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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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      • Portrait in Pastels for Beginners | David Wells

        Learn the easy steps to making a truly beautiful Portrait in Pastels from internationally acclaimed figurative pastel artist, David Wells who will guide you through the process of creating a portrait with detail, dimension, softness, expression and likeness.

        What will I learn?

        David’s relaxed, but highly informative teaching style creates a relaxed in friendly atmosphere is these workshops. And class sizes are kept small so that you receive individual attention.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        No drawing skills are required for this course, so it is suitable for absolute beginners, as well as for anyone who would like to begin to develop their skills in portraiture and/or pastels.

        What do I need to bring?

        View Materials List
        Please also bring baby wipes and an old towel.

        What is provided?

        • tables, chairs and easels
        • 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

        Purchase a David Wells Pastels Signature Set
        Limited Edition 10 Schmincke Soft Pastels.

      • Portrait in Pastel Mentoring | David Wells

        About this workshop

        Enjoyed David Wells' Portrait in Pastels workshop series? Want to learn more from David and continue to develop your own style? You can continue your development through David’s mentoring sessions.
        If you have attended one of David Wells' workshops and would like to finish your painting from his previous worksh or start a new one, you are welcome to join us!

        In this two-day mentoring workshop, you can continue to work on your own pastel portrait, or under David’s expert guidance, start a new one.

        What will I learn?

        Whatever specific guidance you need to continue to develop your own skills and style.

        Classes are kept small so that you will receive plenty of individual attention.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        A Portrait in Pastels, level 1 is a prerequisite for this workshop.

        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please bring your own materials including pastel paper for this workshop.
        Please also bring baby wipes and an old towel.
        We recommend you to bring glassine paper to protect your artwork when transporting to and from the studio.

        We will have a limited supply of pastel paper available to purchase ranging from $4 to $10 depending on size.

        What is provided?

        • tables, chairs and easels
        • 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

        Purchase a Complete Pastels Kit
        This pastel kit includes David Wells' Limited Edition 10 Schmincke Soft Pastels

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      • Cloudscapes in Oils | Hobie Porter

        This workshop focuses on how to paint clouds convincingly. A major aspect of the workshop covers brush-handling techniques to achieve those qualities that clouds so commonly emit, characterised by their intangibility, softness and lightness while ironically still adhering to a perception of volume and form.

        What will I learn?

        In order to mix specific colours, Hobie Porter separates his colour analysis into three components: hue, tonality & chromatic intensity. Hobie believes colour-mixing accuracy is one of the most crucial aspects of a successful painting and offers a straightforward strategy to greatly improve colour-mixing skills.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Adults; Youth; Upper middle.

        What do I need to bring?

        You are invited to bring a good quality printed photograph of a cloud / cloudscape as a reference for your painting on either a canvas or board. Try to ensure that the print has a good range of tonal contrast. If in doubt, bring a couple of photographs in to consult with Hobie.

        Please click below on link for materials list
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        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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