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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 students say about us.

Learn from award-winning local, interstate and international guest artists who offer courses and workshops for all skill levels in Oil colours, Acrylic, Watercolour, Drawing and Pastels in various specialty subjects. We also offer private lessons for intensive training in any technical area you need.

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      • The Oil Portrait - Getting the WOW Factor | Lyn Diefenbach

        Do you want to create portraits that breathe character and life? Portraits that convey a presence? Let Lyn show you how…

        The workshop covers all aspects of portraiture, focussing on capturing a good likeness.

        What will I learn?

        You’ll learn how to manipulate relationships of line, tone, colour and edge to infuse your work with dimensionality and impact.

        Lyn’s workshop will enable you to work on your own individual subject. Enjoy clear, informative demonstrations and individual attention at your easel.

        One portrait will be done from a photograph of your choice. Learn how to use a photograph as a painter’s tool and to go beyond its limitations. The techniques that you learn in this class will keep you in good stead when painting from life.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, however basic knowledge and skills in oils and colour is a prerequisite.


        Lyn will also give instruction on what to look for when painting hands with the opportunity to make your own “how-to” chart with illustrations. This is a separate activity to your head and shoulders portrait. Definitely creating the WOW FACTOR.

        What do I need to bring?


        Canvases available for purchase in advance from the Bienarté shop

        What is provided?

        • Easels, tabels, chairs • Tea and coffee (you might like to bring your own cup) • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment • Connection to the Bienarté art community

        Student Feedback

        Lyn, thank you so much. You have given me a gift that will last a lifetime

        **…opened a whole new reality of seeing things **

        A great inspiration and a great teacher

        …Not only is her work beyond words, but Lyn's caring personality, and approach to life equals her work…

        Thank you so much for such a wonderful informative class. Your teaching was so clear and easy to follow.

        Many thanks for your generosity, patience, humour and talent

        Thank you for your generosity in passing on skills and knowledge. Truly inspirational

      • Online Demo | Insights into the Creative Practice | Keiko Tanabe

        About this event

        This is a rare opportunity to enjoy two hours at this live online watercolour demonstration with one of the world’s best international master painters.

        It will be held online via zoom and is FREE

        You will meet and be entertained by a great artist sharing her knowledge and talent with you.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Everyone is welcome! This is an online event.

        What do I need to bring?

        Nothing at all.

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        Meet Keiko Tanabe

        Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and moved to the US to study. After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she took on her first project as an artist together with her father, a renowned scholar of French literature in Japan.

        Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005 and started exhibiting publicly. In the same year, she took a workshop from Alvaro Castagnet and discovered the joy of Plein-air painting. Since that year her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across America and in Asia and Europe.
        Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Additionally, her art has been published to date in nine books as well as on four DVDs. She's also a sought-after workshop instructor. Since 2011, she has been invited to and completed successfully more than 400 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world.

        In 2015 she was named an official Ambassador for Winsor & Newton. In 2018, she was appointed to the advisory board of the American Watercolor Weekly. In 2018 and 2019, she was invited to be a faculty member for the Plein Air Convention & Expo, the world's largest Plein-air painting event. Since 2021, she has been an Official Savoir-Faire, Sennelier, Cretacolor, Fabriano & Raphael Advocate. Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California.

      • Relax with Watercolour | Paint and Sip

        Add colour to your day or night with this unique paint and sip style watercolour session, in which you supply your drink of choice and we supply the rest! We have tea and coffee on-site for the drivers! This casual, relaxed class 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 scenes 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 event 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. You are welcome to bring your own nibbles.

        What is provided?

        • all painting equipment, including watercolour paints and high-quality watercolour paper
        • disposable glassware
        • brushes and carbon paper
        • unique, custom-designed stencils to work from
        • an A5 frame to take home to frame your finished work of art

        What students say

        5* We had such a lovely girls night and even though none of us has ever painted in watercolours before, we had a lovely instructor and a heap of stencils to use before we were confident enough to do some freestyling. -Meghan-

        5* The class was very well run with good instruction and plenty of help if needed. All the necessary equipment was provided and all 3 teachers were friendly and encouraging. Would definitely do another class - we had a lot of fun! -Alex-

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