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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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      • Learn to Draw Colour Pencil | Martina Pook

        Do you enjoy drawing? Would you like to how to expand your skills through drawing with coloured pencils?
        Join successful artist and passionate teacher, Marina Pook, in this one day workshop, as she shares with you her techniques and tips for working with the medium of coloured pencils.
        Having honed her skills over more than 25 years as an artist and illustrator, Martina will teach you not only how to work effectively with coloured pencils, but also how to avoid the most common mistakes made in this medium.

        What will I learn?

        By the end of the day you will go home with not only three drawings demonstrating your new skills, but also a good understanding of:
        • pencil brands and paper types
        • tools and materials
        • application and techniques, including burnishing, layering and drawing on coloured paper
        • tricks and tips for working with this medium.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Anyone who is learning to draw or has some basic drawing skills and would like to better understand the medium of coloured pencils.

        What do I need to bring?

        • Coloured Pencils – the more the better, but a minimum of 36 pencils (Derwent Studio / Faber Castell Polychromos / Faber Castel Albrecht Duerer)
        • Good Sharpener with barrel or even better Carl Angel 5 Sharpener if you are likely to use coloured pencils frequently.
        • Prismacolor or Derwent colourless Blender
        • White Faber Castell Albrecht Duerer Pencil. (Must be this brand, as it is the strongest white available)
        • Zest Medium.

        What is provided?

        • Coloured pastel paper
        • Drawing paper
        • Q-Tips
        • Baby Oil / Baby Powder
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

      • Still Life, Colour and Abstraction in Acrylics with Peter Griffen

        Back by popular demand Peter Griffen from Sydney, will take you on a journey of abstraction, colour and energy. There will be particular emphasis on composition, line, strong colour and collage. Participants will be working at their own rate and encouraged to be exploring and creating their own unique works. Self-expression and individuality will be encouraged. In this workshop, you will ‘take a line for a walk’ and enter the world of abstraction.

        What will I learn

        A wide range of ideas and techniques to get you experimenting with abstraction, including:
        • ‘abstract loosening up’ exercises, to help you to begin working in your own individual way
        • responses to still life objects, using approximations and abstractions.
        • collaging, including inventing and experimenting with new techniques
        • using vivid colour
        • engaging your intuition and free thinking
        •to use a variety of different approaches from splashes, dripping, scraping and collaging, to create a truly imaginative abstract work.

        Reference material on contemporary art will also be available for inspiration. This is a hands-on experimental, abstract and semi-abstract painting workshop.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Suitable for all levels, beginner to advanced. 

        What do I need to bring?

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        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

      • 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.

        If you would like to purchase a 6 class pass for the price of 5, please click 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.

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