Get to know our amazing tutors for 2022
A.R. Levett B.A., B.Cmm.(Hons) is an award-winning, emerging WA author. He has had multiple poems and short stories published in a variety of local and international publications, such as Creatrix and The Writing Magazine.
His Story Mentoring services help writers hone their skills and turn their ideas into engaging stories. He has taught at Edith Cowan University and the Albany Summer School, served on the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre board of management, and runs regular creative writing classes at the Fellowship of Writers WA. He is writing a speculative-fiction series.
With a background in sign writing, graphic art and commercial illustration, Andy Dolphin brings a solid foundation in design 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. Andy was selected as WA Regional Artist of the Month in July, 2020. 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.
Angela Ferolla was born in Toronto, Canada and emigrated to Australia in 1974. She now lives and works in Fremantle.
In 1989, she completed a BA in fine arts, majoring in textiles at Edith Cowan University. She is represented in the ECU art collection and the Janet Holmes a Court Gallery.
For 10 years, Angela 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). In 2004, she was accepted into the WASAD incubation design centre whilst teaching fashion and textiles at the school part time.
Angela went on to work and live in Japan for 14 months, which included a 14-week internship at the Yoshiki Hishinuma Studio, Tokyo, where she was involved in design, textile experimentation and garment construction. Angela has participated in various local art and fashion events. Revealing Passion, 1999, at Fremantle Art Centre. In 2004, she was selected in the Minter Ellison Recent Graduates Exhibition held at WASAD. Skin to Skin held at Fremantle Art Centre in 2008, Fremantle Print Awards 2019, and Fibre at Janet Holmes a Court Gallery.
Angela currently teaches fashion and textiles at Fremantle Art Centre and has her own fashion/textile/art business called Rocucu, focusing on innovative textile techniques and screenprinting.
She has also worked at WAAPA; (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) for 10 years, teaching textile techniques in the costume and design departments, and is about to return to teaching there. Angela also has been working in costume at the WA Ballet, having worked on shows such as Nutcracker and Dracula. She also works on various other projects such as screenprinting pretend rugs onto concrete floors and wooden doors at Bread in Common, Long Chim restaurant in the Treasury Building, as well as other textile, art and sewing projects. Her most recent commission was a mural at CoogeeCommon.
Angela Stewart is a West Australian visual artist who has pursued an interest in portraiture for more than three decades, leading her to study the history of portraiture and its contemporary practice in both her Masters and Doctorate at Curtin University, Western Australia.
Her passion has been in drawing, painting and paint/photography. She has exhibited in several solo exhibitions such as (selected); Obesience Singapore Art Fair; Geraldton Regional Gallery; Bunbury Regional Gallery 2018-19 Publicity, Tripartite artcollectiveWA, 2016, Among other things …,Perth Galleries, WA, 2013; Unlacing Carnal Margins; Portraits by Angela Stewart John Curtin Gallery; Curtin University, 2010; and 3 Women, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery 1999 and in group exhibitions; Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2013 (artcollectiveWA); Black Swan Portrait Prize; (Eveline Kotai), 2013; (Joan London), 2008.
She has lectured for many years in major Tertiary Institutions, tutoring at Curtin University and permanent part time lecturer in painting and drawing at North Metropolitan College (Central Tafe). In 2013 she became a foundation member of artcollectiveWA.
She is in several major collections (selected) Curtin University, BHP Billington, University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, WA, BankWest, Kedumba Drawing Award, NSW and Cruther’s Collection of Women’s Art, St John of God Hospital, City of Albany.
Ann-Marie is the tutor for: Carnival Capers Embroidery, Pretty Parterre, Celestial Twist – A Canvaswork Embroidery Workshop and Hand-Sewn Bookbinding
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.”
Chris Gillett has been teaching communication and conflict resolution skills in Australia and internationally since 2006, supporting healthier relationships for couples, families, workplaces and communities.
Her workshops are very engaging and experiential: people are invited to explore many personally relevant, everyday situations through a variety of small and large group activities. Chris brings her highly skilled facilitation, along with colourful visual aids and a wealth of resources to the course. In addition, she shares some hilarious and poignant examples from her own life as a partner, parent, sibling, neighbour, friend, employee and Occupational Therapist.
Chris is an internationally certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.
Cliff Gillam holds Masters degrees from UWA and Monash, and spent the first eight years of his professional life lecturing at UWA in English literature.
After a further eight years working as a theatre professional, he commenced a career in public service, retiring as a senior executive in 2017. His retirement from full time work has allowed him to return to deeper study in the field of moral philosophy, which has remained a key interest since his undergraduate classes with Professor Stuart Graves.
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.
Deb Reveley is the CEO and principal driver of Brain Ambulance Pty Ltd, a business she started in 2004 to deliver mental health education from the lived experience.
She has endured mental health problems since she was 25 and at 32 became house bound for 2 years with agoraphobia. During her more manic moments, Deb has owned a bookshop, a book café, a catering business and popped out from the psych ward for the day to run mental health training.
As a well person now, Deb is able to reflect on past experience and present courses that are relevant, informative and fun. Most importantly they give participants a chance to reflect for themselves about how they are currently dealing with this COVID life and the challenges it brings; how have our plans been impacted and are our dreams still possible? Spending so much time at home we have started to realise how many ‘things’ we have around us. Deb has had experience recently helping friends declutter their homes and deal with letting go. Not easy for any of us.
By the end of these courses, you will have laughed, learnt and developed skills to help you cope with these turbulent times in a supportive and humorous group.
Fiona Buchanan is a professional Western Australian artist working in both pastels and oils. She trained in theatre arts as a scenic artist and designer. This taught her that nothing is impossible with paint, and that incredible illusions can be created simply by applying liquid colour.
Fiona enjoys trying to put her emotion and attitude to the Earth’s beauty into her work, which is about the environment and its balance. She works in oils on canvas and in pastel. She takes and uses her own reference photos and loves visiting the places and people that she paints. She loves to work in pastel as it’s such an expressive medium and has such a beautiful velvet finish. As she loves to draw, this medium allows her to draw and paint at the same time.
Two achievements that she is proud of are being a finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture in 2011, and also winning first prize in Australian Artist magazine’s Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes competition in 2017. Fiona features in the ‘Artists of Perth’ book published in 2017.
Gabriel Evans is an international-selling children’s book author and illustrator working with some of Australia’s most loved publishers including Penguin, Scholastic, Walker Books and Hardie Grant. He has written and illustrated six books including Norton and the Bear (Berbay) – notably listed in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year 2021, A Human for Kingsley (Hardie Grant), The Cute Penguin (Hardie Grant) and Ollie and Augustus (Walker Books).
He has illustrated books for several acclaimed Australian authors including his recent collaborations with Sonya Hartnett for Blue Flower (Penguin), and Jane Godwin’s Little One (Affirm). He travels Australia talking to adults and children from major capital cities to remote indigenous communities in the Pilbara and the Kimberley. He works from a small studio near a river where he drinks tea and makes books.
Hayley Krüger 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.”
Dr Ilona McGavock
Dr Ilona McGavock (Osteopath) has been teaching yoga since 1984, runs her own yoga and qigong studio in Fremantle and has been a registered practising osteopath since 1999.
She discovered the restorative effects of yoga and osteopathy through rehabilitating her own physical injuries and has a lifelong commitment to health practices.
Ilona has over 1300 hours of teacher training in yoga and yoga therapy, and teacher training in Qigong from masters Zhenhua Yang and Dr Peter Caughey. She completed a Masters Degree in Health and Clinical Sciences and brings the western disciplines of anatomy and physiology to her teaching as well as 22 years of osteopathic practice.
Ilona has a deep passion for meditative movement and in helping people rediscover their health and wellbeing.
Mahshid Ferdowsian was born in Persia (Iran) and left home in 1972 to live in Africa. After living for 14 years in Zambia, she and her family chose Western Australia as their new home. They have lived in Albany since January 1988.
Mahshid has been actively involved in introducing her rich Persian culture to the community. She has demonstrated cooking at schools and community centres and by invitation at different events, her Persian treats have been very popular. She has also taught Persian cooking at Albany Summer School for several years.
Mahshid also is an educator and has won the Children Weeks’ award. She enjoys working with children and has many interests and hobbies including sewing, hand crafts, gardening and enjoying interaction with people.
Martien van Zuilen
Martien van Zuilen is a renowned felt artist and tutor living in Perth, WA. She exhibits her high-quality and distinctive felt art nationally and internationally. Since the late 1980s she has tought felt-making workshops at all levels of experience throughout Australia, in Europe and throughout the USA.
Martien runs the artisan dyeing studio Colourant Dyeworks, supplying hand-dyed fibres and fabrics to feltmakers and textile artists worldwide. She is the founder of the Victorian Feltmakers, the current editor of Felt (Australia’s national felting magazine) and the Convenor of Fibres West Inc.
Alongside her studio practice, it makes for a busy and creative life! Martien holds a PhD in Anthropology (2013) with a study on the significance of textile art practices in contemporary Australia. Her artwork is regularly included in international publications, including several books and numerous specialist arts magazines.
Maureen James first learned basketry at the Albany Summer School in 1985. In 1987 she was chosen to exhibit at the Crafts Council of Western Australia’s Centre and the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. She also exhibited in the Viewpoint (1993) exhibition.
Since then she has tutored at the Albany Summer School in 1988, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. She has also taught basketry in Margaret River, at the Mt Barker Arts Centre, at the Stirling Range Fibre Weekend, Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany and twice in Pemberton at the Fine Wood Craft Gallery.
Her courses have been an outstanding success at Albany Summer School, with classes regularly booking out early in the enrolment period.
Melissa Sims’ macramé passion began 3 years ago while she was on holidays in Queensland. One workshop later I was hooked and haven’t stopped since.
An experienced, qualified floral designer, I ran my own florist and art gallery in the beautiful hinterland of the Sunshine Coast QLD for several years. This allowed me to immerse my creative mind in a variety of art and craft mediums and develop a keen eye for colours and design, which I love to share.
Michael O’Doherty studied art at Prahran College Melbourne 1984 and Claremont Art School 1987-90. His art career has involved painting, sculpture, music, writing and performance.
He travelled Europe in 1989 earning his living playing music and painting murals. Michael often uses recycled materials – metal, wood and plastic – in his sculptures. These are given surface treatments using old paint and oil from various sources. For which he is given the occasional award.
Mike O’Shaughnessy discovered the joys of drumming, percussion and marimbas in 1990. He has studied drumming, percussion and marimba music with many teachers in Australia, the UK, West Africa and at WAAPA in Perth.
He leads community drum circles and has taught African drumming and marimbas to adults and children for many years. Mike believes we are all musical and that music brings joy and expression into our lives. His classes aim to be fun to allow people at all levels to discover and develop their musical abilities.
He has played with numerous music groups including WAAPA’s ‘Defying Gravity’, ‘Acushla’, ‘Village Vibes’, ‘Afrotonic’ Dance Group and ‘The Spooky Men of the West’ choir.
Mike Staude is a music specialist at Flinders Park Primary School in Albany. He became extremely keen on the educational potential of the ukulele after receiving on 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.
Natalie Zuchetti, founder of Casa D’Arte Art Studio in Mount Hawthorn 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 accompanying 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 recently received Lead Artist for the Pilbara.
Natalie is a member of the 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.
“I can’t believe it. My mother has gone and sold me! Sold me to the most notorious sea captain ever to sail the wild west coast.” And so begins The Smuggler’s Curse, Norman Jorgensen’s thrilling, award-winning historical novel set in Broome in 1897.
Norman may have the body of an ageing historical novelist but often taps directly into the mind of his adolescent 12-year-old self, writing successfully for Australian kids just like himself. No humour or thrilling adventures are spared as his fictional characters do battle with pirates, killer storms, ruthless pearlers and monstrous sharks off the Western Australian coast.
Norman has written sixteen children’s and YA books. His historical titles, In Flanders Fields, Jack’s Island, The Last Viking and The Smuggler’s Curse have sold thousands of copies and won many prizes including children’s choice awards. His whole working life has been about books, having owned a children’s bookshop, worked as a publisher’s agent and sold books to schools and libraries. He is a founding member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators here in WA, has mentored and helped a great many young writers to publication and being asked to launch over twenty books.
He is also a popular and entertaining speaker at festivals and in schools having conducted over a hundred workshops in 2019. With most of his books having historical settings, he is extremely experienced at researching events in Australian history, and while young readers now demand the full technicolour, blood n’ guts version, he still believes classic story-telling laced with humour and vivid descriptions can usually overcome the most reluctant of readers of any age.
Patti Locke has been playing Mahjong for fifteen years, and in recent years has taught all ages.
These experiences have greatly enhanced her knowledge of the game and her ability to pass on to others the rules and strategies. Patti has been a popular tutor of Mahjong at the Albany Summer School for many years.
Patrizia Passerini-Ryan’s work can be described as meditative expressionism, exposing raw emotions through flow of mediums. She intends to draw the viewer into the image and perhaps ponder on the marks, lines, light and reflections as a form of meditation.
Patrizia’s studies include art courses, formal and informal, with local well-known art tutors in Perth, Queensland, Victoria, Denmark WA, South Africa and Italy. She continues art practice and studies with various local and international artists and photographers. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and was the curatorial assistant during a three-month artist Residency at Metamorphosis Art Gallery.
She developed and commenced a successful workshop “Art Expression Sessions” focused on tutoring clients with life-limiting illness and their carers. The objective was to give clients a safe space within which to explore the creative process through various art forms, which included journaling, collecting, foraging, collage, painting, drawing, and allowing the students to find their ‘voice’ and style as they worked through these sessions. In the end some of the students were able to participate in the group exhibitions which followed, with many continuing on to further develop their artistic practice.
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 for several years and she has both studied and taught overseas, although since Covid her overseas classes have been restricted to zoom.
Pradip Griffiths’ professional background in education, applied psychology and teaching have informed and shaped her approach to, and understanding of, genealogical research.
The use of DNA, interpretation of results, the joys, limitations and pitfalls associated with ‘DNA discoveries’ are of interest to her. She is also interested in the ethics of DNA family research. Specifically: How do I take care of myself? And what are my responsibilities in respect of others?
Pradip holds BEd (ECU) 1989, MPsych (Curtin) 2000 and a PhD (Curtin) 2000 and her main area of work has been as a tutor, lecturer and senior lecturer in School of Psychology at Curtin University (1995-2005) and in private psychology practice and consulting (2006-2014). She has had 15 years’ experience in family research.
Painting is a fantastic way to say something without having to use words. The process for Renata Wright is the best part, rather than the outcome.
Every time she puts brush to paper, mixes a new colour, or draws a new picture in preparation for a painting, she is excited about the journey she is taking, and wondering with great anticipation what she will experience on the way.
Renata’s inspiration comes from the eight-legged critters in this world – arachnids! She is fascinated by them and the homes they create, and she has chosen to study them through her art. Renata also has a “day job” – her other art love, and that is teaching watercolour classes. She loves sharing her techniques and knowledge, and students learn “normal” subjects in her classes like landscapes, seascapes, still life, flowers, animals, buildings, and so on.
Her focus in class is to not only share what she knows, but to also provide an atmosphere where students can escape from the rest of the world for a while.
Richard Beavitt has been a student of the martial art of Aikido for over 35 years and a teacher of the Alexander Technique for nearly as long. Both these disciplines essentially concern our reaction to the ‘demand to move’; he brings the combined learning and experience from both to his teaching of the Shibashi form in this course. His practice as a teacher of the Alexander Technique has involved him in helping people to deal with a wide range of both musculo-skeletal and stress related problems. Aikido remains a life practice that touches on matters of conflict, non-violence, and reaction/response to stress.
Rusty Lynch has been a professional singer and vocal coach for the past 20yrs.
He has performed in many well-respected bands as a front man and has performed well over a thousand shows. People grow rapidly under his tutelage because he truly cares about improvement.
Shana James is an award winning West Australian artist and educator who works in painting, drawing and printmaking. She has maintained a continued art practice over the past 30 years, exhibiting widely in Perth and Melbourne, including ten solo exhibitions. Shana has recently completed a master’s degree in visual art at Edith Cowan University. She has artworks in the Collections of Kerry Stokes, Artbank, The WA Water Corporation, Penrhos College, The Western Australian Ministry for Culture and the Arts and Monash University.
Tania Spencer is a Lake Grace-based sculptor and her art combines the textile techniques of knit, crochet, embroidery or weaving with rural, industrial or recycled materials.
Works often take the form of large scale knitted installations from fencing wire, sculptural objects and embroideries of heavy wire onto metal canvases. Instead of threading a needle and cotton, she hand bends each wire stitch. Her tools are found in the shed, not the sewing box and usually consist of bolt cutters, drills, welders, handmade jigs, pliers and a wire spinning ginny.
Growing up on a farm, Tania’s art process fuses her rural and domestic heritage in a very unique style of work. She has numerous awards for her work which is found in collections all over the world.
BA(Arts) Curtin, 6 solo exhibitions. Recent group exhibitions The Alternative Archive at John Curtin Gallery, Sirens at Gallows Gallery. National exhibitions include numerous Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe and Bondi, Love Lace, The International Lace Award, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Sensorial Loop, 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial. Awards 2008 NAB Western Australian Sculptors Scholarship, 2010 Castaways Major Sculpture Award. Works in City of Melville, Bunbury, Tamworth, Nedlands, Janet Holmes a Court, Andrew and Nicola Forrest Collections. Commissioned public artworks in Albany, Lake Grace, Northcliffe. Commissioned ephemeral works, Geelong Fibre Forum – Geelong Grammar, Fibreswest – Northam, WAFTA – Perth Royal Show.
Tracey Cotterell’s love of food has been part of her life’s story for as long as she can remember. Beginning in the kitchen of her parents’ West Sussex country inn, Tracey went on to run catering teams, curate menus, and work at Lamont’s in Perth’s CBD.
Then in 1997 came Matters of Taste in its original form – a cooking school. This work saw Tracey teach over 80,000 people with her famously magnetic style; working first to delight, then to instruct. Now, with an online cooking community, weekly produce boxes, and food tours; Tracey still lives, works, and cooks by her original food philosophy – to include a wide variety of fresh, local, seasonal produce in your diet, along with constant learning to become an intuitive cook means your relationship with food can be like a love affair. Connected, passionate, and fulfilling.
Vanessa Liebenberg was born in Cape Town, South Africa and now lives in Perth, Western Australia. She fell in love with Australian fauna and flora and is drawn to nature, observing birds, flora and the way they adapt to their environment.
Her woven textile design background has a big influence on her creative process. A mix of screen printing, drawing, painting and a pyrography technique achieves unexpected, layered results in her work.
Vanessa is involved in Community art workshops, public art murals and book illustrations. She has exhibited in many group exhibitions in Western Australia and her work is in private collections in Germany, South Africa and WA as well as Collections of the City of Fremantle, Kwinana and Armadale.
She is proud to be featured in the 2017 book Artists of Perth by G Mills and L Shearon, published by Premium Publishers.
Vernice is the tutor for: Aboriginal History, Heritage & Culture of the Menang Area, Aboriginal Heritage Tour
Vernice Gillies is a local Menang Elder with a lifelong passion for the preservation of her heritage and local cultural traditions.
She welcomes the chance to share it with the broader community and encouraging Noongar youth to take pride in this unique heritage. She has held a number of jobs in the public sector including Education Officer with the Albany Branch of the WA Museum and is now a Director of the Kurrah Mia Art Shop and Cultural tours.
She will lead the Aboriginal heritage courses which will be co-presented with other Local Elders.