Get to know our amazing tutors for 2024
Alan Hancock is an academic, educator, writer and theatre director. He has taught creative writing at Murdoch University, Curtin University and ECU, and has run community workshops in writing throughout WA for the last twenty years.
His scripts have been produced by the BBC and ABC, while his short fiction has won awards and been published in Australia, the UK, and online. He is now working with an illustrator to create a graphic novel series, and also performs his ‘Stand-up Storytelling for Grown-ups’ in Perth and the South West.
Alan has an interest in the application of AI to the work of writers and visual artists. While he uses AI as a writing tool, he is more than a little concerned by the way it is developing. You can find details of his work at alan-hancock.com.
With a background in sign writing, graphic art and commercial illustration, Andy Dolphin brings a solid foundation for teaching people how to draw, create cartoon characters, plus overall design skills and attention to detail to his fine art pursuits.
Working mainly in oils, Andy focuses his attention on his love of the Western Australian outdoors. His subjects range from rural landscapes to forests and seascapes but the one thing that brings them all together is sunlight. Andy is particularly interested in the moody effects of light and shadow, especially the long shadows of morning and evening, and sees each painting as a memory of a time and place. While some works are painted in the studio, Andy loves to take his French box easel out into the field where he can paint “en plein air” and capture a scene straight from nature.
With an increasing list of art awards to his name, Andy continues to enjoy consistent sales, and works are now held by local and interstate customers as well as buyers from the UK, USA and Asia. Andy was selected as WA Regional Artist of the Month in July, 2020. Andy is a popular choice for drawing classes, sharing his love and enjoyment of cartooning and painting workshops where he walks students through the process of capturing light and shade in paint.
Annie Robinson has been teaching singing and conducting choirs for more than 30 years. She trained in opera singing in Melbourne in the 1980s and 90s before moving to Perth with her husband to teach the Alexander Technique and voice in private practice, at WAAPA, at Murdoch University and at UWA.
She has been teaching voice and conducting choirs as part of the Instrumental Music School Services program for the last 16 years, and currently teaches in the gifted and talented program at Churchlands Senior High School. Annie maintains a commitment to learning the latest in voice science and practices, and teaches ‘Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method’.
Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes is a hand embroidery artist based in Perth, Western Australia. She has been stitching for as long as she can remember, but only took it up full-time in 2012 when she started her business, Beautiful Stitches. Her former professional career as a scientist was strongly grounded in mathematics, and that passion for geometry and number is clearly expressed in her embroidery designs. It is all about colour and pattern!
Ann-Marie teaches her style of embroidery at a variety of venues around Australia including Tresillian Arts Centre in Nedlands, city and country branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild of WA, the Embroiderers’ Guild Victoria, and the Embroiderers’ Guild of SA in Adelaide. In 2018 Ann-Marie taught on the Needlework Tours Craft Creations Cruise running from Sydney to Seattle and followed this with teaching engagements on the west coast of USA.
During COVID Ann-Marie discovered the joy of teaching online and now supplies classes online to students around the world. She has also been running children’s hand sewing classes for nine years and loves the diverse and delightful ideas that children dream up and stitch in her classes. “I believe that every single stitch you make is a BEAUTIFUL STITCH. Each stitch is a small brush of love on the fabric, which records forever the time you put aside to create something special with your own hands. I hope we get the chance to meet and share our passion for creating beautiful handmade items.”
Antonia Radcliffe (nee Grasso) started ballroom and Latin dancing in 1992 at Wrightson’s Dance Studio. Dancing was a good hobby to balance her serious job as a lawyer.
In 1993 Antonia was part of a Formation Team which won the State Ballroom Dancing Championships in Perth. In 1995 after completing her dance studies with Derek Gatley (an international adjudicator in ballroom and Latin), Antonia started teaching at Wrightson’s in 1995 until 1999 when she relocated to Albany.
Whilst in Perth, she performed several floorshows and was the choreographer for some musicals. Antonia has her Associate Diploma in both Latin American and Ballroom dancing. Once in Albany, Antonia began teaching at Albany Ballroom Studio, both classes, and one on one. She also choregraphed dances for the Albany Light Opera Company over the years.
In 2016 Antonia started her own studio, “Antonia’s Dance Studio”. She teaches every night, both classes and one on one lessons and thoroughly enjoys choregraphing couples’ special bridal dance. Antonia’s students have performed for residents at retirement villages and at the Albany Agricultural Show every year. Her style of teaching is fun-orientated, and she loves to impart her passion for dancing to her students.
Since childhood Bella Sivyer has loved sewing and creating. She recently retired as a Textiles and Fashion Technologies teacher and one of her favourite things is to Op Shop for quirky and unusual inspiration.
She has sold upcycled items at markets and lately has been inspired to make skirts. One using her collection of men’s ties to combine with jeans and another using an antique tablecloth.
Bev Doig is an Albany based artist whose focus is printmaking and drawing. Her artworks reflect her active imagination and encourage that imaginative spark in her viewers. Bev has been exhibiting her work for over 20 years and in 2023 will again open her studio for the Southern Art and Craft Trail.
With a career background in education and a Workplace Assessment and Training qualification, Bev has found the transition to delivery of art courses for adults, second nature. Her printmaking workshops are popular in Albany and also in North Queensland, where she relocates each year. “Sharing my love and knowledge of printmaking is an integral aspect of my art practice. Printmaking can be as easy or as challenging as one is ready for and I love teaching the processes of this age-old art/craft practice.”
Conny Wehland, originally from Germany, has lived in Australia since 1995. She is a qualified naturopath who enjoys empowering others to take control over their health and wellbeing.
Conny has presented on various health topics in recent years and also ran a Herbal Remedy Workshop last year. In her practice she loves using herbal medicine. Conny says we are surrounded by so many beautiful medicinal herbs and in recent years have seen a resurgence in folk herbalism.
She is looking forward to sharing some of these wise traditions with students and make some remedies for their home apothecary.
Courtenay Stickels started her professional cooking life on a cattle station which is where her love of slow, communal food was born.
Prior to that she worked in community development, was a singer, voice-over artist and speaker. Courtenay also spent several years in in the sound healing space. These days she loves to combine her skill and passion for food with bigger themes of human connection.
David Morrell has kept honey bees for over 50 years as an amateur beekeeper and has a degree in Science, majoring in Zoology.
Over the last 10 years, David has taught conservation and land management, animal production, forestry, plant production, mathematics and beekeeping at the WA College of Agriculture in Denmark.
Hayley Kruger is a professional acrylic artist and educator living in Perth, Western Australia. She has a great love for all things botanical and is inspired by the strength and architectural form of native Australian flora.
She paints with bold colours and shapes, grappling with the enjoyable challenge of capturing light on form. Her work is an honest, emotional response to the beauty she sees in the natural world.
“My paintings make me happy, and I want to share that joy with others.”
Helen Fitzhardinge is an artist who has been making and exhibiting her work around Australia for the past 30 years. She studied at Curtin University completing both an Associate in Art Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts. Throughout the years she has spent quite a lot of time lecturing and teaching students from as young as 5 years of age through to 70+.
In 2015 Helen bought herself an etching press for her 65th birthday. She experimented with various printmaking techniques before a 2019 workshop with the Printmaking Sisters introduced her to Waterless Lithography.
This technique has become her first love with its endless capacity of experimentation. Using lithography combined with either hand painting or collagraph she produces prints on a wide range of subjects.
Jerome Argue is an avid amateur photographer, having started in the ‘70’s on a Kodak 110 instant camera and progressed from there. In his time, he’s done weddings and other social events, but his main interests are birding and nature photography.
Through trial and error, as well as some training along the way, Jerome has worked out the ins and outs of cameras starting with film, moving to digital and then resurrecting his old film camera, to work in both media now. His engineering background predisposes him to the technical elements of photography, but the creative side is an essential element to composition, something that he constantly looks to improve in his photography.
His focus is on the front-end effort; getting exposure, focus and composition right out of the camera rather than relying on post-processing to achieve a result.
Lori is the tutor for Drawing and Painting Native Flora in Detailed Watercolour and Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolour.
Lori Neuzerling’s early years were spent on her father’s farm in the beautiful karri country of the southwest of Western Australia where she developed her love for the bush and its exquisite plants and wildlife.
Lori portrays her flora and fauna paintings in vivid and intricate watercolours and her works can be found in collections throughout the world. She is self-taught and has developed a unique style that is her very own trademark. Her paintings have won many awards in Australia and also in Ireland where she spent several years painting and exhibiting. Lori was awarded 1st runner up in Ireland’s most prestigious nationwide competition and then held a solo exhibition in Oscar Wilde House in Dublin at the request of the Australian embassy. These extensive exposures afforded Lori a wonderful opportunity to show off Western Australia’s amazing and unique flora and fauna to countries far and wide.
Lori’s last solo exhibition in Perth was a sell-out, and she is now busy working towards her next. She has been teaching her particular style of painting for over 30 years and has a very large following of happy students.
Lyndal Galloway has a background in Mind/Body modalities including Yoga, Meditation, QiGong , Shiatsu and Bowen for over 30 years.
She teaches in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and has developed instructional dvds for home learning.
Mark is the tutor for Copper Foiling for Stained Glass Creation and Advanced Copper Foiling for Stained Glass Creation.
Visual arts practitioner and glass art designer, Mark Hewson has an extensive history of private commissions for residential and commercial artwork locally, regionally, interstate and overseas.
His glass artworks can be seen at the Albany Health Campus, Yakamia Primary School, Albany Justice Complex and the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre. He has collaborated with many of Western Australia’s well-respected artists including Robert Juniper and David Walker on various projects in the metropolitan area.
In 2006 he was awarded a Churchill Trust Fellowship that lead to an overseas study tour investigating glass fabrication, public art and the latest innovations in design and technology. He was able to view installations and architecture, and networked with international artists, designers, and engineers.
Martien van Zuilen
Martien van Zuilen (PhD) is a fibre artist widely recognised for her technical excellence and design skills in the medium of handmade felt. Since the late 1980s, she has exhibited her distinctive artworks nationally and internationally. Martien is also one of Australia’s leading felting tutors with an extensive teaching portfolio of national and international workshops at all levels of experience, across a broad range of topics.
She is passionate about the role of the arts in community and counts herself lucky to be able to inspire others about the ‘magic’ of Felt in all its forms. Based in Perth, WA, Martien has a full-time studio practice which she combines with her roles as Editor of FELT (Australia’s national felting magazine) and Convenor of Fibres West Inc. Her work is included in numerous international publications, books, and specialist arts magazines. www.martienvanzuilen.com, Instagram: @martienvanzuilen, Facebook: Martien van Zuilen
Maureen James first learned Basketry at the Albany Summer School in 1985 and in 1987 she was chosen to exhibit at the Crafts Council of Western Australia’s Centre, the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and Viewpoint (1993).
Since then, she has tutored at the Albany Summer School in 1988, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Maureen has also taught Basketry in Margaret River, at the Mt Barker Arts Centre, at the Stirling Range Fibre Weekend, Vancouver Arts Centre and twice in Pemberton at the Fine Wood Craft Gallery.
Merry Robertson’s formal training is as Graphic Designer, with a focus for many years on illustration, branding and advertising. Since moving to Albany she now focuses on drawing, printmaking and providing art classes.
Merry spent 4 years as an Art Guide for the Art Gallery of WA, finding exposure to the best visual arts from around the world a great influence on her own approach to art. Over the past two years she has focused on the endangered flora and fauna of southern WA, using her artworks to draw attention to them. Merry welcomes visitors to her studio – ‘The Merry Press’, where she produces works in drawing, mixed media, linocut and etching, and creates handmade and published artist books.
She has been fortunate to win two Great Southern Art Awards – the 3D Award for a Handmade Book and a Works on Paper award for a mixed media artwork. Her linocut prints hang in the Hilton Garden Inn, Albany WA, and she has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Perth and the South-West.
Mike Staude is a primary school music specialist at Flinders Park Primary School in Albany. He became extremely keen on the educational potential of the ukulele after receiving one as a gift from a former guitar student.
He has developed an individual approach that draws on other ukulele methods as well as the Orff and Kodaly philosophies. Mike has been sharing the joy of the ukulele, the world’s happiest instrument, with the young at heart since 2006 and with members of the community at the Albany Summer School since 2009.
Ukulele is the fastest growing choice of instrument for all ages. Mike Staude will teach participants to play and sing selection of songs from a range of genres and eras focusing on the four most basic chords: C F G7 and A minor. This course is fun, and no prior musical knowledge or experience is needed.
Natalie didn’t find Art, Art found her…
Natalie Zuchetti is a professional, practicing artist and art educator. Natalie’s connection with art started around the age of five as a result of watching her mother create and accompany her mother to art classes.
Natalie’s work is predominately the human body and she draws her inspiration from the female figure. She works with various mediums – oil painting, sculpture, mosaics and pursuing just about anything that challengers her aesthetics and inventive spirit, to create a wondrous world of exploration, creativity and discovery of all that is artistic.
In recent years Natalie has connected her work within the community and cultural development. Following her passion, Natalie has been fortunate to receive community art projects with local and regional shires. Artist in Residences can take Natalie throughout Western Australia and she recently received Lead Artist for the Pilbara.
Natalie is a member of Community Arts Network (CAN), Mosaic Australia and New Zealand (MAANZ), Awesome Arts and Artsource. Natalie has exhibited at Houghton Winery Swan Valley, Fremantle Arts Centre and Moore’s Building, Fremantle.
Pam Goodman is a Feldenkrais Practitioner with over 40 years’ experience in the method.
Feldenkrais uses movement as a tool for teaching greater self-awareness and autonomy. It is a natural development of Pam’s background as a physiotherapist and can be beneficial for anyone. It has been used for sports people, dancers, actors, musicians, and anyone wishing to move and live more easily.
Penny Jewell has had an ongoing, all-consuming obsession with both plants and textiles for several decades. Her main interest is in exploring the possibilities of using plants as a dye source. She is particularly interested in the dye potential of Australian flora as most of the local plants have never been tested for their colours.
Her work is sold in many Australian galleries. She has been teaching her dye techniques throughout Australia for several years and she has both studied and taught overseas.
Phil Thomas is an award-winning quilter who has taught beginner patchwork classes for over 30 years.
She is an accredited teacher and judge with the West Australian Quilters’ Association. Her first love is for hand pieced and hand quilted traditional quilts, but for the last ten years she has moved towards a more contemporary style using machine applique and quilting.
She enjoys using technology and her own photographs to design pictorial and portrait quilts. Some quilting experience recommended.
Renata Wright is a happy watercolourist from the northern suburbs of Perth, WA. She teaches watercolour painting classes regularly with over fifty students per week.
As well as teaching indoors, she also runs art tours at least once a year, within Australia and overseas. Last, but not least, she also has a special interest in the spider world and enjoys painting these beautiful creatures as often as possible.
Renata has grown a lovely fan base of fellow spider enthusiasts from all over the globe.
In the late 1990’s Ron Goodwin was ‘into coffee’ and sampling different beans from a local roaster in WA. When they stopped producing his favourite blend it became his mission to recreate it.
He started roasting in 2009 and, from 2011 to 2019, ran a successful artisan coffee roasting business. Through selling to the public and commercial customers, along with tastings and demonstrations, knowledge and tips were passed on to those of a similar passion.
Blending and roasting coffee is something Ron continues to do for his own purpose and enjoyment.
Rosemary is the tutor for Do you have a story to tell? Get started with a short story! and Start Writing Your Memoir.
Rosemary Argue is an emerging author and writes Australian historical fiction. Her work often develops out place – historical places or the natural environment. She is currently working on a second young adult novel, Borderland, set on the southern coastline of Australia, in part in the South-West, while her first manuscript, Quod Island, is temporarily relegated to the backburner.
Rosemary has had several short stories published. English is her second language which means she grew up with a foot in two cultures and this gives her a different perspective of the world: that the most obvious view is not the only one. She gives voice to the less obvious, whether that is from a non-east coast perspective, a cultural minority or some ‘other’ perspective.
Rosemary loves to read, and where a story can take her: into the past, into the future, into someone else’s mind, into a foreign place she’ll never get to visit. Through her writing she tries to take readers to events, places and into ways of being they haven’t experienced before.
She believes writing is 1% talent and 99% perspiration, and if someone wants to write, with a few tools and encouragement, they can bring to life stories that they are passionate about – and Rosemary can help with this.
Rusty Lynch has been a professional singer for 22 years – a working musician!
That means he has done all sorts of things to make a living, teaching, gigging, busking – you name it! It’s just all he ever wanted to do. Rusty also loves to see others grow and thrive.
With a bit of extra knowledge about how things work, people can change for the better.
Sarah Pondevie is an artist with a passion for pastels. Her work is a narrative of her travels, whether walking in her suburb and being inspired by ordinary wonders, road trips exploring our land, or studies of simple objects in her house. She loves Plein Air and observational painting, as it reveals more than any photograph and has a direct influence on her studio work.
Sarah uses strong design elements in her compositions through value and texture, and she is consumed by the colours in shadows and reflected light. She has recently begun working in oils and watercolours, and finds the different mediums complement and inform her style.
In 2022, Sarah won the first prize in the Pastel Society Annual Awards and recently the 2023 WASA Plein Air award.
Stephen Henne spent the first 15 years of his life growing up in Mt Barker, Albany and Geraldton. He then completed ‘a grand tour’ with studies in psychology (UWA), business administration (University of Toronto), consumer psychology (University of Florida), and philosophy (Bond University).
He paid his bills through research and teaching positions at various universities in Australia, Canada, France, the US and Asia. Stephen calls himself a practising philosopher (with a small ‘p’) who loves to engage in robust discussions about difficult topics with others in an effort to better understand it all.
To this end, he has been engaging in and/or leading community philosophy discussions (often called ‘Cafe Philos’) for over five years in Gold Coast, Perth and Albany
Tony Windberg is a professional artist with 3 decades experience in teaching art. Since completing his B.A. (Fine Arts) degree from Curtin University in 1986, Tony has held 13 solo exhibitions, been selected to exhibit in numerous state and interstate group exhibitions and received significant WA and national art awards. He works in a range of traditional painting and drawing media but also uses non-conventional materials and surfaces. A popular teacher, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for art. His work can be seen at www.tonywindberg.com