Warrnambool School of Art

Our Teachers


Shari Nye, principal director, artist, teacher

Shari Nye is an inspiring and experienced art teacher. Having taught in secondary schools for 14 years and developing her own art practice in both painting and ceramics over the past three decades. She brings great passion and a wealth of knowledge. Shari has studied art and design at Monash University (BA), RMIT, Arts Students League of New York and Latrobe Street School of Art, Melbourne. She has a Post Graduate in Visual Art Education, Melbourne University. Shari was managing director and principal designer for POTFOLIO Pty Ltd for 13 years. She was responsible for the design and manufacturing of ceramics and metal works for the hospitality industry throughout Australia, the wider Asia Pacific region and Dubai. Her work is included in both private and public collections. She now specialises in painting in oils and acrylics and encouraging other artists.

Some of her work may be viewed on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sharinyeart/ or on her personal website https://sharinye.com.au    https://www.saatchiart.com/account/profile/2178657



Graeme Altmann

Graeme Altmann completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Deakin University in 1986.In 1995 Altmann undertook a residency at Arthur Boyd’s ‘Shoalhaven Studio’ in NSW and in 2005 won the Mission to Seafarers Art Prize.  
The artist has a slew of admirers and serious collectors of his work, having held numerous solo exhibitions.
He is represented in numerous significant collections including Artbank, BHP Billiton, Embassy of Switzerland, Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and Warrnambool Art Gallery.

More of his work can be seen - https://www.instagram.com/graemealtmann


Godwin Bradbeer

Godwin Bradbeer is a New Zealand-born artist now living and working in Melbourne Australia. Godwin has a reputation for intense and large-scale figurative drawing and is an acclaimed virtuoso draftsman. Godwin was head of drawing at the School Of Art RMIT University in Melbourne 2005 – 2010. He has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne,  Monash University and other art schools in Australia and Asia. Godwin is the recipient of many major drawing awards in Australia including the prestigious Dobell Prize for Drawing. He has been represented by James Makin Gallery (Melbourne) since 2008. Godwin has exhibited internationally with works held in private and major collection’s throughout Australia and abroad. 'In 2018 Thames and Hudson published a substantial monograph on Godwin, authored by U.K. based arts writer Janet McKenzie.

Some Australian collections include:
Australian National Gallery, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Parliament House, Canberra; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Tweed River Art Gallery; Shepparton Art Gallery; Commonwealth Artbank, Sydney; Australia Council; Australian Department of Foreign Affairs; The Archive of Humanist Art, Victoria; La Trobe University Art Library, Melbourne; Melbourne University Collection; Monash University Collection; Deakin University Collection; University of Southern Queensland; R.M.I.T. Collection.
His work may be viewed here-



Tim Freeman

Some years ago Tim was looking for a technology free way to relax and escape the stresses of modern life. After attending an introductory watercolour workshop he knew he was onto something. Tim instantly fell in love with the fun, flexible and relaxing medium.
Tim believes enjoying the process of painting is more important than what is produced. By following this philosophy he finds great enjoyment from his art and wishes to share this with others.
Tim was a featured artist in RAW Melbourne "Transcend" November 2017.


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Ricky Schembri, artist specialising in pastel

Ricky is an expert pastel painter and offers us highly skilled knowledge in this area. His paintings depict landscapes or local farm scenes of the south west rural regions of Victoria. He has won many awards and prizes in Australia and America, and has shown his work in solo, and group exhibitions. Ricky brings great skill to the art of working in pastel and offers workshops at WSOA that are informative and enjoyable. 


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Paul Brophy, artist, clay sculpture, collage & assemblage.

Paul has a Masters in Fine Art and is an inspiring Artist and teacher. His work is often whimsical and full of character drawing on his Celtic heritage. He has a solid understanding of the complexities of clay sculpture and a the ability to take students into creative exploration.  Born in the UK he is now based on Flinders Island Australia Paul will be offering workshops  at WSOA.

See some of his work - https://paulebrophy.weebly.com

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Pamela Irving

Pamela Irving has a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne.  She has exhibited widely throughout Australia as well as in Hong Kong, Russia, Japan, Italy, France, China and the USA. Selected collections include, Museums Victoria, Bars Collection Russia, Art Bank, The City Museum of Ravenna, Italy,  Regional Gallery Collections, Municipal Collections, and University Collections.

Pamela spends her days working between painting and making mosaic works. She has been the recipient of several Arts Victoria and Australia Council Grants and Winner of the Shepparton Australia Day Award for Ceramics, in 2019 she won the ORO Mosaic Award. In December 2019 Pamela was invited to exhibit her paintings in the Hunan Art Gallery, China, with China’s most significant Female Painters.

Pamela’s works have been described as irreverent and whimsical. She unashamedly makes joyful and quirky works with a coterie of characters to express her ideas.

Pamela’s pieces adorn many public spaces in Melbourne and afar. They include the mosaic façade of the Luna Palace Building, Luna Park Melbourne and Larry La Trobe, the bronze dog standing in front of Melbourne’s Town Hall, large scale ceramic mural at the Shanghai American School, Shanghai and many other sculptures and murals around Melbourne.

Pamela’s studio is based in Bentleigh, Melbourne.


Instagram #pamelairvingart

Facebook @ Pamela Irving Studio + Gallery.


Ben Fennessy

Ben Fennessy is a painter and printmaker. He began taking painting and drawing lessons at a young age from Bill Colemen (painter and printmaker from the George Bell School) and at sixteen, won a scholarship to the National Gallery Art School, where he studied painting and drawing in the 1960s, and did further studies at Victorian College of the Arts in the 1980s.
Ben has been a practising artist for over half a century, has exhibited widely and was a tertiary arts educator in Geelong for many years.
Landscape is the primary inspiration for his artwork, in particular the environment of the wild South West Coast and the volcanic plains, especially his current fascination, Tower Hill. Ben is renowned for his large abstract expressionist landscapes, with intense contrasts of colour, evoking the drama inherent in the Australian environment: fire, flood and ocean gales.