Grafton Art Club celebrates Golden Anniversary

THE Grafton Art Club is a flourishing and active club and has added to the growth of the visual arts scene of the Clarence Valley for 50 years.

The club, started by students from the 1960’s who attended the Grafton Technical College’s Art Classes. In the late sixties, a few of the students decided that instead of traveling to Lismore to participate in casual courses run by an art club it would be more beneficial for Grafton to have an art club, so in 1967 Grafton Art Club was born.

The members of Grafton Art Club have given numerous exhibitions since then. The principal one each year, the Jacaranda Art Exhibition, is held in conjunction with the Jacaranda Festival.

Fifty years later and the club has a constant series of workshops in watercolour, life drawing, sculpture and oil painting tutored by local artists.

We wish many more years of achievements to the Grafton Art Club and congratulations to all its members on attaining this milestone.

As a part of the celebrations, twenty-five members of the club have exhibited 52 paintings in the art exhibition “Landscapes of the Clarence Valley.” Artists included are Vicki Corbett, Averill Wiblen, Leisa Williams, Coral Eastwood, Sarah Dougherty, Elizabeth Lund, Jenny Johns, Linne Pattenden, Pauline Cole, Lucy McGill, Anne Carter, Ray O’Shea, Carole Bryant, Lola McPhee, Lois Blanchard, Daphne Maughan and Vicki Gooch.

The other celebratory exhibition is an online exhibit called “Collection: Grafton Art Club.” This show displays the artworks by past and present members that held in the collection. You can view it on a monitor at the Grafton Regional Gallery. Artists included are Pam Fysh, Robyn Jackson, Merv Ebeling, Patrycia Buckland, Anne Falkner, and Stacey Conridge.

The exhibitions are on display in the Grafton Regional Gallery’s historic Prentice House and will remain on display until 4 pm Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Announcing two special offers for December

Thanks to a small donation we are able to offer the following discounts for a limited time on these two workshops only. Don’t miss out, book today.

Please read these conditions carefully.

Thanks to a small donation we are able to offer the following discount for a limited time on these workshops.

This special offer for $200.00 off the total price of one (1) student attending Fiona Craig’s Oils Workshop OR Mignon Parker’s Acrylic Still Life of Flowers, Figures in the Trees and small studies of owls on paper Workshop. These two workshops will be held in April 2018 at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School, Grafton is for new registrations only submitted through these links during the following period.

This offer is valid for December, starting at 12:01 am on 29/11/2017 to 11:59 pm on 31/12/2017 or until sold out.

To be eligible for this discount you must pay a deposit of $150.00 plus a $4.32 PayPal fee to reserve your place in the workshop, and the discount of $200.00 will be applied to the total of your official invoice issued by the office.

Note: This offer is only for new registrations during the period stated above.

The standard fee structure for a single registration has three price levels and is as follows:

To be eligible for seniors or concession rates you will need to enter the relevant number at the checkout when filling in your application.

Progressive payments are acceptable. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
CANCELLATIONS: Organizers reserve the right to limit class sizes and cancel the workshops should minimum enrolments not be reached three weeks before the commencement of the school.
Should you not wish to transfer to another workshop you will receive a refund of all monies paid.
Your application is non-transferable.
Unless explicitly stated on registration material students cancelling before Friday, February 23, 2018, will forfeit $150.00 of all monies paid.
Students cancelling after Friday, February 23, 2018, are not eligible for any refunds.
Students cancelling after the stated deadline will still be held responsible for outstanding amounts on their invoice.
Refunds will not be available for attendees who choose not to attend a workshop.
Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee and must include the name of the attendee or invoice number.


Janet Matthews, Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017

Everyone at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School would like to extend to Janet our congratulations on this well-deserved accolade.

The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia has awarded Janet Matthews the prestigious Wildlife Artist of the Year Award for 2017.

This is Janet’s third time winning this award, and that speaks volumes about the dedication to and quality of her work.

Janet will be tutoring a botanical art workshop for us in 2018, more information.





Janet is a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She has a Diploma and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Monash University.

“It is such an honour to receive this award. This is my third time to have won Wildlife Artist of the Year, and each time it is a surprise and an honour to do so.  There are so many aspects to achieve to earn this award.  Firstly I needed to consistently enter the exhibitions throughout the year.  This is always demanding to have the ‘right’ artworks available for each exhibition, especially if they have a theme or common subject. 

Secondly, I needed to have artworks that were of an incredibly high standard, that would hopefully win the awards at each exhibition. It is challenging to compete with all mediums as some are very ‘strong’ styles.  My work is in colour pencil and graphite and even though they are often powerful images, they have a gentleness and subtlety that isn’t often on the judges list of criteria.

Finally, being an individual with my work is so important. People can identify the drawings as mine, from both my techniques, style and subject matter.

I like to have some quirky aspect to the work, whether it be the antics of the subjects, their expressions, their interaction in a very human way like how we chat to each other or it may be a different view of the subject – like my over and under water images.

It is such a thrill to receive this award and all the respect it shows for me and my work.”



The focus of this workshop will be mainly acrylic painting techniques using texture, design and colour with some mixed media (charcoal, pastel etc). You will be playing with backgrounds and also learning many different application techniques. Exciting colours and colour combinations will be used, taking reference from nature and life and applying our own little twists. We will get a bit more adventurous and explore the unknown, and also resurrect some old works. For those not so adventurous there is always plenty of detail to apply which is included into the process anyway, a bit of fine tuning.

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Paul McDonald Smith Workshop

LANDSCAPE, STILL LIFE AND PORTRAIT IN OILS – Having fun with Landscape, Faces, Fruit and Flowers

Paul McDonald Smith OAM, FVAS, FRSA

This workshop will explore a range of Still Life, Portrait, and Landscape subjects. Students of any level will rise to the challenges of these exciting subjects. They will love the relaxed and happy atmosphere that Paul’s classes are renowned for.

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Paul McDonald Smith oil painting workshop

STILL LIFE AND PORTRAIT IN OILS – Having fun with Faces, Fruit and Flowers

Paul McDonald Smith OAM, FVAS, FRSA

Watch your paintings come to life with light and shade, form and space and sparkling with colour.

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Tips For Taking Technology On Tour

Many of us sign up for overseas touring art vacations. Travelling to other countries and painting is a dream that is becoming more achievable for many artists with the proliferation of many well-known artists hosting touring workshops to exotic locations.

We all think carefully about the clothes, painting tools, and other items we want to take but do you give much thought to the technology in your pocket or bag?

Here are some tips on how to travel with technology, save some money, and keep your devices and more importantly your data safe and secure.

Read the tips here

Janet Matthews Wildlife in Pencil, Graphite, Colour Pencil & Watercolour Pencil

Janet Matthews Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF.

This is a workshop that will explore how to draw wildlife with personality and detail as well as learn many techniques for using Colour Pencil, Graphite, and Watercolour pencil. Graphite – Janet will share her techniques in graphite, drawing a long-haired animal, using resist methods, blenders, erasers and how to use the full range of different pencils.

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