklyn”

I used one of my own iPad Art creations (right) for the view. I flicked it over horizontally to match the lights.

"I know where rainbows come from."

“I know where rainbows come from” by Ako Lamble (iPad + Artrage app)


2. Discover the new perceptions

As I said, it’s almost addictive and I tried out so many pictures on this, I ended up with three different images from my own iPad Art to fill the windows, then smoothed out the colours and brush strokes with the smudge tool. If you look at it carefully you will notice that the perspective and composition is not quite right in a realistic way, however it’s successfully created the atmosphere of “something is going on over there”. During the process I kept thinking about Hitchcock’s film “Rear window”.
This is why I like using iPad to create an artwork. You can easily manipulate any world class masterpiece to test out something different with a guilt free mind. You will appreciate how gifted they were in the process and you will discover some similalrities in the masterpieces that these artists created which is inspiring, in my case it is Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear window.

I found a Youtube video clip from “Rear window” when you watch it you will know what I mean, however I suggest you don’t watch it if you haven’t watch the whole film yet.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble homage to E. Hopper

created with iPad, Procreate App and Artrage App by Ako Lamble, homage to E. Hopper “Night Windows”

Edward Hopper Night windows

“Night Windows” by E.Hopper, oil on canvas 29″x34″ 1928

“Rear Window” (1954) Movie CLIP ‘Caught Snooping’ by A. Hitchcock 3″28′

This is the one I’m so pround of, because from my point of view my version is better than Hopper’s original. I think blue skys and the distance between the cafe and the buildings across the road gives it breathing space. Adding to that it’s always nice to see your art school in his masterpiece.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble, homage to E. Hopper Chop Suey

created with iPad, Procreate App and ArtistaOil App by Ako Lamble, homage to E. Hopper “Chop Suey”

Edward Hopper - Chop Suey

“Chop Suey” by E.Hopper, 1929, Oil on canvas, 81.3cm × 96.5cm


3. Learn from Hopper

I was struggling with this piece because whatever I placed outside the window it seemed wrong. Maybe because the window is too big and people at the cafe seem too small… What I learn from Hopper’s paintings is the lighting and quietness. I placed a steam train outside the window which I can almost hear quite loudly, in contrast that actually emphasises the solitude between the two people in the painting but changes the mood from isolated uncomfortable quietness between them to companionable silence. This shows Hopper’s brilliance in creating such emotions in us as viewers. I wanted to change the mood which I feel I have achieved by changing the view through the window and I like where I placed the train subliminally opposite the revolving door which suggests it is part of the train, a touch of surrealism which I like.
I found another fantastic youtube video how to paint like E. Hopper, I found it very interesting. About 28 minutes length.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble, homage to E. Hopper

created with iPad, Procreate App and ArtistaOil App by Ako Lamble, homage to E. Hopper “Sunlights in Cafeteria”

sunlights-in-cafeteria

“Sunlights in Cafeteria” by E.Hopper

The Forger’s Masterclass – Ep. 1 – Edward Hopper


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Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

From Term2, we will start the weekly classes for iPad Art. Once you decided to start drawing with your iPad, we believe that you might have many questions to be answered and need instructions on a weekly bases, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without!
DOWNLOAD ENROLMENT FORM

Suitable for;

  • Someone who knows how to draw but has never done digital art before.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
  • Someone who has limited energy but would like to do something creative.
  • Someone who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
  • Someone who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.

Go to iPad Art Weekly Class Page >>

“an extension of my heart …” – written by Stephen Dernocoure

Stephen Dernocoure's sketchbook and pens

Stephen always carries his sketchbook and pens with him.

STEPHENWritten by Stephen Dernocoure

I have been thinking how important my pocket sketch book is in my day to day life, indeed it is my companion on the vast savannah of new moments and I am even tempted to give it a name. In truth this small book is simply an extension of my heart, mind, hand and seeing eyes but it provides me with an intimacy where the world observed in all of its grandeur is condensed into that tiny paper space. The scale of our graphic practice is I believe so very important for our developing skill because we need to develope sensitivities for scale, distance and the patterning of forms. A woman carrying her cargo of shopping in the distance might be a worthy subject for the little book where a biro is used to scribble the essentials of form in motion or in stillness. Quickly the eye searches for salient pattern and the hand serves, this is essential experience in the quest of seeing, it strengthens our cognitive functions as it is a logico mathematical process but this is not the end result, the result is seeing and being surprised and realising that we simply interpret this mysterious world.

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure


Life Drawing Class for All Levels

7 – 9pm Mondays
$275 per Term (10wks)
$35 per Casual Class

Why don’t you join our Monday evening life drawing class? If you are not sure, try it out as casual first. Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the life drawing class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form

Ask Our Students – Lorraine Mackenzie (Wednesday 12-3pm)

“he convinced me that he could teach anybody to draw & paint”

Lorraine Mackenzie

Name: Lorraine Mackenzie
Occupation: Retired
Joined NSA: soon after Mike Started the art school (1999)

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

LORRAINE: My early life was pretty much devoid of anything artistic- cant even remember even being in an art class at school.

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

LORRAINE: Not really- though I did take up pottery classes and enjoyed it for some years-until I went back to work full time- I still have some of the things I made. During that time I helped to run a terrific art & craft Show for the 4th West Pymble Sea Scouts. So I met many talented artists & craftspeople.

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

LORRAINE: I joined the NSA because I met Mike Lamble- as simple as that- I was working as the Course Co ordinator the Chatswood Evening College. Mike came to do a course in Illustration- I interviewed him and he was so enthusiastic about his art & wish to teach – he convinced me that he could teach anybody to draw & paint – my first class was a Life Drawing class – why I went back I will never know.

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

LORRAINE: Tom Roberts ” Sherbrooke Forest”- it is a wonderful australian landscape.

"Sherbrooke Forest" by Tom Roberts“Sherbrooke Forest” by Tom Roberts

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?

LORRAINE: Right now I am working on a view of Curl Beach where I live . I plan to give to my lovely neighbours who are soon to move away & will no longer have access to this lovely view.

NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?

LORRAINE: Lots of fun, companionship—plus a great feeling of having made something Beautiful.

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?

T-SHIRT-FOR-MIKE


mike_face Mike said “Why Lorrain went back and continues to this day is every word I spoke was true !
A retired ecconomic and geography teacher ,you would never know looking at her paintings she is too modest to mention she has been published in Australian Artist Magazine that speaks for itsself.”


Ako Lamble Ako said “Lorraine was there a long time before I came on the scene at the art school. She came to our wedding that was held here in the studio, she has been our close friend ever since, and a great example of how anyone can be an artist in their own right, she keeps learning and developing her skills. By her example, she is giving other students a hope of that ‘anybody can be taught to be an artist’. Here are her paintings that prove this to be true in our annual exhibition last year at Mosman Art Gallery. ”

LORRAINE MACKENZIE - "POPPIES"
“POPPIES”

LORRAINE MACKENZIE - "DAWN AT FRESHWATER"

“DAWN AT FRESHWATER”

LORRAINE MACKENZIE - "CURL CURL"

“CURL CURL”


Would you like to improve your drawing skills hugely? As you read Lorraine started with the Life Drawing and still does, we highly recommend you join the Life Drawing class adding to your painting  class like Lorraine.  Life Drawing (Mon 7-9pm) is almost a MUST for every artist.

Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about taking more than one class a week. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form


Henry, Mike, Lorraine and Pepe in 2006

ipad art Tiffany Lamp

iPad Art “The Lights” – written by Ako Lamble

"tiffany lamp" iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“Tiffany Lamp” created with iPad and Procreate App by Ako Lamble

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
Today, I would like to talk about the subject to draw/paint with iPad, “The lights”. I came to realise that drawing the lights with iPad gives much more pleasure to my eyes than drawing it on a paper. One of the reasons is quite simple, you are drawing the lights on the backlit canvas (iPad), so literally it will illuminate once you put the colour on it. It’s more magical than you think.
If you have an iPad and any drawing/painting apps, try putting any bright colour on the dark background, I tell you it would look great. See the following iPad Arts for an example.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“Tealight” created with iPad and Procreate App by Ako Lamble

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

“Candle light” created with iPad and Procreate App by Hannah Klupiec

The painting of flowers (below) is nothing to do with the light, however doesn’t it glow beautifully?

iPad Art by Erika Dollission

“Flowers” created with iPad and Brushes App by Erika Dollission

The painting of pear (below) had been made by using one of the techniques I introduced in my iPad Art Wrokshops. It gives a wood cut print / stencil / stained glass look. Erika who’d never done the digital painting before created this particular piece on the first day of the workshop, it really amazed me.

iPad Art by Erika Dollission

“Pear” created with iPad and Brushes App by Erika Dollission

"Lamp" iPhone/iPad Art by David Hockney

“Lamp” created with iPad and Brushes App by David Hockney

"Sunlight Filtering Through The Clouds" iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“Sunlight Filtering Through The Clouds” created with iPad and Artrage App by Ako Lamble

"Where on earth are you, Hunter?"

“Where on earth are you, Hunter?” created with iPad and Procreate App by Ako Lamble

If you are interested in iPad Art and have 9 more minutes to spend, I highly recommend you to watch one of the tutorial videos (below) made by the Norwegian Artist, Nikolai Lockertsen who creates amazingly detailed iPad Art. He recently uses Procreate app a lot which became my most favourite app as well, if you buy the Procreate app it comes with his painting (below) as an exapmle art work. As you see, he uses the lighting so effectively in his paintings which I deeply admire.
It is so inspiring to see how he created the car head light (around the point of 4’50”) in the video.

EyeCandy


Procreate Tutorial - Winter Volvo

iPad Art “Procreate Tutorial WinterVolvo” by Nikolai Lockertsen


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Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

From Term2, we will start the weekly classes for iPad Art. Once you decided to start drawing with your iPad, we believe that you might have many questions to be answered and need instructions on a weekly bases, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without!
DOWNLOAD ENROLMENT FORM

Suitable for;

  • Someone who knows how to draw but has never done digital art before.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
  • Someone who has limited energy but would like to do something creative.
  • Someone who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
  • Someone who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.

Go to iPad Art Weekly Class Page >>

Response to “Practice, practice, practice” – written by Mike Lamble

Sketch 1 Lautrec - Woman washing herself - the toilette by Janelle Wallace

Sketch 2 Lautrec Woman curling her hairs by Janelle Wallace

Sketch 3 Lautrec Caudieux poster by Janelle Wallace

Sketch 4 Lautrec Tete a tete supper by Janelle Wallace

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble
I’ve received a very nice email from one of our students Janelle Wallace (Tuesday 6.30 – 9pm) she attached the image of her drawings.
Janelle kindly agreed to share her drawings with you to inspire and encourage all of you to do much more when you are away from class.

Thank you Janelle, your hard work made my heart rejoice as a teacher!

——————–
Hi Mike,

Took your advice while sitting in the hospital with Mum in Canberra, after
visiting the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition. Two and four above need a lot more
work but I’m not too unhappy with 1 and 3.

Might redo 2 and 4 next week.

Cheers
Janelle
——————–

“Two Identities” – written by Stephen Dernocoure

Life Drawing with iPad

Life drawing with iPad & Procreate App by Ako Lamble

STEPHENWritten by Stephen Dernocoure
Drawing the life model seated in a chair unlocks so many creative and observational possibilities for the drawer. When instructing the life drawing process I have observed that the student may fail to fully consider the chairs relationship with the seated body.

I can think of few structures that carry such specific relationship with the human body, in fat it is no one relationship but several, so let us look at several of these relationship.

Life Drawing with iPad

Life drawing with iPad & Procreate App by Ako Lamble

Firstly, when I observe the model seated in a chair I am immediately instructed to be mindful of context and relationship. The body is held, suspended, cradled in the chair and if we observe the chairs anatomy with care and sensitivity we may also observe the models postural details with greater context.

Secondly, the concept of a chair advises the drawer to observe two identities the person and the chair. Perhaps this council offered to the drawer is also appropriate to ones engagement in daily life where discernment between one factor and another is essential.

Thirdly, a chair is a most profound sculptural form. Chair design reminds us of our humanity and it further reminds us that we are here now, held and suspended. For when we leave a chair we might imagine something of ourselves still held in the form. Perhaps this could be a duty of design.

Fourthly, the chair and the body partner a story about emotion suspended or fatigue satiated. We might say the chair is our silent double, a sentinel marking our relationship with space and time. The chair metaphorically calls the drawer to see the chair and then the sitter, the here and there all in one gaze or multiple tiny gazes. We might ascribe a kind of duty to the chair indeed a loving duty at least for those of us who have the eyes to draw humanity cradled and held for a while.


Life Drawing with iPad

Life drawing with iPad & Procreate App by Ako Lamble

Life Drawing Class for All Levels

7 – 9pm Mondays
$275 per Term (10wks)
$35 per Casual Class

Why don’t you join our Monday evening life drawing class? If you are not sure, try it out as casual first. Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the life drawing class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form

Mike Lamble was in the North Shore Times – community

News Local - North Shore Times - 20 Mar 2013 - Page #18 A3-300

The article about Mike was in the local newspaper the North Shore Times (page18 20th March 2013).


THANK YOU FROM THE ART
HOSPITAL STAFF ‘SAVED MY LIFE’

Rowan Cowley
NORTH Shore School of Art principal teacher Michael Lamble has donated a special work of art to thank Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) from the bottom of his heart.
Mr Lamble had surgery and spent 16 days at the hospital in early 2011 after being diagnosed with peritonitis and has donated a spectacular sunset painting to express his gratitude.
“They (hospital staff) were marvellous. I’d say they saved my life, so the least I could do was do a painting, have it framed and say thank you,” Mr Lamble said.
He ended up in the hospital after experiencing further discomfort shortly after being diagnosed with appendicitis while in Wodonga.
He said he had been experiencing severe pain In his side for several days and, after becoming convinced he was seriously ill, he ended up in Wodonga Hospital where he spent nine days.
He had surgery and antibiotics before being released but just two days after returning to Sydney he was ill again and suffering from a “raging’ fever.
After being admitted to RNSH he had surgery to insert a tube to drain poison from his small intestine and was treated with “five full bags of antibiotics a day”.
“I was so well looked after and there was a lovely surgeon who came and checked on me every day,” he said.
“I had first class treatment. I’d imagine they saved my life.”
In addition to running the local art school, Mr Lamble is a well known lecturer, and commercial and fine artist.
He was equally impressed with the treatment and care he received at Wodonga Hospital, which also received a painting.


mike_face Mike said “I would like to thank the many people including Mosman Art Gallery for all the kind words you expressed about the newspaper article I featured in, without you all I would not known when it appeared if at all, as I was interviewed quite a few weeks ago and had completely forgotten all about it.”

Ask Our Students – Pye Twaddell (Wednesday 12-3pm)

“a sense of peace & family
learning to draw & paint
enjoy the music.”

Pye Twaddell

Name: Pye Twaddell
Occupation: longitudinal art student
Joined NSA: 6 years ago (2006-7)

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

PYE: tissuepaper collage – like a kaleidoscope of colour / never did any drawing

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

PYE: dance / music – piano / my version of Faberge eggs made from real egg shell

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

PYE: illusions of grandeur / I live across the street

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

PYE: Brett Whiteley The Sunrise, Japanese:Good Morning (1988) / because I always look forward to This Side of Morning – my title for a new book or painting or just wishful thinking …?

"The Sunrise Japanese Good Morning" by Brett Whiteley

“The Sunrise Japanese Good Morning” by Brett Whiteley

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?

PYE: finish my painting – it is a gift – & then paint one for me, maybe This Side of Morning / more pencil drawing

NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?

PYE: a sense of peace & family / learning to draw & paint / enjoy the music.

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?

Designed by Pye-Twanddell


mike_face Mike said “I have to admire this woman’s tenacity, It’s received wisdom that left brain is our analytical logical mathematical side, where as our right side is generally accepted to be our creative side these are oversimplifications I know but for the sake of brevity etc, Pye is just past the bloom of youth and from the years we have spent together it’s obvious she has a highly developed left hemisphere, (another one of my quintessential rocket scientists) I have never known in all the years I have been teaching, a student of art so determined to learn how to draw and paint, lesser students would have given up long ago! But the rewards of such determination speak for themselves. Something else we share together is our love of classical music often we chat in class about the concerts we enjoyed at the Opera House the problem is my other students need my attention which brings me back to reality!

I am conscious of the music playing in the class room, because it creates the right mood to help support my students’ creative process and add to the enjoyment of being here. I have built up the collection over many years going to great lengths sometimes to track down the most obscure pieces I have listened to on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, 2MBS, Triple J, Radio 1UK, Kiss FM New York, to Music I have heard to while enjoying a films at the Orpheum, along with students clutching a CD arriving at class saying “You have got to listen to this”.


Ako Lamble Ako said “I would like to mention about Pye as one of many who’ve supported NSA in many ways, particulary when we had our annual exhibition at the Mosman Art Gallery last December she helped hanging the pictures on the wall, serving food and drinks at the opening night and so forth. We thannk you Pye, here’s Pye’s paintings being exhibited in our anuual exhibition”.

PYE TWADDELL - "THE WAVE"

“THE WAVE”

PYE TWADDELL - "LAKE DISTRICT UK"

“LAKE DISTRICT”


Would you like to improve your art skills hugely and set your mind focusing to achive your goal? If you are serious about your art, we highly recommend you join more than one class a week like Pye. Particularly Life Drawing (Mon 7-9pm) is almost a MUST for every artist.
For example, Pye Joins;

  • Draw & Paint – Monday 12-3pm
  • Life drawing – Monday 7-9pm
  • Draw & Paint – Wednesday 12-3pm

Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about taking more than one class a week. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form

Review – iPad Art Workshop – written by Ako Lamble

3points to mainain your creatiity

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
Today, I would like to review my iPad Art Workshop for Beginners which was held on Saturday 23rd March 2013. It was my very first iPad Art Workshop and there were so many things that I wanted to share with my students and I was well prepared but not really sure how much they could take in within a day, so I talked to myself “that’s ok if we cannot finish all the contents I can spread them over a few workshops in the future”. Well then, I had to laugh at myself having such unnecessary worries, it was beyond my expectation, not only I could cover all the materials I prepared – I was actually impressed with what my students created on the day, I’m so proud of them all, most of them had never drawn with their iPad before or done any forms of digital art whatsoever, though they’d already learnt how to draw and paint with Mike, oh speaking of Mike, he was sitting there as one of my students on the day, let me tell you how much other students enjoyed watching Mike having to do as he is told, they said to Mike “Now you know how we feel in your class” <smile>.

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

“Apple” by Hannah Klupiec, Procreate App

iPad Art by Mike Lamble

“Man’s face” by Mike Lamble, Brushes app

Marriane Rudd

Marianne made a greeting card
with her iPad Art she created at the workshop.

Erika Dollission

Erika made a few greeting cards
with her iPad Art she created at the workshop.

CLICK HERE to see more iPad Art from the workshop

I was very aware of the pit falls of doing iPad Art, one of them is – I call it – the uncontrolled behaviour – this fancy gadget/new toy makes you become crazy about it to the point of spending too much time on it then gradually getting sick of it, in the end you don’t want to see it any more lik a chocoholic who binges then doesn’t indulge for weeks, instead I want them to become my fellow iPad Artist and enjoy it for a long time.

To avoid those pit falls I explained to them 3 important points to MAINTAIN (not just acquire) their creativity which applies to any form of creative activities. I believe that everybody’s born with creative mind which God gave us individually, however you need to do your part to maintain it during your busy daily life. For that reason I introduced to them “Draw for 15 minutes a day” a habit which I learned from Michael Nobbs (sustainablycreative.com).

All students assined to the 4week project “Draw for 15 min a day” which is a part of the workshop;

  1. set a timer 15 minutes and draw (no longer than that).
  2. send it to Ako by email.
  3. do it from Monday to Friday and weekends off, repeat it for 4 weeks.

The whole point of doing this is “to adopt a new habit – draw with your iPad”. We’ve just finished week 1, I upload their iPad Art to our Flickr site daily and the students can see other’s work to be encouraged and motivated. I joined them too.

CLICK HERE to see the iPad Art from “15 minutes a day project”

The next iPad Art Workshop will be held in May, why don’t you join us?
10am – 4pm
Satuday 18th May 2013
Download the flyer

mike_face Mike said “THE BOOT IS ON THE OTHER FOOT
To my surprise it was a surprise to my students who attended Ako’s workshop I quote ” You behaved yourself”
Ah to see ourselves as others see us, what did they mean? I always behave myself don’t I?
I sat there all day as quiet as a Lamb, don’t I always? I loved Ako’s workshop having worked in traditional materials in a traditional way ever since I was a student I was keen to try out and explore the possibilities the ipad could open up to me, wow! the sky is the limit what a wonderful sketchbook, painting palette canvas,paper,pens pencils airbrush, pastels all at my fingertips and Ako made it so easy for me to access and understand,( i’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer) we were only able to scratch the surface in the first workshop I look forward to the the next one in May.
Most of my students are aware I love to go driving roof down in my old MG at the weekends sketchbook in hand but its too much hassle to take watercolours or pastels etc, now I can take everything and anything including a camera to catch that fleeting moment in this most wonderful piece of technology smaller than my A3 sketchbook and draw or paint whatever I want in whatever medium or style I want! looking forward to the weekend.”

iPad Sketch by Mike Lamble

iPad Sketch by Mike Lamble, Brushes App

iPad Sketch by Mike Lamble

iPad Sketch by Mike Lamble, Brushes App

Sketching with iPad by Mike Lamble

Mike rested his iPad on the steering wheel in a car and drew the building.


Henry and Mike in 2005

Henry and Mike in 2010

A WORLD CLASS EXHIBITION IN A BUSH CAPITAL (CANBERRA) – written by Mike Lamble

COLLAGE Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble
For my all my students who haven’t visited the exhibiton of Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC GO while there is still time (till 2nd April 2013).
This is a must see for any lover of art, one ‘cliche’ only ‘brilliant’ many lessons there for my students, in persistance and drawing practice, over a hundred pieces, paintings, drawings, posters. I will give an in depth analysis next term.


Mike and Henry at the dog park in Canberra

Henry had a good time at Weston Park Fenced Dog Park after (long-waiting-in-a-car) the exhibition in Canberra.