Category Archives: Arts

Herman Pekel – Landscapes and Urbanscapes – Acrylics on Canvas

Come with me on a fabulous painting workshop in Grafton. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study in-depth the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colours working in acrylics, using fluid acrylics and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We’ll study the horizon lines in our photos and start building our paintings there. We will explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. You will be encouraged to expand your favourite painting style! This workshop will allow experienced artists to see with new eyes and newbies will jump right in without intimidation. Does it sound easy? Well, sometimes the simple things are the most challenging.

This workshop is designed for acrylic painters of all levels and styles, 18 years and over.

Like many artists, Herman Pekel experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now well known for his oils and watercolours. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award-winning work in oil, watercolour or gouache. Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and his love of the landscape reflects that in almost everything he paints. He produces paintings of strong design and powerful impact – every brush-stroke vibrant and visible. The scope of Herman’s work has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and broad Australian landscapes, which indicates the creative fearless nature of this unique artist.

Acrylics Workshop with Georgia Mansur

This workshop will offer you the opportunity to explore mixed media in a sensory way by ‘dipping a toe into your personal river’ of rich life experiences, memories and imagery to express yourself through creative experimentation.

Using a wide range of prepared surfaces and materials combining acrylics, gels, pastes, digital grounds, fabric, fibre and other items to create hands-on (and like LIFE, sometimes messy) expressive pieces of art depicting simple but powerful messages drawn from the endless range of human emotions.

Georgia is very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional.  My students have given me the nickname ‘The Art Whisperer’ so I hope that you will find something here to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process. I invite you to share your experiences, ask questions and be a part of this creative community ~ we are all creative ~ and I will share with you everything I have in my power to do so ~ in the words of Vincent Van Gogh,
“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”

Antoinette Blyth Watercolour Workshop

“Fabulous Flowers and /French Village scenes – A brush with Water!”

This five-day watercolour workshop gives participants the opportunity to focus on drawing, composition, and the mixing of single pigments on the paper, to “catch the light” and achieve finished results that “sing”. The aim is to encourage creativity, consider the thought process, practise the skills and have some fun along the way!

Open to all comers 18 years and over

Antoinette Blyth is an artist, tutor, and art judge, residing in Melbourne, Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Education.
She has always drawn since childhood and values the skill of drawing highly. Her painting career began in oils but was drawn to the transparency and beauty of the many ways to paint with watercolour, hence her experience of over twenty years imparting the skills of watercolour painting to adults.

Leonie Norton Botanical Art Workshop

Leonie will take you on a unique and exciting botanical art journey where you learn to create a large scale botanical painting with impact! Learn how to enlarge to any size from a photograph to create a contemporary botanical painting that will capture the characteristics and personality of any plant in botanical detail.

Your only limitation is your imagination of subject, size and representation.

All skill levels 18 years and over. Some botanical art or watercolour experience an advantage.

Leonie Norton is a professional botanical artist, author, and international educator with twenty years of teaching experience. She is held in high regard as one of Australia’s most prominent and highly qualified botanical artists. She is past President of the Botanical Art Society of Australia and has paintings in Australian and overseas collections, including the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in the USA.

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Watercolour workshop with Paul Margocsy

“Walk on the Wildside” Watercolour Workshop

This watercolour workshop will show you the beauty and wonder of wildlife art. With the use of watercolour and other water-soluble mediums (e.g. gouache, pencil, ink, pastel, acrylic) it will enable you not only to paint feathers and fur but to paint attitude, character and photo quality about your subject.

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It’s a fun watercolour workshop and a time to learn how to manage this medium and these wonderful natural creatures. The backgrounds and the “props” of wildlife art are important when you are painting realism.

Open to all comers 18 years and over.

Paul was born in August 1945. As a child, he loved to draw but had no formal training or direction. After school, he started window dressing at Myer Melbourne. He was called up for two years in 1966 as a conscript and served one year overseas in the army. In 1971 he went to England and spent three years travelling and working. Married in Australia in 1974, he began painting murals for children’s nurseries. In 1978 he became engrossed in wildlife art. After much research into ornithology and through self-taught efforts and experiments he started to get the hang of it.

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WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP with Antoinette Blyth

“Fabulous Flowers and /French Village scenes – A brush with Water!” watercolour workshop

Coming in April 16 – April 20, 2020, an exciting watercolour workshop that will give participants the opportunity to focus on drawing, composition, and the mixing of single pigments on the paper, to “catch the light” and achieve finished results that “sing”.

The aim of this workshop is to encourage creativity. Open to all comers 18 years and over.

Antoinette Blyth is an artist, tutor, and art judge, residing in Melbourne, Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Education.
She has always drawn since childhood and values the skill of drawing highly. Her painting career began in oils but was drawn to the transparency and beauty of the many ways to paint with watercolour, hence her experience of over twenty years imparting the skills of watercolour painting to adults.

More details and booking for this workshop are here

Don’t Miss Out

Painting & Drawing workshops close to selling out.

Don’t miss out on registering in one of the 5-day Painting & Drawing workshops at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School to be held from Thursday, April 16th to Monday, April 20th, 2020 inclusive.
“Watch your frustrations and fears disappear over the 5-day workshops”.
Fay brings some of the biggest names in Art to Grafton and their workshops which are held in April each year are often booked out many months before the event. 

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Painting Plein Air at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School


The tutors are chosen for their professionalism and ability to teach. They are dedicated to the exploration, encouragement, and creativity of art in all mediums. The passion and expertise that these leading Australian and International tutors impart will allow all students to explore and expand their creative talents over all mediums of Visual Art.

Calling all creatively minded people.

To join a workshop in April 2020.

The school will offer 19 – 5-day visual art school workshops all running concurrently, by tutors who have been selected to provide students with professional, expert tuition in their chosen form of the Visual Arts.

The workshops will be daily, informal sessions with handy tips, demonstrations, personal critiques, and explanations of new skills and techniques that will make the learning process much easier. Communication is high on the list of priorities of all tutors.

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. During the workshops, locals see and offer friendship to tutors and their students often sketching the heritage buildings, the wide street scrapes lined by magnificent trees, (sorry no Jacarandas out in April).

The huge Clarence River that winds its way through the city, with Memorial Park fronting the river at the end of the main street, wonderful place to sit, paint or draw. Graftons famous bridge is known as the bendy bridge, this bridge has two bends within the structure, many tutors choose this area and Fig Tree Avenue, one block of Breimba Street, and 2020 will see these trees 100 years old.

More images of Grafton and surrounding areas are on the website view The Clarence Valley.

Workshops on offer for Thursday, April 16th to Monday, April 20th, 2020 inclusive.

Mike Kowalski Watercolour Wild, or learn when to tame it and when to let it be free.

Heidi Willis Bees Study and Botanical Painting in Watercolour. Limited vacancies

Malcolm Carver The Art of Watercolour + Apple iPad

Antoinette Blyth “Fabulous Flowers and /French Village scenes – A brush with Water!”

Mixed Media

Georgia Mansur Acrylics Workshop

Acrylics

Herman Pekel Landscapes and Urbanscapes – Acrylics on Canvas

Jenni Kelly Funtastic Acrylics

Pastels

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.

Pen and Wash

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

Oils

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

You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list for the workshops listed below.

David Chen Seascapes including boats, Landscapes and Streetscapes including people. One day with a nude model. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

Judith White Booked out. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528to be placed on a waiting list.

Lyn Diefenbach Pastels with WOW: Florals and Seascapes Booked out. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

John Lovett Make It Simple in Watercolour. Booked out. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

Julian Bruere Biomorphic Expression leading into Snow gums Themes and Abstract Designs and Water concepts incorporating boats, harbour scenes, river reflections Booked out. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

Mike Kowalski Watercolour

Mike Kowalski will offer his first watercolour workshop at the upcoming Art School.

Watercolour Wild; learning when to tame it and when to let it be free!

I am delighted to offer a new exciting Watercolour workshop, at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School. We will begin by asking is Watercolour all about control, or is it? To my mind watercolour pigments, more than any other painting medium, have live’s of their own. Each pigment has its own distinct personality. I like to think of them as natural wild creatures. Learning about colours and how they behave and how they mix together, is crucial to making a good painting. Learning when to control them and when to let them go and do their own thing is what we are after in this workshop. The workshops agenda will include what I feel are the most important elements in picture making; Good colour mixing using a restricted palette, understanding values and using them for good effect, wash technique, edges and good drawing skills.

Mike has been drawing and painting as long as he can remember. Growing up in California as one of five boys, if he wasn’t building a wooden pirate ship with his brothers he was probably in the backyard drawing. He started entering art shows as a teen and eventually earned a BFA from Utah State University. Raised in California and eventually calling Marrowstone Island, WA home for many years. Since 2012 Mike has lived in Melbourne, Australia with his partner Lynn, travelling to the USA often to paint, visit friends and family and most importantly his four children. He splits his painting time between the surrounds of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

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Go Art Exhibition 2019

Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School proudly supports the 2019 Go Art Exhibition

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The Parents and Citizens Association of Grafton High School invite artists and students to submit artworks for the Go Art Exhibition in 2019.

The Go Art (Grafton Open) Exhibition was established in 2013 by Richard and Astrid Green and members of the Grafton High School Parents and Association Committee (P&C). The idea behind the prize and exhibition was to be a platform for artists of the Clarence Valley and surrounds to showcase their work in a formal setting and also for students, both primary and secondary, to display their artworks created during the year. With community support and fantastic sponsorship from local business’, the exhibition and prize have become an important part of the art scene and social calendar for Grafton and fundraiser for the school.

Go Art Exhibition Website

Limited Workshop Vacancies for 2019

The seven workshops listed below have limited vacancies, to register you may call the office on 02 6643 1528.

05 Malcolm Carver: Watercolour Magic

08 Herman Pekel: Free the Artist Inside You: Using Acrylic as Watercolour

10b Patrick Carroll: Adventures In Acrylics

11 Donald James Waters OAM: Embracing The Unknown Mixed Media

15 Leoni Duff: Designing Winning Landscapes in Pastel

18 Janet Matthews: Aussie Animals in Colour Pencil

19 Paul Margocsy: “Walk on the Wildside” In any Water based medium

John Lovett FUN IN A TUBE Workshop

Due to a cancellation a vacancy has opened up in the John Lovett Fun in a Tube watercolour workshop for April 2019.

Fees for 2019 will be

  • $655.00 – Adult Full Fee
  • $630.00 – Seniors Card
  • $590.00 – Australian Pension Concession Card
  • $300.00 –School Student

2019 Terms and Conditions

Take away fear and constricting rules, add some ink, charcoal, gesso and gouache, and suddenly watercolour becomes a limitless medium full of fun and surprises.
Join me in exploring the possibilities. I will supply all the necessary images and we will work through them together, experimenting and exploring new and different ideas. I will do demonstration paintings in stages, then come around and assist as needed. We will work hard, have lots of fun and paint some masterpieces!

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels 18 Years and over.

Australian artist, John Lovett was born in Cooma, NSW, in 1953. He studied at the National Art School, Newcastle, and has been painting professionally since 1979. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous mixed exhibitions.

John’s work possesses an emotive power and vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, colour and strong sense of design. He travels extensively throughout Australia and overseas and his love of the landscape, people and environment are reflected in his work.

John conducts workshops in Australia, Europe, The United States, Canada and Asia. His knowledge, enthusiasm and relaxed approach make his workshops very popular. His articles and paintings are regularly featured in “International Artist” and “Australian Artist” magazines.

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Other workshops on offer for 2019

2 Vacancies in Lyn Diefenbach OILS Workshop

Two vacancies have become available in Lyn Diefenbach’s “WOW” Factor, Florals or Portrait in Oils workshop for April 2019.

Don’t miss out, be quick and register for this fun oils workshop.

Book Here.

In this workshop, you can choose the subject that you want to concentrate on for the five days. Luminosity and light will be the focus while being equipped with technical know-how. For the portraits, you will be led through gaining a good likeness and on to mixing believable flesh colours as well as sculpting the form.

The pursuit of superior quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach whose work is imbued with a celebration of life. Her paintings cover a myriad of subject matter with her bold florals consistently receiving accolades nationally and internationally. Her ability to communicate her ideas has entrenched her as a respected and sought-after tutor, with teaching engagements globally and across Australia. 

April 2020 workshops listing EMAIL ERROR

An email campaign that we sent out earlier today had an error in the April 2020 workshops listing.
We sincerely apologise for this oversight and have therefore included the corrected list in this post.

A follow-up email apology is queued to be sent to all the subscribers who received the incorrect email earlier today.

APRIL 2020 WORKSHOPS

The dates for the 2020 workshops are:

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

Mediums, Workshops, and Tutors

Mixed Media

Judith White

Watercolour

John Lovett

Malcolm Carver

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

Jan Vincent

Pastels

Lyn Diefenbach

Nature & Wildlife

Paul Margocsy

Pen and Wash

Cees Sliedrecht

Oils

Paul McDonald Smith – you may choose to do a portrait or still life for the five days.

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

Botanical Art

Leonie Norton

More 2020 information here