Foundation in Oils Painting Course (Intro + Level 1)

Foundation in Oils Painting CourseLearn to paint with oils in our most popular course!

Enrol in the Foundation in Oils (Intro + Level 1) 8 week Course Package normally $700 and save $150! You also receive a FREE GIFT PACK of 6 professional quality (Art Spectrum) oil colours valued at over $70!

90% of students enrolled in our classes have either never picked up a paintbrush or have had very little painting experience. You will discover how easy it is to paint with oils.

This course is perfect for absolute beginners or for those who wish to refresh on the basic fundamental skills in painting.

Students will learn new techniques; build confidence in a supportive and friendly environment with a Course structure designed for success. Be guided with step by step hands on learning following demonstrations by the art tutor. We keep our classes small to ensure personal tuition and maximum quality of tuition. Learn to paint in a professional artist studio and create a piece of art to take home.

No need to invest in art materials. We provide all you need for you to enjoy your painting experience.

This course is offered 4 times a year. One course per school term. Morning and evening courses available.

In this course you will learn the how to get started: setting up your working space, the right dilution of your colours, how to mix colours and how to achieve a tonal gradation.There is an overview on what is needed to successfully paint with oil. Learn to make the right choice of painting medium, colours and brushes.

You will acquire a solid method and knowledge to build your confidence and be ready to paint on your own. The tutor will guide you with a step-by-step demonstration, followed by a “hands –  on” painting exercises.

This course is a prerequisite to the Gain Confidence in Oils Course.

What is included

  • FREE GIFT PACK of 6 professional quality (Art Spectrum) oil colours! (40ml each: Lemon Yellow, Phthalo Blue, Red Alizarin Hue, Ivory Black, Titanium White, Zinc White)
  • Prepared gesso boards for painting exercises 
  • Foundation in Oils booklet packed with painting tips and tricks
  • A certificate at the end of the course
  • A relaxed and supportive learning environment
  • Join the Brisbane Painting Classes art community
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits.

Want to also paint at home? Purchase the home studio painting kit

Upcoming Dates and Prices

Course fee: $350 (4 weeks) / $550 (8 weeks)

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About Marcel Desbiens

Marcel DesbiensRenowned French-Canadian Master Artist, Marcel Desbiens, is an accomplished Artist and Tutor that is always willing to share his techniques and skills of the traditional Oil Painting techniques  of the Old Masters. Marcel has an enormous in-depth knowledge for the medium of oil and generously shares his vast expertise… Read more

About Ai Shah

Ai ShahAi Shah was born and grew up in Japan and moved to Australia with her husband in 2005. She started studying oil painting under well-known Australian artist Marcel Desbiens. She progressed quickly and in 2010 won the inaugural Lethbridge 10 000 Art Award with a small-scale water study… Read more

Student Gallery


I have thoroughly enjoyed oil courses at BPC and have learned a great deal about oils. i.e. the what, where, how & why’s answered by a very talented, patient teacher. I now have a renewed enthusiasm for Art and can’t wait to start my next project. Thank you Marcel!
Linda Armstrong

“Your classes are clear not only in method and technique but you seem to have a way of improving clarity of thought. Thanks Marcel”
Laura Phillips

Student Testimonial Video

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See the students works in the student gallery

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