The teaching staff at NSVA consists of over 20 specialist artists/teachers in various areas of the visual arts. Our staff members include:
Amanda (Mandy) Rennie
Mandy graduated from the College of Fine Arts at UNSW with a degree in Art Education. She has taught art to children in Botswana and in schools around Sydney including Special Needs children. Mandy is also a practising artist and has had several exhibitions of her work. Her recent works have featured issues such as the Great Barrier Reef and Bushfires.
Mandy works in pastels, watercolours, and acrylics and her work spans painting, drawing and jewellery, incorporating new media such as flywire, epoxy resins and digital art. She adds a new dimension to NSVA's comprehensive teaching practices.
Karen has been a professional artist and educator for over 20 years. She is an award winning artist in Australia and the U.S.A and has had many successful solo exhibitions across Australia and the U.S.A. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Australia, U.S.A, U.K, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. She has had many public commissions for both painting and sculpture. She is a highly sought after tutor for both adult and children teaching both group and private tuition .
Erika is an outstanding teacher who has won numerous prizes and awards, including the 2008 North Sydney Open Prize. She is constantly re-invigorating both her subjects and technique. She currently teaches both year 1 and 2 Diploma students in acrylic painting and mixed media.
Tony is a freelance artist/illustrator specializing in original “travelling watercolours” . He often takes a weekend workshop in “plein air” painting as well as workshops in Croatia and Spain in 2015. Tony worked as a civil engineer in Croatia and New York and an architectural illustrator in Australia .Tony teaches both drawing and watercolour to adults in both short and diploma courses.
Susan’s art career began on a small island off Far North Queensland where the brilliant colour of the sun and landscape inspired the bold line, design and freedom of her paintings which are both abstract and objective. French Fauve painters have also inspired her with their energy and vibrant colour. Her works have been shown at city and regional exhibitions in Australia and hung in collections worldwide.
Rosyln is an award winning, experienced printmaker who teaches printmaking to our Diploma students and specializes in relief printmaking including working with woodcuts and linocuts. She lectures at various venues around the world.
Yvonne is a multi award winning artist and experienced teacher who presently teaches drawing, painting and mixed media in our diploma course and short courses.
Kristen is a painter and art teacher, having completed studies at the University of Sydney, National Art School and graduating from COFA with a Master of Art in painting and drawing. She is an award winning artist, including the Northbridge Prize for works on paper (2012) and the Waverley Art Prize for Acrylics (2014).
Lyndall McKee has been painting in watercolour for many years. She is presently head teacher of our diploma course and also teaches illustration drawing and visual techniques in graphic design.
Artist and teacher Victoria Peel studied Fine Arts in London and Sydney. She has exhibited in Australia and overseas for over 35 years and lectured in drawing for over 28 years. Whilst exploring space and the rhythm of light and colour in interiors and landscapes, Victoria is currently interested in relating the figure to its environment.
Robyn is sought after as a realist portrait artist with the ability to show the physical resemblance along with the essence of the subject. With an art career spanning over 30 years she has gathered a wealth of experience with different styles and mediums. Along with portraits she enjoys painting still life and landscapes.
Alan is a noted sculptor and artist and highly regarded teacher who currently teaches our popular Friday drawing and sculpture class as well as diploma course. Alan’s sculptures are admired same as the master RODIN. He has the ability to infuse emotion and energy into his drawings and sculpture and pass his knowledge onto his students.
Bernadette is a practicing Artist and experienced Teacher, completing her MFA (Research) COFA, with a BVA, SCA, Sydney University and Assoc Dip, NAS. She has won several awards including the Northbridge Art Prize in 2013, exhibited extensively and had 3 Solo shows to date. Bernadette has been interested in the academic and the painterly and worked in galleries for over 15 years.
Bernard de Vaux
Bernard is a highly experienced pastel and oil painter who has taught for many years both to children and adults. He currently teaches our Diploma students as well as after school and holiday workshops for 11-18 years.
Judy founded Northbridge Art School and has over 35 years experience teaching children, teens and adults both in the public and private sector. She has a Bach of Education as well as several diploma courses in Colour, Design, and Textiles. Her passion is teaching art to children .