Go Art Exhibition 2019

Entries for the 2019 Go Art Exhibition are open!!!

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The Parents and Citizens Association of Grafton High School invite artists and students to submit artworks for the Go Art Exhibition in 2019.

The Go Art (Grafton Open) Exhibition was established in 2013 by Richard and Astrid Green and members of the Grafton High School Parents and Association Committee (P&C). The idea behind the prize and exhibition was to be a platform for artists of the Clarence Valley and surrounds to showcase their work in a formal setting and also for students, both primary and secondary, to display their artworks created during the year. With community support and fantastic sponsorship from local business’, the exhibition and prize have become an important part of the art scene and social calendar for Grafton and fundraiser for the school.

Go Art Exhibition Website

Limited Workshop Vacancies for 2019

The seven workshops listed below have limited vacancies, to register you may call the office on 02 6643 1528.

05 Malcolm Carver: Watercolour Magic

08 Herman Pekel: Free the Artist Inside You: Using Acrylic as Watercolour

10b Patrick Carroll: Adventures In Acrylics

11 Donald James Waters OAM: Embracing The Unknown Mixed Media

15 Leoni Duff: Designing Winning Landscapes in Pastel

18 Janet Matthews: Aussie Animals in Colour Pencil

19 Paul Margocsy: “Walk on the Wildside” In any Water based medium

John Lovett FUN IN A TUBE Workshop

Due to a cancellation a vacancy has opened up in the John Lovett Fun in a Tube watercolour workshop for April 2019.

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

Take away fear and constricting rules, add some ink, charcoal, gesso and gouache, and suddenly watercolour becomes a limitless medium full of fun and surprises.
Join me in exploring the possibilities. I will supply all the necessary images and we will work through them together, experimenting and exploring new and different ideas. I will do demonstration paintings in stages, then come around and assist as needed. We will work hard, have lots of fun and paint some masterpieces!

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels 18 Years and over.

Australian artist, John Lovett was born in Cooma, NSW, in 1953. He studied at the National Art School, Newcastle, and has been painting professionally since 1979. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous mixed exhibitions.

John’s work possesses an emotive power and vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, colour and strong sense of design. He travels extensively throughout Australia and overseas and his love of the landscape, people and environment are reflected in his work.

John conducts workshops in Australia, Europe, The United States, Canada and Asia. His knowledge, enthusiasm and relaxed approach make his workshops very popular. His articles and paintings are regularly featured in “International Artist” and “Australian Artist” magazines.

Book here

Other workshops on offer for 2019

2 Vacancies in Lyn Diefenbach OILS Workshop

Two vacancies have become available in Lyn Diefenbach’s “WOW” Factor, Florals or Portrait in Oils workshop for April 2019.

Don’t miss out, be quick and register for this fun oils workshop.

Book Here.

In this workshop, you can choose the subject that you want to concentrate on for the five days. Luminosity and light will be the focus while being equipped with technical know-how. For the portraits, you will be led through gaining a good likeness and on to mixing believable flesh colours as well as sculpting the form.

The pursuit of superior quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach whose work is imbued with a celebration of life. Her paintings cover a myriad of subject matter with her bold florals consistently receiving accolades nationally and internationally. Her ability to communicate her ideas has entrenched her as a respected and sought-after tutor, with teaching engagements globally and across Australia. 

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APRIL 2020 WORKSHOPS

The dates for the 2020 workshops are:

Thursday, April 16th to Monday, April 20th, 2020 inclusive.

Mediums, Workshops, and Tutors

Mixed Media

Judith White

Watercolour

John Lovett

Malcolm Carver

Julian Bruere Biomorphic Expression leading into Snow gums Themes and Abstract Designs and Water concepts incorporating boats, harbour scenes, river reflections

Jan Vincent

Pastels

Lyn Diefenbach

Nature & Wildlife

Paul Margocsy

Pen and Wash

Cees Sliedrecht

Oils

Paul McDonald Smith – you may choose to do a portrait or still life for the five days.

David Chen Seascapes including boats, Landscapes and Streetscapes including people. One day with a nude model. 

Botanical Art

Leonie Norton

More 2020 information here

April 2019 ART workshops with vacancies

The dates for 2019 Grafton Art Workshops are:

Saturday, April 13th to Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 inclusive.

Please Note that the start day of the art workshops is a Saturday, whereas we usually start on a Sunday, this is because of the Easter Holidays beginning on April 19th, 2019. This will give students of the workshops who travel from afar enough time to arrive home for Easter.

Please Note: All art 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 are only a handful of vacancies remaining for our April 2019 art workshops. Be quick to secure your place.

View the full list of workshops here

Free the artist trapped inside you art workshopwith Herman Pekel.

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Herman Pekel

Using acrylics as watercolour.

In this workshop, students will work with the tutor to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way.
The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step by step process will begin
with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought-provoking. Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. 

More information and booking page.

Watercolour Magic! art workshop with Malcolm Carver

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Malcolm Carver

Watercolour magic intrigues us all, yet it is so easy to become so obsessed with detail, that you often labour too long in striving for perfection.

Capturing the essence, is often more exciting, nailing the magic spirit of a place with the least number of strokes, not more.

More Information and booking page

Techniques in oils art workshop with Kasey Sealy.

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Kasey Sealy

In this intense workshop over the five days, we will cover colour tone composition, brushes, different types of oil paint surface preparation to paint on, some painting of photos along with some plein air weather permitting. Learn to get the feeling of light in your paintings, impasto paint techniques, the planning of your painting is essential, and then critiquing the paintings at the finished stage to improve them.

More Information and booking page.

Adventures in Acrylics art workshop with Patrick Carroll

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Patrick Carroll

If you want to create paintings that “look more real,” through the improvement of your drawing, this workshop is for you. Both deliberate form-building and gesture will be used to capture the subject’s character. You will be shown how to handle a paintbrush suitable for the painting you hope to achieve, along with covering the canvas with paint. Drawing techniques used in creating bold and vibrant paintings will be demonstrated, such as blocking-in, perspective, and establishing effective value and colour relationships in a painting. 

More information and booking page.

Embracing the Unknown art workshop with Donald James Waters

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Donald James Waters

The workshop will begin working with charcoal, developing line and tonal values. We will then focus on the progression of our initial technique through the contamination of the charcoal using white acrylic paint to complete a tonal painting. 

More information and booking page

Mixed media class – Embracing the unknown

Mixed Media class with Donald James Waters, Embracing the Unknown.

The primary aims of this mixed media class 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’s aim at all times is to work with the individual and develop their idealism.

Open to people 18 years and over who have some drawing/painting experience.

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.

Mixed Media Class with Donald James Waters

Register your place in this workshop here.

2019 Painting Classes

Other workshops on offer for 2019

Please Note: All the workshops run concurrently so 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 a number of 5-day workshops on offer with tutors who have been specially selected to provide students with professional, expert tuition in their chosen form of the Visual Arts.

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.

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 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.

John Lovett FUN IN A TUBE Workshop

John Lovett FUN IN A TUBE Workshop

Due to a cancellation a vacancy has opened up in the John Lovett Fun in a Tube watercolour workshop for April 2019.

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

Take away fear and constricting rules, add some ink, charcoal, gesso and gouache, and suddenly watercolour becomes a limitless medium full of fun and surprises.
Join me in exploring the possibilities. I will supply all the necessary images and we will work through them together, experimenting and exploring new and different ideas. I will do demonstration paintings in stages, then come around and assist as needed. We will work hard, have lots of fun and paint some masterpieces!

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels 18 Years and over.

Australian artist, John Lovett was born in Cooma, NSW, in 1953. He studied at the National Art School, Newcastle, and has been painting professionally since 1979. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous mixed exhibitions.

John’s work possesses an emotive power and vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, colour and strong sense of design. He travels extensively throughout Australia and overseas and his love of the landscape, people and environment are reflected in his work.

John conducts workshops in Australia, Europe, The United States, Canada and Asia. His knowledge, enthusiasm and relaxed approach make his workshops very popular. His articles and paintings are regularly featured in “International Artist” and “Australian Artist” magazines.

Book here

Other workshops on offer for 2019

Leoni Duff Pastel Workshop

One vacancy has opened up in the Leoni Duff Pastel Workshop.

In the Leoni Duff Pastel workshop, we will discover what makes an award-winning dramatic landscape and how to tell a compelling story. We will 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. We will learn the important ‘know how’ to make the most of photographic references discovering what to include and what to leave out, how to correct errors in photos and how to exaggerate and emphasise for effect. Learning how to select and confidently undertake a successful composition when painting outdoors (weather permitting). We will apply colour theory knowledge in choosing the palette to make the most of our subject. We will look at the variety of pastel techniques available to us, including textured surfaces, underpainting techniques, stylistic choices. We will look at the stages in a painting and learn how to bring our work to a powerful, dramatic and winning conclusion. Open to those with some experience in the medium of pastel 18 years and over.

Leoni Duff spent many years living in rural Northeast Tasmania in the tiny hamlet of Herrick, and being self-taught, she has developed a personal style, drawing on influences from my study of the history of art and contemporary art practice. Leoni feels this time of solitude to have been an advantage in allowing an independent development of style and a freedom of expression not driven by trends that often move and mould the art world.  Leoni finds that the language of classical art can be used powerfully to express contemporary themes. She also moves beyond the literal and allows the painting to lead in any interesting direction it suggests. Being deeply committed to the exploration of ideas and connections in art, Leoni continues exploring the possibilities of her chosen mediums and extending its ability to convey her responses to life.

Book here

Other workshops available

John Lovett fun in a tube workshop Vacancy

John Lovett FUN IN A TUBE Workshop

Due to a cancellation a vacancy has opened up in the John Lovett Fun in a Tube watercolour workshop for April 2019.

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

Take away fear and constricting rules, add some ink, charcoal, gesso and gouache, and suddenly watercolour becomes a limitless medium full of fun and surprises.
Join me in exploring the possibilities. I will supply all the necessary images and we will work through them together, experimenting and exploring new and different ideas. I will do demonstration paintings in stages, then come around and assist as needed. We will work hard, have lots of fun and paint some masterpieces!

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels 18 Years and over.

Australian artist, John Lovett was born in Cooma, NSW, in 1953. He studied at the National Art School, Newcastle, and has been painting professionally since 1979. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous mixed exhibitions.

John’s work possesses an emotive power and vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, colour and strong sense of design. He travels extensively throughout Australia and overseas and his love of the landscape, people and environment are reflected in his work.

John conducts workshops in Australia, Europe, The United States, Canada and Asia. His knowledge, enthusiasm and relaxed approach make his workshops very popular. His articles and paintings are regularly featured in “International Artist” and “Australian Artist” magazines.

Book here

Other workshops on offer for 2019

2020 Fine Art Workshops

The 2020 Fine Art Workshops have been added to our site.

We are offering eleven fine art workshops for 2020 in a variety of mediums.

Browse through the list and book your place early by paying a deposit either online or by downloading an application form.

2020 Fine Art Workshops on offer

Terms and conditions for 2020

The dates for the 2020 Grafton Fine Art School are:

Thursday, April 16th to Monday, April 20th, 2020 inclusive.

Fees for 2020 will be

  • $725.00 – Adult Full Fee
  • $650.00 – Concession

You may enrol and pay the full fee or a $205.00 DEPOSIT either using our online store. Please note that there will be a $5.65 PayPal transaction fee added to the transaction for credit card payment when using our online store. 

  • Print a 2020 Bill of Sale Application Form (PDF) and complete and post with your payment. With the final payment due by Friday, February 21, 2020. Progressive payments are acceptable. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Visual Arts Workshops

April is the time to begin or increase your creativity

5-Day Visual Art Workshops Led By Professional Tutors!

Watch your frustrations and fears disappear over the 5-day workshops”.

Saturday April 13 to Wednesday April 17, inclusive

This art school offers you the opportunity to begin or advance your creativity under the guidance of Australia’s / New Zealand’s high profile Artists/ Tutors.

There will be  range of wonderful workshops on offer under the guidance of Artists/Tutors who have been selected to provide students with professional, expert tuition in their chosen form of the Visual Arts.

Visual Art Workshops

The workshops will be daily, informal sessions with handy tips, demonstrations, personal critiques, and explanations of new skills and techniques that will make the learning process much easier. Communication is high on the list of priorities of all tutors. The tutors will offer observation; imagination, curiosity, reflection, composition, tone, and style are explored as well as the joy of sharing conversations and experiences with peers. The School attracts beginner artists as well as experienced artists. Class sizes are small which allows each student to receive individual attention. Tutors are masters in their field and are chosen for their ability to teach, share and communicate their skills to others keen to learn more.

The school is able to attract some of the biggest names in Art to Grafton and their workshops are often booked out many months before the event. Students come from every State and Territory of Australia, as well as internationally. The tutors are chosen for their professionalism and ability to teach. They are dedicated to the exploration, encouragement, and creativity of art in all mediums. The passion and expertise that these leading Australian and International tutors impart will allow all students to explore and expand their creative talents over all mediums of Visual Art. Fay’s organisational skills and attention to detail, both for the needs of the tutors and students, are exceptional. It is these skills that ensure quality workshops run smoothly for all.

WATERCOLOUR

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John Lovett

John LovettBooked Out, waiting list available Read more about John’s workshop here

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Amanda Hyatt

Amanda Hyatt will emphasise the students many already acquired skills with watercolour by teaching tricks of the trade, shortcuts and making maximum impact with your work. She will give two different demonstrations daily and will include landscapes, figurative work, abstract work, still life and an en plein air day, depending on the weather. Book a place in Amandas workshop here

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Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver: Simplifying detail in drawing and painting techniques helps to learn to see the light and shapes that will significantly improve you’re sketching and painting skills. Malcolm’s fresh and enlightened approach is designed to ensure a new direction in learning to see forms and shapes including an understanding of depth in perspective. The course also embraces photographic apps to assist in exploring and analysing images to simplify detail to an appropriate level. Book a place in Malcolms workshop here

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Jacky Pearson

Jacky Pearson: Watercolours are the most exciting and versatile of all the mediums.  Beautiful light effects and flowing washes are achieved by loose and bold brush strokes and a good knowledge of control of pigment and water.   Come along, have fun and brush up on your skills using a variety of subjects: mountains, dramatic skies, boats and water, trees and figures.  Jacky will cover the three essential steps for creating a sense of space: atmospheric and linear perspective and stacking.   She will demonstrate techniques step by step and give you plenty of time to practice. Only 1 vacancy Book a place in Jacky’s workshop here

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Heidi Willis

Heidi Willis: 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. Not to be missed, paint, have fun and learn. Book a place in Heidi’s workshop here

ACRYLICS

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Herman Pekel

Herman Pekel: In this workshop students will work with the tutor to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step by step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Whilst you will be using Acrylic paints you will need to have a sound knowledge of using medium of watercolour. Book a place in Herman’s workshop here

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Patrick Carroll

Patrick Carroll: If you want to create paintings that “look more real,” through the improvement of your drawing, this workshop is for you. Patrick will provide clear, hands on instruction about creating dynamic compositions, mixing colours, paint application methods, creating depth, warm and cool colours, and using different brushes and tools to create realism through the use of textures. There is nothing better than putting your brain away and letting your eyes tell you how to paint. Come with a desire to have a creative fun filled 5 days with Patrick in this workshop. Book a place in Patricks workshop here

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Jenni Kelly

Jenni Kelly: This workshop will introduce students to an unorthodox approach to painting. Be prepared to scrape, spray, throw and roll paint; and leave brushes to last. Working with warm and cool colours as well as transparent colours for glazing, exploring some mediums, starting with the abstract to impressionism, students will be encouraged to unleash their untapped creativity without restriction. Enjoy demonstrations and Jenni’s individual guidance. You will leave with a newfound creative confidence and a greater understanding of managing acrylics. No previous experience is necessary; just an open mind!!! Book a place in Jenni’s workshop here

MIXED MEDIA

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Donald James Waters

Donald James Waters OAM: 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. We will then focus on the progression of our initial technique through the contamination of the charcoal using white acrylic paint to complete a tonal painting. DJW will teach you how to effectively seal the charcoal artwork to allow layers of coloured glaze to be applied over the abstracted black and white in order to explore implied mood through the application of a range of colours. We will then continue with this artwork as a foundation to insert additional layers of content using any reference but painting predominately from your imagination. Book a place in Donalds workshop here

OILS

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Otto Kuster

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. 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 – 2 Vacancies Book a place in Ottos workshop here

Kasey-Sealy-artist
Kasey Sealy

Kasey Sealy: In this intense workshop over the five days, we will cover colour tone composition, brushes, different types of oil paint surface preparation to paint on, some painting of photos along with some plein air weather permitting, learn to get the feeling of light in your paintings, impasto paint techniques, the planning of your painting is very important, and then critiquing the paintings at the finished stage to improve them. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Book a place in Kaseys workshop here

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Lyn Diefenbach

Lyn Diefenbach: The Wow Factor – Portraits or Florals in oils – 2 Vacancies

In this workshop you are able to choose the subject that you want to concentrate on for the five days. Luminosity and light will be the focus while being equipped with technical know-how. For the portraits you will be led through gaining a good likeness and on to mixing believable flesh colours as well as sculpting the form. In depth teaching on colour will enable the floral painters to firstly recognise and then be able to mix the subtle nuances that their subject presents. There’ll be plenty of demos and individual easel time. Book a place in Lyns workshop here

PASTELS

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Leoni Duff

Leoni Duff: In this workshop, we will discover what makes an award-winning dramatic landscape and how to tell a compelling story. We will 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. We will learn the important ‘know how’ to make the most of photographic references discovering what to include and what to leave out, how to correct errors in photos and how to exaggerate and emphasise for effect. Book a place in Leoni’s workshop here

Please Note!

I will be absent on the Sunday, the 2nd day of the workshop, and I will be setting assignments for you to complete based on the introduction on the first day.

This will really put you through the ropes in designing a painting from scratch following my outline and approach. I will be testing your creativity and courage, and finding out how I can best assist each one of you to become a more confident painter of the landscape. On the Monday, we will do a critique and follow-up to see how you all fared!!

Leoni will not be teaching on the second day, due her commitment to Christianity. To make up for the Sunday the following workshop hours will apply

Saturday: 8am to 5pm, Sunday: you will work on the tasks given on Saturday afternoon. Monday and Tuesday: 8am to 5pm

Wednesday 8am to 3pm

PEN & WASH

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Cees Sliedrecht

Cees Sliedrecht: “Finally, a workshop that is hands on”

From the first hour, you will be drawing as I believe in doing rather than sitting around and listening, enduring hours of talk. Yes, I demonstrate but briefly to put you on track. Yes, I complete my artworks in front of you. Yes, I will provide you with topic handouts

Yes, I will encourage you not to copy things from the topic handouts exactly. I will help you to change, add, rearrange ideas and work on your story if you so wish.

Therefore, you will notice that everyone’s work will work out differently and your style will stand out, as it is always unique. By viewing other people’s work, you will also learn from them and get new ideas for your work. The topics at hand are varied. They include people and figure drawing and painting, Urban Sketching topics, Street scenes in Grafton, Overseas scenes, Animals/ Birds and more. I am a qualified teacher, and I know how to get you started and to guide you every step of the way. Book a place in Cees’ workshop here

NATURE & WILDLIFE

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Janet Matthews

Janet Matthews: 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. Book a place in Janet’s workshop here

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Paul Margocsy

Paul Margocsy: 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. You will position your subject, paint the surrounding habitat and give a realistic look to your art. The composition is the main attribute of any painting and with this achieved the technique used will excite and enthrall not just the artist but the viewer. It is a fun course and a time to learn how to manage this medium and these wonderful natural creatures. The backgrounds and the “props” of wildlife art are essential when you are painting realism. I will also show you how to utilize airbrushing as a background technique. Book a place in Pauls workshop here

BOTANICAL ART

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Rita Parkinson

Rita Parkinson: In this workshop, we will produce a stunning enlarged botanical study of a dahlia. It will show students how to produce stunning effects in coloured pencil work, equal to that of watercolour painting. They are easy to use and convenient to store and replace and to take along on your travels. Coloured pencils can be used alone or combined with graphite. Beginning with exploring techniques such as layering and burnishing, along with accurate colour matching skills, tonal rendering and composition will help students to master this rewarding medium. A step-by-step botanical portrait will be the focus of the workshop.

Day 1: Will focus on developing the drawing that will be the basis for the finished artwork and we will start to explore the basic techniques we will be using.

Day 2: We will begin our botanical portrait and will continue in the development of technique

Day 3, 4, 5: Will be engaged in the detailed rendering our enlarged botanical work. Along the way, we will detour into more exercises in extended our techniques and along the way consider the issues related to the practice of botanical illustration. This workshop will offer you the opportunity to be challenged in creating an enlarged botanical artwork.

Artists with any level of experience are welcome in this workshop, as my students range from beginner to intermediate and accomplished in one class, which becomes a sharing environment, where everyone can learn from each other. Book a place in Rita’s workshop here

Fay will order the Dahlias from her wonderful florist; this will save the problem of trying to carry fresh flowers especially if travelling a long distance.

Visual Art workshops

April is the time to begin or increase your creativity

5-Day Visual Art School Workshops Led By Professional Tutors!

Watch your frustrations and fears disappear over the 5-day workshops”.

Saturday April 13 to Wednesday April 17, inclusive

This art school offers you the opportunity to begin or advance your creativity under the guidance of Australia’s / New Zealand’s high profile Artists/ Tutors.

There will be  range of wonderful workshops on offer under the guidance of Artists/Tutors who have been selected to provide students with professional, expert tuition in their chosen form of the Visual Arts.

The workshops will be daily, informal sessions with handy tips, demonstrations, personal critiques, and explanations of new skills and techniques that will make the learning process much easier. Communication is high on the list of priorities of all tutors. The tutors will offer observation; imagination, curiosity, reflection, composition, tone, and style are explored as well as the joy of sharing conversations and experiences with peers. The School attracts beginner artists as well as experienced artists. Class sizes are small which allows each student to receive individual attention. Tutors are masters in their field and are chosen for their ability to teach, share and communicate their skills to others keen to learn more.

The school is able to attract some of the biggest names in Art to Grafton and their workshops are often booked out many months before the event. Students come from every State and Territory of Australia, as well as internationally. The tutors are chosen for their professionalism and ability to teach. They are dedicated to the exploration, encouragement, and creativity of art in all mediums. The passion and expertise that these leading Australian and International tutors impart will allow all students to explore and expand their creative talents over all mediums of Visual Art. Fay’s organisational skills and attention to detail, both for the needs of the tutors and students, are exceptional. It is these skills that ensure quality workshops run smoothly for all.

WATERCOLOUR

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John Lovett

John LovettBooked Out, waiting list available Read more about John’s workshop here

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Amanda Hyatt

Amanda Hyatt will emphasise the students many already acquired skills with watercolour by teaching tricks of the trade, shortcuts and making maximum impact with your work. She will give two different demonstrations daily and will include landscapes, figurative work, abstract work, still life and an en plein air day, depending on the weather. Book a place in Amandas workshop here

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Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver: Simplifying detail in drawing and painting techniques helps to learn to see the light and shapes that will significantly improve you’re sketching and painting skills. Malcolm’s fresh and enlightened approach is designed to ensure a new direction in learning to see forms and shapes including an understanding of depth in perspective. The course also embraces photographic apps to assist in exploring and analysing images to simplify detail to an appropriate level. Book a place in Malcolms workshop here

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Jacky Pearson

Jacky Pearson: Watercolours are the most exciting and versatile of all the mediums.  Beautiful light effects and flowing washes are achieved by loose and bold brush strokes and a good knowledge of control of pigment and water.   Come along, have fun and brush up on your skills using a variety of subjects: mountains, dramatic skies, boats and water, trees and figures.  Jacky will cover the three essential steps for creating a sense of space: atmospheric and linear perspective and stacking.   She will demonstrate techniques step by step and give you plenty of time to practice. Only 1 vacancy Book a place in Jacky’s workshop here

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Heidi Willis

Heidi Willis: 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. Not to be missed, paint, have fun and learn. Book a place in Heidi’s workshop here

ACRYLICS

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Herman Pekel

Herman Pekel: In this workshop students will work with the tutor to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step by step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Whilst you will be using Acrylic paints you will need to have a sound knowledge of using medium of watercolour. Book a place in Herman’s workshop here

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Patrick Carroll

Patrick Carroll: If you want to create paintings that “look more real,” through the improvement of your drawing, this workshop is for you. Patrick will provide clear, hands on instruction about creating dynamic compositions, mixing colours, paint application methods, creating depth, warm and cool colours, and using different brushes and tools to create realism through the use of textures. There is nothing better than putting your brain away and letting your eyes tell you how to paint. Come with a desire to have a creative fun filled 5 days with Patrick in this workshop. Book a place in Patricks workshop here

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Jenni Kelly

Jenni Kelly: This workshop will introduce students to an unorthodox approach to painting. Be prepared to scrape, spray, throw and roll paint; and leave brushes to last. Working with warm and cool colours as well as transparent colours for glazing, exploring some mediums, starting with the abstract to impressionism, students will be encouraged to unleash their untapped creativity without restriction. Enjoy demonstrations and Jenni’s individual guidance. You will leave with a newfound creative confidence and a greater understanding of managing acrylics. No previous experience is necessary; just an open mind!!! Book a place in Jenni’s workshop here

MIXED MEDIA

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Donald James Waters

Donald James Waters OAM: 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. We will then focus on the progression of our initial technique through the contamination of the charcoal using white acrylic paint to complete a tonal painting. DJW will teach you how to effectively seal the charcoal artwork to allow layers of coloured glaze to be applied over the abstracted black and white in order to explore implied mood through the application of a range of colours. We will then continue with this artwork as a foundation to insert additional layers of content using any reference but painting predominately from your imagination. Book a place in Donalds workshop here

OILS

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Otto Kuster

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. 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 – 2 Vacancies Book a place in Ottos workshop here

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Kasey Sealy

Kasey Sealy: In this intense workshop over the five days, we will cover colour tone composition, brushes, different types of oil paint surface preparation to paint on, some painting of photos along with some plein air weather permitting, learn to get the feeling of light in your paintings, impasto paint techniques, the planning of your painting is very important, and then critiquing the paintings at the finished stage to improve them. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Book a place in Kaseys workshop here

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Lyn Diefenbach

Lyn Diefenbach: The Wow Factor – Portraits or Florals in oils – 2 Vacancies

In this workshop you are able to choose the subject that you want to concentrate on for the five days. Luminosity and light will be the focus while being equipped with technical know-how. For the portraits you will be led through gaining a good likeness and on to mixing believable flesh colours as well as sculpting the form. In depth teaching on colour will enable the floral painters to firstly recognise and then be able to mix the subtle nuances that their subject presents. There’ll be plenty of demos and individual easel time. Book a place in Lyns workshop here

PASTELS

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Leoni Duff

Leoni Duff: In this workshop, we will discover what makes an award-winning dramatic landscape and how to tell a compelling story. We will 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. We will learn the important ‘know how’ to make the most of photographic references discovering what to include and what to leave out, how to correct errors in photos and how to exaggerate and emphasise for effect. Book a place in Leoni’s workshop here

Please Note!

I will be absent on the Sunday, the 2nd day of the workshop, and I will be setting assignments for you to complete based on the introduction on the first day.

This will really put you through the ropes in designing a painting from scratch following my outline and approach. I will be testing your creativity and courage, and finding out how I can best assist each one of you to become a more confident painter of the landscape. On the Monday, we will do a critique and follow-up to see how you all fared!!

Leoni will not be teaching on the second day, due her commitment to Christianity. To make up for the Sunday the following workshop hours will apply

Saturday: 8am to 5pm, Sunday: you will work on the tasks given on Saturday afternoon. Monday and Tuesday: 8am to 5pm

Wednesday 8am to 3pm

PEN & WASH

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Cees Sliedrecht

Cees Sliedrecht: “Finally, a workshop that is hands on”

From the first hour, you will be drawing as I believe in doing rather than sitting around and listening, enduring hours of talk. Yes, I demonstrate but briefly to put you on track. Yes, I complete my artworks in front of you. Yes, I will provide you with topic handouts

Yes, I will encourage you not to copy things from the topic handouts exactly. I will help you to change, add, rearrange ideas and work on your story if you so wish.

Therefore, you will notice that everyone’s work will work out differently and your style will stand out, as it is always unique. By viewing other people’s work, you will also learn from them and get new ideas for your work. The topics at hand are varied. They include people and figure drawing and painting, Urban Sketching topics, Street scenes in Grafton, Overseas scenes, Animals/ Birds and more. I am a qualified teacher, and I know how to get you started and to guide you every step of the way. Book a place in Cees’ workshop here

NATURE & WILDLIFE

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Janet Matthews

Janet Matthews: 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. Book a place in Janet’s workshop here

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Paul Margocsy

Paul Margocsy: 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. You will position your subject, paint the surrounding habitat and give a realistic look to your art. The composition is the main attribute of any painting and with this achieved the technique used will excite and enthrall not just the artist but the viewer. It is a fun course and a time to learn how to manage this medium and these wonderful natural creatures. The backgrounds and the “props” of wildlife art are essential when you are painting realism. I will also show you how to utilize airbrushing as a background technique. Book a place in Pauls workshop here

BOTANICAL ART

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Rita Parkinson

Rita Parkinson: In this workshop, we will produce a stunning enlarged botanical study of a dahlia. It will show students how to produce stunning effects in coloured pencil work, equal to that of watercolour painting. They are easy to use and convenient to store and replace and to take along on your travels. Coloured pencils can be used alone or combined with graphite. Beginning with exploring techniques such as layering and burnishing, along with accurate colour matching skills, tonal rendering and composition will help students to master this rewarding medium. A step-by-step botanical portrait will be the focus of the workshop.

Day 1: Will focus on developing the drawing that will be the basis for the finished artwork and we will start to explore the basic techniques we will be using.

Day 2: We will begin our botanical portrait and will continue in the development of technique

Day 3, 4, 5: Will be engaged in the detailed rendering our enlarged botanical work. Along the way, we will detour into more exercises in extended our techniques and along the way consider the issues related to the practice of botanical illustration. This workshop will offer you the opportunity to be challenged in creating an enlarged botanical artwork.

Artists with any level of experience are welcome in this workshop, as my students range from beginner to intermediate and accomplished in one class, which becomes a sharing environment, where everyone can learn from each other. Book a place in Rita’s workshop here

Fay will order the Dahlias from her wonderful florist; this will save the problem of trying to carry fresh flowers especially if travelling a long distance.

GREG ALLEN: Extend YOUR KNOWLEDGE & PASSION IN WATERCOLOUR

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Greg Allen watercolour workshop

This workshop tutored by Greg Allen is for experienced watercolourists who have sound experience with watercolour, a thorough understanding of the four primary washes and good brush handling skills; and would like to challenge their skills in developing their knowledge of colour theory, value, composition, as well as explore their visual voice. 

Greg Allen will expand your horizons

The workshop is geared to expand horizons in creativity, technical handling of the medium of watercolour, and will include examining the medium in depth. Maybe you are advancing while striving for that elusive attribute of confidence and freshness but are perhaps experiencing a 50/50 success or failure ratio, or you are not sure what subjects work and what don’t. 

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What are you waiting for?

Jump on board! Guaranteed your paintings will benefit. Moreover, it will be fun too!

More Information and book here

Discovering The Unkown with Donald James Waters

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.

More information

Aussie Animals in Colour Pencil

Colour pencil drawing

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.

Aussie animals in colour pencil with Janet Matthews

Read more here

Paintings for sale

We currently have a few paintings by Herman Pekel and Amanda Hyatt for sale.

Herman Pekel paintings for sale

Along The Clarence – Oil on Canvas – 2018 – 58 cm x 42 cm framed $745 inc postage.

Gums Around Grafton – Oil on Canvas – 2018 – 58 cm x 42 cm framed $745 inc postage

Amanda Hyatt paintings for sale

Fishing Boats – Watercolour on paper – 2017 – 84 cm x 64 cm – framed under glass – $1,500 plus postage

Reading – Watercolour on paper – 2017 – 74 cm x 54 cm – framed under glass – $1,500 plus postage

Contact Fay on 02 6643 1528 or 0428 180 754 or email

RITA PARKINSON – VIBRANT BOTANICAL IN COLOURED PENCIL

A new botanical workshop has been added to replace Kate Nolan’s botanical workshop which was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

In this workshop we will produce a stunning enlarged botanical study. It will show students how to produce stunning effects in coloured pencil work, equal to that of watercolour painting.

A step-by step botanical portrait will be the focus of the workshop.

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DAVID HENDERSON – DRAWING THE FIGURE IN PENCIL, CHARCOAL, CONTÉ, AND WASH

This figure workshop with David Henderson will investigate this most engaging of subjects using a range of drawing media and techniques.

A series of exercises aimed at helping the student to see and represent the rhythmic line, chiaroscuro, anatomy and the dynamic relationships between forms in space applied to the living figure.

David Henderson trained at London’s Royal Academy Schools and since graduating has worked as a full-time artist, holding numerous solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Melbourne, Rome, and London.

Professional Memberships Fellow, Royal Society of Arts and Chelsea Arts Club
Artist-in-Residencies 2015 c.r.e.t.a.Studios, Rome
Website: www.davidhenderson.com.au
Instagram: davidhmhenderson

Read more and book a place in this workshop here.

Terms and Conditions for 2019 workshops

 

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