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Welcome to Bienarté and our friendly team.

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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Bienarté is the Gold Sponsor of the
Australian Pastel Expo 2022.

Bienarté also sponsors the
Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award.
Since our foundation, Bienarté has nurtured the development of over 15,000 new artists.

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      • Drawing Development | Annette Raff

        About this class

        Over 4 consecutive Friday mornings, students will build upon elementary drawing skills and further refine visual interpretation and pencil techniques while observing various subjects of increased complexity.

        This observational drawing class is ideally suited to those who have attended Annette’s Drawing Fundamentals course, however all students will be welcomed.

        What will I learn?

        You will develop drawing construction methods, proportion and value; and in addition you will acquire new skills in 

        • Emphasising mass and volume
        • Simulating a variety of surface textures
        • Creating the illusion of depth and distance
        • Gesture and sketching techniques

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        Who is this course suitable for?

        Subject choice and extension exercises will be tailored to cater for the needs of each student and therefore this course will cater to multiple levels of drawing experience and ability.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please bring your own materials, or purchase the Bienarté  Drawing Kit to keep and use in class

        It includes:

        • Pencils: HB, 2B, 4B, Mars Lumograph 7B
        • Paper stump
        • Pencil Sharpener
        • Kneadable Eraser
        • Battery Eraser
        • Timber skewer

        What else is provided?

        • Paper for the course will be included in Studio
        • 45cm ruler
        • Easels, Tables, Chairs
        • Tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
        • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • Connection to the Bienarté art community

        Meet the Artist

        Annette is a professional artist with a Bachelor of Fine Art and Advanced Certificate in Art and Design, teaching a variety of mediums for over 25 years.

        She is particularly interested in drawing and has developed a unique approach with emphasis on teaching observation skills, ensuring students’ ability to see and interpret what they see using graphite pencil onto a two dimensional surface. Her workshops address different learning styles and include practical demonstrations and media application.

        Annette encourages her students to explore possibilities, make mistakes and extend their learning while in a relaxed, friendly environment.

      • Seascapes in Oils | Marcel Desbiens

        Learn to paint the frozen moment of a gentle rolling wave on the beach with a view on the background environment, headland and rocks. Capture the transparency, colour and texture of the water movement by using the right brush strokes and variation between translucence of colours and opacity of the white.

        In this one day workshop, you will learn a quick and easy way to paint a realistic representation of water – still and in motion. Marcel’s expertise and easy to learn techniques developed over the years of experimentation and research, will enable you to achieve instant results.

        What will I learn?

        Through step-by-step demonstrations and ‘hands-on’ exercises, you will learn how to:

        • capture the effects of the transparency of water, using layering techniques
        • choose the right brushes and mediums to reproduce highly realistic effects
        • achieve the different textures created by water
        • recreate the emotional value of water.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

        What do I need to bring?

        All materials are provided

        What is Provided?

        • tea and coffee (you might like to bring your own cup)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Bienarté art community

      • Abstract Florals in Acrylic and Mixed Media | Rob REK

        In this 2-day workshop, experienced tutor and multi-award winning artist REK will demonstrate the loose multi-media style of floral painting he is known for, and impart skills to help you take your painting to the next level.

        What will I learn?

        Translating details from fresh floral arrangements to canvas, this workshop explores freedom of using acrylics and will expand your mind with other medias to create beautiful modern artwork.

        You will work on building up layers, composition ideas, different acrylic mediums, effective use of colours to achieve harmonious results plus many more tricks of the trade gained from Rob's 15 plus years of real-life experience as a professional artist.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This is suitable for beginners to intermediate skill-level artists.

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        What do I need to bring?

        Bring your tablet or laptop and be guided by the materials list below:

        • Canvas paper (300gsm) for practice 30x40cms
        • Stretched Canvas 60x90cms
        • Palette Knife (Monte Marte No.11)
        • Staedtler B pencil, eraser and sharpener
        • Lint roll with peel-off sticker
        • Box of willow charcoal
        • Liquitex or Posca Acrylic pens - your choice of colours
        • Your range of brushes, which could include Neef Synthetic Filberts, sizes 6, and 8 as well as Neef Filbert size 12
        • Royan & Langnickel Angular Taklon brush - set of 3
        • Recommended Golden Paints - all Matisse Flow Acrylic:  Phthalo Green, Burnt Umber, Phthalo Blue (Green shade), Paynes Grey, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White, Quinachridone Red
        • Liquitex Flow Medium

        Bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by.

        What is provided

        • Tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
        • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • Connection to the Bienarté art community

        About Rob REK

        Rob REK is an established professional artist and gallery owner based in Brisbane. His popular artworks draw inspiration from the beauty and intricate details found in the natural world, in particular he has become known as a realistic avian specialist and botanical abstractionist.

        REK Studied at the Brisbane Institute of Art and his original works are represented by five respected professional art galleries across Australia..   

        His artwork has been commissioned for children’s books, appeared on Australian national television and has been a finalist in numerous art prizes.  .  In 2021 REK was the winner of the Sixth Annual Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards held by The TYTO Regional Art Gallery and in 2022 was the People’s choice winner of the 43rd annual Hinchinbrook Awards.  

        He is a member of the Queensland Wildlife Artists' Society.  In 2020 REK was the feature artist and guest judge at the Royal Queensland art Societies' Biannual Exhibition "All Creatures and Wild Things".

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