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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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      • Foundations in Oils | Marcel Desbiens / Ai Shah

        Anyone can paint if they are given the right instructions." - Marcel Desbiens, Master Artist and Principal Tutor

        About this course

        If you have never picked up a paintbrush before, this course will give you the technical skills and knowledge to help fast track your painting process and produce stunning works of art of your own. All in a friendly and supportive environment.

        All materials are included. All you need to do is turn up!

        What will I learn?

        • how to set up your work station to minimise mess and maximise your painting time
        • understand basic principal of colour mixing and paint consistency
        • learn how to control tone to create the optical illusion of reality
        • how to choose the right brushes and develop effective brush techniques
        • how to clean and care for your brushes
        • learn to paint in the traditional glazing techniques of the old masters

        Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 students so that you will receive personal attention.

        In each class, your tutor will give a step-by-step demonstration, and then it’s your turn for “hands – on” painting exercises. Each exercise builds on the previous one so that each week your skills and confidence will grow a little more.

        By the end of week 4 you will have created this!

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        Who is this course suitable for?

        This foundation course is perfect for absolute beginners or for those who want to brush up on the fundamental techniques of oil painting. 90% of students who enrol in this course either have never picked up a paintbrush or have minimal painting experience. However, others who have painted before have also come along and found that they learned so much more about oil painting techniques.

        The Foundation in Oils course is a prerequisite for the Gain Confidence in Oils course.

        What do I need to bring?

        A notebook and pen is optional for note taking

        What is provided

        All the materials you will need for this course will be provided, including:
        • prepared gesso boards for painting exercises 
        • PDF booklet, packed with painting tips and tricks
        • all the paints and brushes you will need.
        • Access to reference photos to practice at home.
        • table, chairs, easels, aprons
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community.

        Receive a FREE GIFT PACK of 5 Schmincke professional quality oil colours!

        And if you would like to practise your new skills at home, we have Oil Painting Starter Kits available for purchase, which contain everything you need for creating your own painting set up at home, and save you the time and money of sourcing everything yourself.

        What Our Students Say About Foundations in Oils

        "A great art course! Highly recommended for beginners or those that want to learn more skills. I did the 8 week oil paining course and was surprised on the quality produced by the class (including myself : ). Marcel is a great teacher. Well paced and a good atmosphere. Paint on!"

        • Mark Allen Brisbane Painting Classes regular student

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      • 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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Marcel Desbiens | Master Artist | Principal Tutor