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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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      • Anatomy of Style (All Levels) with Patrick J Jones

        The foundation of the success of award-winning fantasy and sci-fi artist and author Patrick J Jones, is his finely honed figure drawing skills and his belief that understanding gesture is the key to drawing figures with style.

        About this course

        In this 8 week figure-drawing course, Patrick will introduce you to the forgotten secrets of the old masters and share his exciting and accessible figure drawing methods and formulas developed over decades of presenting Masterclasses. Patrick will explore his exciting and accessible methods and formulas for drawing human figures with style and grace. There will also be a strong focus on one-on-one critique and feedback.

        What will I learn?

        Beginners – 4 weeks

        Techniques and formulas for producing anatomically accurate, stylish and graceful human figures, including:
        • selecting the right materials
        • drawing the head, torso and hips
        • drawing the ribcage, measuring with rhythm, negative space and wedging forms.
        • drawing the male and female figure from live models
        • balancing gesture and structure
        • an introduction to style.

        Intermediate / Advanced – 4 weeks

        Expert techniques and formulas for producing anatomically accurate, stylish and graceful human figures, including a focus on:
        • the male and female figure drawn from long poses with a live model
        • the body landscape
        • hip structure, legs and gluteus in various positions
        • the shoulders and chest in various positions
        • the torso and breasts in various positions
        • foreshortened poses
        • gravity and compression
        • group and mass.

        Each class consists of live demonstrations and student practice, with one-on-one feedback on your work.
        Class sizes are limited to 10 and usually book out. Booking early will secure your place.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Anyone who would like to learn to draw the human figure from absolute Beginners to more experienced drawers.

        What do I need to bring?

        Kits are available for purchase on the first day of the workshop for $40. To pre order your kit, please select Purchase Materials Kit at checkout or you can download a list of required materials below.

        View Materials List

        What is Provided?

        • professional live models
        • easels
        • backing boards
        • chairs
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community.

      • Gain Confidence in Oils

        About this course

        This 6 week course is a natural progression from the Foundations in Oils course. You will reinforce your fundamental skills by painting on different materials and in different styles, as well as learn new skills and start your own project.

        The prerequisite for this course is the Foundations in Oils, or an equivalent skill level.

        What will I learn?

        More skills and techniques in oil painting, including:

        • preparing your own surface to paint on
        • painting on canvas
        • more about composition
        • layering and glazing
        • work on your personal painting project

        Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 students so that you will receive personal attention.

        In each class, your tutor will give a step-by-step demonstration, followed by painting exercises to complete with personalised guidance and feedback from your tutor. Each exercise builds on the previous one, so that by the end of the course you will have created your own work in the style of your choice.... and have extended your skills and confidence in painting with oils.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        The Gain Confidence in Oils course is for those who have completed the Foundation in Oils course, or who have equivalent skills and experience.
        Talk to our friendly team if you are not sure if this course if for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        You will need to bring your paint set from the Foundation in Oils course, or speak to us if you don’t have one. Also, bring a notebook and pen.

        What is provided?

        • fabric and prepared gesso boards for painting exercises 
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

      • Studio Painting

        About this course

        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 course 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

        Each term runs for 6 weeks. Priority is given to existing studio painting students and alumni.
        Course fee is $420. Take advantage of the earlybird fee, $399 if paid by 28 days before the start of the course.

        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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Marcel Desbiens | Master Artist | Principal Tutor