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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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      • 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 one 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

      • Colour Pencil Techniques | Jan Lawnikanis

        About this workshop

        Jan will teach you how to use colour pencils as a fine art medium by layering, blending, burnishing and underpainting to achieve realistic results. You will see examples by master artists and learn about their techniques, tools and materials and where to access ongoing information and instruction. Create an artwork with colour pencils that you wouldn’t have thought was possible!

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Although this workshop is designed for beginners in colour pencils, the more experienced are also welcome. Jan will guide you with her extensive knowledge of this medium and inspire you with some creative ideas.

        What do I need to bring?

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        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.

      • Watercolour For Beginners - Wildlife| Jan Lawnikanis

        Watercolour for beginners – Wildlife

        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?

        VIEW MATERIALS LIST

        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.

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