Budding artists brush up on skills
THE inaugural Fay Boyd Fine Art School was conducted this week at Grafton High.
The school aims to gather serious artists and dilettantes and give them creative instruction, direction and inspiration.
"This year we had about 80 people attend five different workshops," Ms Boyd said.
"All the classes were in painting and drawing.
"I think people come for a variety of reasons, some are professional artists and others are people trying to tap into their creativity."
Sydney-based artist Judith White made the seven-hour drive to teach mixed medium art to a class of nine keen students.
"We have had people come from all over for this," said Ms White.
"Some have come down from Queensland and others from way out west."
"Mixed media uses any water-based materials," said Ms White.
"We just drew a life model and they will be turning those drawings into paintings later today."
Ms White has been enjoying her stay in Grafton and was glad to see Ms Boyd tackle a new project.
"Grafton's great; I have been coming here for about 15 years," she said.
"Originally I was coming for Art Fest and I was really sad when Fay retired and then 12 months later she started this and I was very pleased."
Ms White believes that courses like this are great for both the teachers and students.
"This sort of thing is phenomenal for those who live or work in remote areas and cannot always get to training classes.
"It's really good to be able to bring my knowledge of mixed media art to the area. Instruction in it is hard to find because it is not very mainstream. As a teacher it's great to be away from home and surrounded by people living, eating and breathing art."
Ms Boyd was very pleased with the high level of attendance and has already started organising the school for next year.
"We have already started booking tutors for the next one in 2013," she said.