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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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      • Realistic Birds | Rob REK

        Do you look at photo realistic paintings and wonder “how do they do it?”
        Are you tired of labouring away for days and feeling frustrated and discontent with the result of all your hard work? Do things not look “quite right” at the end of your painting? 

        Rob REK has the answers and the technical know-how to advance your work to the next stage and have your friends wondering how you made this sudden quantum leap in technical ability!

        What will I learn?

        In this 2-day workshop, Rob will demonstrate the award-winning realistic style of painting he is known for and impart skills to help you take your painting to the next level.

        He will help you translate details from your tablet or laptop to the canvas. Discover useful tools like specialist wet-palettes to put an end to the drying issues that arise using acrylics and using a projector for precise, immediate foundation work.

        You will work on building up layers and glazing to create depth, different acrylic mediums and effective use of colours to achieve realistic results plus many more tricks of the trade gained from 15+ years of real-life experience as a professional artist.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This is suitable for beginners to intermediate skill-level artists.

        What do I need to bring?

        • Bring your tablet or laptop and be guided by the materials list below.

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        • 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 Rob REK

        Rob REK is an established artist based in Brisbane. His popular artworks draw inspiration from the beauty and intricate details found in the natural world, in particular he has become known as a realistic avian specialist.

        REK Studied at the Brisbane Institute of Art and his original works are represented by Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Blue-Chip Investment Gallery, Mooloolaba and Art to Art Gallery, Melbourne.   He has exhibited consistently in solo and group exhibitions in Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast since 2008.

        His artwork has been commissioned for children’s books, appeared on Chanel 10’s Healthy Homes Australia and has been a finalist in art prizes including The Brisbane Rotary Art Prize, Queensland Figurative, the Art Lovers Australia Art Prize and the Lethbridge 20000.  

        He is a member of the Queensland Wildlife Artist’s Society and was the People’s Choice recipient for the Societies' 2019 exhibition.

      • Painting Practice - Full 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?

        Painting Practice – One Day 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 like-minded artists

        This casual one-day Painting Practice session runs on the occasional Sunday throughout the year. The times are from 9.30am to 4pm.
        Bookings are essential and 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.

      • Red, Blue and Yellow | Learn and Experience Ceramics

        This workshop is held at our partner Ceramic Studios in Jindalee

        About this workshop

        A 3-hour workshop will run every second Saturday from 11AM - 2PM at our Ceramic Workshop and Studio in Jindalee, Red, Blue & Yellow, while you sip a glass of wine and enjoy a cheese platter.

        Design and create ceramics with hand-building techniques.

        Would you like to discover the world of ceramics and learn hand-building techniques?

        Would you like to explore the intricacies of clay materiality while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying a cheese platter in a relaxing and cosy atmosphere?

        This class is just for you!

        What will I learn?

        You will be collaborating alongside a small group of students to practice clay-building techniques at your own pace and under one-on-one supervision after a demonstration of each technique is introduced to you.

        This beginners' class is designed for you to discover different bodies of clay and learn the 3 main techniques used in hand-built ceramics:

        • Pinch pot
        • Coiling
        • Soft slab

        You will experience a variety of textures and approaches to hand-building with ceramics. You will be encouraged to create your own ceramic bowls, cups, plates and flower vases under Paula’s personal guidance.

        By the end of the class, you will have learned the main basic techniques of hand-building with clay and spent a great time relaxing, learning, having fun and connecting with other students.

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        Your unique handmade pieces will be left to dry in the studio space and fired in our kiln with an additional layer of glaze (colour) of your choosing, to be collected 7-10 days after the class.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop would suit beginners and no prior experience is required. We welcome adults and children (minimum 8 years old, supervised by an adult). This workshop is also great for individuals, couples, events, team-building activities and hen parties.

        What do I need to bring?

        All clay materials are provided. Please bring your own water bottle - cold water is available in the studio. Bring your own drinks and snacks if you prefer or if you have allergies. You may want to bring an apron and clothing that is suitable for working with clay.

        For your own safety, please do not wear jewellery during the workshop

        What is provided?

        • All materials provided plus 3 different bodies of clay: Terracotta, BRT and Porcelain
        • Kiln firing service and a tray to take home your finished pieces 7-10 days later
        • Complimentary cheese platter & wine
        • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • Connection to the Bienarté and Red, Blue & Yellow Ceramic Studio art communities
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Marcel Desbiens | Master Artist | Principal Tutor