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11 Reasons Why You Should Attend an Art Workshop.

Most people are curious about taking an art workshop. We ponder it over and over in our heads and before the decision is made, several thoughts enter our minds.

“Is it really worth it?”
” When will I ever have the time?”
“I’m not good enough.”
“I could never afford it.”
“I could never paint like that.”
“I can learn just as much from videos and books.”
“I don’t really need the help.”
“This is just a hobby to pass the time.”
Just so you know, some of those same instructors you admire had the same thoughts before they took their first workshop and before they became serious about their art.
Sometimes you don’t choose art, it chooses you. Taking the first step can be what makes all of the difference.
There are many ways to learn a new medium or technique with all of the books, DVDs, magazines, and online classes, you would hardly ever have to leave your house. But, none of those less interactive sources will ever compare to attending live art workshops. With a varied list of mediums and tutors available, you can most likely find something just right for you here. Then, make your arrangements with that workshop in mind.

Benefits of Painting.

1. Communication

Art makes us more human; it helps us to communicate in a different, personal language. This is a great benefit for all people and mainly for those who have conditions with a lack of communication or problems expressing themselves such as shyness, autism and other disabilities.

2. Therapy

Painting is an individual activity even in the workshop or classroom; the student enters his/her own world, a world which is full of possibilities. The stimulus of the creative mind allows the student to positively isolate from reality, which provides a mental rest that lowers stress and generates relaxation and happy feelings. This is especially significant for people with aggression or nervousness conditions.

3. Self-esteem

Working in a non-competitive, relaxed environment (the teacher plays a major role here) will enable the student to come closer to greater personal achievements; this will strengthen his/her individuality and self-esteem. This is especially significant for people with co-dependency, traumatic conditions and elderly people who need activities that can strengthen their autonomy.

 

4. Mobility

Learning to hold and handle a brush and/or pencil will help regulate the hand movements and stimulate brain connections at the same time the skill is being developed. In elderly people, painting helps them strengthen their fine motor skill.

5. Concentration and Healing

People who immerse themselves several hours painting or creating something enter a purer area, in a very strong state of concentration; they abstract themselves from their surroundings and time passes by without noticing it. Physical pains fade away; it is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body.  This is a state similar to that achieved through praying, meditation, music, aromatherapy, and being in love. There have been cases of miraculous temporary healing in painters, musicians who, when in this state, are able to move their atrophied hands or don´t feel pain when creating or executing. Painters Renoir and Gauguin and musician Andrés Segovia are examples of this.

People who immerse themselves several hours painting or creating something enter a purer area, in a very strong state of concentration; they abstract themselves from their surroundings and time passes by without noticing it. Physical pains fade away; it is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body.  This is a state similar to that achieved through praying, meditation, music, aromatherapy, and being in love. There have been cases of miraculous temporary healing in painters, musicians who, when in this state, are able to move their atrophied hands or don´t feel pain when creating or executing. Painters Renoir and Gauguin and musician Andrés Segovia are examples of this.

6. Mental Health

Painting helps us get distracted from our problems; it helps us take anguish out and transform it into something nice, which is given a title. This helps us identify the feelings and increase our expression capabilities. This is especially significant for people with nervousness, mental conditions (like schizophrenia) or people going through an emotional imbalance like a break-up who use the visual expression to achieve catharsis. Adults who learn to paint fight the fear to confront themselves, learn to persevere and are encouraged to create something that belongs only to them, a personal project, unique and enormously satisfying.

7. Brain Activity

Drawing and painting stimulate both the left and right brain hemispheres. The first deals with the rational, logic elements and the second one maximises our creativity and emotions. Painting is helpful during the growth and development stages of children as well as in adulthood when it is very valuable to fight illnesses like Alzheimer. Painting boosts imagination; the imagination of Alzheimer patients, whose memory starts to vanish, is strengthened.

8. Emotional Intelligence

Emotions are part of the creative world we all have inside. Making those emotions flow through painting helps create harmony between the heart and mind, which leads us to experiment happiness, love, empathy and peace. Within this chaotic world we live, the visualization and relaxation that we obtain through painting are tools that in the long run, benefit our emotional, organic, energetic and spiritual being.

9. Art Appreciation

Practice, understand and talk about art creates a better understanding of it. Individuals see themselves reflected and motivated by the work of others, which also allows us to be a receptor of this type of communication, which dates back to the beginning of human history.

10. Culture

The knowledge that a person can achieve when learning to paint enables him/her to understand human history through art.

11. But more importantly, it’s Fun

Learning how to paint has all the benefits of good entertainment: we laugh, socialize, learn something new, feel motivated to finish what we start, appreciate nature and feel passion for something good.

Learning how to paint has all the benefits of good entertainment: we laugh, socialize, learn something new, feel motivated to finish what we start, appreciate nature and feel passion for something good.
So it’s up to you, for your health, your amusement or personal goal, let’s paint!

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Beginners Workshop in Pencil & Graphite Pencil

MARGARET HASTIE

This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of botanical drawing and progress to painting in watercolour.  Initially, the focus will be on accuracy and observation in order to train the eye to see what is there, not what the mind thinks is there. We will begin by drawing botanical subjects in graphite pencil, concentrating on the controlled line, shading, tonal contrast and perspective (including foreshortening).After drawing simple plant structures we will gradually build up to more complicated subject matter. Botanical samples will be provided.

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Sketching and Watercolour painting art class

With Malcolm Carver.

Imagine this scenario: a feeling of despondency starting the week saying, ‘I can’t draw to save my life’…. or ‘I wasn’t born with this skill’ … to the sense of achievement, fulfilment and exhilaration by the end of the week when you discover that you can. Most students just need encouragement. Drawing, of course, is fundamental to all painting skills like the skeletal frame is to the human body. Painting is drawing with a brush!

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Testimonial, Malcolm Carver’s 2017 workshop.

It was entertaining and motivating. Not a minute was wasted. So much drawing, painting and learning were covered in the 5 days. Malcolm’s approach to painting in watercolour, particularly involving the drawing and getting the tone right, were very inspiring.

I loved every minute of it and believe that I now have a much better understanding of not just painting watercolour, but also composing a picture, drawing and the whole process of completing a successful artwork that I am pleased with. Diane

We support Grafton High School’s Go Art Open Exhibition

We are proud to support the Go Art Open Exhibition which is presented and organised by the P&C of the Grafton High School.

The aim of this prize is to not only foster the artistic talent of people living within the Clarence Valley, but to bring together talented Artists from all over Australia for an inclusive exhibition.

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2018 Tutors’ galleries are now online.

Browse through the works created by our 2018 Tutors online now.

The workshop information will be added soon.

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Another fabulous visual art week comes to a close.

Well another year of fabulous workshops and incredible talent has come to a close.

We wish to thank the tutors, volunteers and students for another successful event.

Wishing safe travels home to everyone.

We hope to see you in 2018, we have a great line up of tutors ready to inspire you.

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Day 2 of the workshops

We are well underway on day 2 of the 2017 workshops, apologies for not posting yesterday as I was out where no internet lives.

Looking forward to the fantastic work that will come out of these workshops.

2018 info updated on the website.

“Watch your frustrations and fears disappear over the 5-day workshops”.

There will be a number of 5-day workshops on offer with tutors who have been selected to provide students with professional, expert tuition in their chosen form of the Visual Arts.

Places are filling fast so be quick.

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10% off all your ads until March 31, 2017

Art Advertising For The Creative Mind.

Advertising on the web has never been easier. We are a local Northern NSW company who has been involved with the Australian and International art world since 1991. 

Fay Boyd, about Fay, has been involved with the art world for many years and has run art workshops in Grafton, NSW and internationally as a non-profit organisation and as a business.

Craig Griffin, about Craig, has been assisting Fay since 2002 with website design, accounting duties and publishing of the print materials.

This is a new venture for them to provide an easy, affordable solution for online advertising.

Advertise your art or art related items and events on Birdwing Ads.

 

We are getting down to the wire and there are only a few places left.

CREATIVE VIBRANT WATERCOLOURS-Jacky Pearson, New Zealand Watercolourist, ONLY 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE.

PAINTING OPEN FLOWERS IN WATERCOLOUR-Heidi WillisTWO VACANCIES AVAILABLE.

CREATING WITH ACRYLICS-Chris PostleONLY ONE VACANCY AVAILABLE.

“THE PASSAGE OF LIGHT IN PASTEL”-Grace Paleg AGRAF, ONLY TWO VACANCIES AVAILABLE.

BOTANICAL: EUCALYTPUS AND/OR BANKSIA. Rita Parkinson. Due to unforeseen circumstances Margaret Muffet who was tutoring the Botanical Art workshop, is unable to honour her commitment to teach in April 2017. Fay is honoured and delighted at short notice to announce that Rita Parkinson has agreed to  replace Margaret and conduct the Botanical Art workshop.

Wildlife in Pencil, Graphite, Colour Pencil & Watercolour Pencil-Janet Matthews Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF. ONLY THREE VACANCIES AVAILABLE.

Don’t miss out, Book your place in one of these workshops here…

Only 30 days until workshops begin.

We are getting closer to the main event.

There are still some places available in a few workshops so hurry if you don’t want to miss out.

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Wildlife in Pencil, Graphite, Colour Pencil & Watercolour Pencil with Janet Matthews Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF.

Colour pencil – Colour Pencil is a versatile and brilliant medium, and Janet will share her special techniques, then she will show how to do specific textures relevant to wildlife, for instance fur, feathers and eyes.  Using all these techniques, you will then draw an animal and a bird in colour pencil.

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Wildlife in Pencil, Graphite, Colour Pencil & Watercolour Pencil with 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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Only 40 days until the workshops begin.

We are getting closer to the main event.

There are still some places available in a few workshops so hurry if you don’t want to miss out.

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2018 Workshops & Tutors Announced

We are pleased to announce a list of Tutors and their mediums for 2018.

You can book a place in these popular workshops now to avoid disappointment.

2018 Tutors

ONLY ONE VACANCY AVAILABLE – SKETCHING AND WATERCOLOUR PAINTING with Malcolm Carver, Architect ARAIA RIBA AWI

 

Imagine this scenario: a feeling of despondency starting the week saying ‘I can’t draw to save my life’…..or ‘I wasn’t born with this skill’ … to the sense of achievement, fulfillment and exhilaration by the end of the week when you discover that you actually can. Most students just need encouragement. The workshop is open to all, both beginners and those with previous experience. Drawing of course, is fundamental to all painting skills like the skeletal frame is to the human body. Painting is drawing with a brush! Designed for all aspiring artists at whatever skill level, this course is fun … learning to see things and portray them in your own way.

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