Friday, September 2, 2016

Local Profile - Tracy Paterson

I'd heard about NCAT by a number of people in my network and then had Ms NCAT herself - Tracy Paterson - contact me.  What is NCAT?  Read on for more about Tracy and the organisation she works for needless to say that Spring has sprung and it's a great time of year to start looking at courses and skilling up at NCAT, whether you are a first-time student or mature-age.  Learning is a lifelong process, which keeps us all young and engaged no matter our age.
Name: Tracy Paterson
Occupation: Artist and Art Educator
Lives/works: I live in Northcote and work in Preston at NCAT.
How long have you lived/worked here? I've lived in the inner north for the last 30 years.
Describe yourself/what you do:
I am the Program Manager of NCAT Create | NCAT Folio Preparation, at Northern College of the Arts and Technology. NCAT Create is a part-time course that I designed for mature aged art students seeking up-skilling and inspiration in the visual arts. NCAT Folio Preparation is also a part time one-year course, specialising in either visual arts or design, for students looking to build a portfolio for entry into higher education art or design courses.

I have been an art educator for over 25 years and have taught across subjects as diverse as life drawing, art studio practices, (including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture), digital art, illustration, photography, graphic design, social media and ceramics. I particularly enjoy teaching post secondary students.

Teaching keeps me inspired and always challenges me to push my own artwork. I am a practising artist, specialising long term in life drawing. In addition to this though, I also enjoy landscape and portrait painting, photography, collage, journal based drawing and art based social media.

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east: What’s not to love. I live in a vibrant inner city area which hums with creativity! My work is only ten minutes from home and I feel connected to my local hood through my participation with the visual arts.

For more information:
A recent NCAT Folio Prep|Create blog post has a little artist bio on me:
I can also be found on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter: @lacontapposto

Further information on NCAT Create and NCAT Folio Preparation can be found on:
Our website:
Our blog:

To enquire about either Create of Folio Preparation, call me at NCAT on 9478 1333
or via email: or


  1. You are so welcome Tracy! Thanks for contacting me in the first place. Love from Miss Rosanna x