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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

      • Mixed Media Collage | Cate Collopy

        Cate’s artwork has a strong environmental focus concerned with waste behaviour and how we use and dispose of materials, which she challenges through strong personal inquiries. she moves between creative media in response to both her own journey and a broader social/conceptual framework, with skill, confidence and passion that is further enriched by with the innovation of found materials, gathered stories, discarded objects and forgotten memorabilia.
        Cate is an Australian Artist living in Brisbane, Queensland and her artworks include painting, public artwork, mixed media object and small sculpture. She is a self-represented and has works sold into private collections in Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and United States.

        In this workshop participants will be introduced to various styles, themes and techniques to create a mixed media work on paper.

        Reference to relevant artists and examples from the artist work combined with demonstration and exposure to the range of available materials will lay the foundations for participants to create a collage artwork.

        What will I learn?

        Participants learn how to use and manipulate materials in new ways, to create a composition in low relief. The workshop will include how to use hand tools and cold attachment techniques.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Adults; Youth; Upper middle.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please bring an apron, covered shoes, water bottle and lunch. 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?

        All art materials will be provided.

        • tea, coffee and biscuits
        • 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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