Category Archives: Painting

Funtastic Acrylic with Jenni Kelly

This acrylic workshop will introduce students to an unorthodox approach to painting.

Be prepared to scrape, spray, throw and roll paint; and leave brushes to last.

Jenni was born in Kerang Victoria and lived and educated in Bendigo where her interest in painting began viewing the great Australian masters at the Bendigo Regional Art Gallery thus starting a long life love affair of viewing galleries Australia wide. 

Please Note: All workshops run concurrently this allows you to only enrol in one workshop. Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School is held at the Grafton High School. There will be twenty-two 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. Grafton is situated on the Northern Rivers of NSW approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. Access to Grafton is possible via car, plane, bus or train.

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Watercolour Magic with Malcolm Carver


Capturing the essence in watercolour

Simplifying detail

Malcolm’s fresh and enlightened approach to is designed to ensure a new direction in learning to see forms and shapes including an understanding of depth in perspective.

Malcolm is an architect and an artist, his inspiration comes from the search for original imagery with a fascination for lighting effects.

Malcolm has won numerous awards, with his enlightened and passionate approach to sketching, drawing and watercolour painting.

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Opening Especially for Jacaranda Week

Fay Boyd’s Fine Art Gallery

Exquisite Small Paintings & Drawings
Grafton, Clarence Valley Scenes, Flora & Fauna

  • Central Position: Link Grafton Shoppingworld
  • Opening Saturday: October 28 until Saturday, November 3
  • Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm every day

Fit in luggage or Delivery worldwide

0428 180 754

Wildlife Art with Paul Margocsy

Take a walk on the wild side of wildlife art.

This 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. The backgrounds and the “props” of wildlife art are important when you are painting realism. This course will be enthralling, exciting and totally fulfilling

painting nature can be fun.

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Donald James Waters OAM

Embracing the Unknown workshop.

The primary aims of this workshop are to learn to work with spontaneity, gain further artistic independence, the application of creative writing and to use your reference material as reference only. The workshop will begin working with charcoal, developing line and tonal values.

Donald James Waters OAM is an established Australian artist with an illustrious career spanning over three decades. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres to create a truly unique yet ever-evolving and eclectic style. Donald has relaxed the confines of his initial beginnings in botanical art now using stylised strokes, overemphasised characters and bold blocks of colour to shift his primary focus to that of a storyteller rather than a technically correct traditional artist.

Register your place in this workshop here.

Seeing the Light in Acrylics with Linda MacAulay

Landscapes, Streetscapes, Seascapes

Linda will teach you the fundamentals necessary to capture the light and create more realistic paintings using acrylics.

Focusing on landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes this workshop will show you how you can render any subject quickly and authentically in paint. Although our subject will be the landscape, this five-day intensive program aims to give you the tools and confidence to tackle any subject realistically.

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Australia’s largest art collection, Artbank, puts a twist on the talent pool by going directly to the source.

For the second year running, it’s Roadshow will return, visiting every state and territory in metropolitan and regional locations around Australia over the next twelve months.

The Artbank team will meet with unrepresented artists who have made an appointment, offering the opportunity to present their work and have it considered for acquisition into the Artbank Collection.

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Fun in Oils with Otto Kuster

Come and experience the fun of oil painting with palette knives. You can be an absolute beginner wanting to plunge into the art world and try out a painting class or be an experienced artist wanting to explore a new painting technique to enrich your practice. You will start with a blank canvas and end up with paintings to be proud of after five days of extensive tuition, with a tutor who will share all his talents gathered over many years as an oil painter and teacher.

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Amanda Hyatt’s Watercolour Workshop

Amanda demonstrating for her students at her 2018 watercolour workshop at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School.

See what Amanda is doing for 2019 at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School.

Tutor’s Exhibition 2018 Opening Night

The Tutors Exhibition hosted by the Coldstream Fine Arts Gallery, at the Port Village of Ulmarra attracted a packed crowd to view the outstanding paintings by all fifteen of the Tutors, I thank the Tutors and Marc and Steve for this excellent addition to the art school.

Email from 2018 attendees

This is a gallery of screenshots of some of the emails that have been pouring in since the 2018 art workshops finished.

It is a pleasure having each and every one of the tutors and attendees here to rekindle past friendships, create new friendships, enjoy the delights of Grafton, and gain valuable knowledge and insights from some of Australia’s best artists.

2018 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.

Online applications are now open and will close on 3 October 2018.

2019 Workshops are Online

Our 2019 list of Workshops

are now online and available to purchase a deposit to secure your place in one of these fascinating visual art workshops.

2019-AdPlaces are still available for a couple of 2018 visual art workshops, but be quick they won’t last.

Fion Craig – Oils, Only 1 vacancy left
Chris Postle – Acrylics, 3 vacancies
Leonie Norton – Botanical Art, 1 vacancy
Janet Matthews – Nature & Wildlife, 1 vacancy

Vacancies Have Opened in Creating With Acrylics Workshop with Chris Postle

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 be 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 in the process anyway, a bit of fine-tuning.

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Workshop vacancies as at 28 Feb.

03. Malcolm Carver – Sketching and Watercolour Painting 1 Vacancy

06. Paul McDonald Smith – Landscape, Still life and portraits.  2 Vacancies

07. Fiona Craig -Painting Flowers in Oils  1 Vacancy

10. Chris Postle – Adventures in Acrylics 3 Vacancies

12. Jenni Kelly – Funtastic Acrylic 1 Vacancy

15. Cees Sliedrecht – What’s New in Pen and Wash 1 Vacancy

18. Janet Matthews – Honeyeaters and Flowering Gum in Pencil, Colour Pencil, and Graphite. 1 Vacancy

Workshops for the 2018 school with vacancies

06. Paul McDonald Smith – Landscape, Still life and portraits – 1 Vacancy
07. Fiona Craig -Painting Flowers in Oils – 2 Vacancies
10. Chris Postle – Adventures in Acrylics – 4 Vacancies
18. Janet Matthews – Honeyeaters and Flowering Gum in Pencil, Colour Pencil, and Graphite – 1 Vacancy

Art Workshops Filling Fast

As of today, we have places available in the following workshops for our April art school.

01. Kasey Sealy – The Importance of Timing in Watercolour 3 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

02. Amanda Hyatt – Amanda’s Other Art 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

06. Paul McDonald Smith – Landscape, Still life and portraits.  3 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

07. Fiona Craig -Painting Flowers in Oils 2 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

10. Chris Postle – Adventures in Acrylics 3 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

11. Herman Pekel – Be Brave and Have Fun With Watercolour or Acrylics 2 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

12. Jenni Kelly – Funtastic Acrylic 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

15. Cees Sliedrecht – What’s New in Pen and Wash 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

17. Paul Margocsy – Away with the Birds in any water-based medium. 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

18. Janet Matthews – Honeyeaters and Flowering Gum in Pencil, Colour Pencil, and Graphite. 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE