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Regine Thompson - Winner Helen Ovens Perpetual Trophy 2016

Posted Monday, 19th September, 2016

The Helen Ovens Perpetual Trophy was judged at the Helen Kuster Painting Weekend, Forestville.

Congratulations goes to Regine Thompson for her beautiful entry. This years competition was open to the individual entrants own design. Regine is a fitting winner. She soes a fantastic job as the Memory Box Coordinator for the FDAA.

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Helen Kuster Painting Weekend

Posted Sunday, 18th September, 2016

What a way to spend the weekend ... painting a challenging piece by Helen Kuster. Fifteen students joined together at the Forest Community Arts Centre to do just that! They came from Sydney, down from north of Sydney & across the pond from New Zealand!

Day 1 - Neatness is not the name of the game! For all the neat freaks doing the class this was, as the norm, a stumbling block. Helen, our wonderful teacher, as always exhibited her usual patience & lay back attitude to teaching. Surprisingly the amount of work achieved today was pretty amazing. Conversations were scarce due to high levels of concentration by all but this concentration was also quite relaxing as the early stages of the design were easy going & repetitive. Tomorrow may not be so kind!!

Day 2 - Refreshed & ready! A wet one for our second workshop day with Helen Kuster. Everyone return ... a good sign ... ready to take on what challenges the day would bring. Reverse painting the background was a challenge but the results revealed the absolute beauty of Helen's design. Silence certainly ruled the day as concentration was the focus.

Helen has always been a most generous & sharing teacher with a wealth of tips & hints to overcome the challenges her amazing designs hold. We can't thank her enough for coming to Sydney and conducting a great workshop over the last two days. Safe travels back home & we will see you again in the future! Check out Helen's other amazing designs -

August Painting Day with Lorraine Wingfield

Posted Saturday, 6th August, 2016

STROKEWORK ...... oh dear .... the challenge of it all!! 15 brave souls took the challenge to pick up their brushes & return to the basic stroke work of traditional Folk Art under the tutelage of Lorraine Wingfield - el President!!!

Although the pattern used traditional stroke work - commas, 'c' strokes, 's' strokes - the colour palette was one that bought the piece screaming into the 2000s. The promotional photo did not do justice to the piece … a shame as the piece was beautiful. Full credit to the students who pushed the creative boundary by changing the palette & pattern to fit a variety of interesting shapes & sized pieces.

This author is biased to the teaching prowess & generosity of Lorraine Wingfield, having worked closely with her when teaching novice artists during Paint N Take classes at various craft shows, to being a student of Lorraine's for some 10 plus years. It is no surprise that Lorraine's ability to teach & make a project seem simple is special gift!

A big 'Thanks!' to Lorraine for a great class & for all her efforts in keeping the fire burning bright in the FDAA through her efforts in organising our regular Painting Days. If you haven't joined us for one of these day ... it is time you should!!

Our next Painting Day October 8 with our guest teacher Steve Underwood -

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Craft & Quilt Fair, Glebe Island 2016

Posted Sunday, 10th July, 2016

Once again the FDAA is at the Craft & Quilt Fair at Glebe Island. We have some great hand painted pieces for sale & are running two amazing classes aimed at getting novices hooked on Folk & Decorative painting. Our members have volunteered their time to man the display. Come along and join us ... check out our sales area or join a class!!!

Sunday night ... another Craft & Quilt Fair under the belt ... all packed & waiting for the truck .... Brett Stuart, from Mates Rates Removals, has been a big part of getting the FDAA to & from the Craft & Quilt shows over the years ... a true gentleman to whom nothing is any trouble! Big thank you!

Big thanks to all those members who were able to be at the Fair, especially for Bump In & Bump Out, well done!

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June Painting Day with Denise Shulik

Posted Saturday, 4th June, 2016

Saturday saw a wet, windy & wild day in Sydney town with the East Coast Low threatening all kinds of nasty weather.

Nine brave & hardy students with one determined teacher, made it to St Ives & the safety of St Ives Community Church to enjoy a day of painting & chat.

The project had been adapted to many different pieces - wood & canvas, large & small - such was the adaptability of the pattern.

Denise Shulik is a generous teacher & the project was one that could satisfy the loose painter or the not so loose painter. 
Concentration was definitely the name of the game with the room becoming very quiet at intervals.

The workshop was enjoyed by all present, and the results speak for themselves.

Many thanks to Denise for her tutelage on the day & for driving the distance in difficult conditions. 
Also, special thanks to all those who attended the workshop, especially those who travelled considerable distance to participate given the conditions on the day!

Our next Painting Day August 6 - Guest artist Lorraine Wingfield.


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