FAQs

We have lots of frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help you and if you can’t find the answer to your question, send us an email and we will respond within 48 hours.

When are the courses and workshops held?

The courses are held during the weekdays and some weekends. View all of our dates, days and times through our Timetable
Our workshops run throughout the year during the day. Choose from a 1 day, 3 day or 5 day workshop. All days are consecutive.

Where are the classes held?

We have our newly expanded artist studio at 15 Nariel Street, Albion 4010  (corner of Sandgate Road).

How can I find out more about new workshops and when they start?

You can subscribe to our newsletter (at the top of the right hand column on this page) to receive information on all new workshops and upcoming events and blogs. You will receive the new schedule dates for upcoming courses and workshops before they are posted on the website. From time to time you will receive exclusive offers throughout the year.

I am a beginner with no experience, can I still enrol?

Yes absolutely! We highly recommend the following Courses which are specifically designed for students with no experience or those in need of a refresher course to refine their old skills. This course is packed with basic fundamentals and principles of oil painting.

Foundation in Oils – 4 Week Intro and 8 Week Intro + Level 1) 

You are welcome to view our Student Testimonials to hear what students have to say.

I have plenty of Art experience in different mediums do I need to start from the Introductory Level?

Yes, here we cover the basic fundamentals and principles of oil painting, brush, medium, basic techniques of the Old Masters. We also cover the basic preparation and cleaning of your art equipment.  If you are still not sure which Level you should start,  contact us  for friendly advice. You will receive a complimentary book with many valuable tips which you can keep as a reference.

What is the difference between Courses and Workshops?

Courses are our “Level” Courses that we run once a week for 4, 5 or 7 consecutive weeks throughout the year, and are progressive so you can easily move from one level to the next with all the skills you need to advance. In our courses, we explore the practical “how to’s” of honing your skills.

This includes the following exercises:

  • Creating realistic shapes
  • Blending techniques
  • What is and how to paint reflected light
  • Practical drawing techniques
  • Negative space
  • Learning to see with an Artist’s eye plus much more!

Our Workshops range from 1 to 5 days, and are jam-packed with information and exclusive techniques. They are especially for those who have a little knowledge of painting (not absolute beginners) through to advanced professional artists who wish to focus in on mastering a particular subject without a lengthy time commitment. These short Workshops are taught by professional guest artists from Queensland and interstate. Marcel Desbiens also runs short Workshops which cover particular subjects e.g. painting clouds, water, flowers etc… They are held throughout the year so if you missed out, take a look at our Events, contact us or subscribe to our newsletter to receive information on new workshops. If you can’t make it to one of our scheduled courses or workshops, you might consider Private Lessons with one of our tutors (subject to their availability).

How soon do I need to enrol and pay for special Guest Artists from interstate or overseas?

We are committed to bring to you interstate and overseas guest Artists that are highly skilled in their area of expertise. You can appreciate the planning, flight expenses to be made and and paid for, the  administration and expenses involved for this Event to take place well before the guest Artist arrives in Brisbane. To ensure that all our enrolled and paying students are given plenty of forward notice that the Workshop will go ahead with the special guest Artist, we will require a committment of  enrolment and payment 2 months prior to the Workshop starting.

What other courses and workshops do you offer?

We offer a variety of art mediums i.e. oil painting, acrylics, watercolour, pastel, ink and conte and photography. If you have a suggestion for a new course or workshop, we would love to hear from you.

What is provided in class?

Everything is provided for you for comfort to make your art studio experience a positive one. We provide  refreshments of tea, coffee, milo and biscuits. We also have a fridge and microwave .
Your classes are set in a professional art studio where we provide everything you will need to enjoy your art studio experience We provide supports to paint on, paint, mediums, solvents, paint brushes, palette knives, easels, tables and chairs. You will have your own paintings to take home. You will also receive a complimentary booklet for each course, packed with tips and tricks. All your materials and booklets are supplied in the Courses and Workshops unless specified.

How big is the class size?

We offer small class sizes  of 10 – 12 students to guarantee students receive individual tuition.  This maximises learning opportunities and students’ potential as it builds students’ confidence in a warm, friendly and supportive environment.

Some  of our special guest artist tutors prefer a slightly larger maximum class size.

What do I need to wear?

Wear clothes or an apron that you don’t mind getting paint on.

Can I take my paintings home?

Yes you can take home all your wonderful paintings. Please note that they will probably be ‘wet’ so please bring a box or something you can carry your work home in. Alternatively you can leave it at the studio to dry and collect it at a later date.

Can I photograph or video my lesson?

We encourage students to ‘be in the moment’ and enjoy the learning process as it happens. Painting is one activity that is best learned by doing! You are welcome to take notes and some photos but please refrain from videoing your lesson as this may breach our intellectual property terms.

How do you promote your Art Courses and Workshops?

We rely on our students to spread the word about our great art courses and workshops. We always love constructive feedback and testimonies from students that have completed any of our courses and workshops. From time to time we may take photos of students working in class. This is used solely for our multi-media marketing efforts. Please let us know if you would not like your photograph taken.

How do I to set up my own art studio?

By subscribing to our newsletter, you will receive a free E-book called “How to set up your own art studio” packed with valuable tips.

What if I would like to practice at home?

All students are encouraged to practice at home to develop their skills. As all the materials do remain in the art studio, if you wish to practice at home to improve on your new techniques you might be interested in our Beginners Starter Kit.
Our Beginner starter kit is filled with all the tools that you need to get you started at home. You will need a small easel which can be easily purchased from an art supply store.

What are the tutors like?

As well as our regular tutors we have carefully selected guest tutors from interstate and overseas. To find out more about our regular and guest tutors, visit our guest artists page. When you subscribe to our Newsletter, you will have access  to more information about our tutors and classes.  Our class sizes are kept to a minimum of 10-12 students to maintain a high level of teaching and special attention to each individual student.

Early bird specials

The reduced price of the early bird specials is effective only when the fees are paid in full before the early bird payment deadline.

How much for private lessons?

Private lessons cost $80 per hour per person. and $120 per hour for 2 people. A minimum of 2 hours is required. Contact us to book in a time that is suitable for you.

What happens if a Workshop or Course is cancelled?

This is explained in our Terms of Service.

Cancellation and Refunds for Courses and Workshops

This is explained in our Terms of Service.

Gift Vouchers

A Gift Voucher for Courses and Workshops is perfect for someone you care about. Whether it is for a Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, to encourage loved ones to be creative, return to their passion or just to say thank you!

I’d like to purchase gift voucher.

Need help? Contact customer support on (07) 3262 1808 / 0409 641 426 during business hours 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.