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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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      • Portrait in Pastels Mentoring | David Wells

        Join us in the mentoring sessions with David Wells and start working on your own project.

        What will I learn?

        David will provide any specific guidance you need to continue to develop your own skills and style, sharing his pastel techniques and extensive experience to help you achieve the best from your own project.
        Classes are kept small to ensure you will receive plenty of individual attention.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        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 the following items:
        Your own materials including pastel paper for this workshop. If you are new to pastels please ask for a suggested materials list. (Pastel kits are available for purchase)
        Reference materials for your personal project.
        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. David recommends Canson Mi Teintes Tex pastel paper.

        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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      • Relax with Watercolour | Paint and Sip

        Please note, all proceeds for the paint and sip event on 17 November is going towards raising money for the Cambodian Villages. Know that you are helping in a big way when you book your session.

        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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      • Skin Tone and Glazing | Marcel Desbiens

        Skin Tone by Glazing in Oil

        About this class

        2 day workshop.
        Painting skin tone has been very important in traditional painting. There has been many variations on techniques developed by artist trying to achieve a realistic impression as well as economy of time and labour.

        What will I learn?

        Learn how to paint skin tones with a Chiaroscuro effect. It can be used for painting portrait, nude and general composition of the human body. Marcel will guide you with a step by step demonstration, followed by a “hands on” painting exercise. You will learn how to apply three traditional oil painting methods of the Old Masters- Alla Prima, Venetian and Flemish and more specifically from Rubens and Rembrandt.
        Find out how to select and mix colours to create the appropriate shades for skin tones, how to choose the right light on the subject to paint and which brushes to use. You will use multiple layering and glazing to result in luminous opalescence of skin

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Experience: Intermediate to advance.

        What is provided?

        All materials are provided including paints, boards, easels, tables and chairs.
        Tea, coffee and biscuits.

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