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

Mike Kowalski is 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.

My classes are filled with insight and a good dose of humour. Painting is much better accomplished in a stress-free and fun environment.

I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. Growing up in California as one of five boys, if I wasn’t building a wooden pirate ship with my brothers I was probably in the backyard drawing. I 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 I have lived in Melbourne, Australia with my partner Lynn, travelling to the USA often to paint, visit friends and family and most importantly my four children. 

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.

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


Herman Pekel Landscapes and Urbanscapes – Acrylics on Canvas

Jenni Kelly Funtastic Acrylics


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


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.

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

Mixed media class – Embracing the unknown

Mixed Media class with Donald James Waters, Embracing the Unknown.

The primary aims of this mixed media class are to learn to work with spontaneity, gain further artistic independence, the application of creative writing and to use your reference material as reference only. The workshop will begin working with charcoal, developing line and tonal values.

Donald’s aim at all times is to work with the individual and develop their idealism.

Open to people 18 years and over who have some drawing/painting experience.

Donald James Waters OAM is an established Australian artist with an illustrious career spanning over three decades. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres to create a truly unique yet ever-evolving and eclectic style. Donald has relaxed the confines of his initial beginnings in botanical art now using stylised strokes, overemphasised characters and bold blocks of colour to shift his primary focus to that of a storyteller rather than a technically correct traditional artist.

Mixed Media Class with Donald James Waters

Register your place in this workshop here.

2019 Painting Classes

Other workshops on offer for 2019

Please Note: All the workshops run concurrently so 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 a number of 5-day workshops on offer with tutors who have been specially selected to provide students with professional, expert tuition in their chosen form of the Visual Arts.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION – Following your enrolment you will receive your Student Requirement List, a Models Fee (if applicable), and a map of Grafton plus general information for your convenience.

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.

WORKSHOP VENUE – All workshops will be held at the Grafton High School. Classrooms will be allocated on the first morning of the School.

SCHOOL CAFETERIA – Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea will be available on Campus, pre-ordering of lunches will also be offered. Your support of this small local business offering fresh home cooking would be greatly appreciated.

MEDICAL ATTENTION AND INSURANCE – The organiser holds Public Liability Insurance only; students are advised to take out independent policies for sickness, accident benefits, and personal possessions should you wish. The Emergency Department at the Grafton Base Hospital is open 24 hours a day for any emergency treatment required.

ACCOMMODATION – Please book your accommodation early. A list of suggested hotels, motels, etc. is available from our Accommodation Page. If you need help or advice, please do not hesitate to phone the office on 02 6643 1528.