Our Tutors

Rob Ainsworth

Rob Ainsworth

Rob Ainsworth’s first career was as a signwriter, which he did for 25 years. A midlife change resulted in him producing a number of books on how to draw, for children. During this time he taught himself how to do basic cartooning. His books have been produced and published since 1994 by Scholastic Australia and are sold in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, England, India and now in mainland China. He enjoys watercolour painting and has an Associate Degree in Visual Arts from Edith Cowan University.

Pam Annesley

Pam Annesley is a former high school art teacher and Art Lecturer at TAFE, a Senior Contemporary Clay Instructor in Australia and a Precious Metal Clay Level 1 Artisan. Her work has been published extensively in Australian Beading Magazines, Polyformer, ‘Encyclopaedia of Polymer Clay Techniques’ by Sue Heaser, ‘Mixed Metal Jewelry’ and ‘The Handbook of Metal Clay’.

Christine Atkins

Christine Atkins is a West Australian sculpture artist and Art Therapist (BA. Psych & MA. Art Therapy). As an art therapist she has worked with people recently released from prison, children whose parents have drug addictions, cancer patients and in the mental health field. Atkins works with metal, timber, found objects and stitch, deliberately choosing common, cheap and found materials. Atkins’s work has received several awards including the Waterhouse Natural History art prize, exhibited internationally, acquired for university, hospital and private collections and can be seen in journals, magazines and books.

Geoff Bee

Geoff Bee and Tony O’Brian describe their work as creative recycling and upcycling wood in all shapes and sizes. Making bush furniture has been theirpassion for a number of years and they find inspiration in the shapes and forms that are everywhere around in the bush. They are looking forward to sharing their skills with students at the Albany Summer School.

Larry Blight

Larry Blight

My name is Larry Blight; I am a Noongar Man of the Menang people from the Albany region and my Family are the "Coyne's", one of the original Noongar families. We have been here for a very long time! My Grandmother was of Yamatji descent from Carnarvon area. As a child she was "taken" from her family, one of the stolen generation. But that's another story in itself. Growing up I spent a lot of time out bush with my Grandfather and Uncles hunting, fishing and camping. I have learnt a lot about my Country in that time and how it has sustained us for thousands of years. Let me pass on my knowledge as generations before passed onto me.

Val Brooks

Val Brooks was born in the UK and emigrated to Western Australia in 1981. She was inspired by the quality of light and the amazing colours of the Australian landscape. Always living close to the ocean Val was drawn to the movement and colours of the sea. For many years a ceramicist, Val began painting her pots and platters with bright colours on a white background and pastels on paper was a natural progression. Since 1991 she has painted land and seascapes and in 2006 began exploring the use of oils. A number of trips to Europe have inspired paintings of café scenes and other familiar views. Val is currently a member of the Pastel Society of WA and West Australian Society of Art and has taught 5 day pastel courses at the Claremont School of Art in 2014 and The Albany Summer School in 2015 and 2016. www.valbrooksartist.com

Marion Caunt

Marion Caunt

Marion Caunt holds an Associate Diploma in Calligraphy and has had many commercial and personal commissions. She has taught through the TAFE system and the Fremantle Arts Centre, as well as private tuition. She has been a graphic artist for Community Newspaper Group and currently designs publications, publicity material and even designs and paints sets for productions. Marion is interested in combining digital and practical arts.

Lyn Chambers

Lyn Chambers has been painting for over 20 years and has broad experience in using watercolour, pen and wash, acrylic and printmaking. Teaching both at TAFE and privately for many years, she has also exhibited widely throughout the Southwest, Great Southern and Perth, with a solo exhibition each year.

John (JD) Cregan

John (JD) Cregan is the author of the novels 98% Pure, Geographical, Through the Night Sideways, The Wonder of Seldom Seen and Fist on Flesh. While his preference is for crime fiction he advocates for all writers to have a thorough understanding of the structure and design of story, irrespective of their chosen genre. JD Cregan has been a guest of the Age Melbourne Writer’s Festival and the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival (where he facilitated full-day workshops on The Novel and The Architecture of Good Writing), and his work has been reviewed in The Weekend Australian. He has been writing and teaching writing for over thirty years, both in Western Australia and in the eastern states.

Judi Cullam

Judi Cullam

Judi Cullam and husband Barrie Smith established Frankland Estate vineyard and winery in 1988 as a means of diversifying their wool growing interests in the Frankland River region. They learnt their winemaking skills in the Bordeaux region of France and then went on to share the growing, making and marketing of their wines. However it was an early decision to concentrate their efforts on the Riesling wine that has taken them to vineyards and wineries around the world in the pursuit of excellence, working with some of the world’s great Riesling wine makers. Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling is now one of Australia's pre-eminent Rieslings and with their red wines continually receiving critical acclaim. Judi is now exempt from day to day chores in the winery leaving time to travel, read, garden, play bridge and drink w o n d e r f u l wines

April Dean

April Dean’s interest in art and craft was sparked by creative parents and a joy of making things. A one- time Fremantle Markets regular, she is known to local families through her years as session coordinator and President of the Albany Playgroup where activities included simple cooking with young children. She has helped in classroom cooking and enjoyed cooking with her own children.

Gabriel Evans

Gabriel Evans

Gabriel Evans is a children's book illustrator creating nostalgic worlds with a paintbrush. He has illustrated over eighteen books for publishers including Walker Books, The Five Mile Press and Scholastic's Koala Books. His book with Sally Murphy, Roses are Blue, was a notable finalist in the Children's Book Council's Book of the Year Award 2015. Working traditionally he mixes classical techniques with a twist of contemporary flavour. www.gabrielevansartist.com

Mahshid Ferdowsian

Mahshid Ferdowsian is Persian and has lived in Africa for many years and in Albany for the last 28 years. She has been actively involved in introducing her rich Persian culture to the community. She has demonstrated cooking at schools and centres and by invitation at various events. Her Persian treats have been very popular. She taught Persian cooking at Albany Summer School some years ago. Mahshid also worked as a Teacher Assistant, and won the Children’s week award. She loves working with children and teaches virtues and values at School. She has many interests and hobbies including sewing, hand crafts, gardening and enjoys interacting with people.

 

Angela Ferolla

Angela Ferolla

In 1989, Angela Ferolla completed a BA in fine arts, majoring in textiles a t E d i t h C o w a n University. She is represented in the ECU art collection. For 10 years, Ferolla ran her own fashion label frogbones fishlegs, whilst exhibiting and teaching textiles part time. Then in 2003, she completed an advanced diploma in fashion and textiles at WASAD (West Australian School of Art and Design ). And in 2004 , was accepted into the WASAD incubation design centre whilst teaching fashion and textiles at the school part time.

 

Evi Ferrier

Evi Ferrier

Evi Ferrier’s first art teacher was renowned WA Robert Juniper at Perth College. She attended Claremont School of Art, majoring in sculpture. She hasmparticipated in many Artist-in-Residence projects including at the Art Gallery of W.A. where she coordinated decorating a giant jewel box with public help. Her public artworks can be found at Acacia Prison, Bentley Juvenile Health Hospital and a sundial at Cottesloe. She has been an arts writer for Perth Weekly and has worked with people with disabilities in Africa. She says her own home is a mosaic work in progress.

Dr Joné Gaillard

Dr Joné Gaillard is a Florentine who came to Australia more than 30 years ago. She has a degree in Politics and Social Science from the University of Florence, a postgraduate diploma in Politics from Nancy (France), a MA and a PhD from Melbourne. A social historian, she has taught Italian language, history and culture first in Florence, then as Affiliate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado and, finally, at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where she lives. Besides giving lectures at Universities and cultural institutions both in Australia and overseas, she has published many articles on different aspects of the European culture, and two books, one of fiction and one on opera librettos. Retired, she now lectures at the U3A and leads groups on tours in Europe. A native speaker of Italian, she also speaks French and Spanish. This will be Dr Gaillard’s 8th visit to Albany for Summer School.

John Garde

John Garde has been an art educator since 1970. Since childhood he has wanted to work as an artist and has since received recognition through various art awards and many solo and group exhibitions. His greatest interest has been to see the painting world through the eyes of the great master painters of the past and through which he guides his students in the medium of their choice. John will also teach a class in basic rhythm guitar using an easily understood method that his teacher had used for many years. When John went to Morawa as an art teacher he shared this method with about 100 students during after school sessions. www.tinkahill.com.au

Marie Haas

Marie Haas is a French/Australian visual artist. She studied and worked in Paris and Berlin before moving to W.A. in the 1980s, completing a MA in Visual arts at Curtin University. She has held 5 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows. Marie’s experience includes 20 years teaching in the fields of painting, printmaking, drawing, art history, visual culture and the psychology of art. Fluent in French, German and English, Marie’s practice is closely intertwined with her interest in languages and her interest in psychoanalysis. She has conducted numerous drawing workshops around the state, such as the Master Class in the Vancouver Arts Centre as part of the Big Draw event in 2015.

Sabrina Hahn

Sabrina Hahn

Sabrina Hahn is a well- known obsessive gardener. She started landscaping at the age of four: stripping flowers and foliage from her grandm other’s yard, creating magical, miniature gardens all in her Nan’s baking trays. Since then, Sabrina has shared her passion and knowledge with folks all around the world, inspiring them to create meaningful connections with nature through sustainable gardening practices. Her extensive knowledge on gardening comes from a scientific background of horticulture, soil science, entomology and botany. Sabrina has been awarded a lifetime membership from the Nursery and Garden Industry of Western Australia, and nominated for Australian of the Year for her services to the industry. www.sabrinahahn.com.au

Dr Alan Hancock

Dr Alan Hancock is an educator, writer, consultant and facilitator. His work has been broadcast by the ABC and BBC and published in magazines and journals world-wide. . His stories and scripts have won prizes, while his work with writing groups, universities, government bodies and business organisations has drawn praise and brought him a long list of testimonials. He has been teaching his freeflow approach to writing for over a decade and has helped many writers see their work through to completion. You can find out more at www.alan-hancock.com.

Su Hart

Su Hart

Su Hart was brought up in the music of the Methodist church and the folk clubs of N E England before doing an Arts degree in Oxford with vacation times spent busking around Europe and S.America. She has had many musical travels, collecting songs from Scotland to Scandanavia, from New Zealand to Bhutan. Since 1993 she has made many visits to the African Rainforest in Cameroon, to sing and live with the Baka Pygmies. This led to setting up the acclaimed world- music band Baka Beyond in 1993, melding African rhythms with Celtic melodies. The band continue to perform internationally. Su currently directs three UK community Choirs, and the London Rainforest choir, writes songs and performs solo as well as composing for women's voices. This will be her third trip to Australia. http://bakabeyond.net/

Theva Indrasenan

Theva Indrasenan

Theva Indrasenan is a yoga teacher, bodyworker and dance movement facilitator and he brings over 20 years of experience in yoga and massage. This naturally led him to explore dance and human movement. His passion is to share awareness of the body’s potential for greater movement and freedom from pain, resulting in a happier, more productive life. Initially trained in London, he travels globally to learn from pioneers in their fields, integrating his research through classes, workshops and retreats held in Bali, Thailand, Europe and Australia.

Tuaari Kuiti

Tuaari Kuiti

Tuaari Kuiti has been a professional drummer and percussionist for 44 years and currently has a number of drumming and percussion programs running in different schools and work places. He also has a number of private students learning drums, percussion and vocal training. He is very much involved in the diverse music scene in and around Albany and is currently playing in 5 different bands, playing a wide range of genres. He has played in a number of places around Europe including “Aint Nothin’ But . . .”, the blues club in Soho in London.

Sue Lefroy

Sue Lefroy

With many years library experience, Sue Lefroy is no stranger to sourcing information for patrons. She is the co-ordinator of the Albany History Collection at the Albany Public Library and with a background in history, is in her element assisting patrons with enquiries relating to all aspects of local history and genealogical research. Her research and writing project commemorating the centenary of ANZAC culminated in the publication, Do you have an ANZAC in your family? in 2014. The community driven project saw her love of reading, writing, research and discovery richly rewarded with families engaged through their military ancestry. The thrill of sourcing fresh information and the quest for answers fuels her passion for the job, with research generating as many questions as it does answers.

Patti Locke

Patti Locke

Patti Locke has been playing Mahjong for 10 years and in recent years has taught at all levels and ages. These experiences have greatly enhanced her knowledge of the game and her ability to pass on the rules to others including how to set up a group and how to play Mahjong for pleasure.

Findlay MacNish

Highly respected specialist music teacher for many years, Findlay MacNish has been director and musical director for school productions at Albany Primary School for the last 38 years. He has also been musical director at the Albany Light Opera & Theatre Company for more than 15 years, sings in the local choral society and was a member of the Southern Right Males singing group.

Eric McCrum

Eric McCrum, OAM was a primary school teacher between 1954 and 1968 and a Patrol Officer in Papua New Guinea, 1969 – 1972. Between 1974 and 1984 he was Zoo Education Officer and he was the CEO of the WA Gould League Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre between 1995 and 1998. Now retired, he is a Life Member of the WA Naturalists’ Club Inc., a member of the WA Wildflower Society and the WA Insect Study Society. Eric is a naturalist photographer, guest speaker and environmentalist.

Kira Mead

Kira Mead has only been making standing rugs for a few years but has already achieved renown as the Accidental Rugmaker. She has invented her own “Grid Back” system for heavy and unusual shaped textiles and has exhibited her work in Albany and Perth. In 2015 she was invited to exhibit a rug at the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair by the Australian Rugmakers Guild and will again be an exhibitor in 2016. She has contributed articles to the Guild’s Web Page News as well as to the 2015 Rughooking Magazine (American) – A Journey with Wool: An Accidental Rugmaker. www.accidentalrugmaker.wordpres.com

David Morrell

David Morrell

David Morrell has kept honey bees for over 50 years as an amateur beekeeper. He has a degree in Science, majoring in Zoology and has taught high school biology and human biology. In the last ten years David has taught conservation and land management, animal production, forestry, plant production, mathematics and beekeeping at the WA College of Agriculture in Denmark. David also has a Cert 4 in Training and Assessment and has lived in Denmark for nearly 40 years.

Tim Newbold

Tim Newbold holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Wayne State University, Michigan USA and has taught art at primary and secondary levels of schools in W.A. He has run his own hot glass-blowing and leadlight studio for more than 9 years in Albany and has taught leadlight and stained glass in the TAFE system and for various community workshops.

Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholson has been a lecturer at Albany TAFE for 22 years and in that time has taught horticulture, forestry and Conservation and Land Management, winning the CLM national trainer of the year in 2007. An ex farmer Andrew and his wife Andrea have always had an interest in ways of producing food from small systems. After moving from the farm to a suburban block in Bayonet Head in 2009, they have transformed a backyard lawn into a productive system including a vegetable garden, chook house, trout growing system, fruit trees, herbs and rabbits. Andrew believes knowledge must be shared..

Jo Northcott

Jo Northcott has been machine quilting for nearly 14 years and teaching appliqué for around 4 years. During her quilting journey she has quilted many appliqué quilts. These quilts take (some) many years to complete and always look amazing. There is just something about appliqué. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like. Over the past 6 years Jo has won many awards for her machine quilting and feels very lucky to pick up a ribbon in Kansas USA.

Tony O’Brian

Geoff Bee and Tony O’Brian describe their work as creative recycling and upcycling wood in all shapes and sizes. Making bush furniture has been their passion for a number of years and they find inspiration in the shapes and forms that are everywhere around in the bush. They are looking forward to sharing their skills with students at the Albany Summer School.

Dr. Mike O’Shaughnessy

Dr. Mike O’Shaughnessy

Dr. Mike O’Shaughnessy started playing African drums more than twenty years ago. He has studied with African teachers in Australia and West Africa and has been teaching drumming percussion to adults and children for over twelve years. He also fell in love with marimba music and has been learning and teaching this music for the past ten years. He is a member of the African music group Dunumber, leader of the group Muvava and a member of the Spooky Men of the West choir.

Sally Pamberger

Sally Pamberger
Sally Pamberger g r a d u a t e d i n Counselling from the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2004, and from The School for The Work of Byron Katie in 1999. She is a clinical member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA). In 2008, she became a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, also known as Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR). Sally’s interest is in healthy and vibrant relationships. She offers private sessions, workshops, retreats and clinical supervision for health professionals. She is an active mentor and trainer with the Institute for The Work of Byron Katie. www.pamberger.com.au

Jill Parnell

Jill Parnell

Jill Parnell studied at Claremont School of Art and Carine College and has Diplomas in Art Studies and Art and Design. She works from a purpose built studio at her home and also tutors at Fremantle Art Centre, teaching Silver Jewellery and Enamelling. She is an enamel specialist and conducts workshops and Master Classes, many in the Eastern States. She exhibits regularly both internationally and nationally as well as in Western Australia. She has had commissions to make the Mayoral chains for City of Joondalup and Towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park, and regularly wins awards, particularly in Japan. Jill has a small Cloisonné enamel painting titled “The things we do” in the Museum of Contemporary Enamel in Salau, Spain

Jessie Pattinson

Jessie Pattinson has spent the past 30 years mastering a variety of creative mediums, but her imagination and pursuit of the unrestricted, unconventional and unique art naturally developed into a passion for free form crocheting, allowing her to express an extremely individual artistic perspective and her love for fashion. Jessie creates very distinctive and truly unique pieces of wearable art bringing together a variety of mediums and techniques that continue to push the boundaries of conventional garment-making, setting her apart as one of the region’s most sought after guest artists.

Christine Platten

Christine Platten, born in Switzerland, has called WA home since 1981 and currently resides in Youngs Siding. From a very young age her love and appreciation for the natural world led her to become a student, practitioner and educator of aromatic therapies. She studied in Switzerland, France, England and Australia and holds a diploma in Aromatherapy and Spiritual PhytoEssencing. In 1991 she founded the first accredited training establishment in Perth, where she acted as principal and lecturer. Since then, Christine has walked the path of her passion – practising and researching the art of using natural fragrance for healing the body, mind, emotions and the soul.

Deb Reveley

Deb Reveley

Deb Reveley is CEO of her own company Brain Ambulance Pty Ltd which focuses on mental health education and training. Deb has used her application of practical philosophy to improve and maintain her own mental, emotional and spiritual awareness after being a student of the School of Philosophy in Perth for 4 years. She uses this constant practical understanding to drive conversations, share experiences and as a framework for making the complexities of life more simple. We all have a story with lessons and Deb likes to create a non-judgemental space to share them. www.brainambulance.com.au

Patricia Roux

Patricia Roux teaches meditation and yoga, drawing upon 10 years practice with masters in Europe, Northern India and Tibetan Buddhism. These experiences have greatly enhanced her knowledge of the practice and wisdom of Yoga and meditation. Patricia seeks to creatively inspire students to realize their own potential and to fully step into the benefits of their practice. Her classes are an opportunity to learn simple keys for a healthy and balanced life, through a soft, genuine and mindful approach. Patricia has a Masters degree in Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Studies and is currently completing a Psychology degree.

Veana Scott

Veana Scott

Veana Scott has over 35 years experience in photography and photo-journalism and has completed numerous courses in Photoshop. She is a member of the W.A. Photographic Federation and the Photographic Judges Assoc. of W.A. With the revolution towards digital photography, she realized numerous photographers only used their cameras on “auto” and did not take advantage of modern techniques. She will teach photographers how to improve their photography and enhance their photos using computer imaging software.

Brian Simmonds

Brian Simmonds was born in Subiaco in 1938. He is a full time fine artist who has studied many mediums and subjects for over forty years which includes a full time degree course at Curtin University. He worked for many years as a lithographer in the printing industry before becoming a professional artist in 1990. He has won numerous prizes for drawing, oil painting and mixed media and his work can be found in many public and private collections across Australia. In addition to his personal art pursuits, he has taught drawing and painting courses for UWA through its extension programs and currently teaches “Art for Recreation” at City of Nedlands Tresillian Centre.

Simon Smale

Simon Smale

A landscape architect with a particular interest in landscape ecology, Simon Smale worked for over 20 years with the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) before coming to Albany 7 years ago to work on the Gondwana Link connectivity conservation project, based out of Albany. He has worked on conservation projects in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, China, Laos and Fiji. Simon was deeply involved in the development of a bicultural approach to conservation in DOC, and in 2005presented a 24-episode series of television programs on conservation, gardening and land management on New Zealand’s Maori Television channel.

Lori Spencer-Neuzerling

Lori Spencer-Neuzerling was born in Manjimup where her early years were spent on her father’s Northcliffe farm near the Valley of the Giants. This lush wilderness nurtured in her a love and respect for its distinctive plants and wildlife. Lori is self-taught and through trial and experiment, she developed her own unique and exacting art. She is kept constantly busy with commissions and her works are held in many international collections. She has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the world and she has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Humanities. www.watercolour-gonewild.com

Mike Staude

Mike Staude

Mike Staude is a music specialist at Flinders Park Primary School in Albany. He has been sharing the joy of the ukulele, the world’s happiest instrument, with the young-at-heart since 2006.

Dr Robert Stick

Dr Robert Stick was an academic at UWA for 35 years and was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 2005.The majority of his teaching was in first year, receiving many nominations and awards. Dr Stick directs weekly sessions of bridge in Denmark and also conducts supervised

Shane Tholen

Shane Tholen is a cartoon artist of 30 years experience who lives and works in Fremantle. After studying Fine Art at Curtin University, Shane has worked in areas such as comics, advertising, clothing manufacture and children’s books. He is a published illustrator for Fremantle Press. Now he is grinding away on a 96 page graphic novel due for release, hopefully, in 2017. Shane sketches with pencil and uses Photoshop to create layers of colourful scenery as background to an interaction of expressive characters. While he uses a fantastical theme including monsters and cute animals, his art portrays a message of hope, care and kindness for all humanity

Megan Tuffley

A teacher by trade, with no chemistry background, Megan Tuffley began experimenting with various ingredients making lotions in 2005. She spent more than a year learning the chemistry of emulsions, then trialling and conducting tests until finally developing a small number of formulae that she was happy to use herself. Following this, Megan tested her products on a number of willing participants over a period of six months. With a small collection of skin care products, Megan went on to start an online business called Skinflint in 2007. She is now keen to impart her knowledge to those who are interested in making their own skincare products at home. www.mjskincare.com.au

Tony Windberg

Tony Windberg

Tony Windberg is a professional artist with over 2 decades experience in teaching art. Since completing his B.A. (Fine Arts) degree from Curtin University in 1986, Tony has held 11 solo exhibitions, been invited and selected to exhibit in numerous group exhibitions and received significant WA and national art awards. His experience has increased through a continual exploration of artforms old and new. A popular teacher, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiam for art.

Wayne Zadow

Wayne Zadow is a farmer in the Kojonup area and he has always had an interest in birds. His love of birdwatching has grown in the past 30 years since meeting Ray Garstone whose interest and knowledge of birds and nature gave Wayne a thirst for finding out more.

Ann Zubrick

Ann Zubrick

Ann Zubrick’s doctorate is in lifecourse developmental psychology, Ann has a long standing professional involvement and increasingly a very personal interest in ageing—her own and others!. She holds a professorial position in the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies, Charles Sturt University. Her teaching and writing focus on the pastoral and spiritual care of older persons with dementia and mental illness, their family and other care partners. She conducts different community courses which help participants shape the changing landscapes of later life, both for themselves and for all the communities they live in.

Martien van Zuilen

Martien van Zuilen

Martien van Zuilen is a felt-maker and anthropologist living in Perth. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has taught felting workshops at all levels of experience throughout Australia as well as in Europe. Since 2010 she also teaches annually throughout the USA. Martien is the founder of the Victorian Feltmakers Inc. and her felt artwork is included in a number of publications including Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, FELT, Textile Fibre Forum and Felt Matters. www.martienvanzuilen.com