Upcoming12 Otto Kuster: “Fun in Oils with the Palette Knife” Landscapes, Streetscapes plus more.

Event Phone: 0266431528

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  • 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

2019 Terms and Conditions

An anonymous donation has allowed us to offer a special discount of $200 off the workshop fee for six registrations.

A Kevin Hill “Top Ten” Artist

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. You will achieve texture, vibrant colours and dimension; I will spend quality time with each student and guide you in perfecting the strokes and techniques I also spend time on the secrets of what makes an excellent image to paint from and what to look for in the image. The Composition is paramount. Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School is more than excited to announce this amazing new workshop on oil painting with the knife with the most talented artist Otto Kuster. This workshop will take you through the basics from using the palette knife (used for mixing and applying paint) to an introduction to oil paints and materials. You will be guided through the basics of oil painting techniques, colour mixing, composition, application, observation, measuring and proportion.

You’ll be truly amazed at the beautiful effects and atmosphere you can create in just five days. I will explain in detail the terms of a painting knife and palette knife which are often used interchangeably when describing the technique of applying paint to a surface with the blade of an artist’s knife. Both tools are made of either plastic or wood and metal; please bring wood and metal tools. Both are available in a variety of blade shapes and sizes. A palette knife handle is usually straight, having at most a slight bend. The purpose of the palette knife is to mix colours or clean the surface of the palette. On the other hand, a painting knife has a deep bend in the handle that keeps the artist’s knuckles out of the paint. As its name indicates, a painting knife is used for actual painting. This workshop is open to all comers 18 years and over.

Otto Kuster was born in Karlsbad, Bohemia (1941) and commenced studying art at the age of 14 years at the Kempten Studio of Josef Mayer of the Munich Academy. He also studied under Joseph Konrad, the noted Bavarian sculptor, while attending the Kempten Technical College, obtaining his Arts Diploma in 1958. A vision of Australia was born in Otto’s boyhood, and in 1960 the call of adventure brought him to our shores. His travels have seen him working as a farm labourer, cane cutter, lightning ridge opal miner amongst other menial jobs before settling in Sydney and pursuing his lifelong passion. This diverse and exciting time spent away from the cities created an enormous love of the bush and its people. It also created incredible inspiration for Otto, his passion for depicting the scenes he has lived in, into works of art, is stronger than ever. It has given him the ability to capture the atmosphere, the mood, the colour and the everyday life that is Australia. Otto loves the movement of water, the oceans, the rivers with their boats and ships and this love shows in his paintings.

Otto’s other great passion besides art is trout fishing and the reason behind so many works featuring rivers and streams of the Snowy Mountains area where trout are plentiful. Apart from these subjects he is well known for his Sydney Harbour and Street Scenes. He is recognised, as one of Australia’s foremost impressionist with his palette knife style and dramatic light effects. Otto is a member of the Royal Art Society of NSW, has had numerous one-man and group exhibitions. His work is represented in public, corporate and private collections around the world. For some years Otto has used his talents to teach others. He has held private classes and painting seminars. His love of painting has taken him to places like New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Fiji, Tahiti, Panama, West Indies and Europe. In 1992 Otto was awarded a Master Member of Aesthetics and Visual Literacy (M.A.V.L.) from the University of NSW. Otto’s works have been included in all five editions of Kevin Hill’s “TOP TEN” Australian Artists books.



97 Mary Street, Grafton, New South Wales, 2460, Australia


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.

Grafton’s “Bendy Bridge” Credit: Louis Covre, Grafton Fast Photos

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.

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