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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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      • Australian Landscape in Oils | John Wilson

        Learn the secrets of how to paint beautiful and exciting landscapes like Streeton, Roberts, Gruner, Johnson and other great Australian artists.
        In this 3-day workshop, John Wilson, one of Australia’s leading and most respected oil painters, will share with you his wealth of knowledge and experience in Australian landscape painting.

        What will I learn?

        John’s focus in this workshop will be on helping you to develop a higher level of skill and competence in all aspects of landscape painting, especially in understanding the Australian Landscape and learning how to see.
        Using a combination of short theory sessions, followed by step by step demonstrations and practice, you will learn about tone, temperature, colour mixing, composition, atmosphere, reflected lights, reflections and other subtleties unique to our Australian landscape.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This is an intermediate to advanced workshop, for artists with some experience, who have mastered the basics and wish to move to higher levels.
        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What do I need to bring?

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        • 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.

        Bring your painting gear and as many questions as you wish to ask.

        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

      • Untutored Life Drawing

        The Life Drawing 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. No experienced is required.

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

        Six Class Pass

        You can purchase a 6 class pass for the price of 5 and save $20. To purchase one today, please click on the link below:
        Purchase a 6 class pass

        What is provided?

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

      • Relax with Watercolour | Paint and Sip

        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?

        You will learn the basics of painting in watercolour. You will be guided with a demonstration of painting in watercolour. You will have a selection of different subjects to paint on the night. You can follow a template to get you started or you can be as creative as you wish!

        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

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