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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 students say about us.

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

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      • Relax with Watercolour | Paint and Sip

        Add colour to your Friday night with this unique paint and sip style watercolour  session, in which you supply the wine and we supply the rest!
        This casual, relaxed class – held once a month – is perfect for absolute beginners, as no prior painting experience is needed.

        During the session, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with watercolour paints in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while creating your own unique framed artwork to take home with you. 

        What will I learn?

        You will learn the basics of painting in watercolour. You will be guided with a demonstration of painting in watercolour. You will have a selection of different subjects to paint on the night. You can follow a template to get you started or you can be as creative as you wish!

        Who is this course suitable for?

        Anyone who wants to have fun experimenting with watercolours. If you’ve never painted before, this is the perfect, relaxed opportunity to give it a try.

        What do I need to bring?

        Whatever you would like to sip while you paint. You are welcome to bring your own nibbles.

        What is provided?

        • all painting equipment, including watercolour paints and high-quality watercolour paper
        • disposable glassware
        • brushes and carbon paper
        • 3 unique, custom designed stencils to work from
        • an A5 frame to take home to frame your finished work of art. 
        • aprons

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      • Flowers in Watercolour for Beginners | Jan Lawnikanis

        About the workshop

        Designed for the absolute beginner, this two-day workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of watercolour painting! Jan will guide you step-by-step with learning all the basics you’ll need to create simple paintings of beautiful flowers. No drawing skills are required as references will be provided to transfer. Have an amazing weekend where all the materials are supplied, accomplishing paintings that you didn’t think were possible!

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Although this workshop is designed for beginners in watercolour, the more experienced are also welcome.

        What do I need to bring?

        Use of all painting materials will be available.

        Please bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by.

        What is provided?

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

        About the Tutor

        Jan Lawnikanis has taught regular art classes on the Gold Coast for the past 24 years and tutored over 100 workshops in various locations around Queensland and NSW. Students in all mediums have praised Jan for her teaching skills and this has gained her an excellent reputation with all ages.

        Jan has been the featured artist in Australian Artist Magazine, with 5 full-length articles on using coloured pencils. Other publications include the Paradise Magazine-GC Bulletin, Art Newsflash, the International Watercolour Institute catalogue, the Coloured Pencil Magazine, the Australian Coloured Pencil Network, Art Edit magazine and Artwise textbook for the Australian Curriculum.

        Her award-winning artworks hang in many private and corporate collections.

      • 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 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