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Welcome to Bienarté (Brisbane Painting Classes). The same place and 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 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 | Bronwyn Searle

        Bronwyn has been painting and drawing, in one form or another, all her life.
        Today, as an emerging (and highly collectable) painter in oils, her work reflects her passion for capturing the light, and is influenced by her depth of experience in illustrative technique. 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, Australia, 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. She spent 18 years at the Queensland Museum, designing displays and illustrating museum publications, including the Sciencentre’s picture book, "Velvet the Flying Gecko."
        Bronwyn collaborated with her writer husband Rick on two children’s picture books, “Slam Dunk Tim” and “Follow Me,” which were published by Random House and Scholastic respectively. Leaving the Museum in 2002, she freelanced as an illustrator, with regular commissions from John Wiley Australia Publishers.
        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.

        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 course 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

        Each term runs for 8 weeks. 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 10 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 Bienarte art community.

      • Be Brave and Have Fun in Watercolour| Herman Pekel

        Join our world class award contemporary impressionist artist Herman Pekel.

        Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with watercolour or acrylic.

        Herman Pekel, you will explore landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes and use a variety of watercolour techniques, to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolour.

        Workshops with Herman are inspiring and very productive. Expect to be challenged, to be brave, and to have fun!

        What will I learn?

        Herman will guide you through his step by step process – beginning with a fast foundation painting and ending with a range of final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. Most importantly, Herman will work with you to articulate your own vision and find solutions to your own challenges.
        Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work and to get started with new ideas in a way that is fast and fun!

        Through demonstrations of various techniques and lots of individual instruction, you will learn about a range of topics including:
        • colour mixing
        • glazes
        • composition
        • drying time
        • thickness and edges.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for people with basic knowledge in watercolour or acrylics.

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

        What do I need to bring?

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        • 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.

        • Bring your painting gear and as many questions as you wish to ask.

        What is provided

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

      • Drawing Fundamentals | Isabella Allis

        Drawing Fundamentals

        About this class

        Rapidly improve your drawing skills through this structured course in the fundamentals of art. Learn charcoal and drawing techniques you can add to your artistic repertoire and apply to your personal style. Developing your drawing technique will also improve the quality of your paintings. Isabella will discuss the various materials, drawing mediums and types of paper used.

        What will I learn?

        The course will focus on the fundamentals of drawing (line, shape, form, space, etc.) and each class will then build on from the last. In particular, we will look at:
        • How line is used to develop eye-brain co-ordination and heighten observation skills.
        • How shape can be used as a tool to break down complex objects into easy to understand shapes as an underlying structure to your drawing.
        • Understanding the interaction of light on an object will help you to create the effect of three-dimensional form.
        • Understanding perspective and how to create the illusion of space.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This course would suit beginners, as well as intermediate artists wanting to solidify their drawing technique.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please bring an apron, covered shoes, water bottle and lunch. We have a fridge available at the studio.
        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What is provided?

        All art materials will be provided.

        • tea, coffee and biscuits
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Bienarte art community

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