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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.

        If you would like to purchase a 6 class pass for the price of 5, please click 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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      • Palette Knife Painting L1 | Don Milner

        About this workshop

        This workshop is an ideal painting and learning experience as it offers each student opportunities to develop and grow their own particular painting styles under the watchful eye of myself.
        Introduce students to palette knife painting and techniques. Improve and expand students existing knowledge and skill levels whilst building confidence with the use of Acrylic paints & mediums as they paint under the supervision and expert assistance from Don Milner. Grow and improve their general painting abilities through this introduction to palette knife painting with introductory exercises of butterfly’s and fish so that students get a real hands on feel for technique and use of the palette knife. Also introduces students to best practice with paints and mediums essential for palette knife painting.. Then we apply all this learning into a final painting on the second day.

        What will I learn?

        Lots of painting tips, tricks and extra information for students to develop better techniques and grow higher skill levels sooner.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Students of all experience levels, from beginners to advanced, are welcomed to this workshop.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please click on the link below for the materials list
        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.

        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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