Warrnambool School of Art

Our Teachers

Shari Nye

Shari Nye, principal director, artist, teacher

Shari Nye is an inspiring and experienced art teacher. Having taught in secondary schools for 11 years and developing her own art practice in both painting and clay 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 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 throughout Australia. She now specializes in painting in oils and acrylics and encouraging other artists. Some of her work may be viewed on instagram https://www.instagram.com/sharinyeart/

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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. 



Sofie Dieu, artist, ink painting

Born in France, Sofie Dieu is a culturally and linguistically diverse artist. Sensitive to cultural cliches, she has developed from it a penchant for the non-obvious and what makes us unique.

Multi-art prizes and award finalist, Sofie Dieu's work was recently included in Hornsby Art Prize, Sydney North Art Prize, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, among others.

In 2017, her work was shown during Vivid Sydney. She was recently invited to take part to the Great Alpine Artist in Residence program in Victoria. As a result, she is showcasing her project Calling for Rain in a solo show at the East Gippsland Art Gallery from March to April 2018. More info and her work may be viewed on Sofie's website https://www.sofie-dieu.com/painting

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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






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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