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WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP with Antoinette Blyth

“Fabulous Flowers and /French Village scenes – A brush with Water!” watercolour workshop

Coming in April 16 – April 20, 2020, an exciting watercolour workshop that will give 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 of this workshop is to encourage creativity. 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.

More details and booking for this workshop are here

Don’t Miss Out

Painting & Drawing workshops close to selling out.

Don’t miss out on registering in one of the 5-day Painting & Drawing workshops at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School to be held from Thursday, April 16th to Monday, April 20th, 2020 inclusive.
“Watch your frustrations and fears disappear over the 5-day workshops”.
Fay brings some of the biggest names in Art to Grafton and their workshops which are held in April each year are often booked out many months before the event. 

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Painting Plein Air at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School


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.

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.

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

April 2020 workshops listing EMAIL ERROR

An email campaign that we sent out earlier today had an error in the April 2020 workshops listing.
We sincerely apologise for this oversight and have therefore included the corrected list in this post.

A follow-up email apology is queued to be sent to all the subscribers who received the incorrect email earlier today.

APRIL 2020 WORKSHOPS

The dates for the 2020 workshops are:

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

Mediums, Workshops, and Tutors

Mixed Media

Judith White

Watercolour

John Lovett

Malcolm Carver

Julian Bruere Biomorphic Expression leading into Snow gums Themes and Abstract Designs and Water concepts incorporating boats, harbour scenes, river reflections

Jan Vincent

Pastels

Lyn Diefenbach

Nature & Wildlife

Paul Margocsy

Pen and Wash

Cees Sliedrecht

Oils

Paul McDonald Smith – you may choose to do a portrait or still life for the five days.

David Chen Seascapes including boats, Landscapes and Streetscapes including people. One day with a nude model. 

Botanical Art

Leonie Norton

More 2020 information here

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.

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.

Read more.

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

 

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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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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Kasey’s Website

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.

Our 2019 Workshops are filling fast, book now.

 

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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