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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.

2 Vacancies in Lyn Diefenbach OILS Workshop

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

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

Book Here.

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

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

April 2019 ART workshops with vacancies

The dates for 2019 Grafton Art Workshops are:

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

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

Please Note: All art workshops run concurrently this allows you to only enrol in one workshop. Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School will be held at the Grafton High School.

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

View the full list of workshops here

Free the artist trapped inside you art workshopwith Herman Pekel.

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Herman Pekel

Using acrylics as watercolour.

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

More information and booking page.

Watercolour Magic! art workshop with Malcolm Carver

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Malcolm Carver

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

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

More Information and booking page

Techniques in oils art workshop with Kasey Sealy.

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Kasey Sealy

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

More Information and booking page.

Adventures in Acrylics art workshop with Patrick Carroll

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Patrick Carroll

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

More information and booking page.

Embracing the Unknown art workshop with Donald James Waters

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Donald James Waters

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

More information and booking page

2020 Fine Art Workshops

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

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

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

2020 Fine Art Workshops on offer

Terms and conditions for 2020

The dates for the 2020 Grafton Fine Art School are:

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

Fees for 2020 will be

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

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

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

Paintings for sale

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

Herman Pekel paintings for sale

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

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

Amanda Hyatt paintings for sale

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

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

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

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.

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.

Learn More

Kasey’s Website

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.

 

Fun in Oils with 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.

More information

Workshop vacancies as at 28 Feb.

03. Malcolm Carver – Sketching and Watercolour Painting 1 Vacancy

06. Paul McDonald Smith – Landscape, Still life and portraits.  2 Vacancies

07. Fiona Craig -Painting Flowers in Oils  1 Vacancy

10. Chris Postle – Adventures in Acrylics 3 Vacancies

12. Jenni Kelly – Funtastic Acrylic 1 Vacancy

15. Cees Sliedrecht – What’s New in Pen and Wash 1 Vacancy

18. Janet Matthews – Honeyeaters and Flowering Gum in Pencil, Colour Pencil, and Graphite. 1 Vacancy

Art Workshops Filling Fast

As of today, we have places available in the following workshops for our April art school.

01. Kasey Sealy – The Importance of Timing in Watercolour 3 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

02. Amanda Hyatt – Amanda’s Other Art 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

06. Paul McDonald Smith – Landscape, Still life and portraits.  3 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

07. Fiona Craig -Painting Flowers in Oils 2 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

10. Chris Postle – Adventures in Acrylics 3 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

11. Herman Pekel – Be Brave and Have Fun With Watercolour or Acrylics 2 VACANCIES AVAILABLE

12. Jenni Kelly – Funtastic Acrylic 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

15. Cees Sliedrecht – What’s New in Pen and Wash 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

17. Paul Margocsy – Away with the Birds in any water-based medium. 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

18. Janet Matthews – Honeyeaters and Flowering Gum in Pencil, Colour Pencil, and Graphite. 1 VACANCY AVAILABLE

 

 

 

 

Three Lines, Three Tones, Three Colours

Vibrant Landscapes, Streetscapes & Marinescapes in Oils

In this workshop, you will learn the steps necessary that will assist you in the making of a great painting. Our painting will be alla prima [wet into wet], and we will start with three simple, essential lines that will be the backbone of the initial drawing.

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Paul McDonald Smith oil painting workshop

STILL LIFE AND PORTRAIT IN OILS – Having fun with Faces, Fruit and Flowers

Paul McDonald Smith OAM, FVAS, FRSA

Watch your paintings come to life with light and shade, form and space and sparkling with colour.

More Information.

Landscapes added to Paul’s Art Class

Paul McDonald Smith has added landscapes to the topics covered in his art workshop he is tutoring for us in April.

Paul’s workshop will now cover portraits, still-life, and landscapes in oils.

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Three Lines, Three Tones, Three Colours

Vibrant Landscapes, Streetscapes & Marinescapes in Oils

In this workshop, we will learn the basic steps that will assist you in the making of a good painting. Our painting will be alla prima [wet into wet] and we will start with three simple, important lines that will be the backbone of the initial drawing.

Read more