Olivia Case

Olivia Case Mosman Art Youth Prize Northshore School of Art

Mosman Youth Art Prize 2013: Congratulations Olivia! – written by Mike Lamble


NSA Teenage students visited Mosman Art Gallery to see Mosman Youth Art Prize

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

This Art school has supported the Mosman Youth Art Prize for more than ten years with prize money and Mike acting as judge in certain categories because I believe its my responsibility to nurture their creativity and encourage them to challenge their perceived limitations.

You can see the young Olivia on our Youtube video when she received a commendation in the Mosman Art Prize 2008 when she was 12 having joined the art school when she was 10.

To be a successful artist you need three things in my opinion, in order they are;

  1. Drive
  2. Practice
  3. Talent

ever since I have had the pleasure in teaching Olivia from the age of ten allowing for all of life’s other distractions she has displayed those qualities in spades her work speaks for itself so a few words about Olivia herself.

I think it’s fair to say I love teaching my two classes of teenagers and for many those can be turbulent years as my many conversations with mums and dads testify Olivia has been a delight steady and pretty ‘cool’ over the years so much so she has worked as a teachers assistant on a number of occasions for this school.

I am constantly receiving requests from other teachers looking for work in my art school to no avail but If I had a permanent position I would jump at the chance to ask her to join us.

Sadly she will be leaving me this year to go on to University so its like loosing a younger sister, but I know in whatever career she chooses to follow she will be successful.

Mosman Youth Art Prize 2013

Mosman Youth Art Prize 2013

Mosman Youth Art Prize 2013

Olivia Case Teenage Art Student of Northshore School of ArtOlivia said: “I have been taking painting and drawing classes with Mike Lamble, on Friday afternoons for the past eight years. This year I entered the Mosman Youth Art Prize with a portrait of my close friends Ailsa, and was chosen for two prizes in my category. I painted the work late last year during my classes at NSA. I enjoyed creating this piece because portraiture was something I had been looking to explore for a long time, and it was good to acquire some experience in this area, prior to the commencement of my HSC year. Mike’s classes on proportions in portraiture were an excellent starting point for understanding the facial form, and Mike’s continued guidance and advice throughout the art making process was invaluable. It was great to see all I have learned about portraiture and working with oils during my time as Mikes’ student at NSA, culminated in a single piece, which could be appreciated by a wider audience at the Mosman Art Prize. I would encourage anyone with a passion for creating art to enter this competition, as it provides a wonderful opportunity for the exhibition of young artists work.”

Olivia Case

Ask our students – Olivia Case (Fri 4-6pm)

“I can see the improvement the classes make in my ability.”

Olivia Case (18yo)Name: Olivia Case
Age: 18
Joined NSA since: I joined when I was ten, so I’ve been here since around 2004-05

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?
OLIVIA: When I was around nine I drew a castle, and, as it actually looked like a castle, I was pretty impressed with myself.

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?
OLIVIA: I have always really enjoyed art, especially drawing. My mum used to give my sister and I loads of art projects to do, and she used to always bring drawing pads out to restaurants with us. In hindsight I can see that this was just to stop us annoying the people around us, but it really fostered my love of art and encouraged my creativity.

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?
OLIVIA: I joined the NSA after attending an art party there in the fourth grade. My favourite class in school was art (obviously) and I thought it was insanely cool that there was a place you could go to take more art classes – and they didn’t make you do maths or anything!

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?
OLIVIA: Pretty much anything Jenny Saville has ever done, she is my favourite artist of all time (if you don’t know her, Google her, she is amazing), but if I were too choose a single one of her pieces, I think it would have to be her portrait Reverse (2003).

jenny saville - Reverse

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?
OLIVIA: I am currently working on my HSC major work, so within this year I would like to finish that (I don’t really have a choice, the HSC board is kind of pushy that way).

NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?
OLIVIA: I take classes at NSA because I love art, and because I can see the improvement the classes make in my ability.

Portrait painting by Olivia Case

Portrait painting by Olivia Case

Portrait paintings by Olivia Case

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?
OLIVIA:My design for Mike’s T-shirt would be simple, just the words from his answering machine that always make me laugh so much.

mike_faceMike said “One of the most rewarding things of being a teacher is watching your students growing.
When Olivia first joined us she was just 10-11yo but amazingly advanced for her age, within a year of joining us she was accepted into the Mosman Youth Art Prize, I was so proud of her when I gave her the reward (you can see it in the video below) , in some respects it’s a pity Olivia wasn’t born 500 or so years ago she would have graced any of the Old Master’s workshops as an apprentice ( eat your heart out Leonardo).
Now she is 18yo facing her challenge of HSC, she knows I am always there if she needs my help and support, I have no doubt she will dazzle the accessors. ”