Ben Mattick

Ben joined us following his time working as a classroom teacher at Undercliffe Public School in Sydney, where he worked for three years.

Ben studied fine arts at Sydney University, majoring in painting, then studied his masters of primary teaching at the University of New England.  Prior to this he worked as an education assistant for six years.

As an artist himself, Ben draws inspiration from artists such as Van Gogh, Goya and Frida Kahlo.  “I love Van Gogh’s use of colour, the expression that Goya conveys through people’s faces and Frida’s use of symbolism and colour in her portraits.”

Ben has enjoyed getting to know the students in the Preparatory School and seeing the amazing art they can create.  “I am very excited about 2019 as I have now seen what these students can do and this has opened up endless ideas and directions in planning for next year.  No idea is too ambition or unachievable for these students!”
Ben’s five attributes of successful artists:
  1. Embrace mistakes
  2. Take risks
  3. Never give up
  4. Concentrate and care
  5. Patience and flow