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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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      • Anatomy of Style (Masterclass) | Patrick J Jones

        The foundation of the success of award-winning fantasy and sci-fi artist and author Patrick J Jones, is his finely honed figure drawing skills and his belief that understanding gesture is the key to drawing figures with style.

        In this weekend masterclass, Patrick will explore in greater depth more of his exciting and accessible methods and formulas for drawing human figures with style and grace.

        What will I learn?

        Through a combination of demonstrations, your own practice, and one-on-one feedback on your work, you will learn expert techniques and formulas for producing anatomically accurate, stylish and graceful human figures. This will include a focus on:

        • Advanced Figure drawing Methods
        • Drawing Foreshortening
        • Chasing Rhythms
        • Line into Tone
        • Overlapping Forms
        • Interlocking Forms
        • Weight and Mass
        • Sanguine Drawing
        • Drawing with Style

        Class sizes are limited to 10 and usually book out. Booking early will secure your place.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Those with some drawing experience who would like to build their skills in drawing figures.

        What do I need to bring?

        Kits are available for purchase on the first day of the workshop for $40. To pre order your kit, please select “Patrick Jones Materials Kit” at checkout or you can download a list of required materials below.

        View Materials List

        What is Provided?

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

      • Landscape in Oils | Marcel Desbiens

        This is a 2 day workshop – 2 Saturdays

        About this class

        Enjoy painting a pastoral landscape over two days with oil colours and immerse yourself in the beautiful atmospheric perspective from the back misty bluish mountains to the peaceful reflection of the sky in the small dam laying on the foreground.

        What will I learn?

        You will learn how to create a realistic landscape in 2 sessions using Marcel’s signature glazing techniques.
        Save yourself hours of experimentation and research by following Marcel Desbiens' quick step by step demonstration process and achieve instant results.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Beginners through to advanced

        What do I need to bring?

        • Notebook and pen for note taking
        • Mug for tea and coffee

        What is provided?

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

      • Luminous Flowers and Glazing in Oils | Marcel Desbiens

        Have you ever wanted to paint the optical illusion of depth and luminosity in your flower paintings? Marcel Desbiens will reveal his secrets for creating exquisite flower paintings in oils, using his signature techniques.

        Marcel will guide you every step of the way to create luminous flowers with texture and detail. Using his technical expertise and simple and effective techniques, distilled from those of the Old Masters, you will be able to achieve instant, amazing results.

        What will I learn?

        Through demonstrations and a series of ‘hands-on’ exercises, you will learn fast and easy methods for painting flowers, using a multi-layering technique. This will include learning to:
        • paint with opaque and transparent oil colours
        • understand the advantages in painting with the Venetian technique
        • build volume, textures and shapes from a first layer in tones of grey and second layer in full colour
        • balance tones for a harmonious outcome
        • produce optical effects by glazing transparent layers of colour.

        The first session, we will paint the entire surface setting up the tones and shape with the various shades of grey. The second session we will lay the colours with variations in transparency and opacity to enhance the illusion of 3D.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, however basic knowledge and skills in oils and colour is an advantage.
        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        All materials supplied.

        What is provided?

        • 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

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