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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