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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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      • Bushfire Appeal Fundraiser | Watercolour Paint and Sip

        Support the work of WWF Australia in saving injured wildlife by coming to our Relax with Watercolour Paint & Sip Event as we all want to do something to help!

        Bushfire Emergency Appeal Fundraiser | Friday 31 Jan | 6.30PM-8.30PM

        Brisbane Painting Classes will be donating 100% of income from this Paint and Sip event to the National Bushfire Appeal being run by WWF Australia. 

        It is estimated that half a billion animals in NSW alone have perished.
        All funds raised on the night will go to help injured wildlife now, and when the fires clear, will help restore the forest homes which are critical to their survival.

        All materials are included.  All you need to do is turn up!

        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. You will at the same time be part of helping us raise money for a very needy cause.

        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! We will be supplying some simple templates of wildlife animals for those that need that extra guidance.

        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 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

      • Classical Figure Drawing: Core Elements | Scott Breton

        Learn from Brisbane Portrait Prize finalist, Scott Breton.

        The Form, Gesture, Anatomy Figure Drawing Workshop. This is an integrated workshop covering the fundamentals of form drawing, life drawing from the model and human anatomy stripped back to essentials, with reference to a simplified écorché (sculpted anatomical figure).
        Scott Breton has designed a condensed version of his whole online course in one weekend.

        As an added bonus, enrolled students will gain free access to Scott’s online Course up to one month after his workshop. His online materials directly supports the content he will be teaching in this workshop. We will email you the link to gain access to the course notes once enrolled. The Table of Contents can be found at: www.formgestureanatomy.com

        What will I learn?

        Classical figure drawing is underpinned by several core elements. This workshop will guide through a carefully designed series of life drawing exercises to help you develop your capacity for: Form, the sense of three dimensionality, Gesture, the sense of implied movement, exertion or weight; Design, the aesthetic rhythms or patterns that make a drawing interesting and enjoyable, and Artistic Anatomy: the patterns of hard and soft tissue in the body that make a drawing feel authentic and real. Poses will range from very short, to several hours, and we will cover a range of drawing strategies and media.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop is most suitable for Intermediate and above. The life drawing activities we will be doing are approachable even for beginners. However, you will be greatly helped by a working knowledge of drawing form, ie 3D volumes. If this is not familiar to you, there is a series of illustrated notes and activities that you can prepare with in the online notes that you will be given access to with enrolment.

        What do I need to bring?


        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

        Scott Breton is a figurative fine artist from Brisbane, Australia. He was a cofounder of The International Arts and Culture Group (TIAC Group) in 2016, and now spends his time between Brisbane, Australia and Florence, Italy, working on his compositions and TIAC’s arts education projects. Using a range of traditional drawing, painting and sculpting media as well as exploring digital counterparts to these, Scott sees plastic composition rather than any particular media as the core of the classical ethos.

      • 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.

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