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Discover the artist within you in small, inspirational and carefully structured classes.

Every single person has the ability to create art and under the guidance of a skilled and attentive teacher, your talent can flourish.

Master Artist Marcel Desbiens has years of experience teaching students to find their own artistic voice and to gain and strengthen their technical skills. Hear what past and current what our students say about us.

Our award-winning guest artists have courses and workshops for all skill levels in oil painting, acrylics, watercolour, drawing, pastels; and in different areas of interest such as clouds, skin texture, water, landscapes and so on. We also have private lessons for intensive training in any technical area you need.

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      • Botanical Art Workshop | Jessie Ford

        Jessie Rose Ford’s techniques in watercolour painting and grey lead drawing lend her botanical subjects an impressive level of realism. As a Melbourne-based artist, Jessie’s passion for nature and the environment is evident in her work and in the numerous solo and group exhibitions in which her work has featured. Her art residency on Flinders Island in Tasmania in 2015 also led to Jessie receiving the Highly Commended Prize at the ReFraming Nature exhibition at the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens that year.
        After several years experience in teaching her botanical art techniques, Jessie is now embarking on a journey around Australia, to share her knowledge, connect with
        communities and build new relationships – all while exploring more of our beautiful country and its diverse natural environments.

        About this class

        Prior to the invention of photography, botanical art was the only way of documenting plant life. In recent years though, botanical art has experienced a resurgence, not only as a means of capturing the uniqueness of plants and flowers and contributing to scientific and environmental research, but as an art form in its own right.
        In this one day workshop, award winning, Victorian-based botanical artist, Jessie Rose Ford, will show you how to capture the secret life of plants in watercolour.
        Under Jessie’s guidance you can learn the time-honoured techniques of botanical art and discover why Jessie and many others have developed a passion for this art form.

        What will I learn?

        Jessie will guide you through her step-by-step process to create your own botanical painting, including:
        • how to draw your subject accurately
        • transferring your drawing onto watercolour paper
        • observing light, shade and form
        • basic colour theory
        • matching and mixing the correct colour
        • watercolour techniques including wet-in-wet, blending and dry brush
        • an appreciation for the minutiae of nature!

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Students of all experience levels, from beginners to advanced, are welcomed to this workshop.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by. We do have a fridge and microwave at the studio for your convenience.

        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What is provided?

        All art materials will be provided.

        • tea, coffee and biscuits
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

      • Relax with Watercolour (Paint & Sip) Fruit

        About this class

        Add colour to your Friday night with this unique paint and sip style watercolour  session, in which you supply the wine and we supply the rest!
        This casual, relaxed class – held once a month – is perfect for absolute beginners, as no prior painting experience is needed.

        During the session, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with watercolour paints in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while creating your own unique framed artwork to take home with you. 

        What will I learn?

        This month we’ll be making beautiful images of fruit.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Anyone who wants to have fun experimenting with watercolours. If you’ve never painted before, this is the perfect, relaxed opportunity to give it a try.
        What do I need to bring?

        Whatever you would like to sip while you paint.

        What is provided?

        • all painting equipment, including watercolour paints and high-quality watercolour paper
        • glassware
        • brushes, carbon paper, and an apron
        • a few nibbles
        • 3 unique, custom designed stencils to work from
        • an A5 frame to take home to frame your finished work of art. 
        • aprons

      • Untutored Life Drawing

        About this class

        These casual classes offer artists of all levels the opportunity to develop their life drawing skills in an untutored environment.

        We provide a spacious air conditioned /heated room and a professional life model who will pose in a variety of short and long poses.

        What will I learn?

        This is an untutored class for you to further your own practice.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Artists of all levels who want to practice their drawing skills. Absolute beginners are welcome as well as experienced artists.

        What do I need to bring?

        Bring along your drawing materials. Limited art supplies are available for purchase at the studio if you need a top up or are just starting out.

        What is provided?

        • a professional life model
        • easels
        • backing boards
        • chairs
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (you might like to bring your own cup)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community.

        Purchase a 6 class pass

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