Upcoming18 Janet Matthews – Aussie Animals in Colour Pencil

Event Phone: 0266431528

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Depositshow details + $200.70 (AUD)  

  • 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

Janet Matthews – 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year.

Janet will take you on an exciting: Curly, Spiky, Fluffy and Sleek Fur, in a five day workshop covering the Koala, Echidna, Platypus and the Sugar Glider.

Janet will focus on Fur and Australian animals this workshop.  Each day will be a different animal, with a different kind of fur.  We will be doing the Curly fur of a Koala, the Spiky fur and spines of an Echidna, the sleek wet fur of a Platypus and the soft fluffy fur of a Sugar Glider.  Janet will teach the different colour pencil techniques and colour combinations needed for each fur. We will be doing a portrait of each animal with students being able to select one of them to do a full study, using the fifth day to complete that drawing.

To capture the full personality of each animal, Janet will show how to instil life and attitude into their eyes and face. Janet will supply references for the workshop. Beginners and advanced students 18 years and over are very welcome as Janet teaches in step by step demonstration format, giving each student the opportunity to learn and improve their drawing skills.

Janet Matthews is a master of her medium of colour pencil and graphite.  Her work has been described as “weaving magic” with pencil.  With a signature style of combining colour pencil and graphite, she captures, in detail, the personality of her subjects.  She tells her own personal story and shares her experiences through drawing her animals and birds and flowers. Janet works and lives in Narre Warren North, Victoria, with a beautiful studio surrounded by a native garden, where her feathered subjects keep her inspired.  She is actively exhibiting all over Australia, focusing on special exhibitions and through the galleries that represent her.  She also runs workshops and classes to share her knowledge and love of colour pencil and graphite.

“My art is my passion, especially pencil.  I love to show the birds and animals in conversation and in action.  There is a story to each of my works, which reflects my own life and experiences, with humour being a strong element.  I love detail and realism, but the story I tell is the most important element of my work.  High praise for me is for a viewer to smile when seeing my work and to want to own it and live with it.  By drawing and exhibiting my ‘personalised’ artworks, I share my love of them with others and inspire them to protect and be aware of our natural world.” 

Janet has won many awards and accolades for her drawings. She is a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.  She has a Diploma and a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Monash University.  She is the 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year, awarded by the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia.  Her drawing of a Sturt Desert Pea has been selected for the World Wide Botanical Exhibition, representing Australia- 2018. With many awards for her illustrations, some key highlights have been to win a Juried Award, Focus on Nature exhibition at the New York State Museum (top 14 artworks), commissions by Australia Post for stamp images and artworks in the permanent collection of the New York State Museum, USA, among many others.  Janet has three times been Wildlife Artist of the Year with the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia.  Her work has been published in many magazines as well as books, including 50 Top Australian Artists and Wild Inspirations produced by the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia.

Website – www.janetmatthews.com.au



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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