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It’s More than Just Painting!

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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      • Studio Painting | Marcel Desbiens

        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.

        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.

      • Portrait in Pastels for Beginners | David Wells

        Learn the easy steps to making a truly beautiful Portrait in Pastels from internationally acclaimed figurative pastel artist, David Wells who will guide you through the process of creating a portrait with detail, dimension, softness, expression and likeness.

        What will I learn?

        David’s relaxed, but highly informative teaching style creates a relaxed in friendly atmosphere is these workshops. And class sizes are kept small so that you receive individual attention.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        No drawing skills are required for this course, so it is suitable for absolute beginners, as well as for anyone who would like to begin to develop their skills in portraiture and/or pastels.

        What do I need to bring?

        View Materials List
        Please also bring baby wipes and an old towel.

        What is provided?

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

        Purchase a David Wells Pastels Signature Set
        Limited Edition 10 Schmincke Soft Pastels.

      • Cloudscapes in Oils | Hobie Porter

        This workshop focuses on how to paint clouds convincingly. A major aspect of the workshop covers brush-handling techniques to achieve those qualities that clouds so commonly emit, characterised by their intangibility, softness and lightness while ironically still adhering to a perception of volume and form.

        What will I learn?

        In order to mix specific colours, Hobie Porter separates his colour analysis into three components: hue, tonality & chromatic intensity. Hobie believes colour-mixing accuracy is one of the most crucial aspects of a successful painting and offers a straightforward strategy to greatly improve colour-mixing skills.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Adults; Youth; Upper middle.

        What do I need to bring?

        You are invited to bring a good quality printed photograph of a cloud / cloudscape as a reference for your painting on either a canvas or board. Try to ensure that the print has a good range of tonal contrast. If in doubt, bring a couple of photographs in to consult with Hobie.

        Please click below on link for materials list
        View Materials List

        Please bring an apron, covered shoes, water bottle and lunch. We have a fridge available at the studio.
        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What is provided?

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

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Marcel Desbiens | Master Artist | Principal Tutor