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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Aussie Animals in Colour Pencil.

Janet Matthews

Janet will take you on an exciting: Curly, Spiky, Fluffy and Sleek Fur, five-day workshop using colour pencil to draw the Koala, Echidna, Platypus and the Sugar Glider.

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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.

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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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Clarence River Arts Festival

The Clarence River Arts Festival is an annual event run by the Lower Clarence Arts & Crafts Association that is held in Maclean every year in July.


The festival includes an exhibition across nine sections with over $15,000 in prize money on offer. Both professionals and enthusiast of the arts and crafts are encouraged to enter.

The Festival opening night will be on Thursday 12th July 2018 at 6 pm and the following times over the weekend.

Friday 13th July 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday 14th July 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday 15th July 9 am to 2.30 pm

We would love to see you there.

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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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Leoni Duff Pastels Workshop for 2019

Leoni Duff a Tasmanian Pastellist

In this pastels workshop, you will discover what makes an award-winning dramatic landscape and how to tell a compelling story. Discover and use the design elements necessary to create a great composition and examine the techniques used by the great landscape painters of history; Turner, Sorolla, and the Impressionists.

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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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Rikki Fisher Scratchboard Workshop

Scratchboard was first used in illustration in the 19th Century before photography became popular. Scratchboard is a clay coated hardboard panel coated with Indian ink. Various sharp tools are then used to scratch into the ink layer, showing the clay underneath. Amazing detail can be achieved with dramatic contrasts.

Booking your accommodation early.

Are you planning to or already booked a spot in one of our workshops but don’t know where to stay?

We’ve put together a list of available accommodation providers close to our venue you might want to check out (or check into ).

See the list here

Contact details are provided on the accommodation page for you to deal directly with the provider.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Paddington Art Prize 2018

The Paddington Art Prize is a $25,000 National acquisitive prize, awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Established in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, this National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.

The prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre, its long tradition in Australian painting as a key contributor to our national ethos, and is a positive initiative in private patronage of the arts in Australia.

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The organizers would like to remind everyone that this year, online submissions will close 1 month early on August 17th, 2018. Also, Opening Night and the Exhibition of National Finalists will be held at MENZIES ART BRANDS, 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington on Monday, September 17th.

Online artist submissions are open on the Paddington Art Prize website and organizers are proud to announce that the prize money for our main prize has increased to $30,000.

Paddington Art Prize are thrilled to welcome DEFIANCE GALLERY as a new sponsor this year. They will offer 2 unrepresented artists, who have been selected as finalists, the opportunity to show with Defiance Gallery at Mary Place Gallery in 2019.

The 3 judges for this year are Katrina Cashman, Assistant Director/ Senior Curator at Mosman Regional Art Gallery; artist Tony Costa, our 2014 Paddington Art Prize winner and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, artist & Associate Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design.

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