About Fay


Fay is a woman of energy and passion especially when it involves bringing tutors and students together for Fay Boyd’s Fine Visual Art School in the Clarence Valley. Fay understands and appreciates the qualities of fine art. As importantly, Fay understands and appreciates the qualities needed to organise quality, professional art workshops.

Fay brings some of the biggest names in Art to Grafton and their workshops are often booked out many months before the event, which is held in April each year. Students come from every State and Territory of Australia, as well as internationally. Fay’s organisational skills and attention to detail, both for the needs of the tutors and students, are exceptional. It is these skills that ensure quality workshops run smoothly for all. Fay’s commitment and dedication to delivering the best possible art workshops are inspirational. Art reflects and communicates the values and culture of society.

Fay Boyd’s Fine Visual Art School enables students to develop their visual language; to reflect and communicate what is important to them. Art students from diverse backgrounds and skill levels come to Grafton to experience the joy and fulfillment of artistic expression. Students develop their perceptual, visual and practical skills under the guidance of experienced artists and tutors. In April each year, Australia’s finest artists come to Grafton to share their skills and knowledge with art students who are excited to further their artistic journey. Some tutors return year after year and their workshops are booked out from one year to the next. Professional artists provide opportunities for students to develop new insight and their skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Workshops are offered in Acrylics, Mixed Media, Oils, Pastels, Pen & Wash, Watercolour; Landscapes, Still Life, Botanical Art, Natural & Wildlife.

At Fay Boyd’s Fine Visual Art School observation, imagination, curiosity, reflection, composition, tone, and style are explored as well as the joy of sharing conversations and experiences with peers. The School attracts beginner artists as well as experienced artists. Class sizes are small which allows each student to receive individual attention. Tutors are masters in their field and are chosen for their ability to teach, share and communicate their skills to others keen to learn more.

The city of Grafton was established in 1851, Grafton features many historic buildings and tree-lined streets. A heritage listed Cathedral, a bascule bridge across the mighty Clarence River, huge Jacaranda and Fiscus trees (weeping fig) are just some of the many subjects waiting for artistic interpretation. I have written this with great pleasure and admiration of Fay’s dedication to the arts.

Kaylene Doré
1 June 2017

Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School commenced in 2012 when Fay realised that there was a great need for formal art workshops to be continued in the Clarence Valley.

Fay set about engaging the services of well-known professionals in the Art World; those renowned for their beautiful paintings, and more importantly, their ability to pass on knowledge and help develop the talents of their students.

Her ability to spread the good news about the five-day art workshops is awesome, bringing many keen artists, and would-be artists to flock to the valley. The city has become a destination for art learning, and this lifts the quality of artworks produced in this area – as well as boosting the local economy hosting the visitors. This small boutique art school attracts artists and tutors from Australia wide and internationally.

Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School has a great reputation; many workshops are fully booked as soon as the information is available. For example, you have to be lucky to book a place in Judith White, Lyn Diefenbach, Amanda Hyatt and Heidi Willis workshops (if they are on the list). These are top art tutors who are booked out wherever they go in Australia.

Fay has a relationship with the Department of Education, wherein she can hire the space in the Grafton High School during the school holidays. With a team of volunteers, Fay supervises the protection of classroom floors and desks as well as the provision of refreshments and lunches for the hard working art-students and tutors. The amount of work in the organisation and running of the art-school is tremendous, however, Fay has her finger on the pulse the whole time, and with faithful helpers has managed, until recently, to run two art-school events per year.

Unfortunately, when Fay lost her partner in life, running two events a year was too much. However, the visiting Art tutors and the students pleaded to have the school organised at least once a year. Fay has battled on, and still amazes everyone with her ability to find more wonderful tutors each year for those seeking an art boost.

Fay is a true art lover and supports all other art activities in the community. For instance, she regularly supports the Grafton High School ‘Go-Art’ Exhibition with advice and sponsorship; also supporting Grafton Regional Gallery’s exhibitions, as well as shows by the many artists of the Clarence River Valley.

As a professional artist, I truly appreciate Fay’s contribution to the Fine Arts here in this community. It is very refreshing to go and work with a visiting artist, to throw yourself into the deep end in some method or material you have never used, and face a creative challenge. So I sincerely hope that all participants in the 2017 classes enjoy their workshops, and if we are lucky enough, can anticipate many interesting classes for 2018.

Thank you, Fay
Pat Jenkins
4 November 2016

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