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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 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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      • Painting Practice | Bronwyn Searle

        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 Painting Practice course provides:

        • uninterrupted time to focus on your own work in a studio setting
        • an expert tutor to help you extend your skills
        • a small group of passionate likeminded artists

        What will I learn?

        Everything you need to know to complete your own painting project.

        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 (please bring your own mug)
        • a friendly and supportive environment
        • connection to the Bienarte art community.

        About the tutor.

        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 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.

        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.

      • Drawing Fundamentals and More | Isabella Allis

        About this workshop

        Rapidly improve your drawing skills through this 8-week structured course. Initially, we will focus on the fundamentals of drawing technique and then progress to explore and observe the true nature of your subject including reflections, shadows and transparency. 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 initially 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 coordination 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.

        Taking it further, the 2nd half of the course will apply these fundamental drawing skills to more complex projects.

        Who is this course suitable for?

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

        What do I need to bring?

        Access to all art materials will be provided.

        What is provided?

        • Easels, tables, chairs
        • Tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
        • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • Connection to the Bienarté art community
      • Gain Confidence In Oils | Ai Shah

        Now that you have acquired the basic knowledge for painting in Oils, it is time to apply those techniques in real time on a subject you might want to paint at home.

        The challenge at this stage of your learning is to keep the motivation going and not fall into procrastination.

        The best way is to enrol in a further six consecutive weeks to keep the momentum going as it is fresh in your mind. This is the best way to secure enough confidence before continuing at home in your own painting space.


        • To complement your acquired learning from the 8-week Foundation in Oils course

        • To gain confidence and be ready to paint on your own

        What will I learn

        Learn the basic technique for painting still life, portrait and fabric:

        • Painting a subject containing fabric in monochrome
        • Opaque and transparent colours
        • Applying Oil colour layering and glazing

        Starting a new project:

        • Choosing the right support from a variety of options (canvas, board, paper, etc)
        • Understanding the process of composition
        • Choosing a subject
        • Planning the development stages from beginning to completion of your painting


        • Painting a subject containing fabric in monochrome from a photo provided
        • Starting your new project from your choice of photo or images
        • Applying colour over the monochrome fabric with glazing
        • Completing your own painting project, learning about varnishing and framing

        Who is this course suitable for

        While priority is given to students who have completed the 8-week Foundations in Oils course, this course is suitable for anyone with a basic practical understanding of Oil colours and their application

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