FINE Art School Workshops for 2020

The dates for 2020 Grafton Art School are:

Thursday, April 16th to Monday, April 20th, 2020 inclusive.

Please Note that the start day of the 2020 art school is a Thursday, this is because of the Easter Holidays beginning on Friday, April 10th, 2020.

Fees for 2020 will be

  • $725.00 – Adult Full Fee
  • $655.00 – Pensioner Concession (Seniors N/A)

Enrol and pay the full fee or a $205.00 DEPOSIT either using our online store. Please note that a $5.65 PayPal transaction fee added to the transaction for credit card payment when using our online store. 

  • Download and Print a 2020 Bill of Sale Application Form (PDF or DOCX) using the buttons below and complete and post with your payment. With the final payment due by Friday, February 21, 2020. Progressive payments are acceptable. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Mediums, Workshops, and Tutors

Workshops with Vacancies

Mixed Media

Judith White 2 Vacancies


John Lovett Make It Simple in Watercolour. 4 Vacancies

Heidi Willis Bees Study and Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Malcolm Carver The Art of Watercolour + Apple iPad

Julian Bruere Biomorphic Expression leading into Snow gums Themes and Abstract Designs and Water concepts incorporating boats, harbour scenes, river reflections 4 Vacancies

Antoinette Blyth “A brush with Water!”


Georgia Mansur Acrylics Workshop

Herman Pekel Landscapes and Urbanscapes – Acrylics on Canvas

Jenni Kelly Funtastic Acrylics


Lyn Diefenbach Pastels with WOW: Florals and Seascapes 1 Vacancy

Leoni Duff Painting the Costumed Figure from Photos in Pastel

Nature & Wildlife

Paul Margocsy – “Walk on the Wildside” Animals

Janet Matthews – Birds in their natural setting
in Colour Pencil

King Parrots
Gang Gang Cockatoos
Branches, leaves and flowers.

This workshop we will concentrate on two different birds as well as creating their entire setting with background leaves, flowers and branches. Our aim is to complete two artworks as well as studies of different elements.
Our two birds will be King Parrots and Gang Gang cockatoos.
We will learn to draw the male and female of each species, as they are very different colours to each other.

King Parrots are beautiful brightly coloured birds with a gentle and cheeky personality. The male is red headed and dark green while the female has a green head. They are smooth feathered birds so we will learn to give a hint of feather texture as well as that ‘pattable’ smooth look.

Gang Gang cockatoos are comedians in the bird world. The male has a top knot of fine red feathers which always looks unruly. Drawing these overlapping spindly feathers will be a wonderful technique to learn. The females are grey with orange edged chest feathers. The distinct white edged feathering gives us the chance to learn about feather structure.

For their natural setting, we will learn to create the colourful and textured surfaces of the branches as well as the smooth smaller branches of our Gum tree. There are several different varieties of gum leaves which we will explore, from pale grey green to red edged dark green. For added colour, we will add in some Flowering gum flowers with their textured cups and fluffy filaments. We will draw them in their different phases, from a full bud to partially opened to fully opened.

For our background -we will have an option of also including-
background leaves in graphite
background sky/ out of focus leaves in watercolour pencil.
We will do studies of these background options and then you can include them into your artwork if you wish.

Beginners and advanced students are very welcome as Janet teaches in a step by step demonstration format, giving each student the opportunity to learn and improve their drawing skills.
Janet will supply references for the workshop.

Pen and Wash

Cees Sliedrecht – Best of drawing with watercolour, pencil and pen


Paul McDonald Smith OAM FVAS, FRSA(Lon)- you may choose to do a portrait or still life for the five days.

Todd Whisson Oils using the Palette Knife

Botanical Art

Leonie Norton – ‘Bigger and Better: Contemporary Botanical Art’

Workshops Booked Out

David Chen Seascapes including boats, Landscapes and Streetscapes including people. One day with a nude model.

David’s workshop fully subscribed. You can call the office on 02 6643 1528 and from overseas you can email us or call on +612 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list in the event of cancellations and places become available again.