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Paul McDonald Smith Workshop

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

Paul McDonald Smith OAM, FVAS, FRSA

This workshop will explore a range of Still Life, Portrait, and Landscape subjects. Students of any level will rise to the challenges of these exciting subjects. They will love the relaxed and happy atmosphere that Paul’s classes are renowned for.

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Tutors confirmed for 2019

We are pleased to announce the list of tutors thus far who have confirmed that they will be teaching in Grafton for us in April 2019.

This list is by no means complete, so it is advisable to check back often to see who else is confirmed. We will post updates on the site and on social media as the list changes.

Workshop descriptions have yet to be provided by the tutors, and as soon as we receive them, we will post them on the site.

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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.

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SEAVIEW GALLERY PRESENTS AMANDA HYATT

THE IMPRESSIONIST EXHIBITION

7 – 29 OCTOBER, 2017

Amanda Hyatt has achieved much acclaim for the innovation and excellence of her watercolours over the last 35 years. She has won many major Art Awards including Camberwell, the Kenneth Jack, the Bale and Artist of the Year at the Victorian Artists Society to name a few.

Amanda is an “alla prima” artist, painting “at first go”. She creates an impressionistic and expressive effect immediately and spontaneously. Her work portrays a sense of light and energy with a play of tones and contrasts, lights and darks and an omission of unnecessary detail.

Don’t miss this wonderful exhibition of inspirational watercolours.

Seaview Gallery

Gallery Hours 10.30am – 5.00pm daily
Closed Wednesday
86 Hesse Street, Queenscliff 3225
Phone +61 3 5258 3645
seaviewgallery2@eftel.net.au
www.seaviewgallery.com.au

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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Paul McDonald Smith – Oils Visual Art Workshop

Students of any level will be inspired by the challenges of these exciting subjects and will love the relaxed and happy atmosphere that Paul’s classes are known for, enjoying regular demonstrations by the tutor each day.

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2018 brochure now online.

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

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11 Reasons Why You Should Attend an Art Workshop.

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

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

Benefits of Painting.

1. Communication

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

2. Therapy

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

3. Self-esteem

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

 

4. Mobility

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

5. Concentration and Healing

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

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

6. Mental Health

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

7. Brain Activity

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

8. Emotional Intelligence

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

9. Art Appreciation

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

10. Culture

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

11. But more importantly, it’s Fun

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

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

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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.

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We support Grafton High School’s Go Art Open Exhibition

We are proud to support the Go Art Open Exhibition which is presented and organised by the P&C of the Grafton High School.

The aim of this prize is to not only foster the artistic talent of people living within the Clarence Valley, but to bring together talented Artists from all over Australia for an inclusive exhibition.

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If you have attended one of our workshops in the past…

We are always keen to receive your views. The feedback you give allows us to continually adapt our workshops to better suit your needs. We would appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes filling in this form. These statistics and comments can be anonymous, but if you would like to be contacted we will need your details at the end of the form.

Workshop Evaluation and Feedback Form

 

 

2018 Tutors’ galleries are now online.

Browse through the works created by our 2018 Tutors online now.

The workshop information will be added soon.

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Another fabulous visual art week comes to a close.

Well another year of fabulous workshops and incredible talent has come to a close.

We wish to thank the tutors, volunteers and students for another successful event.

Wishing safe travels home to everyone.

We hope to see you in 2018, we have a great line up of tutors ready to inspire you.

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Only a handful of places remaining

With 13 days to go until the fun starts we have only a few vacancies available in three workshops. Come and join the fun, don’t miss out.

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