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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.

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.

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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

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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

 

The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc.

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Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc.

Invites you to attend

A DEMONSTRATION BY HERMAN PEKEL & JOSEPH ZBUKVIC

Followed by an auction of the painting.

Venue: Malvern Artists Society, 1297-1299 High St, Malvern.

Date: Sunday 25th November 2018, 1pm-5pm. Entry: $10. Refreshments provided.
Register your attendance by SMS: 0419350164

 

6 ways painting benefits your brain and health

Trying to keep your mind and body sharp becomes more important as you age. Although doctors recommend exercise to stay fit physically, find a creative outlet that keeps your mind active while expanding your horizons. Painting is a fun hobby that focuses your mind and delivers numerous health benefits. I offer you six benefits of painting as a hobby that promotes mental health and improves your quality of life.

1. Painting Promotes Creative Growth

Many people pigeonhole themselves in right-brain or left-brain boxes early in life and then use that conclusion to determine that is all they can be for the remainder of their lives. The practice of painting as a hobby comes most natural to creative, right-brain individuals.

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Pursuing a hobby such as painting is not limited for the creative individuals.

Pursuing a hobby such as painting is not limited for the creative individuals, though. Logical left-brain people can stimulate and nurture their artistic growth by practising painting too. Focus and practice, two skills inherent in left-brain people, allow these individuals to learn and master their creative abilities at their own pace.

2. Boost Memory by Painting

Painting strengthens memory skills and serves to sharpen the mind through conceptual visualisation and application. People who regularly practice creative pursuits such as painting, writing, and sketching have less probability of developing memory loss related illnesses as they age.

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Painting strengthens memory skills and serves to sharpen the mind

Painting for a hobby allows individuals to communicate their emotions and feelings without using words. People who paint use that hobby to conquer shyness and express their personality. Using painting to tell a story lets someone who is shy let go of usual social apprehensions.

3. Builds Motor Skills and Problem-Solving Dexterity

Most of us imagine that painting increases creative skills, but many of us would be surprised to learn that it encourages critical thinking. An artist must think abstractly to bring multiple outlines to life in a painting. What the artist first imagines at the beginning a painting will often change considerably during the progression of the artwork, due to colour constraints or unanticipated outcomes that occur during artistic realisation. The creative vision evolves during the painting process, building critical skills in problem-solving. To think outside the box becomes as natural as breathing for a painter.

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To think outside the box becomes as natural as breathing for a painter.

An individual’s motor skills improve when they decide to take up painting as a hobby. Handling a paintbrush increases the mobility in the hands and the fingers. The motor skills that develop ultimately become mental shortcuts that the brain uses in everyday life.

4. Stress Relief

The problem of stress is something everyone deals with at some point in their lives. High levels of anxiety and stress play a huge part in mental-health issues. Painting and other visual arts pursuits provide an emotional release for people that struggle with pressure. Concentrating on painting allows an individual’s mind to relax and forget, momentarily, all the problems and demands in their lives that have led to a high level of stress.

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Painting and other visual arts pursuits provide an emotional release for people that struggle with pressure.

When people create something artistic with the medium of paint, the creative mind is stimulated while easing the mental strain. Unleashing anxiety in the medium of paint helps a person relax and let go of all the pressures that trouble the mind. A low-stress level leads to a healthier, happier lifestyle and aids to improve the overall health mentally.

5. Painting Encourages an Optimistic Approach

Making beautiful artwork with the medium of paint restores an optimistic view of life. An artist starts by setting goals in his or her mind to further their painting skills and grow to be a more proficient artist. When an individual attains the next level of skill, the accomplishment inspires a positive reaction emotionally. Over time, an artists skill and progress alleviate negative emotions and gives pleasure and happiness to the painter. Painting bolsters self-esteem and motivates people to reach further levels of expertise.

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Painting bolsters self-esteem and motivates people to reach further levels of expertise.

Painting as a hobby creates a relaxing, open setting where artists feel safe in exploring their own vision. The bonus of growing and developing artistic skills creates a feeling of ability. Creating visually captivating artwork that others like gives the artist a feeling of pride and satisfaction in their artwork.

6. Cultivates Growth Emotionally

Artists pour their emotions into their artwork through the process of painting. This inspires artists to look at their own emotional well-being and take stock of their feelings that they may not even realise they had. Freeing emotions through painting is a purging experience for many artists. Many therapists advise painting or drawing as a therapy path for people who have endured psychologically painful conflicts. Purging emotions by painting advances healing through philosophical, emotional statements.

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Freeing emotions through painting is a purging experience for many artists.

People who paint undergo an increase in their emotional intellect level. Letting your emotions come out in paint helps you recognise your own emotional state and understand which problems contribute to your different moods.

Experimenting with different forms of painting will help you understand what sparks feelings such as sadness, happiness, love, and anger. As often as not, the emotions you sense when creating your work project onto the individuals that view your paintings. Artists can bring happiness to others, sharing their mindset with the viewers. This ability makes artists better company for themselves and for those close to them.

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Artists can bring happiness to others, sharing their mindset with the viewers.

Whilst painting may not contribute much to physical fitness, the advantages to overall health are incredibly significant. Given all the beneficial qualities of this artistic hobby, it is clear that painting develops robust mental health in individuals of every age. Taking up painting promotes a happy mood not only in the artist but also in people around them.

Our list of visual art workshops on offer.

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.

Hone your skills with Amanda Hyatt

Be prepared for a great workshop with a dynamic tutor.

Amanda Hyatt is a realist tonal impressionist artist who paints in the fast alla prima way of spontaneously capturing the moment and light. She excels in en plein air work and always paints full sheets. As a tonal artist her moody, light-filled, atmospheric and energised paintings leave an indelible impression.

Amanda 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.

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Extend your passion in watercolour

With Greg Allen

The workshop is geared to expand horizons in creativity, technical handling of the medium of watercolour, and will include examining the medium in depth.

This workshop is for experienced watercolourists who have sound experience with watercolour and a thorough understanding of the four primary washes and good brush handling skills.

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

One of the half dozen professional watercolour artists currently working in Australia, Greg Allen’s career now spans 32 years. In this time he has had a multitude of solo and group exhibitions, not to mention numerous awards for his work including Australia’s most prestigious watercolour prize, the Camberwell Rotary, four times. His achievements and his versatility also mark him as a sought after and highly regarded teacher, both internationally and overseas. Greg is a member of the Australian Watercolour Society, the 20 Melbourne Painters Societies and is represented exclusively by Jenny Pihan Fine Art in Melbourne.

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Oil techniques with Kasey Sealy

Learn to get the feeling of light in your oil paintings, impasto paint techniques, the planning of your art is essential, and then critiquing the pictures at the finished stage to improve them.

Paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the Clarence River. The active spirit of the town is enhanced with architecture, wide city streets, beautiful trees and figures. Open to all comers who have some experience in the medium of Oil, 18 years and over. 

Kasey Sealy: was born in Forbes in 1961, Kasey began painting at the age of 17yrs in 1978, and has painted professionally since 1980.

He has had six solo exhibitions in London and represented at major London Art Fairs, such as ‘Olympia’ where a record price of 18,000 pounds was established for a major canvas in 2002.

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Dementia, Art and Neuroplasticity

An interesting interview on the benefits of painting for the creative process especially dementia, from Sydney Ideas in August 2018.

Speakers

Associate Professor Elizabeth Scott, Director USpace St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney

Professor Sharon Naismith, Healthy Brain Ageing Program, Brain and Mind Centre University of Sydney

Gill Nicol, Director of Audience Engagement Museum of Contemporary Art

Samantha Meers, Nelson Meers Foundation

Bernadette Harvey, Senior Lecturer Piano, Sydney Conservatorium

Fenella Kernebone moderator

Listen to the interview here.

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Painting Orchids with Kate Nolan

Orchids are a fascinating and unique group of plants.

Orchids look quite different to most other flowers and can make a fantastic subject in botanical art because of their spectacular shapes and beautiful and unusual colouring.

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In this course, we will aim to use these orchids to create some really special artwork.

An enduring love for the natural world has inspired all Kate’s work and she seeks to inspire others likewise, as well as to maintain scientific interest and practise traditional artistic values to the highest standard.

In her artwork, she strives to maintain scientific accuracy and to balance this with aesthetic values. So she aims always to create striking, beautiful, interesting and accurate artwork.

In all her courses Kate helps students to achieve their personal best in relation to their art.

Kate feels that art is a journey which is completely personal and that this journey is one to take the time to enjoy fully in all its ups and downs.

Art is the expression of this journey and technique is there to support the art, so Kate gives as much tuition on technique as she can in each class as well as trying always to gently remind people of the importance of the journey.

Kate draws her inspiration from nature wherever she travels. She feels that by portraying natures fascinating intricacy, she can express the importance of the connections humans have with nature.

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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.

 

Flowers in Watercolour

Painting flowers with 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.

This is a challenging art form, but for anyone familiar with my workshops, you’ll know that I have very practical, no-nonsense approach to my work and teaching, and I don’t tend to get bogged down in theory in my classes.

Through extensive demonstrations, step-by-step tuition, and guided learning we will work to demystify and simplify the process and create valuable strategies to achieve successful outcomes.

Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught natural history watercolour artist. Her work illustrates our native and exotic plants, fruits and seed capsules.

While her powerful, distinctive portraits of Australia’s unique and spectacular birdlife offer viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it. 

Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s leading emerging artistic talents and her international reputation as an exceptional natural history, wildlife artist, and a botanical artist is well established.

Her works can be found in significant public and private collections around the world and often sold before completion. In 2004, Heidi had 20 works selected for her first Botanica exhibition in the Sydney Botanic Gardens.

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Flowers in Watercolour Workshop with 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.

My workshops always have a strong focus on the watercolour medium in general, because when we understand the medium, we can apply these skills to any subject you choose. We will explore washes, glazes and dry brushing to help your work progress and to find the best way forward for you as an individual artist.

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Pen and Wash with Cees Sliedrecht

Finally, a workshop that is hands on!

From the very first hour in this pen and wash workshop, you will be drawing. 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.

The pen and wash topics at hand are varied.

They include people and figure drawing and painting. Urban Sketching topics and Street scenes in Grafton. Overseas scenes, Animals/ Birds and more.

If you are already an experienced painter and are a little tired of what you have been doing, this pen and wash workshop would be a new inspiration for you and will help you to breathe new life in your work.

It does not matter whether you are starting out or are already more advanced.

Cees Sliedrecht always loved to do art. When I matriculated, I studied to become a teacher and went to the art academies in Rotterdam and The Hague, learning the master’s way of doing things. 

After several art exhibitions in Europe, traveling the old world, I settled in Australia, Brisbane. Although my career was in business management, my heart was with the arts, and I continued having exhibitions, participated in art shows, won awards and published my work in magazines such as The Australian Palette and The Australian Artist. 

Wow, let’s start……….See you in the workshop!

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