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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.

Learn from award-winning local, interstate and international guest artists who offer courses and workshops for all skill levels in oil painting, acrylics, watercolour, drawing, pastels in various specialty subjects. We also offer private lessons for intensive training in any technical area you need.

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      • A Portrait from Life in Graphite/ Oils | Andrew Bonneau

        "Andrew Bonneau is a patient and supportive art instructor and very generous with his artistic knowledge. Attending his drawing and painting workshop filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge and opened up my capabilities. I gained valuable tools and resources and a renewed drive and direction. Given the opportunity, I would definitely attend more of Andrew’s workshops." - Cindy

        About this workshop

        Study portraiture with nationally-renowned realist painter, Archibald and Doug Moran Prize finalist, Andrew Bonneau.
        In this workshop students will spend 3 days developing a single portrait painting from life. This is a unique opportunity to spend an extended period carefully looking at and understanding the structural complexity of the human head in relation to a light source. The emphasis will be on the accurate observation of the model.

        We will be working from the life model for the entire workshop.

        What will I learn?

        Beginning from an initial ‘block in’ in graphite, we will proceed to develop a refined drawing which we will then transfer to canvas to begin painting.
        All aspects of the process will be discussed and demonstrated, such as proportion, anatomy, perspective, conceptualising the model in relation to the light source, modelling form, colour theory and paint handling.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Basic knowledge and skills in drawing and painting will be helpful for this workshop.
        The more experience you have in painting and drawing from life the better, but the workshop is suitable for all levels.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please click on the materials list link below
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        What is Provided?

        • Clothed life model for the duration of the workshop
        • Standing Easels, tables and chairs
        • Large light-filled studio space
        • 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

      • Water Reflection & Transparencies in Oils - 2 Fridays | Marcel Desbiens

        Learn an easy way to paint the impossible! You will learn to paint water reflections in 2 different methods.

        Learn how you can recreate the beautiful softness of colours and tones depicting sky and trees reflections, undulations, tinted coloured water showing natural elements on the sand in shallow water.
        The 2 methods are applied on 2 variations on a lake scenery to experience the application of colours with different degree of transparency. Another method will be used for special effects is the removing of paint on the second layer with special tools.

        1. Acrylic undercoat and oil/alkyd as a second coat in opaque and semi-opaque first day, second day glazing transparent oil colours.
        2. Colour undercoat in alkyd first day, oil colours second day.

        Save yourself hours of experimentation and research by following Marcel Desbiens quick step-by-step demonstration process and achieve instant results. Plenty of “hands on” exercises will give you the opportunity to create those realistic effects with oils. You will learn to reproduce this transparency effect using a layering technique on a coloured background with the Alla prima method. The right choice of medium, opaque and transparent colours and brushes will make the process a breeze!

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Suitable for all skill levels!

        What do I need to bring?

        • 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?

        • All painting materials (paints, brushes, easels, etc.) provided.
        • A relaxed and supportive learning environment
        • Tea, coffee and biscuits

      • Studio Painting | Bronwyn Searle

        Bronwyn has been painting and drawing, in one form or another, all her life.
        Today, as an emerging (and highly collectable) painter in oils, her work reflects her passion for capturing the light, and is influenced by her depth of experience in illustrative technique. Bronwyn enjoys the challenge of taking ordinary, everyday scenes and interpreting them in her own inimitable and increasingly widely recognised style. Working in oils on canvas, she loves to explore the technique of chiaroscuro.
        Bronwyn has recently returned to still life painting, while continuing to explore the detail found in leaf litter and textures in the urban world. She is drawn to the unique beauty found in ordinary settings. This direction suits her technique and eye for detail.
        Born in Brisbane, Australia, and trained at the Brisbane College of Art, Bronwyn worked professionally in the art field for more than 25 years, starting as a graphic artist and moving on to exhibition design and illustration. She spent 18 years at the Queensland Museum, designing displays and illustrating museum publications, including the Sciencentre’s picture book, "Velvet the Flying Gecko."
        Bronwyn collaborated with her writer husband Rick on two children’s picture books, “Slam Dunk Tim” and “Follow Me,” which were published by Random House and Scholastic respectively. Leaving the Museum in 2002, she freelanced as an illustrator, with regular commissions from John Wiley Australia Publishers.
        In 2012 Bronwyn was invited to be represented by the Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane after winning first prize in the Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Awards. She exhibits a new collection of works there each year.
        Her paintings are held in a number of private collections, in Australia and overseas.

        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 8 weeks. Priority is given to existing studio painting students and alumni.

        What will I learn?

        Everything you need to know to complete your own painting project.

        Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 10 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 Bienarte art community.

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