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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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      • Beach Scenes in Oils | Marcel Desbiens

        Learn to paint the frozen moment of a small rolling wave on the beach. Capture the transparency, colour and texture of the water movement by using the right brush strokes and variation between translucence of colours and opacity of the white.

        In this two day workshop you will learn a quick and easy way to paint realistic representations of water – both still, and in motion. Marcel’s expertise and easy to learn techniques, developed over years of experimentation and research, will enable you to achieve instant results.

        What will I learn?

        Through step-by-step demonstrations and ‘hands-on’ exercises, you will learn how to:

        • capture the effects of the transparency of water, using layering techniques
        • choose the right brushes and mediums to reproduce highly realistic effects
        • achieve the different textures created by water
        • recreate the emotional value of water.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, however basic knowledge and skills in oils is a prerequisite. Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        All materials are provided

        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

      • 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

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