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”.





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] / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form