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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.
31 Aug - 04 Sept
Events Centre, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

Save the date!

Bienarté staff and tutor exhibition at
Latrobe Art Space
134 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
06-11 Sept 2022 10AM - 5PM

Meet the Artists:  Friday 09 Sept 5PM - 7PM

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      • Painting Practice | Bronwyn Searle

        Do you find it hard to devote time to your painting practice?
        Do you get stuck with a painting and don’t know where to take it next?
        Do you have technical questions about your painting?
        Are you looking for a group of likeminded artists to paint with?

        The Painting Practice course provides:

        • uninterrupted time to focus on your own work in a studio setting
        • an expert tutor to help you extend your skills
        • a small group of passionate likeminded artists

        What will I learn?

        Everything you need to know to complete your own painting project.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Those who have completed Foundation in Oils and ‘Gain Confidence in Oils’ courses, or who have the equivalent skills and experience.

        What do I need to bring?

        Bring your painting materials with you. Limited art supplies are available for purchase at the studio if you need a top up.

        Please bring odourless solvent only and avoid any strong smelling mediums.

        What is provided?

        • easels
        • backing boards
        • chairs
        • tables
        • tea and coffee (please bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Bienarte art community.

        About the tutor.

        Bronwyn enjoys the challenge of taking ordinary, everyday scenes and interpreting them in her own inimitable and increasingly widely recognised style. Working in oils on canvas, she loves to explore the technique of chiaroscuro.

        Bronwyn has recently returned to still life painting, while continuing to explore the detail found in leaf litter and textures in the urban world. She is drawn to the unique beauty found in ordinary settings. This direction suits her technique and eye for detail.

        Born in Brisbane and trained at the Brisbane College of Art, Bronwyn worked professionally in the art field for more than 25 years, starting as a graphic artist and moving on to exhibition design and illustration.

        In 2012 Bronwyn was invited to be represented by the Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane after winning first prize in the Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Awards. She exhibits a new collection of works there each year.

        Her paintings are held in a number of private collections, in Australia and overseas.

      • Gain Confidence In Oils

        Now that you have acquired the basic knowledge for painting in Oils, it is time to apply those techniques in real time on a subject you might want to paint at home.

        The challenge at this stage of your learning is to keep the motivation going and not fall into procrastination.

        The best way is to enrol in a further six consecutive weeks to keep the momentum going as it is fresh in your mind.
        This is the best way to secure enough confidence before continuing at home in your own painting space.


        • To complement your acquired learning from the 8-week Foundation in Oils course
        • To gain confidence and be ready to paint on your own

        What will I learn

        Learn the basic technique for painting still life, seascape and fabric:

        • Painting a subject containing fabric in monochrome
        • Opaque and transparent colours
        • Applying Oil colour layering and glazing

        Starting a new project:

        • Choosing the right support from a variety of options (canvas, board, paper, etc)
        • Understanding the process of composition
        • Choosing a subject
        • Planning the development stages from beginning to completion of your painting


        • Painting a subject containing fabric in monochrome from a photo provided
        • Starting your new project from your choice of photo or images
        • Applying colour over the monochrome fabric with glazing
        • Completing your own painting project, learning about varnishing and framing

        Who is this course suitable for

        While priority is given to students who have completed the 8-week Foundations in Oils course, this course is suitable for anyone with a basic practical understanding of Oil colours and their application

        Terms & Conditions

      • Tutored Life Drawing | Bronwyn Searle

        The practice of drawing the figure is fundamental for most artists, regardless of what other subjects they usually choose to paint or draw.

        We provide a spacious air-conditioned/ heated room and a life model who will pose in a variety of short and long poses.

        What will I learn?

        As your tutor, Bronwyn will guide you through each class, always starting with quick warm-up free sketches, then moving on to longer poses. Using charcoal or pastels, each class will focus on different aspects of body form, movement, and lighting.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        These life classes are suitable for absolute beginners as well as those who have been to some sessions before.

        So if you are interested in coming along to these classes, be prepared for some enjoyable drawing time with a professional life model, music, and a guiding hand in Bronwyn Searle.

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        What do I need to bring?

        Bring your drawing materials - we suggest:

        • Newsprint
        • Cartridge Paper
        • Charcoal Pencils
        • Compressed Charcoal
        • Pastels - optional (you may already have these, preferably some flesh-tone colours)

        We will give you access to easels and tables depending on space, so you have some flexibility. Limited art supplies are available for purchase at the studio if you need a top-up or are just starting out.

        You can purchase a Life Drawing Kit using the link below. It will be available for pick-up from the Studio on the day.

        What is provided?

        • a professional life model
        • easels
        • backing boards
        • chairs
        • tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Bienarte art community
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Marcel Desbiens | Master Artist | Principal Tutor