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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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      • 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

      • 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.

      • Foundations in Oils

        Anyone can paint if they are given the right instructions." - Marcel Desbiens, Master Artist and Principal Tutor

        If you have never picked up a paintbrush before, this course will give you the technical skills and knowledge to help fast track your painting process and produce stunning works of art of your own. All in a friendly and supportive environment.

        The Course has been designed by Marcel Desbiens and has been developed over the years by the team including Ai Shah and Catherine Aboud.

        All materials are included. All you need to do is turn up!

        What will I learn?

        • how to set up your work station to minimise mess and maximise your painting time
        • understand basic principal of colour mixing and paint consistency
        • learn how to control tone to create the optical illusion of reality
        • how to choose the right brushes and develop effective brush techniques
        • how to clean and care for your brushes
        • learn to paint in the traditional glazing techniques of the old masters

        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, and then it’s your turn for “hands – on” painting exercises. Each exercise builds on the previous one so that each week your skills and confidence will grow a little more.

        By the end of week 4 you will have created this!

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        Who is this course suitable for?

        This foundation course is perfect for absolute beginners or for those who want to brush up on the fundamental techniques of oil painting. 90% of students who enrol in this course either have never picked up a paintbrush or have minimal painting experience. However, others who have painted before have also come along and found that they learned so much more about oil painting techniques.

        The Foundation in Oils course is a prerequisite for the Gain Confidence in Oils course.

        What do I need to bring?

        A notebook and pen is optional for note taking

        What is provided

        All the materials you will need for this course will be provided, including:
        • prepared gesso boards for painting exercises by a master artist.
        • Digital Certificate of Attendance.
        • PDF booklet, packed with painting tips and tricks.
        • all the paints and brushes you will need.
        • Access to reference photos to practice at home.
        • table, chairs, easels, aprons
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community.

        Receive a FREE GIFT PACK of 5 Schmincke professional quality oil colours!

        Oil Painting Starter Kits Available for enrolled students

        Once enrolled, every student will receive their FREE GIFT PACK of 5 Schmincke professional quality oil colours.
        To practice at home, we have made it easy for you by putting together an Oil Painting Starter Kits which contains everything you will need to get started! Save time and money and pick up your art pack.

        To purchase, see further below under “Related Products” and click on "Oil Painting Starter Kits" and "click "Buy Now"
        You can also view all items that are included.

        What Our Students Say About Foundations in Oils

        "A great art course! Highly recommended for beginners or those that want to learn more skills. I did the 8 week oil paining course and was surprised on the quality produced by the class (including myself : ). Marcel is a great teacher. Well paced and a good atmosphere. Paint on!"

        • Mark Allen Brisbane Painting Classes regular student

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