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It’s More than Just Painting!

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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      • Studio Painting | Marcel Desbiens

        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 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.

      • Drawing Every Day - Opportunistic Sketching | Deb Mostert

        This 5-week course will involve getting into a daily habit of drawing in the context of a sketchbook. With a simple kit of materials you can carry with you everywhere, you will discover that you can be drawing in all those incidental times and learn that being opportunistic about drawing can help get us into daily creative habits.

        What will I learn?

        We will run through different drawing exercises each week and practice our skills in our sketchbooks and on loose sheets of large paper too.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediate.

        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

        Deb Mostert’s art practice is 30 years young and involves drawing, painting and some small sculpture and public art. She is interested in Rhopography (from rhopos, trivial objects, small wares, trifles) and collections in both social and natural history and my artworks use gentle, offbeat narratives and a crisp aesthetic.

        Deb lives and works in a home studio on the Ipswich/ Brisbane border. She hold a BA Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art and has had over 16 solo shows and been involved in more than 60 group shows in both regional and commercial galleries. Deb has over 15 years teaching experience and run workshops and artist in residencies.

      • Watercolour Natural History and Botanicals | Heidi Willis

        Through demonstrations, step by step tuition and guided hands on learning, this workshop will explore the wonderful challenge of painting realistic flowers in a botanical style using transparent watercolours.

        About this workshop

        This is a 2 day insight into realistic watercolour and botanical painting which will give you plenty of food for thought, an opportunity to paint with Heidi’s guidance and redirection, to ask questions and to learn more about this wonderful craft. The focus will be on a hand chosen botanical subject/s (to be determined) that will allow us to practice specific watercolour techniques and challenges that relate to our painting study.

        What will I learn?

        Touching on watercolour techniques of washes, the more complex process of glazing (or layers of wash), and the intricate art of dry brushing, you will learn how to manage each of these techniques to create sound foundations to managing this medium well. Through this you will build a healthier understanding and love of watercolour, and of this beautiful painting genre.

        Heidi’s workshops focus strongly on improving your over all watercolour techniques, with a goal of equipping you with sound knowledge, direction, confidence and strategy to tackle any subject independently following her course.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced or those that are looking for a refresher.

        What do I need to bring?

        Rent a Winsor and Newton Colours paint kit for $35
        Purchase a brush set for $24
        Purchase a board to paint on $10

        Pay just $69 and receive all the materials needed to do this 2 day workshop! Pre order kit in advance.

        Click on the link below for the materials list:

        VIEW MATERIALS LIST

        • 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.

        Bring your painting gear and as many questions as you wish to ask.

        What is provided

        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

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