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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.

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

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Bienarté is the major sponsor for 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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      • Colour Confidence | Marcel Desbiens

        Do you ever struggle in mixing the right colours? Do you guess and end up wasting paint? Take the guess work out of colour mixing and learn the easy and simple way of mixing the colours you are trying to make. Marcel will show you his easy and simple method that will take away the frustration and give you the confidence to get it right.

        What will I learn?

        • How to mix many different colours with a limited palette
        • How to mix colours the simple and easy way
        • An introduction to the colour wheel
        • Opaque and transparent pigments
        • Primary, secondary, tertiary, complementary colours
        • Hue, saturation, value
        • Sfumato, cooling and warming effects
        • Lighting effects on coloured object
        • Colour strength

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to find the easy and shortcut methods of colour mixing
        This is a hands-on practical guide for beginners and experienced artists.
        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        All materials supplied

        • 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?

        • paints and brushes
        • boards
        • easels, tables and chairs
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (please bring your own cup)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Bienarte art community

      • Painting Practice - One Day | Marcel Desbiens

        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?

        Painting Practice – Half Day 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 like-minded artists

        This casual half-day Painting Practice session runs on the occasional Sunday throughout the year. The times are from 9.30am to 1pm.
        Bookings are essential and priority is given to existing studio painting students and alumni.

        What will I learn?

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

        Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 students to guarantee personal attention.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Those who have completed ‘Foundation in Oils’ and ‘Oil Painting with Confidence’ 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 (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Bienarte art community.

      • Untutored Studio Painting

        This is an opportunity to develop your studio practice in a professional artist studio setting.

        We provide a spacious air conditioned /heated room, with stand-up easels, a table and a chair each.

        We also have wash-up facilities, toilets and a kitchenette on site.

        What will I learn?

        This is an untutored class for you to further your own practice in any medium, however, you must be self-contained, so not use any medium that could be disruptive to other artists.

        Who is this suitable for?

        Artists of all levels who want to practice their skills in any medium, including oils, watercolour, drawing and acrylics will find the time to work on their own practice of benefit. Absolute beginners are welcomed as well as experienced artists.

        What do I need to bring?

        Bring all your art materials.
        Bring a towel or sheet to cover your table.
        We will give you access to the stand up and table easels and tables.
        There is access to the art sinks.
        If you are using oil colours, only odourless solvent is permitted. Limited art supplies are available for purchase at the studio if you need a top-up or are just starting out.

        Please note that we may allow up to 12 students to share the space, so you will need to be self-contained and able to pack up your space, leaving a clean area for the next day’s students.

        If you find it hard to devote time to your painting practice, get stuck with a painting and don’t know where to take it next or you’re looking for a group of like-minded artists to paint with and bounce offf ideas, then this is the opportunity for you.

        What is provided?

        • table easels and stand up easels
        • chair
        • table
        • tea and coffee (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Bienarte art community

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Marcel Desbiens | Master Artist | Principal Tutor