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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 | 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.

      • Gain Confidence in Oils | Marcel Desbiens

        The Gain Confidence in Oils is a natural progression from the Foundations in Oils course. You will reinforce your fundamental skills by painting on different materials and in different styles, as well as learn new skills and start your own project.

        The prerequisite for this course is the Foundations in Oils, or an equivalent skill level.

        What will I learn?

        More skills and techniques in oil painting, including:

        • preparing your own surface to paint on
        • painting on canvas
        • more about composition
        • layering and glazing
        • work on your personal painting project

        Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 students so that you will receive personal attention.

        In each class, your tutor will give a step-by-step demonstration, followed by painting exercises to complete with personalised guidance and feedback from your tutor. Each exercise builds on the previous one, so that by the end of the course you will have created your own work in the style of your choice.... and have extended your skills and confidence in painting with oils.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        The Gain Confidence in Oils course is for those who have completed the Foundation in Oils course, or who have equivalent skills and experience.
        Talk to our friendly team if you are not sure if this course if for you.

        What do I need to bring?

        You will need to bring your paint set from the Foundation in Oils course, or speak to us if you don’t have one. Also, bring a notebook and pen.

        What is provided?

        • fabric and prepared gesso boards for painting exercises 
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Bienarte art community

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      • Reflective Surfaces with Pastel Pencils | Lyn Diefenbach

        A fun, one day workshop to introduce you gently into the wonderful world of reflections using pastel pencils. Lyn will provide a photograph and use an easy-to-understand step-by-step process from beginning to end.

        You will also receive a short video on the “fundamentals of painting” to equip you for the class, valued at $20.

        The Workshop described in Lyn’s own words

        I’ve been using pastel pencils for the last year or so as previously I only used soft pastels. I hadn’t previously found a purpose for pencils as I’ve always managed to get a fine mark and as much detail as I needed from the soft pastels. However, I had the opportunity to do a pastel pencil portrait workshop with Cuong Nguyen and found the whole process incredibly meditative so I decided to investigate further.

        It seems to be a quieter occupation just as graphite drawing is. I sit instead of stand, I work on a much smaller scale and there is minimal dust. The space that I need is so much more compact and it’s very easy to pack up and take with me when I’m out and about.

        For those with a busy lifestyle, family commitments, who are short on space or simply wanting to get into some painting without having to outlay a lot of money it is the perfect answer. Besides which, it is just plain fun.

        For the workshop on reflective surfaces, we’ll be working from a photograph of a simple still life setup. I will work in a step-by-step process which will be perfect for beginners and be giving you heaps of info (as always) which translates into every aspect of painting no matter what the media.

        So, sharpen those pencils and get set for a joyful day of creativity.

        What will I learn?

        Through demonstrations and a series of ‘hands-on’ exercises, you will learn how to paint reflective surfaces with the WOW Factor!

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This workshop will be a great introduction for anyone who is starting out on their artistic journey as well as for those who are along the way. Welcome to the world of creativity.

        What do I need to bring?

        You can choose between supplying your own materials (the materials list is linked below) or purchasing them from the Bienarte shop (please order through the “Related Products” link at the bottom of this page).

        Please click on the link below to view the materials list:

        View Materials List

        What is provided?

        • Tables, chairs
        • Tea, Coffee – bring your own cup
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Bienarté art community

        Who is Lyn Diefenbach?

        Lyn was accepted into the International Guild of Realism in 2008 and holds Master Pastellist status with the Pastel Society of Australia. In 2015 she was awarded signature member status with the Pastel Society of America. Lyn was awarded Masters Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2014. She has been featured numerous times in the International Artist, Pastel Journal and Australian Artist magazines.
        In July 2016 Lyn was awarded ‘Pastellist of the Year’ by the Pastel Society of Australia.

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