akolamble

Private Tuition for Drawing and Watercolour

“Some say watercolour is difficult to do. I disagree. It has been used by young children to seniors for long time.
I believe you would say ‘Why didn’t I do it before?’

– Ako Lamble
 

It is like a cooking.

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

To me painting with watercolour is like a cooking.
Mixing water and pigments, placing the mixed colour liquid on paper (wet paper / dry paper), waiting for drying, and placing another mixed colour liquid on it ….

The procedure can be taught to the point according to the recipe, but this is something you need to do it repeatedly until you really get how it works. No short cuts.

That’s why my beginners class is focusing on “Little and Often” “Repetition”. I will help you setting up the system so you can draw/paint daily for just 15min. It’s much more beneficial to do it for 15 min daily than for 2hours weekly.

Improving drawing skills is very important in my class. Drawing enhances the way we see the world around us, conditions us to capture the details. Furthermore, drawing can improve our memory.
You will spend first 4-5classes on drawing (Shape, Tone, Edge) then move on to the watercolour painting.
I also introduce “Line & Wash” in the class. It helped me to get rid of feeling intimidated towards watercolour painting when I started.

Once you put the line and splash the colours on, it looks great! It motivates you to keep going until you get used to handling the water and pigments.

 

Line & Wash "White Rose"

 

I will teach;

  • Child (8yo and over)
  • Adult
 

A few examples of what you will learn in my lessons

  • Drawing with a 2B pencil to learn to see shape, value and edge.
  • Drawing the simple subject perspective correctly. One point perspective, two point perspective.
  • Learn about your art materials: Watercolour tubes, watercolour papers, watercolour brushes, palettes, a pen & ink, water-soluble graphite, sketchbooks …
  • Setting up your mobile art kit.
  • Continuous line drawing and wash.
  • Drawing an egg with line and wash, one colour: learn 4 kinds of edge (hard, firm, soft, lost).
  • 15 min daily drawing & painting habit.
  • Watercolour technique: Wet in wet, negative painting, wash, glazing, dry brush, lifting, masking, erasing, scratching, salt, tissue, splatter, brooms and more..
  • Draw with 2B pencil and paint with watercolour a simple object like an apple: How to see the shape, edges, light & shadow and colours.
  • Introduction of colour mixing.
Process. Watercolour painting of lilies by Ako Lamble
 

Art Materials

This is something I need to show and explain a lot about in the first class. You might need to invest some money to set up your art kit. I have spent time and money to test all sorts of materials so that I can give you some advise before you make a decision.
Bring to the class whatever you’ve already got, don’t buy anything until we discuss about it.

You don’t need all of them at once, but these are the ones I would like to introduce to you over the term.

  • Artist quality watercolour tubes
  • Watercolour brushes: Round, Flat and Dagger
  • Palette: travel size
  • Watercolour paper: Arches smooth & Medium
  • Sketchbook
  • Fountain pen & ink / Water proof pen / Water soluble pen
  • Water soluble graphite / carbon
  • Watercolour pencils
 

Day and Time

 

 

Fee

  • In our studio: $80 per hour per student
  • At YOUR home: $85 per hour per sudent
 

Teacher

Ako Lamble

The process of watercolour painting of “Mike and Henry” – written by Ako Lamble

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble. "Mike and Henry" process

How the watercolour painting was started and finished.

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone, Some of you have already known that I had been obsessed with watercolour painting for a while. I would like to share with you the process of how I did the watercolour painting of Mike and Henry in my sketchbook.

I was very surprised to know that I received so many good responses when I posted the painting on my Facebook. More than 230 people altogether clicked Like button (I posted it on a couple of art groups on Facebook as well). Never happened that many before. I presume that so many dog lovers were out there and the painting touched a soft spot. Also comments such as how they liked the tones and the sensitivity of my style of painting.

I will tell you that there were mistakes and happy accidents during the process which lead to discovering new techniques, I loved the experience. That’s why watercolour is so addictive for me.

Photo "Mike and Henry" in 2006

Mike and Henry(rhodesian ridgeback) in 2006.

This is the photo I chose and put up on my computer screen for a reference to paint from. I wanted to test the new colour arrangement of my travel palette so I picked the photo without thinking too much.

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble "Mike and Henry" Process1

At this point, I just wanted to test the colours.

I usually do a pencil drawing or pen drawing before applying the colour to the paper, but this time I just wanted to test the colours, so I went straight to paint. I make a lot of colour swatches in my sketchbook, so I thought this was one of them, then I went to bed.

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble "Mike and Henry" Process2
Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble "Mike and Henry" Process3

Next morning, my mind and eyes are as fresh as the morning dew. When I saw the paint marks in the sketchbook which I made the previous night, I thought I could do much more, so picked up a 2B pencil and started drawing over it, then put more colours on it. Oh, by the way, around 30% of the intensity of the colour would be faded when the paint has dried.

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble "Mike and Henry" Process4

I was struggling to shape Mike’s hand and arm.

I started using some watercolour pencils to draw details. This was the area you can see where I was struggling to shape Mike’s hand and arm. I also realised that there was not enough space between Mike and Henry and Mike was slightly smaller than the actual size.

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble "Mike and Henry" Process5
Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble "Mike and Henry" Process6

I tried to ignore Mike’s arm and carried on the areas I could deal with.
I have a good habit of taking photos of my painting/drawing with my iPhone during the process. Not just for sake of keeping records, I do it for checking my painting. It’s much easier to find the faults when you see it in thumbnail size. Checking the values, shapes and even colours.

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble "Mike and Henry" Process7

This is the painting I posted on my Facebook and received more than 230 clicks on Like button.

Now, this was the point the happy accident had happened. When I saw the painting through the iPhone thumbnail size, I instinctively dropped a generous amount of the background colour over Mike’s arm, I actually did it holding iphone in my left hand and holding a brush in my right hand.

You don’t know how excited I was, I knew I did the right thing. Not just hiding my crappy drawing but it gave a clear focal point on Mike’s face.

I stopped there and posted it on Facebook. I don’t know exactly, but it took about 40 min to come to this point since I started a pencil drawing that morning.

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble "Mike and Henry" touched up with iPad.

I used Procreate app with iPad to paint shadow over Henry’s legs to see how it looks like.

Since I decided to write about the painting, I wanted to do a little experiment. This is a good chance to use the iPad to simulate the casting shadow over Henry’s legs before actually painting on it. I was quite happy with the result.

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble. "Mike and Henry" process

You can lift some colours from the watercolour painting.

I mainly did three things;

  1. Darken a part of Henry’s legs as if there were a casting shadow.
  2. Lifted some colours and painted lightly Mike’s arm and hand which was diffrent form from the photo.
  3. Put more details of Henry’s face, including highlights (with a gel pen) and his collar.

So many people think that watercolour is difficult and unforgiving, but I disagree with that. As you see, I could redo Mike’s arm and hand after covering the dark colour. Yes, there are some restrictions but watercolour is much more versatile than you may think.

Watercolour painting by Ako Lamble. "Mike and Henry" process

Left:the one I posted on Facebook. Right: The final piece.

I’ve employed a new habit of asking myself two questions each time when I finished my painting/drawing. I encourage my students to do the same in my class.

Q1. What is the most I like about the painting/drawing?
Q2. What is the most I would like to improve about the painting/drawing?

I will answer the two questions on this piece.

A1. I liked/enjoyed when I instinctively painted over Mike’s arm, it worked well to hide my crappy drawing, also to give a clear focal point on Mike’s face.
A2. Definitely better drawing of the hand!


Art Materials for watercolour painting of "Mike and Henry" by Ako Lamble

I have a few different sizes and shapes of sketch book. I keep “in-case sketchbook” in every places.

Art materials I used

Some of you might want to know the art materials I used, here is the list of them.
From the right to the left shown in the above image.

  • Sketchbook: Stillmand & Brin Alpha series 150gsm A5size
  • Mechanical pencil: 2mm 2B
  • Watercolour pencil: Caran d”Ache Museum Aquarelle (3510 640) Dark Ultramarine
  • Watercolour pencil: Caran d”Ache Museum Aquarelle (3510 661) Light cobalt blue
  • Watercolour pencil: Caran d”Ache Museum Aquarelle (3510 850) Cornelian
  • Watercolour pencil: Caran d”Ache Museum Aquarelle (3510 009) Black
  • Watercolour pencil: Caran d”Ache Museum Aquarelle (3510 077) Burnt Ochre
  • Round Brush: Escoda Kolinsky Sable Pocket Size 8
  • Aquarelle Dagger Travel Brush 1/4″
  • Uni-Ball UM-153 1.0mm Broad gel pen WHITE ink
  • Watercolour: My current travel palette 23colours.
  1. Helio turquoise: Shcmincke (PB16)
  2. Phthalo green: Daniel Smith (PG7)
  3. Ultramarine blue: Daniel Smith (PG29)
  4. Perylene maroon: Daniel Smith (PR179)
  5. Cerulean blue chromium: Daniel Smith (PB36)
  6. Cerulean blue: Daniel Smith (PB35)
  7. Quinacridone burnt scarlet: Daniel Smith (PR206)
  8. Delft blue: Shcmincke (PB60)
  9. Goethite brown ochre: Daniel Smith (PY43)
  10. Transparent red oxide: Daniel Smith (PR101)
  11. Lunar black: Daniel Smith (PBk11)
  12. Cobalt teal blue: Daniel Smith (PG50)
  13. Translucent Orange: Shcmincke (PO71)
  14. Transparent pyrrol orange: Daniel Smith (PO71)
  15. Pyrrol orange: Daniel Smith (PO73)
  16. New gamboge: Daniel Smith (PY153)
  17. Hansa yellow medium: Daniel Smith (PY97)
  18. Translucent Yellow: Shcmincke (PY150)
  19. Quinacridone gold: Daniel Smith (PO49)
  20. Indian red: Daniel Smith (PR101)
  21. Pyrrol red: Daniel Smith (PR254)
  22. Opera pink: Daniel Smith (PR122)
  23. Quinacridone gold: Daniel Smith (PO49)

I hope this blog artcle will inspire you to do watercolour if you haven’t done for a long time.
I started my watercolour for beginners weekly classes on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Also The workshops on Saturday will begin. If you are interested in joining, let me know (info[at]art-art.com.au).

Beginners Watercolour with Line & Wash, weekly art class with Ako Lamble
Beginners Watercolour with Line & Wash, weekly classes with Ako Lamble
(Tue 1-3pm): $340 per term [10weeks] / $40 per casual
(Fri 1.30-3.30pm): $340 per term [10weeks] / $40 per casual
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Beginners Watercolour with Line & Wash, weekly art class with Ako Lamble
Beginners Watercolour Workshop with Ako Lamble
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annual exhibition at mosman art gallery

REVIEW – Annual Exhibition – written by Mike Lamble

The Celebration Night of Annual Exhibition 2013

NSA ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2013 AT MOSMAN ART GALLERY.

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

This is the sceond time we have had our annual exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery. It is always exciting to see our students’ progress in their artworks the end of the year. As I looked around the paintings and drawings assembled, I had this glow of pride and pleasure at the achivements all of you.

I want to say THANK YOU to all those who helped in setting up the exhibition. Annie who flew down on Friday from Queensland especially to help then flew back on Sunday. Pye, Judith and Peter who made my task of organising all the paintings unnecessary. Thank you all who contributed the wine, champagne and food.


Ako Lamble Ako said I would like to share the experience I had at the exhibition. When I got in the room to take a few more photos of the paintings, A several people were already there, one of them was a middle aged man and he told me that he talked to Mike about an art class earlier and came to see the students’ art works. He said “I’m a taxi driver and i’d like to learn how to draw and paint PROPERLY with my spare time, I would like to paint like this and like that (pointing a few paintings with his finger). I don’t want none sense of the modern teaching saying ‘let your inner self come out and teach you’ which I had previously in other place”. He will join one of our day classes from February.

I wondered how many people had been encouraged by those high standard art works at the exhibition and decided to start their creative journey again… I like the idea that the exhibition is not just for showing off but inspiring viewers, the art community should be like this. Isn’t that wonderful?


Click the image below to see all the photos from the exhibition.

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Henry

Thank you for all of your kind words. – written by Mike Lamble

Henry on Friday 30th August 2013 at Vets

Last picture of Henry (8yo) taken at the Vets – Friday 30th August 2013.

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

This week was a very sad week for all of us connected to the art school as we lost a much loved and highly valued member of staff. He loved going sketching with me all over NSW and most weekends in the local area. He would spend afternoons with me between classes toasting his toes on my radiator and when excitedly I would show him the progress of my latest masterpiece I was left in no doubt what he thought of it as the rumbles emanating from deep in his abdomen found expression a few seconds later on my carpet Henry the much loved dog is missed and will be missed for a long time to come.

Henry with Kids going to the park, lunch time of school holiday workshop

Henry with Kids going to the park, lunch time of school holiday workshop

Henry in the Adults evening class.

Henry in the kids class

To see ourselves as others see us Henry was a huge part of my life but I never thought of it from the point of view how my students saw us until their expressions of shock and sadness this week “You and Henry were so close, great understanding between the two of you… so a beautiful dog so well behaved” to name a few. Thanks Pye for the card. Sill there is a little bit of him sitting on the mantlepiece in the studio!

  • Henry and Mike in 2005
  • Henry and Mike in 2010
Henry and Mike in MG

Henry and Mike

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“The Best Friend” iPad Art by Ako Lamble.


Ako Lamble Ako said: I’ve learnt a lot from the loss of Henry. One of them is that our mind can easily create illusions according to our expectations. I still see him or rather feel him somewhere in the art school. I KNOW he’s gone but I see his huge face with a rather sad look appearing at the entrance as I climb the art school stairs, I can even hear his wagging tail banging on the door in welcoming rhythm. I suppose it will be like this for a long time… yes we all miss Henry.

Henry waits for everybody coming.

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Ako Lamble iPad Art Northshore School of Art

Ask Our Teacher – Ako Lamble (iPad Art)

“I suppose what I do on my creative works has been based on “what if” spirit and editing (mixing/collaging) methods.”
ipad art by ako lamble

iPad Art by Ako Lamble / Procreate app
The gif animation was created with Corel Painter.

Name: Ako Lamble
Teaching at NSA: iPad Art Weekly Classes / iPad Art Workshops
Joined NSA since: 2002

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

AKO: I suppose that the comic manga book I made when I was around 9-10 yo was the one I was proud of. I wrote a story about me and my best girl friend who lived a few doors away, it was a success story of us becoming a duo pop star who could sing and dance (that’s what I desperately wanted to do those days). It was all hand made and approximately 15 pages long. I wish I kept it but who knows where it is now.

Ako Lamble and best friend

Ako (left) and her childhood best friend Naomi (right), both are 13yo.

PinkLady

Ako made a comic manga book inspired by the Pinklady’s comic book (above).

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

AKO: “WHAT IF…?” has been always the top phrase in my dictionary. Unlike Mike as a single minded artist since he was young, I had too many minds (and still do)… I was a doodler, an obsessive letter writer,  a member of choir, trained to be an announcer for 6 years in the school broadcasting club (which was a big thing to me)… Everybody around me expected that I would be an announcer (in Japan) but I went to collage to learn Photography because I wanted to make a film (oh dear…).

Make a long story short, learning Photography (before the digital photography era) has taught me “how to see” which helped me a lot when I drew and painted afterwords. I still remember the words from the “mastering editing” book which I read in my college days, it said “there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9), so there is no point to be striving to create “originals” because there is no such thing, what you can do is mixing them, collaging them or editing them nicely” I thought that was absolutely true and instantly took off my unnecessary pressure which was “i have to create “originals” to impress people”, rather I enjoyed my experiments. I still do the same. So I suppose what I do on my creative works has been based on “what if” spirit and editing (mixing/collaging) methods.

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Broadcasting was a big thing to Ako (17yo)

AKO: I fell in love with the felting a few years back, making scarves and small items like book marks, coasters, Jewellery … I made my original brand called “woolhug” and sell them on the net and the shop but it’s getting slow because I put more my time on iPad Art these days, I am not going to give up my felting which can satisfy my needs to do 3D craft.
"Reading Mate" felted bookmarks by Ako Lamble

“Reading Mate” (felted bookmarks) – designed and felted by Ako Lamble.
The eyes popped out when the book is closed and it can sit because of the wire in the body.

The felted coasters by Ako Lamble

The felted coasters – designed and felted by Ako Lamble.
Fried egg, Bacon, Tomato and Swiss cheese

The felted scarf by Ako Lamble

The felted scarf – designed and felted by Ako Lamble.
One of her customers asked Ako to make this when she saw the egg and bacon coasters.
This was a gift for her friend who loves bacon and egg.

Ako Lamble at the Glebe Market

Ako was selling her felted products at the Glebe Markets.

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

AKO:  I originally joined Mike’s cartooning class at Mosman evening college and he introduced me to his art school, I joined the following year. It was my first experience painting with oil paints which I enjoyed very much. I started with a simple flower then after a few paintings I painted a cat quite well that led me to paint pet portraits and human portraits.

Ako Lamble's very first oilpainging

Ako’s very first oil painting at NSA.

Oil painting by Ako Lamble

The oil painting of a cat which encouraged Ako to paint pet portraits

Oil painting by Ako Lamble

“Berney” oils, commissioned work.

"Henry at the dog beach" Oil by Ako Lamble

“Henry plays at the beach” Oils

"Bella on Silver" Oil by Ako Lamble

“Bella and Silver” Pastels, commissioned work.

Oil painting by Ako Lamble

“Emi” Oils

Oil painting by Ako Lamble

“Twins” Oils

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

AKO: I would love to have “The Ball” by Félix Vallotton on my wall if you ask me now, it might be different another time. I did not know the artist but when I saw his painting in the exhibition “Masterpieces From Paris” at NGA in 2010, I instantly fell in love with it. It was not a huge painting but I was drawn to it very much. I like the composition and setting, it tells a story. I can look at the painting all day long and wonder how the story develops, the child chasing a ball reminds me of “Alice in Wonderland” and the ladies in the distance reminds me of a private conversation between Anna Karenina and her niece, Kitty.

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“The Ball” by Félix Vallotton

NSA: What creative project are you working on right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within the next year?

AKO: To establish the iPad Art Classes / Workshops involves a large part of my creative mind, I understand so many people are skeptical about iPad Art because it’s new and digital. My creativity comes in to “show and tell” in the way people can easily relate to it and see the potential as a powerful art tool which they can use straight away.

Also I’m responsible for the art school’s website and organising blog articles, Mike and I constantly talk about how we can grow our art community and how we can interact with each other. The interview “Ask Our Students” is the most fun job for me to do. I enjoy knowing each one’s story about their creativity, it’s so inspiring. This will be an ongoing project.

To create my own iPad Art itself doesn’t need much of my energy, my time or even my creative mind, as I said I still have too many minds to do things and iPad serves a person like me very well. It can be my sketch book, art journal, art references, canvas to paint on while listening to music or I can even read something to feed my spirituality… wonderful!

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

AKO: I teach iPad Art because I would like to encourage and inspire those who gave up their art due to difficulties in life to pick up their art again. I constantly have a lack of energy and limited time to do creative things, so without the iPad I couldn’t pick up my painting again. It is my pleasure to share my knowledge and experiences with others, in return I also learn and get inspired by them.

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

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mike lamble faceMike said “Darling, your breath isn’t too good, I think you ate too much curry last night, will you please take your toung out of my ear?…….. Oh hello Henry!”


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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

The weekly classes for iPad Art is going very well. 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!
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Henry said "Is that a Chai Late?"

Henry is allowed to lick the cup if it’s a Chai Late.

iPad Art coloured leaves painted by Ako Lamble using a moleskine sketchbook.

iPad Art – “Why iPad Art instead of iPad Painting? ” written by Ako Lamble

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“A desk lamp in the morning sun” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,

I deliberately call my class “iPad Art” class instead of calling “iPad Painting” or “iPad Drawing” class because it is not just for draw/paint digitally, you can do more with iPad, I’ll show you one of the good examples today.

My back ground is Photography, I spent my college days in the dark room, if not I was chasing lights and shadows in the field. It took a while for me to handle colours properly after I studied and practiced the B&W photography for long time.

However, it was a happy surprise to know the training I had with photography of how to see the lights and shadows helped me a lot when I started drawing and painting afterwards. I can see the subject much clearer, I instantly make the subject into a black and white picture in my mind and find the lines, negative spaces, perspective and so forth. Even the times I can’t draw properly, I can see what is wrong at least.

I recently invented a way to do a fun sketching with iPad. I call it “Pretend sketching”. You sometimes see a photo like this (below). People take a picture of their sketch and subject together, I got the idea from it.

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Mike’s sketch.

I have a few collections of beautiful scenery images. I chose one of them and made this (below) with iPad and Procreate app.

Pretend sketching template

One of the pretend sketching templates.

Then I drew the scenery within a sketchbook area as if I were sitting there and sketching, the result is this (below).

iPad Art by AkomLamble

“The rainbow field” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Soon then I started using my own photos instead of using beautiful images taken by someone else. The process is interesting because it starts from the final image in your mind otherwise you will easily forget to make a space for a sketchbook which you would draw on later, so when I found something interesting (usually it has good light and shadow), I clearly picture in my mind where my sketch book would be located and how the subject is going to be seen in the background then shoot it. I quite like using a small moleskine sketchbook now which has the off-white or yellowish papers that give warm and organic feelings which is very important to me when I do digital art, I also like it having a sewing line in the middle of the two-page spread and make sure I don’t loose it after I draw, I enjoy very much creating the illusion that way.

I consider this whole process is iPad Art, from finding and taking photos of a subject to drawing and sharing them with your friends.

Oh, I should tell you that all my iPad paintings listed here didn’t take me more than 15 minutes (because it’s done as “drawing for a 15 min a day project“), it took another 15 minutes to take a photo with my iPhone and then assemble the background with iPad.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“The Autumn carpet” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Winter is the best season to take a great photo because sun light is nice and soft which travels at a low angle and gives long shadows during most of the day. You don’t need to go to Paris to take such a pretty picture, it can be created right in your own backyard, kitchen or living room if you have winter sun there.

iPad Art by Akolamble

“The lights though blinds in kitchen” iPad Art by Ako Lamble


Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

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

We have started the weekly classes for iPad Art this term, and it has been going very well. This would be the way to go if you would like to do it at your own pace. Your questions will be answered and instructions will be given according to your level of understanding on a weekly basis, 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.

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Good news is you can learn iPad Art as an optional in the Monday night class (7-9pm) from term 4, it’s good for those who only have their free time in the evenings.


Hunter in the winter sun

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.

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

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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

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.

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


ENROL NOW!

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 >>