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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.

Learn from award-winning local, interstate and international guest artists who offer courses and workshops for all skill levels in oil painting, acrylics, watercolour, drawing, pastels in various specialty subjects. We also offer private lessons for intensive training in any technical area you need.

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      • Studio Painting - 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?

        The Studio Painting – One Day provides:

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

        This casual one day studio Painting session runs on the first Sunday of every month from 9.30am to 4pm. Bookings are essential.
        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 ‘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, coffee and biscuits (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community.

      • A Portrait from Life in Graphite/ Oils | Andrew Bonneau

        "Andrew Bonneau is a patient and supportive art instructor and very generous with his artistic knowledge. Attending his drawing and painting workshop filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge and opened up my capabilities. I gained valuable tools and resources and a renewed drive and direction. Given the opportunity, I would definitely attend more of Andrew’s workshops." - Cindy

        About this workshop

        Study portraiture with nationally-renowned realist painter, Archibald and Doug Moran Prize finalist, Andrew Bonneau.
        In this workshop students will spend 3 days developing a single portrait painting from life. This is a unique opportunity to spend an extended period carefully looking at and understanding the structural complexity of the human head in relation to a light source. The emphasis will be on the accurate observation of the model.

        We will be working from the life model for the entire workshop.

        What will I learn?

        Beginning from an initial ‘block in’ in graphite, we will proceed to develop a refined drawing which we will then transfer to canvas to begin painting.
        All aspects of the process will be discussed and demonstrated, such as proportion, anatomy, perspective, conceptualising the model in relation to the light source, modelling form, colour theory and paint handling.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Basic knowledge and skills in drawing and painting will be helpful for this workshop.
        The more experience you have in painting and drawing from life the better, but the workshop is suitable for all levels.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please click on the materials list link below

        What is Provided?

        • Clothed life model for the duration of the workshop
        • Standing Easels, tables and chairs
        • Large light-filled studio space
        • 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

      • Water Reflection & Transparencies in Oils - 2 Fridays | Marcel Desbiens

        Learn an easy way to paint the impossible! You will learn to paint water reflections in 2 different methods.

        Learn how you can recreate the beautiful softness of colours and tones depicting sky and trees reflections, undulations, tinted coloured water showing natural elements on the sand in shallow water.
        The 2 methods are applied on 2 variations on a lake scenery to experience the application of colours with different degree of transparency. Another method will be used for special effects is the removing of paint on the second layer with special tools.

        1. Acrylic undercoat and oil/alkyd as a second coat in opaque and semi-opaque first day, second day glazing transparent oil colours.
        2. Colour undercoat in alkyd first day, oil colours second day.

        Save yourself hours of experimentation and research by following Marcel Desbiens quick step-by-step demonstration process and achieve instant results. Plenty of “hands on” exercises will give you the opportunity to create those realistic effects with oils. You will learn to reproduce this transparency effect using a layering technique on a coloured background with the Alla prima method. The right choice of medium, opaque and transparent colours and brushes will make the process a breeze!

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Suitable for all skill levels!

        What do I need to bring?

        • 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?

        • All painting materials (paints, brushes, easels, etc.) provided.
        • A relaxed and supportive learning environment
        • Tea, coffee and biscuits

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