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Acrylics Workshop with Jenni Kelly

Funtastic Acrylics Workshop

This acrylics 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 newfound creative confidence and a greater understanding of managing acrylics. No previous experience is necessary; just an open mind!!! Open to all comers, 18 years and over.

Jenni was born in Kerang Victoria and lived and was 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. After marriage and family and living in such places as Mackay, Isisford, Cardwell, Augathella, and Clifton she continued to do some painting and was a member of The Flying Art School for many years travelling hundreds of kilometres to designated centres. 

ACRYLIC WORKSHOP – GEORGIA MANSUR

This acrylic workshop will offer you the opportunity to explore mixed media in a sensory way by ‘dipping a toe into your personal river’ of rich life experiences, memories and imagery to express yourself through creative experimentation.

Acrylic workshop open to all comers 18 years and over, no experience is necessary; Beginners very welcome. 

Georgia is very passionate about sharing her creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional.  Her students have given her the nickname ‘The Art Whisperer’ so she hopes that you will find something here to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process. Georgia invites you to share your experiences, ask questions and be a part of this creative community ~ we are all creative ~ and she will share with you everything she has in her power to do so

~ in the words of Vincent Van Gogh,
“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”

Watercolour Workshop with John Lovett

2 vacancies have opened up in John’s popular watercolour workshop for our April Art School.

Make It Simple in Watercolour

There is often a tendency to include too much information in a painting. The result is usually conflict and confusion. In this watercolour workshop, we will carefully examine our subjects and decide just what is necessary, what is needed for support and what can be eliminated?

Sheltered Pool

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. 

PAUL MCDONALD SMITH OILS WORKSHOP

It’s your Choice – Five days of fun with Still Life and Portraits in my Oils Workshop

Come and take advantage of the variety offered in this exciting oils workshop

Still Life and Portrait subjects will be the focus of this workshop, from the quick sketch to more completed work – you have the choice. Students of any level are welcome as the challenges of these exciting subjects will inspire everyone.

Paul’s classes are well known for their relaxed and happy atmosphere, with demonstrations by the tutor each day. You may choose your own preferred subject matter; take on a different challenge each day, or work on an extended study for the 5 days – it’s up to you.

Born Melbourne 1956, Paul started painting in his early teens primarily influenced by the work of renowned Australian artist Sir William Dargie C.B.E. who was to become his friend and mentor. Since then Paul has made a 40-year full-time career of painting in the tradition of tonal impressionism, working mostly in oil.

Educated at Scotch College, Paul studied Fine Art at RMIT. He was awarded the Camberwell Travel Scholarship for European Study in 1986 and undertook an extensive private study under the guidance of several leading artists 1973-79. Paul has travelled widely, studying and painting in Europe on various occasions.

Janet Matthews Birds in their natural setting in Colour Pencil

Birds in their natural setting in Colour Pencil

King Parrots
Gang Gang Cockatoos
Branches, leaves and flowers.

This workshop we will concentrate on two different birds as well as creating their entire setting with background leaves, flowers and branches. Our aim is to complete two artworks as well as studies of different elements.
Our two birds will be King Parrots and Gang Gang cockatoos.
We will learn to draw the male and female of each species, as they are very different colours to each other.

Janet Matthews is a master of her medium of colour pencil and graphite.  Her work has been described as “weaving magic” with a pencil.  With a signature style of combining colour pencil and graphite, she captures, in detail, the personality of her subjects.  She tells her own personal story and shares her experiences through drawing her animals and birds and flowers. Janet works and lives in Narre Warren North, Victoria, with a beautiful studio surrounded by a native garden, where her feathered subjects keep her inspired. 

“My art is my passion, especially pencil.  I love to show the birds and animals in conversation and in action.  There is a story to each of my works, which reflects my own life and experiences, with humour being a strong element.  I love detail and realism, but the story I tell is the most important element of my work. 

Herman Pekel – Landscapes and Urbanscapes – Acrylics on Canvas

Come with me on a fabulous painting workshop in Grafton. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study in-depth the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colours working in acrylics, using fluid acrylics and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We’ll study the horizon lines in our photos and start building our paintings there. We will explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. You will be encouraged to expand your favourite painting style! This workshop will allow experienced artists to see with new eyes and newbies will jump right in without intimidation. Does it sound easy? Well, sometimes the simple things are the most challenging.

This workshop is designed for acrylic painters of all levels and styles, 18 years and over.

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.

Acrylics Workshop with Georgia Mansur

This workshop will offer you the opportunity to explore mixed media in a sensory way by ‘dipping a toe into your personal river’ of rich life experiences, memories and imagery to express yourself through creative experimentation.

Using a wide range of prepared surfaces and materials combining acrylics, gels, pastes, digital grounds, fabric, fibre and other items to create hands-on (and like LIFE, sometimes messy) expressive pieces of art depicting simple but powerful messages drawn from the endless range of human emotions.

Georgia is very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional.  My students have given me the nickname ‘The Art Whisperer’ so I hope that you will find something here to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process. I invite you to share your experiences, ask questions and be a part of this creative community ~ we are all creative ~ and I will share with you everything I have in my power to do so ~ in the words of Vincent Van Gogh,
“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”

Antoinette Blyth Watercolour Workshop

“Fabulous Flowers and /French Village scenes – A brush with Water!”

This five-day watercolour workshop gives participants the opportunity to focus on drawing, composition, and the mixing of single pigments on the paper, to “catch the light” and achieve finished results that “sing”. The aim is to encourage creativity, consider the thought process, practise the skills and have some fun along the way!

Open to all comers 18 years and over

Antoinette Blyth is an artist, tutor, and art judge, residing in Melbourne, Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Education.
She has always drawn since childhood and values the skill of drawing highly. Her painting career began in oils but was drawn to the transparency and beauty of the many ways to paint with watercolour, hence her experience of over twenty years imparting the skills of watercolour painting to adults.

Watercolour workshop with Paul Margocsy

“Walk on the Wildside” Watercolour Workshop

This watercolour 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.

It’s a fun watercolour workshop and a time to learn how to manage this medium and these wonderful natural creatures. The backgrounds and the “props” of wildlife art are important when you are painting realism.

Open to all comers 18 years and over.

Paul was born in August 1945. As a child, he loved to draw but had no formal training or direction. After school, he started window dressing at Myer Melbourne. He was called up for two years in 1966 as a conscript and served one year overseas in the army. In 1971 he went to England and spent three years travelling and working. Married in Australia in 1974, he began painting murals for children’s nurseries. In 1978 he became engrossed in wildlife art. After much research into ornithology and through self-taught efforts and experiments he started to get the hang of it.

WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP with Antoinette Blyth

“Fabulous Flowers and /French Village scenes – A brush with Water!” watercolour workshop

Coming in April 16 – April 20, 2020, an exciting watercolour workshop that will give participants the opportunity to focus on drawing, composition, and the mixing of single pigments on the paper, to “catch the light” and achieve finished results that “sing”.

The aim of this workshop is to encourage creativity. Open to all comers 18 years and over.

Antoinette Blyth is an artist, tutor, and art judge, residing in Melbourne, Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Education.
She has always drawn since childhood and values the skill of drawing highly. Her painting career began in oils but was drawn to the transparency and beauty of the many ways to paint with watercolour, hence her experience of over twenty years imparting the skills of watercolour painting to adults.

More details and booking for this workshop are here

Don’t Miss Out

Painting & Drawing workshops close to selling out.

Don’t miss out on registering in one of the 5-day Painting & Drawing workshops at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School to be held from Thursday, April 16th to Monday, April 20th, 2020 inclusive.
“Watch your frustrations and fears disappear over the 5-day workshops”.
Fay brings some of the biggest names in Art to Grafton and their workshops which are held in April each year are often booked out many months before the event. 

Painting Plein Air at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School


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.

Calling all creatively minded people.

To join a workshop in April 2020.

The school will offer 19 – 5-day visual art school workshops all running concurrently, by 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.

At Fay Boyd’s Fine Visual Art School 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. During the workshops, locals see and offer friendship to tutors and their students often sketching the heritage buildings, the wide street scrapes lined by magnificent trees, (sorry no Jacarandas out in April).

The huge Clarence River that winds its way through the city, with Memorial Park fronting the river at the end of the main street, wonderful place to sit, paint or draw. Graftons famous bridge is known as the bendy bridge, this bridge has two bends within the structure, many tutors choose this area and Fig Tree Avenue, one block of Breimba Street, and 2020 will see these trees 100 years old.

More images of Grafton and surrounding areas are on the website view The Clarence Valley.

Workshops on offer for Thursday, April 16th to Monday, April 20th, 2020 inclusive.

Mike Kowalski Watercolour Wild, or learn when to tame it and when to let it be free.

Heidi Willis Bees Study and Botanical Painting in Watercolour. Limited vacancies

Malcolm Carver The Art of Watercolour + Apple iPad

Antoinette Blyth “Fabulous Flowers and /French Village scenes – A brush with Water!”

Mixed Media

Georgia Mansur Acrylics Workshop

Acrylics

Herman Pekel Landscapes and Urbanscapes – Acrylics on Canvas

Jenni Kelly Funtastic Acrylics

Pastels

Leoni Duff Painting the Costumed Figure from Photos in Pastel

Nature & Wildlife

Paul Margocsy – “Walk on the Wildside” Animals

Janet Matthews – Birds in their natural setting
in Colour Pencil

King Parrots
Gang Gang Cockatoos
Branches, leaves and flowers.

Pen and Wash

Cees Sliedrecht – Best of drawing with watercolour, pencil and pen

Oils

Paul McDonald Smith OAM FVAS, FRSA(Lon)- you may choose to do a portrait or still life for the five days.

Todd Whisson Oils using the Palette Knife

Botanical Art

Leonie Norton – ‘Bigger and Better: Contemporary Botanical Art’

Workshops Booked Out

You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list for the workshops listed below.

David Chen Seascapes including boats, Landscapes and Streetscapes including people. One day with a nude model. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

Judith White Booked out. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528to be placed on a waiting list.

Lyn Diefenbach Pastels with WOW: Florals and Seascapes Booked out. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

John Lovett Make It Simple in Watercolour. Booked out. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

Julian Bruere Biomorphic Expression leading into Snow gums Themes and Abstract Designs and Water concepts incorporating boats, harbour scenes, river reflections Booked out. You may contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.

Mike Kowalski Watercolour

Mike Kowalski will offer his first watercolour workshop at the upcoming Art School.

Watercolour Wild; learning when to tame it and when to let it be free!

I am delighted to offer a new exciting Watercolour workshop, at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School. We will begin by asking is Watercolour all about control, or is it? To my mind watercolour pigments, more than any other painting medium, have live’s of their own. Each pigment has its own distinct personality. I like to think of them as natural wild creatures. Learning about colours and how they behave and how they mix together, is crucial to making a good painting. Learning when to control them and when to let them go and do their own thing is what we are after in this workshop. The workshops agenda will include what I feel are the most important elements in picture making; Good colour mixing using a restricted palette, understanding values and using them for good effect, wash technique, edges and good drawing skills.

Mike has been drawing and painting as long as he can remember. Growing up in California as one of five boys, if he wasn’t building a wooden pirate ship with his brothers he was probably in the backyard drawing. He started entering art shows as a teen and eventually earned a BFA from Utah State University. Raised in California and eventually calling Marrowstone Island, WA home for many years. Since 2012 Mike has lived in Melbourne, Australia with his partner Lynn, travelling to the USA often to paint, visit friends and family and most importantly his four children. He splits his painting time between the surrounds of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

More information

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

April 2020 workshops listing EMAIL ERROR

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We sincerely apologise for this oversight and have therefore included the corrected list in this post.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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. 

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