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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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      • Foundations in Oils | Marcel Desbiens / Ai Shah

        Anyone can paint if they are given the right instructions." - Marcel Desbiens, Master Artist and Principal Tutor

        If you have never picked up a paintbrush before, this course will give you the technical skills and knowledge to help fast track your painting process and produce stunning works of art of your own. All in a friendly and supportive environment.

        All materials are included. All you need to do is turn up!

        What will I learn?

        • how to set up your work station to minimise mess and maximise your painting time
        • understand basic principal of colour mixing and paint consistency
        • learn how to control tone to create the optical illusion of reality
        • how to choose the right brushes and develop effective brush techniques
        • how to clean and care for your brushes
        • learn to paint in the traditional glazing techniques of the old masters

        Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 students so that you will receive personal attention.

        In each class, your tutor will give a step-by-step demonstration, and then it’s your turn for “hands – on” painting exercises. Each exercise builds on the previous one so that each week your skills and confidence will grow a little more.

        By the end of week 4 you will have created this!

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        Who is this course suitable for?

        This foundation course is perfect for absolute beginners or for those who want to brush up on the fundamental techniques of oil painting. 90% of students who enrol in this course either have never picked up a paintbrush or have minimal painting experience. However, others who have painted before have also come along and found that they learned so much more about oil painting techniques.

        The Foundation in Oils course is a prerequisite for the Gain Confidence in Oils course.

        What do I need to bring?

        A notebook and pen is optional for note taking

        What is provided

        All the materials you will need for this course will be provided, including:
        • prepared gesso boards for painting exercises 
        • PDF booklet, packed with painting tips and tricks
        • all the paints and brushes you will need.
        • Access to reference photos to practice at home.
        • table, chairs, easels, aprons
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community.

        Receive a FREE GIFT PACK of 5 Schmincke professional quality oil colours!

        And if you would like to practise your new skills at home, we have Oil Painting Starter Kits available for purchase, which contain everything you need for creating your own painting set up at home, and save you the time and money of sourcing everything yourself.

        What Our Students Say About Foundations in Oils

        "A great art course! Highly recommended for beginners or those that want to learn more skills. I did the 8 week oil paining course and was surprised on the quality produced by the class (including myself : ). Marcel is a great teacher. Well paced and a good atmosphere. Paint on!"

        • Mark Allen Brisbane Painting Classes regular student

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      • Gain Confidence in Oils | Marcel Desbiens

        The Gain Confidence in Oils is a natural progression from the Foundations in Oils course. You will reinforce your fundamental skills by painting on different materials and in different styles, as well as learn new skills and start your own project.

        The prerequisite for this course is the Foundations in Oils, or an equivalent skill level.

        What will I learn?

        More skills and techniques in oil painting, including:

        • preparing your own surface to paint on
        • painting on canvas
        • more about composition
        • layering and glazing
        • work on your personal painting project

        Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 students so that you will receive personal attention.

        In each class, your tutor will give a step-by-step demonstration, followed by painting exercises to complete with personalised guidance and feedback from your tutor. Each exercise builds on the previous one, so that by the end of the course you will have created your own work in the style of your choice.... and have extended your skills and confidence in painting with oils.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        The Gain Confidence in Oils course is for those who have completed the Foundation in Oils course, or who have equivalent skills and experience.
        Talk to our friendly team if you are not sure if this course if for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        You will need to bring your paint set from the Foundation in Oils course, or speak to us if you don’t have one. Also, bring a notebook and pen.

        What is provided?

        • fabric and prepared gesso boards for painting exercises 
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

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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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Marcel Desbiens | Master Artist | Principal Tutor