Without our wonderful volunteers U3A Noosa wouldn’t be the hive of activity we all know and love. Almost everyone volunteers their time and talents including the President, management committee, receptionists, admin staff and tutors. Each month we introduce you to one of these hard-working people who contribute so selflessly to the smooth running of U3A Noosa.
THIS month meet art tutor Bob Silver, whose accomplished paintings adorn the walls of Michell House, alongside the work of his enthusiastic students. But there’s much more to Bob than his obvious talent as an artist, for he has led a remarkably varied and action packed life.
As a young man a talent for art and design led Bob into work as a sign writer but he later became an architectural sculptor, teaching himself the skills needed in this highly specialised field. His career took a big change of direction when he and his wife moved from Sydney to Noosa in 1998 and he set up a flying school, operating out of Noosa airfield and teaching students from Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Bob joined U3A Noosa soon after moving to the area and signed up for a watercolour class. “When the tutor left just a few weeks later I offered to take over the class and I’ve been teaching watercolour, acrylic and oil painting pretty much ever since,” says Bob. This multi-talented man has also taught art – as well as the ukulele – at Noosa men’s shed, and has somehow found time, until recent times, to make big trips overseas up to five times a year.
Along with painting and travel, teaching is another of his passions. Says Bob: “My U3A students are fantastic, they are so keen to learn, which makes it very rewarding for me. I love seeing people getting out of their comfort zone – they go from nothing to brilliant.”
After a short break from tutoring, Bob has been lured back by his eager students and starts a new six-week Beginners Watercolour class on Wednesday 3 April. Check out the website or newsletter for more details.