The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a biennial prize. Now in its 6th year the prize started as The Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, a painting and drawing prize open to artists Australia wide whose artwork depicted a person from the Northern Rivers. It has since expanded to include portraits of any subject in any medium (see terms and conditions). The prize is open to artists nationally.
26 July to 2 September 2018 at The Grafton Regional Gallery
Ken Done is well known for his vibrant paintings that depict the iconic Australian experience. The magnificent selection of artworks in Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen: Selected Works 2000 – 2017 celebrates the splendour of Australia’s natural beauty. The artist finds wonder in the everyday through glorious colour, spontaneous mark making and brilliant visual expression. This exhibition, as the title suggests, is a joyful collection of Ken’s most important pieces from his private collection, side by side with his latest studio work.
Watercolours are the most exciting and versatile of all the mediums.
Jacky will cover the three essential steps for creating a sense of space: atmospheric and linear perspective and stacking.
Open to all comers 18 years and over
Multi award-winning professional artist and tutor Jacky Pearson is fascinated by light and atmosphere which is the driving force for her paintings. While she specialises in watercolours, loving the sense of freedom and spontaneity which this medium does best; oils, pastels, and charcoal are also a frequent part of her work. Jacky has painted since childhood although pursued a career in soil conservation. She now works on her art full time. Self-taught, Jacky has attended workshops with some of the worlds top watercolour artists. She believes anyone who wants to can paint and express themselves; it is the desire that creates the talent, the rest is just hard work and some excellent tuition.
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.
PleaseNote: 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Amongst the prizes awarded at the GoArt Exhibition were The Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School Scholarships that went to Pam Birrell for Pansies in tin in open oil and Grace Whitby for Bird of Paradise Bloom in category open watercolour, pen and wash.
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.
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.