The teaching staff at NSVA consists of over 20 specialist artists/teachers in various areas of the visual arts. Our staff members include:

Karen Atkins

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 Beck
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 Belobrajdic

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.

Larissa Blake

Larissa Blake is an inspiring teacher, a wonderful colourist who's representational works are exhibited regularly and represented in several galleries throughout Australia.

Susan Davies

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 atcity and regional exhibitions in Australia and hung in collections worldwide.

Terrence Hadler

Terrence grew up in the Victorian Mallee and his paintings have been described as tributes to Australia's vast and diverse land/sea/desert scapes.. Over the years, what began as a traditional impressionist style has mutated into a contemporary abstract style . Hadler is a multi award winning artist. He teaches weekend workshops and country painting retreats for NSVA.

Hilary Herrmann

Hilary lives  in the hinterland of Byron Bay and travels to Sydney to exhibit at Gallery 307 and teach weekend workshops at NSVA each year . She has had many solo exhibitions ,won several awards and been a finalist in both the Blake and Portia Geach Prize.

Roslyn Kean

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.

Jane King                                                                                                                                                                                   

With over 20 years experience with teaching students of all ages Jane is passionate about artmaking. She attained a BA at Sydney College of the Arts and a Dip ED in Canberra. Jane has been Lecturer in charge for Visual Arts Curriculum/ Teaching at the ACU, written curricula and presented inservice courses to teachers on ceramics.

Yvonne Langshaw
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.

Ivan Olea                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ivan is an accomplished animator, educator and cartoonist who teaches both children and adults at university level. The spontaneous ideas and characters young children create serve as inspiration for his students.

Kristen Morris                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).

Paul Macarthy

A highly regarded and popular art tutor, Paul’s style blends modern expressionism and fauvism, His  art has been exhibited internationally and is sought after for private and corporate collections.

Lyndall McKee

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.

Bernhardine Mueller

Bernhardine is an established artist/printmaker and teacher,  passionate about promoting the art of printmaking. She has acquired over 90 first prizes and awards. Her work is exhibited across Australia and internationally.

Susie Murphie
Susie is a vibrant, popular teacher and a highly accomplished watercolourist whose works have been exhibited in many art prizes.
 She has been a watercolour artist for 27 years and in the last few years decided to share her passion for watercolour painting and started teaching. She teaches all ages from children through to teens and adults.

Nafisa Naomi

Nafisa is a highly sought after teacher who has exhibited in over 80 group shows with almost 40 awards and commendations to her credit. She is founder of Portrait Artists Australia.

Mignon Parker

Mignon Parker is a very well known and respected teacher who has been paining and conducting workshops for over 30 years. Her ability to impart her vast knowledge in many areas ensures her workshops are always full.

Victoria Peel

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 Ross

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 Somerville 

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.

Vivienne du Toit

Vivienne has a 4 year Advanced Diploma in Design, specialising in Textile and surface Design. After working in the design industry in Cape Town for 12 years she emigrated to Sydney in 1998 where she has been teaching art as well as painting and exhibiting regularly.

Bernadette Trela

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 is 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 Voltz

Judy is the founder/ director of 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 . She is also director of Gallery 307, a contemporary  gallery attached to the school.          I          (02) 9958 1298          I          307 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge NSW 2063          I          copyright NSVA 2015