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Free the artist trapped inside with Herman Pekel

Unearth fresh and honest art trapped inside your inner artist and learn to capture it with watercolour and acrylics.

You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never
thought possible with acrylic or watercolour.

Expect to be challenged, to be brave, and to have fun!

Like many artists, Herman Pekel experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now well known for his oils and watercolours. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting in almost any subject matter and is capable of
producing award-winning work in oil, watercolour or gouache. Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and his love of the landscape reflects that in almost everything he paints. He produces paintings of strong design and powerful impact – every brush-stroke vibrant and visible. The scope of Herman’s work has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and broad Australian landscapes, which indicates the creative fearless nature of this unique artist. 

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General Information

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 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.

11 reasons to attend an art workshop

Most people are curious about taking an art workshop.

We ponder the decision on whether to take an art class over and over in our heads and before making the decision, several thoughts probably enter our minds.

“Is it worth it?”
” When will I ever have the time?”
“I’m not good enough.”
“Can I afford it.”
“I could never paint like that.”
“Maybe I can learn just as much from videos and books.”
“I don’t need the help.”
“This is just a hobby to pass the time.”

So that you know, some of those same instructors you admire had the same thoughts before they took their first workshop and before they became serious about their art.
Sometimes you don’t choose art; it chooses you. Taking the first step can be what makes all of the difference.
There are many ways to learn a new medium or technique with all of the books, DVDs, magazines, and online classes, you would hardly ever have to leave your house. But, none of those less interactive sources will ever compare to attending live art workshops. With a varied list of mediums and tutors available, you can most likely find something just right for you here. Then, make your arrangements with that workshop in mind.

Benefits of Painting.

1. Communication

Art makes us more human; it helps us to communicate in a different, personal language. This type of connection is a great benefit for all people and mainly for those who have conditions with a lack of communication or problems expressing themselves such as shyness, autism and other disabilities.

2. Therapy

Painting is an individual activity even in the workshop or classroom; the student enters his/her world, a world which is full of possibilities. The stimulus of the creative mind allows the student to positively isolate from reality, which provides a mental rest that lowers stress and generates relaxation and happy feelings. This is especially significant for people with aggression or nervousness conditions.

3. Self-esteem

Working in a non-competitive, relaxed environment (the teacher plays a significant role here) will enable the student to come closer to greater personal achievements; this will strengthen his/her individuality and self-esteem. This is especially significant for people with co-dependency, traumatic conditions and seniors who need activities that can improve their autonomy.

4. Mobility

Learning to hold and handle a brush and pencil will help regulate the hand movements and stimulate brain connections at the same time the skill is being developed. In older adults, painting helps them strengthen their fine motor skill.

5. Concentration and Healing

People who immerse themselves several hours painting or creating something enter a purer area, in a stable state of focus; they abstract themselves from their surroundings and time passes by without noticing it. Physical pains fade away; it is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body.  This is a state similar to that achieved through praying, meditation, music, aromatherapy, and being in love. There have been cases of miraculous temporary healing in painters, musicians who, when in this state, can move their atrophied hands or don´t feel pain when creating or executing. Painters Renoir and Gauguin and musician Andrés Segovia are examples of this.

People who immerse themselves several hours painting or creating something enter a purer area, in a powerful state of concentration; they abstract themselves from their surroundings and time passes by without noticing it. Physical pains fade away; it is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body.  This is a state similar to that achieved through praying, meditation, music, aromatherapy, and being in love. There have been cases of miraculous temporary healing in painters, musicians who, when in this state, can move their atrophied hands or don´t feel pain when creating or executing. Painters Renoir and Gauguin and musician Andrés Segovia are examples of this.

6. Mental Health

Painting helps us to get distracted from our problems; it helps us take anguish out and transform it into something beautiful, which is given a title. This helps us identify the feelings and increase our expression capabilities. This is especially significant for people with nervousness, mental conditions (like schizophrenia) or people going through an emotional imbalance like a break-up who use the visual expression to achieve catharsis. Adults who learn to paint fight the fear to confront themselves, learn to persevere and are encouraged to create something that belongs only to them, a personal project, unique and enormously satisfying.

7. Brain Activity

Drawing and painting stimulate both the left and right brain hemispheres. The first deals with the rational, logic elements and the second one maximise our creativity and emotions. Painting is helpful during the growth and development stages of children as well as in adulthood when it is invaluable in fighting illnesses like Alzheimer. Painting boosts imagination; the imagination of Alzheimer patients, whose memory starts to vanish, is strengthened.

8. Emotional Intelligence

Emotions are part of the creative world we all have inside. Making those emotions flow through painting helps create harmony between the heart and mind, which leads us to experiment happiness, love, empathy and peace. Within this chaotic world we live, the visualisation and relaxation that we obtain through painting are tools that in the long run, benefit our emotional, organic, energetic and spiritual being.

9. Art Appreciation

Practice, understand and talk about art creates a better understanding of it. Individuals see themselves reflected and motivated by the work of others, which also allows us to be a receptor for this type of communication, which dates back to the beginning of human history.

10. Culture

The knowledge that a person can achieve when learning to paint enables him/her to understand human history through art.

11. But more importantly, it’s Fun

Learning how to paint has all the benefits of good entertainment: we laugh, socialise, learn something new, feel motivated to finish what we start, appreciate nature and feel passion for something good.

Learning how to paint has all the benefits of good entertainment: we laugh, socialise, learn something new, feel motivated to finish what we start, appreciate nature and feel passion for something good.
So it’s up to you, for your health, your amusement or personal goal, let’s paint!

Look at the Tutors and Mediums we are offering in 2019 and book your place.

 

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.

More information.

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.

Register your place in this workshop here.

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.

More Information on Linda’s workshop.

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2019 Workshops are Online

Our 2019 list of Workshops

are now online and available to purchase a deposit to secure your place in one of these fascinating visual art workshops.

2019-AdPlaces are still available for a couple of 2018 visual art workshops, but be quick they won’t last.

Fion Craig – Oils, Only 1 vacancy left
Chris Postle – Acrylics, 3 vacancies
Leonie Norton – Botanical Art, 1 vacancy
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Janet Matthews – Nature & Wildlife, 1 vacancy

Vacancies Have Opened in Creating With Acrylics Workshop with Chris Postle

The focus of this workshop will be mainly acrylic painting techniques using texture, design, and colour with some mixed media (charcoal, pastel etc). You will be playing with backgrounds and also be learning many different application techniques. Exciting colours and colour combinations will be used, taking reference from nature and life and applying our own little twists. We will get a bit more adventurous and explore the unknown, and also resurrect some old works. For those not so adventurous there is always plenty of detail to apply which is included in the process anyway, a bit of fine-tuning.

More Information…

Adventures in Acrylics with Chris Postle

Chris has been a progressing full-time professional artist for 27 years. His passion for painting and creating has opened numerous doors rewarding him with many achievements within the industry including owning and operating successfully a number of art galleries and also receiving multiple awards within Australia.

The focus of this workshop will be mainly acrylic painting techniques using texture, design, and colour with some mixed media (charcoal, pastel etc.). Playing with the backgrounds also, we will be learning many different application techniques. You will be using exciting colour combinations, taking reference from nature and life and applying our own little twists to some impressionist landscapes, animal studies, and caricatures.

 

Christmas Specials

Thanks to a small donation we are able to offer the following discounts for a limited time on these two workshops only. Don’t miss out, book today.

Please read these conditions carefully.

Thanks to a small donation we are able to offer the following discount for a limited time on these workshops.

This special offer for $200.00 off the total price of one (1) student attending Fiona Craig’s Oils Workshop OR Mignon Parker’s Acrylic Still Life of Flowers, Figures in the Trees and small studies of owls on paper Workshop. These two workshops will be held in April 2018 at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School, Grafton and is for new registrations only submitted through the link above during the following period.

This offer is valid for December, starting at 12:01 am on 29/11/2017 to 11:59 pm on 31/12/2017 or until sold out.

To be eligible for this discount you must pay a deposit of $150.00 plus a $4.32 PayPal fee to reserve your place in the workshop, and the discount of $200.00 will be applied to the total of your official invoice issued by the office.

Note: This offer is only for new registrations during the period stated.

Our standard fee structure for a single registration has three price levels and is as follows:

To be eligible for seniors or concession rates you will need to enter the relevant number at the checkout when filling in your application.

Progressive payments are acceptable. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
CANCELLATIONS: Organizers reserve the right to limit class sizes and cancel the workshops should minimum enrolments not be reached three weeks before the commencement of the school.
Should you not wish to transfer to another workshop you will receive a refund of all monies paid.
Your application is non-transferable.
Unless explicitly stated on registration material students cancelling before Friday, February 23, 2018, will forfeit $150.00 of all monies paid.
Students cancelling after Friday, February 23, 2018, are not eligible for any refunds.
Students cancelling after the stated deadline will still be held responsible for outstanding amounts on their invoice.
Refunds will not be available for attendees who choose not to attend a workshop.
Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee and must include the name of the attendee or invoice number.

 

$200 off two workshops

Thanks to a small donation we are able to offer the following discounts for a limited time on these two workshops only. Don’t miss out, book today.

Please read these conditions carefully.

Thanks to a small donation we are able to offer the following discount for a limited time on these workshops.

This special offer for $200.00 off the total price of one (1) student attending Fiona Craig’s Oils Workshop OR Mignon Parker’s Acrylic Still Life of Flowers, Figures in the Trees and small studies of owls on paper Workshop. These two workshops will be held in April 2018 at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School, Grafton is for new registrations only submitted through these links during the following period.

This offer is valid for December, starting at 12:01 am on 29/11/2017 to 11:59 pm on 31/12/2017 or until sold out.

To be eligible for this discount you must pay a deposit of $150.00 plus a $4.32 PayPal fee to reserve your place in the workshop, and the discount of $200.00 will be applied to the total of your official invoice issued by the office.

Note: This offer is only for new registrations during the period stated.

Our standard fee structure for a single registration has three price levels and is as follows:

To be eligible for seniors or concession rates you will need to enter the relevant number at the checkout when filling in your application.

Progressive payments are acceptable. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
CANCELLATIONS: Organizers reserve the right to limit class sizes and cancel the workshops should minimum enrolments not be reached three weeks before the commencement of the school.
Should you not wish to transfer to another workshop you will receive a refund of all monies paid.
Your application is non-transferable.
Unless explicitly stated on registration material students cancelling before Friday, February 23, 2018, will forfeit $150.00 of all monies paid.
Students cancelling after Friday, February 23, 2018, are not eligible for any refunds.
Students cancelling after the stated deadline will still be held responsible for outstanding amounts on their invoice.
Refunds will not be available for attendees who choose not to attend a workshop.
Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee and must include the name of the attendee or invoice number.

 

Announcing two special offers for December

Thanks to a small donation we are able to offer the following discounts for a limited time on these two workshops only. Don’t miss out, book today.

Please read these conditions carefully.

Thanks to a small donation we are able to offer the following discount for a limited time on these workshops.

This special offer for $200.00 off the total price of one (1) student attending Fiona Craig’s Oils Workshop OR Mignon Parker’s Acrylic Still Life of Flowers, Figures in the Trees and small studies of owls on paper Workshop. These two workshops will be held in April 2018 at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School, Grafton is for new registrations only submitted through these links during the following period.

This offer is valid for December, starting at 12:01 am on 29/11/2017 to 11:59 pm on 31/12/2017 or until sold out.

To be eligible for this discount you must pay a deposit of $150.00 plus a $4.32 PayPal fee to reserve your place in the workshop, and the discount of $200.00 will be applied to the total of your official invoice issued by the office.

Note: This offer is only for new registrations during the period stated above.

The standard fee structure for a single registration has three price levels and is as follows:

To be eligible for seniors or concession rates you will need to enter the relevant number at the checkout when filling in your application.

Progressive payments are acceptable. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
CANCELLATIONS: Organizers reserve the right to limit class sizes and cancel the workshops should minimum enrolments not be reached three weeks before the commencement of the school.
Should you not wish to transfer to another workshop you will receive a refund of all monies paid.
Your application is non-transferable.
Unless explicitly stated on registration material students cancelling before Friday, February 23, 2018, will forfeit $150.00 of all monies paid.
Students cancelling after Friday, February 23, 2018, are not eligible for any refunds.
Students cancelling after the stated deadline will still be held responsible for outstanding amounts on their invoice.
Refunds will not be available for attendees who choose not to attend a workshop.
Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee and must include the name of the attendee or invoice number.

 

CREATING WITH ACRYLICS Chris Postle

The focus of this workshop will be mainly acrylic painting techniques using texture, design and colour with some mixed media (charcoal, pastel etc). You will be playing with backgrounds and also learning many different application techniques. Exciting colours and colour combinations will be used, taking reference from nature and life and applying our own little twists. We will get a bit more adventurous and explore the unknown, and also resurrect some old works. For those not so adventurous there is always plenty of detail to apply which is included into the process anyway, a bit of fine tuning.

More Information…

Don Milner Tutoring in acrylics

Still Life, Birds and Animals Art Workshop

We will explore many aspects of Acrylic paints and mediums whilst we apply paint and be focusing on mixing colours, underpainting for effects, colour discourse with attitude, colour harmonies, tonal mapping, composition and visual balance, adding texture for drama and much, much more.

More Information…

Adventures in Acrylics Art Workshop

With Chris Postle

Chris has been a progressing full-time professional artist for 27 years. Inspired mainly by nature and covering a number of interesting subjects with portraiture and life drawing a recent addition to his repertoire.

You will be using exciting colour combinations, taking reference from nature and life and applying our own little twists to some impressionist landscapes, animal studies, and caricatures.

Read more

Adventures in Acrylics

Visual Art Workshop Tutored by Chris Postle.

The focus of this workshop will be mainly acrylic painting techniques using texture, design and colour with some mixed media (charcoal, pastel etc.).

Chris has been a progressing full-time professional artist for 27 years. His passion for painting and creating has opened numerous doors rewarding him with many achievements within the industry including owning and operating successfully a number of art galleries and also receiving multiple awards within Australia.

2018 brochure now online.

The 2018 downloadable brochure is now available so that you can have all the workshop information available even while offline.

View here.

Mignon Parker Art Workshop

IMPRESSIONS-LAYERS OF MIXED MEDIA

Put your own brand of artistic expression into this fun five-day workshop. The week will begin with painting a still life of flowers, fruits, and coloured drapes. For this you will be using acrylic paints and be working on a black primed canvas, the finished painting will have a look of contemporary realism.

Read more.

 

11 Reasons Why You Should Attend an Art Workshop.

Most people are curious about taking an art workshop. We ponder it over and over in our heads and before the decision is made, several thoughts enter our minds.

“Is it really worth it?”
” When will I ever have the time?”
“I’m not good enough.”
“I could never afford it.”
“I could never paint like that.”
“I can learn just as much from videos and books.”
“I don’t really need the help.”
“This is just a hobby to pass the time.”
Just so you know, some of those same instructors you admire had the same thoughts before they took their first workshop and before they became serious about their art.
Sometimes you don’t choose art, it chooses you. Taking the first step can be what makes all of the difference.
There are many ways to learn a new medium or technique with all of the books, DVDs, magazines, and online classes, you would hardly ever have to leave your house. But, none of those less interactive sources will ever compare to attending live art workshops. With a varied list of mediums and tutors available, you can most likely find something just right for you here. Then, make your arrangements with that workshop in mind.

Benefits of Painting.

1. Communication

Art makes us more human; it helps us to communicate in a different, personal language. This is a great benefit for all people and mainly for those who have conditions with a lack of communication or problems expressing themselves such as shyness, autism and other disabilities.

2. Therapy

Painting is an individual activity even in the workshop or classroom; the student enters his/her own world, a world which is full of possibilities. The stimulus of the creative mind allows the student to positively isolate from reality, which provides a mental rest that lowers stress and generates relaxation and happy feelings. This is especially significant for people with aggression or nervousness conditions.

3. Self-esteem

Working in a non-competitive, relaxed environment (the teacher plays a major role here) will enable the student to come closer to greater personal achievements; this will strengthen his/her individuality and self-esteem. This is especially significant for people with co-dependency, traumatic conditions and elderly people who need activities that can strengthen their autonomy.

 

4. Mobility

Learning to hold and handle a brush and/or pencil will help regulate the hand movements and stimulate brain connections at the same time the skill is being developed. In elderly people, painting helps them strengthen their fine motor skill.

5. Concentration and Healing

People who immerse themselves several hours painting or creating something enter a purer area, in a very strong state of concentration; they abstract themselves from their surroundings and time passes by without noticing it. Physical pains fade away; it is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body.  This is a state similar to that achieved through praying, meditation, music, aromatherapy, and being in love. There have been cases of miraculous temporary healing in painters, musicians who, when in this state, are able to move their atrophied hands or don´t feel pain when creating or executing. Painters Renoir and Gauguin and musician Andrés Segovia are examples of this.

People who immerse themselves several hours painting or creating something enter a purer area, in a very strong state of concentration; they abstract themselves from their surroundings and time passes by without noticing it. Physical pains fade away; it is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body.  This is a state similar to that achieved through praying, meditation, music, aromatherapy, and being in love. There have been cases of miraculous temporary healing in painters, musicians who, when in this state, are able to move their atrophied hands or don´t feel pain when creating or executing. Painters Renoir and Gauguin and musician Andrés Segovia are examples of this.

6. Mental Health

Painting helps us get distracted from our problems; it helps us take anguish out and transform it into something nice, which is given a title. This helps us identify the feelings and increase our expression capabilities. This is especially significant for people with nervousness, mental conditions (like schizophrenia) or people going through an emotional imbalance like a break-up who use the visual expression to achieve catharsis. Adults who learn to paint fight the fear to confront themselves, learn to persevere and are encouraged to create something that belongs only to them, a personal project, unique and enormously satisfying.

7. Brain Activity

Drawing and painting stimulate both the left and right brain hemispheres. The first deals with the rational, logic elements and the second one maximises our creativity and emotions. Painting is helpful during the growth and development stages of children as well as in adulthood when it is very valuable to fight illnesses like Alzheimer. Painting boosts imagination; the imagination of Alzheimer patients, whose memory starts to vanish, is strengthened.

8. Emotional Intelligence

Emotions are part of the creative world we all have inside. Making those emotions flow through painting helps create harmony between the heart and mind, which leads us to experiment happiness, love, empathy and peace. Within this chaotic world we live, the visualization and relaxation that we obtain through painting are tools that in the long run, benefit our emotional, organic, energetic and spiritual being.

9. Art Appreciation

Practice, understand and talk about art creates a better understanding of it. Individuals see themselves reflected and motivated by the work of others, which also allows us to be a receptor of this type of communication, which dates back to the beginning of human history.

10. Culture

The knowledge that a person can achieve when learning to paint enables him/her to understand human history through art.

11. But more importantly, it’s Fun

Learning how to paint has all the benefits of good entertainment: we laugh, socialize, learn something new, feel motivated to finish what we start, appreciate nature and feel passion for something good.

Learning how to paint has all the benefits of good entertainment: we laugh, socialize, learn something new, feel motivated to finish what we start, appreciate nature and feel passion for something good.
So it’s up to you, for your health, your amusement or personal goal, let’s paint!

Look at the Tutors and Mediums we offer.