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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.

And all this, in the comfort of our purpose-built air-conditioned art studios.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Having already nurtured the development of over 15,000 new artists, Bienarté is offering a series of
Life Drawing Workshops throughout 2024.

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      • Abstracted Botanicals in Mixed Media | Beth Kennedy

        In Beth Kennedy's workshop, everyone will create their very own unique and creative paintings in a safe and supportive environment. You will walk away with the skills and techniques to create your very own creative artworks!

        What will I learn?

        In this workshop Beth will show you warm up drawing exercises to help get the creative process flowing, then will follow botanical drawing studies, basic colour theory and finally how to work these up on to a large mixed media painting on canvas. Large brushes will be used for washes, tiny brushes for detail and opaque areas of colour will be laid in too. The element of play and surprise results is an integral part of Beth’s art practice and working with mixed media and playing with these will be a part of this workshop, fun will be had with liquid watercolour, ink, gouache, watercolour and acrylic paint and paint markers.

        Beth will show you how to create washes using mediums and how to manipulate these and work into them. Using pattern and how to incorporate this into the paintings will be taught also. This workshop is for all experience levels; Beth is a firm believer that drawing, and painting are skills that can be learnt by anyone. The creative process should be fun and enjoyable, this will mean a better end result too, and as such this will be a relaxed and friendly workshop where questions will be welcome and hopefully new friends made over plenty of cups of tea!

        The focus will be to encourage and support everyone's unique individuality in mark making to produce beautiful paintings to take away with them.  Students can work onto whatever size canvases they are comfortable with - the second day of the workshop is devoted to painting onto canvas. For those not feeling confident to work onto canvas, working onto heavy watercolour paper is fine too! 

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        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This is suitable for all levels of experience including absolute beginners.

        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        Materials you must bring:

        • One large (30”/ 76cm square) or two medium (16"/ 40.5cm square) canvases.  Both available for purchase at Bienarté (by pre-order)
        • Selection of your favourite acrylic paints
        • Paint brushes including a small one for details
        • Pencils for drawing
        • Sketch book

        Materials provided by Bienarté:

        • Mediums
        • Watercolour paints
        • Liquitex paint markers
        • Gouache colours
        • Plates
        • Palette knives
        • Paper towel
        • Fresh flowers
        • Watercolour paper
        • Black ink

        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.

        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 Beth Kennedy

        Beth Kennedy lives and works in Brisbane and has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University. She has held seven solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions. Beth is represented by Anthea Polson Art GC, The Artling (Singapore) and Adaro Art (Florida).  Beth's work has appeared in Australian House & Garden, Belle magazine and The Age’s Melbourne Magazine and she has collaborated with Endota Spa for their Mothers' Day 2023 range.
        The essence of Beth’s paintings is the dynamics of patterning. Even at their most colourful, there is a quiet and enigmatic beauty to her work.
        Pattern, colour and composition all work together to present a snippet of an emotional narrative in the floating worlds she creates. She works intuitively with colour, at times allowing it to flow across the canvas in washes, and at others using it in bold opaque area. Amongst this, wavering patterns move in and out of focus, eventually finding their place and adding depth and beauty to the paintings.
        Each of Beth's paintings is the result of a sustained process of transcription: from sketches, to watercolour, to paint on canvas.

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      • Foundations in Oils

        "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.

        The Course has been designed by Marcel Desbiens and is also available online with lifetime access HD videos for those that cannot attend our in studio classes in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast.

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

        What will I learn?

        • how to set up your workstation to minimise mess and maximise your painting time
        • understand basic principles 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

        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.

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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.

        If travel time is an issue for you, consider the Live Online Via Zoom workshop that runs in a similar way but without your needing to leave your home!

        And if fixed learning times are an issue for you, consider the Self-Paced Learning | Foundations in Oils course that has easy-to-follow videos for you to watch at a time to suit you.

        What do I need to bring?

        • An old large towel to cover your table
        • A notebook and pen are optional for note-taking
        • Apron (Bienarte Aprons are available for purchase from our on-site shop)

        What is provided

        All the materials you will need for this course will be provided, including:

        • prepared paper for painting exercises by a master artist.
        • Digital Certificate of Attendance.
        • PDF booklet, packed with painting tips and tricks.
        • Free professional-quality oil colours
        • Free pack of paint brushes
        • Access to reference photos to practice at home.
        • Tables, chairs, easels
        • Tea and coffee (bring your own mug)
        • A friendly and supportive environment
        • Connection to the Bienarté art community.

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

        Receive a FREE PACK of Paint brushes!

        Oil Painting Starter Kits also available for enrolled students

        Once enrolled, every student will receive their FREE GIFT PACK of 5 Schmincke professional quality oil colours as well as their pack of brushes.
        To practice at home, we have made it easy for you by putting together an Oil Painting Starter Kits which contains everything you will need to get started! Save time and money and pick up your art pack.

        To purchase, see further below under "Related Products" and click on "Oil Painting Starter Kits" and "click "Buy Now"
        You can also view all items that are included.

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        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 painting course and was surprised with the quality produced by the class (including myself : ). A great teacher. Well-paced and a good atmosphere. Paint on!"

        • Mark Allen, Bienarte regular student

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      • Luminous Flowers 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

        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.

        What do I need to bring?

        All materials are supplied.

        What is provided?

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

      • Painting A Flower Still Life in Oils | Bronwyn Searle

        About this workshop

        In this workshop Bronwyn will show how to set up a still life of a single rose using lights to change the mood, taking note of shadows and teach how to best capture the light.

        What will I Learn?

        Participants will be shown how to capture the delicate nature of flower petals and be given a reference image of a single rose in a bottle. Bronwyn will also show how to grid up the image onto the canvas and how to mix and prepare colour. If you have a grid on a clear cell given to you from a previous still life workshop, then please bring that along, otherwise you will be supplied with one on the first day.

        There will be plenty of painting time!

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Beginner to intermediate. If you have been to other workshops with Bronwyn Searle, you have the opportunity to refine your new skills with a different subject. A rose is a wonderful subject to help understand the anatomy of a flower.

        What do I need to bring?

        Canvas:
        12”x 16” (31 x 41cms) primed cotton duck prepared canvas x 1

        Brushes:
        • Cheap flat 5cms for painting base canvas acrylic colour 
        • For oil painting, 2 Fine point synthetic round Sable eg Jasart Fine No.1 – these are quite cheap 
        • Neef 95 round stiff synthetic No.1 
        • Neef 95 flat stiff synthetic Nos. 2, 4 & 6 
        • Hog hair fan brushes – No.4 (any brand) 

        Oil Colours: 
        • Titanium White • Spectrum Red • Spectrum Yellow • Ultramarine Blue • Indian Red • Sap Green • Ultramarine Violet • Phthalo Blue 

        Acrylic Paints for a quick-drying base: 
        • Spectrum Red • Spectrum Yellow (both can be any brand)

        Other:
        • Pale coloured chalk or soft pastel for transferring the image to the prepared canvas 
        • White soft pastel for marking the grid on the prepared canvas 
        • Cheap 40cm ruler for marking out grid 
        • Palette knives – Two Size 8 pallet knives or similar 
        • Palette suitable for acrylic painting 
        • Palette suitable for oil painting 
        • Odourless Solvent and a sealable metal container or a small jar with lid 
        • Small amount of Stand Linseed oil 
        • Camera – each student to bring their own smart phone or a small camera 
        • Paper towels

        Kits are available for purchase on the first day of the workshop for $80. To pre-order your kit, please select “Bronwyn Searle Paint Pack” at checkout and you can download a list of other required materials.
        You can purchase the paint pack for $80 by clicking here.

        Please bring an apron, covered shoes, water bottle, lunch and mug for tea or coffee. 
        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

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