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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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      • Landscape in Oils | Marcel Desbiens

        This is a 2 day workshop – 2 Saturdays

        About this class

        Enjoy painting a pastoral landscape over two days with oil colours and immerse yourself in the beautiful atmospheric perspective from the back misty bluish mountains to the peaceful reflection of the sky in the small dam laying on the foreground.

        What will I learn?

        You will learn how to create a realistic landscape in 2 sessions using Marcel’s signature glazing techniques.
        Save yourself hours of experimentation and research by following Marcel Desbiens' quick step by step demonstration process and achieve instant results.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Beginners through to advanced

        What do I need to bring?

        • Notebook and pen for note taking
        • Mug for tea and coffee

        What is provided?

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

      • Luminous Flowers and Glazing in Oils | Marcel Desbiens

        Have you ever wanted to paint the optical illusion of depth and luminosity in your flower paintings? Marcel Desbiens will reveal his secrets for creating exquisite flower paintings in oils, using his signature techniques.

        Marcel will guide you every step of the way to create luminous flowers with texture and detail. Using his technical expertise and simple and effective techniques, distilled from those of the Old Masters, you will be able to achieve instant, amazing results.

        What will I learn?

        Through demonstrations and a series of ‘hands-on’ exercises, you will learn fast and easy methods for painting flowers, using a multi-layering technique. This will include learning to:
        • paint with opaque and transparent oil colours
        • understand the advantages in painting with the Venetian technique
        • build volume, textures and shapes from a first layer in tones of grey and second layer in full colour
        • balance tones for a harmonious outcome
        • produce optical effects by glazing transparent layers of colour.

        The first session, we will paint the entire surface setting up the tones and shape with the various shades of grey. The second session we will lay the colours with variations in transparency and opacity to enhance the illusion of 3D.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, however basic knowledge and skills in oils and colour is an advantage.
        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        All materials supplied.

        What is provided?

        • 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

      • 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.

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