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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.

Learn from award-winning local, interstate and international guest artists who offer courses and workshops for all skill levels in oil painting, acrylics, watercolour, drawing, pastels in various specialty subjects. We also offer private lessons for intensive training in any technical area you need.

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      • 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?

        This workshop is suitable for anyone who has basic knowledge of oil painting. Hobie will impart the right amount of information based on your skill level and experience.

        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:


        Please bring an apron, covered shoes, water bottle and lunch ad mug for any hot complimentarty drinks. 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

      • Watercolour For Beginners - Wildlife | Jan Lawnikanis

        About the workshop

        Designed for the absolute beginner, this workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of watercolour painting! Jan will guide you step-by-step with learning all the basics you’ll need to create simple paintings of birds, insects and other creatures of the animal kingdom. No drawing skills are required as references will be provided to transfer. Have an amazing weekend where all the materials are supplied, accomplishing paintings that you didn’t think were possible!

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Although this workshop is designed for beginners in watercolour, the more experienced are also welcome.

        What do I need to bring?

        All materials will be provided.

        Please 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.

        What is provided?

        • tea, coffee and biscuits (please bring your own cup)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

        About the Tutor

        Jan Lawnikanis has taught regular art classes on the Gold Coast for the past 24 years and tutored over 100 workshops in various locations around Queensland and NSW. Students in all mediums have praised Jan for her teaching skills and this has gained her an excellent reputation with all ages.

        Jan has been the featured artist in Australian Artist Magazine, with 5 full-length articles on using coloured pencils. Other publications include the Paradise Magazine-GC Bulletin, Art Newsflash, the International Watercolour Institute catalogue, the Coloured Pencil Magazine, the Australian Coloured Pencil Network, Art Edit magazine and Artwise textbook for the Australian Curriculum.

      • Studio Painting - One Day | 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 – One Day 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

        This casual one day studio Painting session runs on the first Sunday of every month from 9.30am to 4pm. Bookings are essential.
        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.

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