Event Phone: 0266431528
- April 13, 2019 - April 17, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
You may enrol and pay a $195.00 DEPOSIT either using our online store. Please note that there will be a $5.70 PayPal transaction fee added to the deposit price for when using our online store. Or by downloading and completing a 2019 Application Form (PDF) or the 2019 Application Form Word DOC and posting with your payment. With the final payment due by Friday, February 1, 2019. Progressive payments are acceptable. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Fees for 2019 will be
- $655.00 – Adult Full Fee
- $630.00 – Seniors Card
- $590.00 – Australian Pension Concession Card
- $300.00 –School Student
Through extensive demonstrations, step by step tuition and guided hands-on learning, this workshop will explore painting realistic flowers in transparent watercolour and botanical style, with a focus on a selection from the beautiful Waratah, Rose and/or Eucalyptus as our subjects. As always, my workshops focus strongly on improving your overall watercolour techniques, with a goal of equipping you with sound knowledge, direction, confidence and strategy to tackle any subject independently following my course. Each of these focus areas allows us to explore a range of essential watercolour techniques such as working with washes, the more complex process of glazing (or layers of wash) and the intricate art of dry brushing; the foundations to managing this medium well. Through this, we will build a sound understanding and love of watercolour, and of this genre. My workshops always have a strong focus on the watercolour medium in general, because when we understand the medium, we can apply these skills to any subject you choose. We will explore washes, glazes and dry brushing to help your work progress and to find the best way forward for you as an individual artist. Botanical painting is such a beautiful genre to work in, and it’s an especially ideal choice for anyone who feels they have a natural tendency for detailed work. This is a challenging art form, but for anyone familiar with my workshops, you’ll know that I have very practical, no-nonsense approach to my work and teaching, and I don’t tend to get bogged down in theory in my classes. I prefer a very hands-on approach and one where we can get straight into it with our wet brushes and learn on the go. I find this to be a truly comfortable and successful approach that many people love and appreciate. Through extensive demonstrations, step-by-step tuition, and guided learning we will work to demystify and simplify the process and create valuable strategies to achieve successful outcomes. Together we will find a new level of confidence and establish sound footholds for independent painting beyond my workshops. I’d like to welcome you to join this fantastic opportunity and group; I look forward to seeing you in the wash! Artists with any level of experience are welcome in this workshop so come along and enjoy learning more about this wonderful art form and medium. http://www.heidiwillis.com.au
Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught natural history watercolour artist. Her work illustrates our native and exotic plants, fruits and seed capsules, while her powerful, distinctive portraits of Australia’s unique and spectacular birdlife offer viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it. Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s leading emerging artistic talents and her international reputation as an exceptional natural history, wildlife artist, and a botanical artist is well established. Her works can be found in significant public and private collections around the world and often sold before completion. In 2004, Heidi had 20 works selected for her first Botanica exhibition in the Sydney Botanic Gardens. Dr. Shirley Sherwood purchased her work for inclusion in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection of international contemporary botanical artists.
Producing her first graphite illustrations in 2005, both her works were selected for the Margaret Flockton Award. Hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, the Margaret Flockton Award recognizes outstanding achievement in scientific botanical illustration and receives international submissions. Heidi won awards for excellence in botanical illustration for her pencil works in 2005 and again in 2006. She has had two paintings selected for the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation exhibition in the USA and her works are held in the permanent collection of the University. Heidi was twice a finalist in the Focus on Nature exhibition, a Natural History Art Prize held in the New York State Museum. The Focus on Nature exhibition was recently placed in the top 10 exhibitions within the capital region. Her Kingfisher painting was selected for the cover of the colour catalogue and exhibition posters and her wildlife illustrations were on exhibition at the Museum for five months each time. Heidi was recently selected as a finalist for the sixth time in the highly competitive Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, hosted by the South Australian Museum. She was awarded the Highly Commended prize for the second time for her entry and her work subsequently joined the traveling national tour. This international exhibition is one of the most prestigious, competitive and most sought-after art prizes in Australia, promoting and recognizing excellence in natural history art. Heidi was honoured to be taken on by Australian Geographic in 2015 as a freelance botanical illustrator. Her work is featured in their media and magazine publications on an ongoing basis for all things botanical. Her work has also been featured in several other publications, most significantly Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Craft Arts Magazine, Colophon, SA Life, Australian Geographic, International Artist Magazine and Artist’s Palette Magazine multiple times over, with her work featured on the front cover of Artist’s Palette issue 123 and the front cover again in International Artist Magazine, Issue 111, and again, her work was featured on the front cover of Australian Artist Magazine in March 2017. Her work has also featured recently in the Qantas Inflight Magazine, Good Weekend Magazine and in The Australian Financial Review. As a freelance illustrator, Heidi’s work is highly sought after with high profile commercial clients all over the world including Hilton Hotel/West Hotel, Australian Geographic, Banrock Station, The Grounds of Alexandria, The Grounds of the City and many others. As a teacher and tutor, Heidi now has over 5000 students in over 90 countries who turn to her for guidance and learning around the watercolour medium and botanical art. Heidi’s recognizable style can be applied to contemporary or traditional pieces, capturing the life and beauty of all her subjects. While her technique is time-consuming and a single painting may take many months to produce, Heidi considers each painting as a precious record of today’s natural history that will be treasured for generations to come.
Venue: Grafton High School
Please Note: All workshops run concurrently this allows you to only enrol in one workshop. Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School will be 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 seven hours north of Sydney and three hours south of Brisbane by road. Access to Grafton is possible via car, plane, bus or train.
WORKSHOP INFORMATION – Following your enrolment you will receive your Student Requirement List, a Models Fee (if applicable), and a map of Grafton plus general information for your convenience.
WORKSHOP VENUE – All workshops will be held at the Grafton High School. Classrooms will be allocated on the first morning of the School.
SCHOOL CAFETERIA – Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea will be available on Campus, pre-ordering of lunches will also be offered. Your support of this small local business offering fresh home cooking would be greatly appreciated.
MEDICAL ATTENTION AND INSURANCE – The organiser holds Public Liability Insurance only; students are advised to take out independent policies for sickness, accident benefits, and personal possessions should you wish. The Emergency Department at the Grafton Base Hospital is open 24 hours a day for any emergency treatment required.
ACCOMMODATION – Please book your accommodation early. A list of suggested hotels, motels, etc. is available from our Accommodation Page. If you need help or advice, please do not hesitate to phone the office on 02 6643 1528.