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drawing by Mike Lamble

“Talent? What talent?” – written by Mike Lamble

Scenary Sketch by Mike Lamble

The scenary sketch by Mike Lamble.

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

It was great to see that some of my students practiced drawing in the recent holidays. You have no idea how that encourages me as a teacher, it is an essential discipline if you want to improve as artists.

I have mentioned to most of you that over the years I have endured anger, frustration, temper, and lack of progress from some students who then dump it on me because they don’t practice! But then expect to just walk into the studio and paint and draw ‘just like that’, then complain “It’s not working for me” as though it is something beyond their control! Or I hear “I don’t have the talent”. Well this may surprise some of you, nor do I!!

My old Art Director used to remind me “You are only as good as your last job”. So whatever I have painted in the past counts for nothing if I DON’T PRACTICE!!!! Which is what I did in the holidays. Here are a few examples:

Scenary Sketch by Mike Lamble

The scenary to draw

A statue drawing by Mike Lamble

A statue to draw

How many of you have heard it said by great sportsmen, musicians or anyone good at what they do – “Practice at least 10,000 hours”. In my case I knew in junior school when asked by my teacher what I wanted to do for a living, “Commercial Artist” was my reply. I have painted for some of the worlds biggest companies. I was once offered a job in Hollywood (yuk), nothing to do with talent, just sheer determination and single mindedness. So if there is hope for me what does that say for you girls and boys who have real talent?


Henry and Mike @Canberra

“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

“I need to draw” – written by Mike Lamble

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Saturday 11th May

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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.

“ON HOLIDAY WOOPEE!” – written by Mike Lamble

Mike and Henry on their holiday

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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

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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.

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Procreate Tutorial - Winter Volvo

iPad Art “Procreate Tutorial WinterVolvo” by Nikolai Lockertsen


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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!
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Suitable for;

  • Someone who knows how to draw but has never done digital art before.
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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!

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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
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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

Ask Our Teacher – Stephen Dernocoure (Life Drawing Monday 7-9pm)

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Name: Stephen Dernocoure
Teaching at NSA: Life drawing class (Monday 7-9pm)
Joined NSA since: 2008

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?
STEPHEN: Speaking truthfully I cannot think about art in this context. I am more desirous of reflecting on my development as moments observed, threaded upon a string of experience and no single drawing holds dominion over my desire to look, feel and wonder.

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?
STEPHEN: Perhaps our being artistic and creative is really a way of life and I am inclined to look for these qualities in many areas. Survival as an artist in daily life is certainly a creative proposition as is our quest to distill feelings and ideas out of paint, words or film.

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?
STEPHEN: I became a teacher and a learner at NSA simply because Mike offered me the delightful opportunity to be an instructor in life drawing.

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?
STEPHEN: Again I am not inclined to think of art in this context. The choice would overwhelm me. I prefer to explore the world of art consign the experiences to heart and mind and then give my attention to this strange and immense world that surrounds me, minute by minute.

NSA: What are you working on your creative activities right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?
STEPHEN: When I am asked about my current projects an easy answer is not available because my art is not related to a project theme. However the one single subject that continues to enthral me is our human condition and this can morph into many patterns and processes. My work as an artist in medical contexts provides me with immense fuel for heart, mind and creativity.

NSA: why do you teach art, or what do you get out of it?
STEPHEN: Teaching is always a condition of learning for me. One can reverse this statement and it remains valid. However, love doing is vital the process.

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?
STEPHEN: This is from my sketchings and words for Mike.
Designed by Stephen Dernocoure


mike lamble faceMike said “Reading Stephens words was a good reminder why I asked him to join the Northshore School of Art. Many years ago I attended his life drawing class at another college and loved his way of teaching and interaction with his students, being a teacher myself for more than twenty years I was acutely aware of this, and always wanting the best for my students. decided to share my life drawing class with Stephen I knew we would complement each others way of teaching,broaden my students experience perception and appreciation of art in general Life Drawing in particular. ”


ako lamble faceAko said “I thought I should say something about Stephen. I am responsible for those 7questions to ask our students and teachers but I realised that Stephen had so many things to say which is so sophisticated and doesn’t fit in the questions I prepared. Damn! Don’t worry our dear readers, I asked Stephen to become a regular contributor to our blog, so you will see his sketches, art and words that is interesting and inspiring. I particularly adore his sketching habit. He always carries his sketch book and pen and draws people, landscapes and so forth. I believe that all of us should adapt this habit to be a better artist. Said enough, will show you the teaser sketches and words of Stephen.”


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It is often asked when did you first start to draw? The answer given is so often unsatisfying.
Perhaps the question could be, when did drawing first see you?
Ah! I can answer that. It was in the luminous line drawn by a snail and in the lines on my fathers darker face drawn by the stylus of time.
We can draw when we are not drawing, that is when drawing first sees us.

– Stephen Dernocoure

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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