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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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      • Draw and Paint for Beginners with Sandra Temple

        About this Course

        Develop your drawing skills in this accelerated 6 week course with internationally-recognised artist, Sandra Temple.
        You will have the opportunity to learn, or re-learn the basics of drawing, using easy and effective principles that Sandra has developed over her 30 plus years as a professional artist. You can then apply those skills in whatever medium captures your interest.

        What will I learn?

        In weeks 1 to 3 you will be working solely in graphite pencil and depending on your skill level, either starting from the basics, or going back to basics, to develop your drawing skills. Start with easy tonal work and understanding graphite, progressing through 1 point and 2-point perspective, the basic strokes that make up all techniques, simplifying objects into shapes for more accurate drawing, then circles and elipses.
        Sandra will share with you many of the hints and tips she has gleaned from her experience and show you how to use tone and shape to produce great pictures with ease.

        Sandra will also introduce you to a range of different mediums in week 3 and 4 that you have the opportunity to explore.
        In weeks 5 and 6, you will be able to work in your preferred medium and choose your own subjects to work on. Under Sandra’s expert individual tutoring, tailored to meet your needs and your preferred ways of working, you will produce at least one complete work in your chosen medium.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This class is suitable for absolute beginners, as well as those who would like to go back to the basics of drawing.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please bring the following items to class:

        • HB and 2B graphite pencil (Faber-Castell 9000 series preferred)
        • Kneadable eraser and Vinyl eraser (Faber-Castell brand preferred)
        • Pencil sharpener and battery operated eraser (smiggle or art shop kind)
        • A4 good quality sketch pad and 6 sheets of A4 photocopy paper.

        Materials for weeks 4, 5 and 6 will be dependent on your preferred medium. You can either try a new medium or extend your skills with materials you have at home.

        What is provided

        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

      • Studio Painting | Marcel Desbiens

        About this course

        Do you find it hard to devote time to your painting practice?
        Do you get stuck with a painting and don’t know where to take it next?
        Do you have technical questions about your painting?
        Are you looking for a group of likeminded artists to paint with?

        The Studio Painting course provides:

        • uninterrupted time to focus on your own work
        • an expert tutor to help you extend your skills
        • a small group of passionate likeminded artists

        Each term runs for 8 weeks. Priority is given to existing studio painting students and alumni.
        Course fee is $560. Take advantage of the earlybird fee, $532 if paid by 28 days before the start of the course.

        What will I learn?*

        Everything you need to know to complete your own painting project.

        Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 students to guarantee personal attention.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Those who have completed Foundation in Oils and ‘Gain Confidence in Oils’ courses, or who have the equivalent skills and experience.

        What do I need to bring?

        Bring your painting materials with you. Limited art supplies are available for purchase at the studio if you need a top up.

        Please bring odourless solvent only and avoid any strong smelling mediums.

        What is provided?

        • easels
        • backing boards
        • chairs
        • tables
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community.

      • 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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