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Welcome to Bienarté and our 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 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 colours, Acrylic, 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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      • Portrait in Pastels | Lyn Diefenbach

        Learn to create portraits that are full of character and life. All aspects of portraiture will be covered, in particular how to achieve a good likeness. This workshop will assist you to a greater understanding of the relationships of line, tone, colour and edge to enable you to infuse your work with dimensionality and impact.
        Lyn will discuss pastels and pastel surfaces as well as application appropriate to the subject. Enjoy clear, informative demonstrations and individual attention at your easel.

        What will I learn?

        Through demonstrations and a series of ‘hands-on’ exercises, you will learn easy methods for painting portraits.

        Who is this course suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, however basic knowledge and skills in oils and colour is a prerequisite.
        Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

        What do I need to bring?


        What is provided?

        • Easels, tabels, chairs and aprons.
        • tea, coffee and biscuits (you might like to bring your own cup)
        • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • connection to the Bienarté art community

      • Relax with Watercolour | Paint and Sip

        Add colour to your 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 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 scenes 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 event 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
        • unique, custom-designed stencils to work from
        • an A5 frame to take home to frame your finished work of art

        What students say

        5* We had such a lovely girls night and even though none of us has ever painted in watercolours before, we had a lovely instructor and a heap of stencils to use before we were confident enough to do some freestyling. -Meghan-

        5* The class was very well run with good instruction and plenty of help if needed. All the necessary equipment was provided and all 3 teachers were friendly and encouraging. Would definitely do another class - we had a lot of fun! -Alex-

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      • Watercolour Impressions via Zoom | Chan Dissanayake

        Zoom at Bienarté

        Due to COVID travel restrictions, this workshop will take place via Zoom at our studio. Chan is an experienced Zoom teacher and will use a multi-screen on our large TV to show his painting action as well as his reference photo and live palette mixing. At the end of the second day, students will be able to receive personal feedback on their work, also via Zoom

        About this workshop

        This workshop will focus on how to inject and capture the mood of the subject, portraying atmospheric effects such as mist, rain and fog. Students will paint a variety of subjects, producing two paintings a day.

        There will be lots of tips on how to avoid potential pitfalls. Learn how to understand the various stages of wetness of paper as well as paint consistency in creating these magical effects. Small studies and planning will guide the student as well as build confidence in their own work.

        To see Chan in action, he has an online tutorial that is well worth watching!

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Suitable for students that have been exposed to the medium of watercolour and want to extend their knowledge to the next level If you enjoy the challenge of producing loose and bold watercolours, then this is for you.

        What do I need to bring?


        Please 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?

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

        About the Tutor

        Chan Dissanayake is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists and is highly regarded as both a tutor and a judge of local and regional art awards.

        His mastery in watercolour is demonstrated through the vast subject matter that he tackles including rural landscapes, urban cityscapes and coastal seascapes. In 2017, Chan received the ultimate accolade for an Australian Watercolourist when he was elected to the elite Australian Watercolour Institute.

        Known for his innovative approach to teaching and generosity in sharing his knowledge, Chan has gained a considerable reputation. He has also contributed many articles to leading art publications including International Artist, Australian Artist and Artists Palette.

        His quick and direct approach to watercolour has earned him much success nationally and internationally.

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