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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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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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CREATING WITH ACRYLICS 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 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 into the process anyway, a bit of fine tuning.

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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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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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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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CREATIVE VIBRANT WATERCOLOURS with Jacky Pearson, New Zealand Watercolourist

Let’s have fun throwing watercolour paint and water around for this five day workshop. Watercolours are the most versatile of all the mediums. Learn some of the techniques needed for lovely glowing watercolours; loosen up those brush strokes, create gorgeous washes, add details as you go.

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CREATIVE VIBRANT WATERCOLOURS with Jacky Pearson, New Zealand Watercolourist

Let’s have fun throwing watercolour paint and water around for this five day workshop. Watercolours are the most versatile of all the mediums. Learn some of the techniques needed for lovely glowing watercolours; loosen up those brush strokes, create gorgeous washes, add details as you go.

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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

2 Vacancies Have Opened in Creating With Acrylics – 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 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 into the process anyway, a bit of fine tuning.

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For the love of painting

Come over and join the fun in Grafton this April at one of these fantastic visual art workshops.

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56 Days…

until Australia’s Premier Visual Arts Workshops commence.

See you there!

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We have been receiving quite a few queries regarding cut off dates for booking a place in a workshop.

Registrations will be accepted for all  workshops as long as there are vacancies available. If you are interested in a workshop that is booked out please contact Fay on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

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