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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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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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“Go with the Flow” Watercolours

With Jacky Pearson

Watercolours are the most exciting and versatile of all the mediums.

Jacky will cover the three essential steps for creating a sense of space: atmospheric and linear perspective and stacking.

Open to all comers 18 years and over

Multi award-winning professional artist and tutor Jacky Pearson is fascinated by light and atmosphere which is the driving force for her paintings.  While she specialises in watercolours, loving the sense of freedom and spontaneity which this medium does best; oils, pastels, and charcoal are also a frequent part of her work.  Jacky has painted since childhood although pursued a career in soil conservation.  She now works on her art full time.  Self-taught, Jacky has attended workshops with some of the worlds top watercolour artists.  She believes anyone who wants to can paint and express themselves; it is the desire that creates the talent, the rest is just hard work and some excellent tuition.

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Watercolour Magic with Malcolm Carver

SKETCHING & PAINTING IN WATERCOLOUR

Capturing the essence in watercolour

Simplifying detail

Malcolm’s fresh and enlightened approach to is designed to ensure a new direction in learning to see forms and shapes including an understanding of depth in perspective.

Malcolm is an architect and an artist, his inspiration comes from the search for original imagery with a fascination for lighting effects.

Malcolm has won numerous awards, with his enlightened and passionate approach to sketching, drawing and watercolour painting.

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Wildlife Art with Paul Margocsy

Take a walk on the wild side of wildlife art.

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. The backgrounds and the “props” of wildlife art are important when you are painting realism. This course will be enthralling, exciting and totally fulfilling

painting nature can be fun.

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Donald James Waters OAM

Embracing the Unknown workshop.

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.

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.

Register your place in this workshop here.

Amanda Hyatt’s Watercolour Workshop

Amanda demonstrating for her students at her 2018 watercolour workshop at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School.

See what Amanda is doing for 2019 at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School.

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

 

 

 

 

Janet Matthews, Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017

Everyone at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School would like to extend to Janet our congratulations on this well-deserved accolade.

The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia has awarded Janet Matthews the prestigious Wildlife Artist of the Year Award for 2017.

This is Janet’s third time winning this award, and that speaks volumes about the dedication to and quality of her work.

Janet will be tutoring a botanical art workshop for us in 2018, more information.

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Janet is a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She has a Diploma and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Monash University.

“It is such an honour to receive this award. This is my third time to have won Wildlife Artist of the Year, and each time it is a surprise and an honour to do so.  There are so many aspects to achieve to earn this award.  Firstly I needed to consistently enter the exhibitions throughout the year.  This is always demanding to have the ‘right’ artworks available for each exhibition, especially if they have a theme or common subject. 

Secondly, I needed to have artworks that were of an incredibly high standard, that would hopefully win the awards at each exhibition. It is challenging to compete with all mediums as some are very ‘strong’ styles.  My work is in colour pencil and graphite and even though they are often powerful images, they have a gentleness and subtlety that isn’t often on the judges list of criteria.

Finally, being an individual with my work is so important. People can identify the drawings as mine, from both my techniques, style and subject matter.

I like to have some quirky aspect to the work, whether it be the antics of the subjects, their expressions, their interaction in a very human way like how we chat to each other or it may be a different view of the subject – like my over and under water images.

It is such a thrill to receive this award and all the respect it shows for me and my work.”

 

Janet Matthews Wildlife in Pencil, Graphite, Colour Pencil & Watercolour Pencil

Janet Matthews Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF.

This is a workshop that will explore how to draw wildlife with personality and detail as well as learn many techniques for using Colour Pencil, Graphite, and Watercolour pencil. Graphite – Janet will share her techniques in graphite, drawing a long-haired animal, using resist methods, blenders, erasers and how to use the full range of different pencils.

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Heidi Willis Art Workshop

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, whilst 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.

 

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The Importance of Timing in Watercolour

In this exciting workshop,

there will be lots of step by step demonstrations explaining the watercolour process, the importance of the first wash, correct transparency, a full explanation of correct timing before you move onto the next wash, in-depth colour theory, tone drawing and composition.

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