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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, Catherine Aboud and Ros Danka.

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 principles 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.

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 are optional for note-taking. Apron (Bienarte Aprons are available for purchase from our on-site shop)

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.
• Free professional-quality oil colour pack
• Free pack of hog-hair bristle brushes
• Access to reference photos to practice at home.
• Tables, chairs, easels
• Tea and coffee (bring your own mug)
• A friendly and supportive environment
• Connection to the Bienarte art community.

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

Receive a FREE PACK of Hog-Hair Bristle Brushes!

Oil Painting Starter Kits also available for enrolled students

Once enrolled, every student will receive their FREE GIFT PACK of 5 Schmincke professional quality oil colours as well as their pack of brushes.
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"
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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 painting course and was surprised with the quality produced by the class (including myself : ). A great teacher. Well-paced and a good atmosphere. Paint on!"

  • Mark Allen, Bienarte regular student

Images from previous Foundations In Oils Courses

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Course testimonials:

  • This course is amazing! As a complete beginner I have gained the skills and confidence to undertake a range of subject matter, producing works I can genuinely be proud of. Catherine is an excellent tutor, she fostered a friendly, encouraging and relaxed learning environment for her students. As an exceptionally skilled artist herself, Catherine provided so many tricks to improve and elevate our paintings. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn to paint! A. Smith......Brisbane
  • The Foundations in Oils Course has allowed me to go back to basics, reinforce the proper steps to take, and allowed me to move forward with confidence. Leonie S, Kilcoy
  • The friendliness ,the patience along with the detailed explanation of the various subject matter as well as the demonstrations of the various painting techniques.. I would also like to add that Ai Shah is an absolute delight to learn from. Shirley Handicott, Brisbane