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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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      • Untutored Life Drawing

        The Life Drawing casual classes offer artists of all levels the opportunity to develop their life drawing skills in an untutored environment.

        We provide a spacious air conditioned /heated room and a professional life model who will pose in a variety of short and long poses.

        What will I learn?

        This is an untutored class for you to further your own practice. No experienced is required.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Artists of all levels who want to practice their drawing skills. Absolute beginners are welcome as well as experienced artists.

        What do I need to bring?

        Bring your drawing materials. Limited art supplies are available for purchase at the studio if you need a top up or are just starting out.

        Six Class Pass

        You can purchase a 6 class pass for the price of 5 and save $20. To purchase one today, please click on the link below:
        Purchase a 6 class pass

        What is provided?

        • a professional life model
        • easels
        • backing boards
        • chairs
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (please bring your own water bottle and cup)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community.

      • Relax with Watercolour | Paint and Sip

        Add colour to your Friday night with this unique paint and sip style watercolour  session, in which you supply the wine and we supply the rest!
        This casual, relaxed class – held once a month – is perfect for absolute beginners, as no prior painting experience is needed.

        During the session, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with watercolour paints in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while creating your own unique framed artwork to take home with you. 

        What will I learn?

        You will learn the basics of painting in watercolour. You will be guided with a demonstration of painting in watercolour. You will have a selection of different subjects to paint on the night. You can follow a template to get you started or you can be as creative as you wish!

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Anyone who wants to have fun experimenting with watercolours. If you’ve never painted before, this is the perfect, relaxed opportunity to give it a try.

        What do I need to bring?

        Whatever you would like to sip while you paint.

        What is provided?

        • all painting equipment, including watercolour paints and high-quality watercolour paper
        • glassware
        • brushes, carbon paper, and an apron
        • a few nibbles
        • 3 unique, custom designed stencils to work from
        • an A5 frame to take home to frame your finished work of art. 
        • aprons

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      • Confident Watercolours Introduction | Tony White

        About this workshop

        This Workshop is deigned to take away the mystery of watercolour and to leave you with the confidence and drive to forge ahead with this wonderful medium.
        We’ll start from the very beginning. Covering materials, washes, edges, composition and tone.

        We’ll complete 2 paintings per day under step-by step guidance to keep you moving along at a comfortable pace.

        Above all else is FUN. We’ll have a lot of fun creating art and splashing paint around.

        What will I learn?

        Day 1: Introduction to materials, Basics of Washes, Brushwork

        Demo 1 – Simple landscape, Demo 2 – Simple Abstract Floral

        Day 2: Introduction to Composition

        Demo 1 – Basic street scene, Demo 2 – Basic Beach scene

        Day 3: Introduction to boats, Importance of Tone

        Demo 1 – Basic harbour scene, Demo 2 – The Harvester Scene

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This is suitable for absolute beginners and those with some basic experience in Watercolour
        h3. What do I need to bring?

        Materials List


        Flat brushes, Round Brushes, Anything you have, really. Must be suitable for Watercolour (no hard bristles etc). Sizes can vary, just don’t bother with small ones. Anything under a size 10, leave at home. We’ll probably only use 3 or brushes in total.


        This is the only think I am really pedantic about. Please bring along Arches or Saunders Waterford ROUGH paper 300GSM. We’ll paint in ¼ sheets or approx. A3 size.


        Brand-wise, I am not fussed. Student Grade is fine. We’ll keep it Simple.

        Colours are: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Pyrol (or Cadmium) Red, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise and titanium White (either WC or Gouache)

        Board to tape paper to
        Masking tape
        Spray bottle
        Water container

        THE MOST important thing to bring along is the willingness to have FUN!

        Please bring an apron, covered shoes, water bottle and lunch. We have a fridge available at the studio.
        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What is provided?

        • tea, coffee and biscuits
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

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