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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.

And all this, in the comfort of our purpose-built air-conditioned art studios.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Having already nurtured the development of over 15,000 new artists, Bienarté is offering a series of
Life Drawing Workshops throughout 2024.

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      • Butterfly Study in Watercolour | Heidi Willis

        Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist, specialising in botanical illustration and bird painting. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it.

        Through extensive demonstrations, step by step tuition and guided hands on learning, this workshop will explore the wonderful challenge of painting a popular natural history illustration subject, an in-depth bird study!

        About this workshop

        This is a two day event held in Brisbane, focussing on butterfly illustration in watercolour. Butterflies are an astounding painting subject to explore and watercolour brings so many wonderful qualities to the table to capture them with. 

        With this come the questions of 'how do I do it though!?' and that's where Heidi comes in! 
        She will walk you through the process and approaches to create a lovely butterfly painting of your own, equipping you with plenty of helpful strategies and knowledge about the subject, and watercolour medium along the way. 

        What will I learn?

        Being such an intricate subject, Heidi will focus quite strongly on dry brushing techniques to create refined, smaller work and detail. The subject/s will be carefully selected and crafted to maximise your exposure, knowledge and learning about this fantastic medium and genre. 

        It's going to be fun! Butterflies bring colour, texture, symmetry and beauty to the mix, and you'll be looking at all of these aspects over your painting days with Heidi. 

        Learn, improve, enjoy is the name of the game for this workshop. 

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        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for artists with any level of experience so come along and enjoy learning more about this wonderful art form and medium.  Dont worry if you're a beginner, Heidi works with everyone to progress you to the next place of learning, no matter where you currently sit. We all start somewhere and this is a brilliant subject to explore. 

        What do I need to bring?

        You can supply your own paints or you can rent a paint pack from Heidi (prices below). Please pre order your kit in advance by emailing us at team@bienarte.com.au

        Watercolours:
        Heidi uses Artist quality Winsor & Newton tubes. This is her full list: 

        Winsor Violet                                    Perylene Maroon                         Permanent Rose 
        Permanent Magenta                        Winsor Red                                  Indigo                      
        French Ultramarine Blue                  Raw Sienna                                 Burnt Sienna                               
        Olive Green                                       Permanent Sap Green                Cobalt Blue                                  
        Cerulean Blue (Red shade - the lightest one possible)                      Cobalt Turquoise (Light) 
        Green Gold                                       Winsor Lemon                              Windsor Yellow Deep 
        Scarlet Lake                                     Neutral Tint

        Not sure about paint? You can share Heidi's for the workshop for $35 for either the 2-day or 3-day workshops or $50 if you are doing all 5 days (both workshops)

        Other Items:
        • Pencil - 2B (PROGRESSO graphite stick, if possible)
        • Mechanical pencil 0.5mm HB 
        • White plastic eraser 
        • Scotch 'magic' tape 
        • Palette (a KLIK Palette) x 2

        Optional: 
        • Masking Fluid (colourless)
        • Ruling pen if you can get one, or have one. If not, I'll have some you can borrow

        Paper/ Board/ Brushes:
        These supplies can be difficult to get as individuals, time-consuming at best, so Heidi will take care of it for you to make it easy. Heidi will bring a set of brushes (4 in a set) and the stock/paper you will work on in the workshop. These items can be purchased in cash from Heidi on the day. The board is $10/sheet, brush sets approx. $29.  You'll also need $1-$2 for the printed worksheets for the workshop.
        Heidi will bring a few ruling pens to share with the group. Masking fluid, one tip, if you are bringing a bottle, pop it into a Ziploc bag to save yourself any potential disasters!

        • Bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by.

        What else is provided

        • Tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
        • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • Connection to the Bienarte art community

        Useful Information

        For Visitors FAQs

      • Creating Atmospheric Colour | Nick Olsen

        Learn with Brisbane visual artist, Nick Olsen, to unlock the elusive creative urge.

        Learn about Nick's spontaneous and expressive approach to landscape painting in oils and acrylics. This weekend workshop explores ways to follow a path to self-expression and the discipline of studio practice using acrylic and oil paint. 

        With an emphasis on the urban environment, Nick will walk students through the basics of painting our unique part of the world.

        Goals

        • To increase your confidence in using both acrylics and oil colours and to learn the similarities and differences and how they can work to your advantage
        • To learn the basics of what tools to use and how preparing your support can be an essential first step in creating your next painting

        What will I learn

        • How to paint with a subject, using light and shade for contrast and a focus on colour
        • The difference between warm and cool colours and when to use them
        • How to make marks beyond what you can do with brushes
        • How to simplify what you see so you enjoy the process of painting
        • You will cover everything from priming to the finished painting

        Starting a new project:

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

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        Initially, we will discuss materials and how to work within yourself.  Nick will explain warm and cool colours, preparing the groundwork for your first painting, starting in acrylics.  This will include drawing in charcoal.  

        Nick will show you how to make marks beyond just using brushes.  There will be an emphasis on colour mixing and a detailed colour wheel discussion – cover off the basics to help increase confidence.  All the while Nick will be demonstrating techniques as well as his own processes.

        Learn how to see colour and to mix what you see - these learnings will apply to both acrylic and oil painting. 

        Having worked with Acrylics, Nick will introduce using Oil Colours.  Nick will cover how to transition from an acrylic under-painting to an oil-based finish. With good planning, you should be able to complete the painting you started.

        On day 2 you will start a second painting and consolidate your learnings from the previous day.  You will be encouraged to loosen up with the aim of completing your second painting.

        Students are welcome to use acrylics for the whole workshop, and are also welcome to continue their paintings in oils, as Nick does.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop will be suitable for both absolute beginners and those who have some experience but would like to develop good habits in all aspects of creating a painting from beginning to end.

        What Should I Bring?

        Nick will be using acrylics to start, so you will need a basic range of student-quality (inexpensive) warm and cool acrylic colours plus white.  Please bring a water container or two as well as a plastic palette - this can be on old plate or container lid.

        You should also have a charcoal stick and a 2B pencil for drawing.  

        For brushes, just a couple of flat synthetic and filbert brushes - Taklon is good.  The support you use will be discussed, but Nick will prefer a board or a canvas/ canvas board.  An  MDF panel is ok too.  You can gesso during the first part of the day as Nick will show you techniques he uses.  His recommended sizes are 12”x10” (25x20cm) for day 1 and 40x40cm (16” square) for day 2. 

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        About the Artist

        Nick Olsen is a Brisbane-based painter who is interested in the built environment and how our living spaces reflect our cultural sensibilities through different times in our history. He uses a focus on light, tone and colour to elicit an emotional response and a sense of “place” in his work.

        Exhibiting yearly since 1990, Nick is in numerous collections, including: Collections Gold Coast Regional Gallery; Ipswich Regional Gallery; Redcliffe Regional Gallery; QUT Gallery ( Alumni); and the Museum of Brisbane.

        Among Nick’s awards are: Finalist Australian High Court centenary prize 2003; Finalist – Tattersalls Club Art Prize 2008, 2009; Gold Coast Art Prize 2013; Brisbane Rotary Art Prize – 2009, 2015,2016; Winner – Brisbane Rotary Art Prize ( Painting) 2007; Winner Royal Overseas League Travelling Scholarship 2011.

        What is provided

        • Tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
        • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • Connection to the Bienarte art community

        Useful Information

        For Visitors FAQs

      • Kingfisher Study in Watercolour | Heidi Willis

        Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist, specialising in botanical illustration and bird painting. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it.

        Through extensive demonstrations, step by step tuition and guided hands on learning, this workshop will explore the wonderful challenge of painting a popular natural history illustration subject, an in-depth bird study!

        About this workshop

        This is a multi day painting workshop in a friendly learning environment, exploring this wonderful medium, craft and creative skill. 

        It's for those who have a love of nature, watercolour, painting in general, with an eye for detail. 

        Our Kingfisher painting workshop started as a 'by request' subject which has proved to be incredibly popular, and for good reason. It's stunning! 
        It's a fabulous painting subject, brimming with colour, texture, intensity and softness and painting challenges all at once. 

        What will I learn?

        It's all about colour, texture, timing, smart  work processes, creating helpful strategy and building confidence. Not just for this specific subject, but but for small bird illustration, and for your painting in general.  Theres plenty to learn!  

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        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Dont worry if you're a beginner, as Heidi works with everyone to progress you to the next place of learning, no matter where you currently sit. 
        Everyone starts somewhere and this is a brilliant subject to explore, especially with the right guidance along the way. 
        So, if you love realistic watercolour, bird illustration, if you have an eye for detail and would like to learn more... this is the class for you. 

        This 3-day event is now coming to the Sunshine Coast for you, and Heidi is really looking forward to working with you, exploring all that painting kingfishers has to offer together.

        What do I need to bring?

        You can supply your own paints or you can rent a paint pack from Heidi (prices below). Please pre order your kit in advance by emailing us at team@bienarte.com.au

        Watercolours:
        Heidi uses Artist quality Winsor & Newton tubes. This is her full list: 

        Winsor Violet                                    Perylene Maroon                         Permanent Rose 
        Permanent Magenta                        Winsor Red                                  Indigo                      
        French Ultramarine Blue                  Raw Sienna                                 Burnt Sienna                               
        Olive Green                                       Permanent Sap Green                Cobalt Blue                                  
        Cerulean Blue (Red shade - the lightest one possible)                      Cobalt Turquoise (Light) 
        Green Gold                                       Winsor Lemon                              Windsor Yellow Deep 
        Scarlet Lake                                     Neutral Tint

        Not sure about paint? You can share Heidi's for the workshop for $35 for either the 2-day or 3-day workshops or $50 if you are doing all 5 days (both workshops)

        Other Items:
        • Pencil - 2B (PROGRESSO graphite stick, if possible)
        • Mechanical pencil 0.5mm HB 
        • White plastic eraser 
        • Scotch 'magic' tape 
        • Palette (a KLIK Palette) x 2

        Optional: 
        • Masking Fluid (colourless)
        • Ruling pen if you can get one, or have one. If not, I'll have some you can borrow

        Paper/ Board/ Brushes:
        These supplies can be difficult to get as individuals, time-consuming at best, so Heidi will take care of it for you to make it easy. Heidi will bring a set of brushes (4 in a set) and the stock/paper you will work on in the workshop. These items can be purchased in cash from Heidi on the day. The board is $10/sheet, brush sets approx. $29.  You'll also need $1-$2 for the printed worksheets for the workshop.
        Heidi will bring a few ruling pens to share with the group. Masking fluid, one tip, if you are bringing a bottle, pop it into a Ziploc bag to save yourself any potential disasters!

        • Bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by.

        What else is provided

        • Tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
        • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • Connection to the Bienarte art community

        Useful Information

        For Visitors FAQs

      • Small Bird Study in Watercolour | Heidi Willis

        Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist, specialising in botanical illustration and bird painting. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it.

        Through extensive demonstrations, step by step tuition and guided hands on learning, this workshop will explore the wonderful challenge of painting a popular natural history illustration subject, an in-depth bird study!

        About this workshop

        This is a multi day painting workshop in a friendly learning environment, exploring this wonderful medium, craft and creative skill. 

        It's for those who have a love of nature, watercolour, painting in general, with an eye for detail. 

        If not… come along and learn about the beauty of this too! Don’t be overwhelmed if you're new as Heidi works with people of all levels so just come along, and let her help you through the process and get you on track for your own creative journey.

        What will I learn?

        Using transparent watercolours, you will explore all elements of illustrating a bird subject to produce an intricate bird illustration throughout the workshop. This topic allows you to explore a wide range of critical watercolour painting techniques, dealing with texture, colour, creating low and high sheens in a subject, dealing with feather effects and developing fine details essential for bird illustration.

        As always, Heidi's workshops focus strongly on improving your overall watercolour techniques, with a goal of equipping you with sound knowledge, direction, confidence and strategy to tackle any subject independently following her course.

        Touching on watercolour techniques of washes, the more complex process of glazing (or layers of wash), and the intricate art of dry brushing, you will learn how to manage each of these techniques to create sound foundations to managing this medium well. Through this you will build a healthier understanding and love of watercolour and of this beautiful painting genre.

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        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for artists with any level of experience so come along and enjoy learning more about this wonderful art form and medium.

        What do I need to bring?

        You can supply your own paints or you can rent a paint pack from Heidi (prices below). Please pre order your kit in advance by emailing us at team@bienarte.com.au

        Watercolours:
        Heidi uses Artist quality Winsor & Newton tubes. This is her full list: 

        Winsor Violet                                    Perylene Maroon                         Permanent Rose 
        Permanent Magenta                        Winsor Red                                  Indigo                      
        French Ultramarine Blue                  Raw Sienna                                 Burnt Sienna                               
        Olive Green                                       Permanent Sap Green                Cobalt Blue                                  
        Cerulean Blue (Red shade - the lightest one possible)                      Cobalt Turquoise (Light) 
        Green Gold                                       Winsor Lemon                              Windsor Yellow Deep 
        Scarlet Lake                                     Neutral Tint

        Not sure about paint? You can share Heidi's for the workshop for $35 for either the 2-day or 3-day workshops or $50 if you are doing all 5 days (both workshops)

        Other Items:
        • Pencil - 2B (PROGRESSO graphite stick, if possible)
        • Mechanical pencil 0.5mm HB 
        • White plastic eraser 
        • Scotch 'magic' tape 
        • Palette (a KLIK Palette) x 2

        Optional: 
        • Masking Fluid (colourless)
        • Ruling pen if you can get one, or have one. If not, I'll have some you can borrow

        Paper/ Board/ Brushes:
        These supplies can be difficult to get as individuals, time-consuming at best, so Heidi will take care of it for you to make it easy. Heidi will bring a set of brushes (4 in a set) and the stock/paper you will work on in the workshop. These items can be purchased in cash from Heidi on the day. The board is $10/sheet, brush sets approx. $29.  You'll also need $1-$2 for the printed worksheets for the workshop.
        Heidi will bring a few ruling pens to share with the group. Masking fluid, one tip, if you are bringing a bottle, pop it into a Ziploc bag to save yourself any potential disasters!

        • Bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by.

        What else is provided

        • Tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
        • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
        • Connection to the Bienarte art community

        Useful Information

        For Visitors FAQs

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