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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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      • Bold Palette Knife Painting in Acrylics | Don Milner

        About this workshop

        This workshop is an ideal painting and learning experience as it offers each student opportunities to develop and grow their own particular painting styles under the watchful eye of Don Milner.

        This workshop will:

        • Introduce students to dynamic and bold palette knife painting techniques
        • Improve and expand students' existing knowledge and skill levels
        • Build confidence with the use of Acrylic paints & mediums
        • Provide supervision and expert assistance from Don Milner

        Students will grow and improve their general painting abilities through this introduction to palette knife painting with a real hands-on feel for the technique and use of the palette knife. It also introduces students to best practice with paints and mediums essential for palette knife painting.

        All this learning will be applied in a final painting on the second day.

        What will I learn?

        There will be a focus on creative colour mixing, underpainting for drama, attitude and texture, colour harmonies, tonal mapping, composition and how to creatively interpret photos and add texture for drama.

        Lots of painting tips, tricks and extra information for students to develop better techniques and grow higher skill levels sooner.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        Students of all experience levels, from beginners to advanced, are welcomed to this workshop.

        What do I need to bring?

        Please click on the link below for the materials list:


        • 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 Bienarté art community
      • Keep Creating - A Focus on Portraits | Daniel Butterworth

        We are bringing Daniel Butterworth from Melbourne for an exclusive painting workshop at our studio! With a career spanning over twenty years, Daniel Butterworth has exhibited extensively, won numerous awards and been a finalist in the Doug Moran Prize and Archibald Prize. Take this unique opportunity to learn a range of new techniques and gain insight into the loose painterly approach with Daniel.

        In this engaging two-day workshop, Daniel will share with you his tips on materials, mediums, scale and light, developed from more than 20 years as a practising artist.
        Through demonstrations and one-on-one feedback, Daniel will guide you as you create your own portrait on cardboard – and you get to choose your subject!

        What will I learn?

        In this weekend workshop, you will discover the power of composition and the effect it can have on a work. Daniel will show you how to reflect on your subject and look at ways of amplifying their personality with the use of light, size and the pose of the sitter.
        You will develop at least one painting, more strikingly vital and direct than you have produced before!
        Throughout the workshop, you will be encouraged to draw on your own creative voice, with a final critique at the end of the day.

        Who is this workshop suitable for?

        This workshop is suitable for beginners through to experienced.

        What do I need to bring?

        • at least three images of people that you would like to paint – ideally on an ipad, tablet or phone
        • 4b and 2b grey lead
        • black marker
        • Charcoal (willow or compressed)
        • 3 sheets of A1 paper
        • 3 pieces of cardboard in varied sizes. This could be recycled packing cardboard – the bigger the better as we can cut it down on the day. White goods suppliers have great cardboard as well as motorcycle shops
        • Acrylic paint in warm primary colours and in black and white
        • Palette
        • Stand-up easel (you are welcome to use one from the studio if you wish)
        • Water tub
        • Brushes: Numbers 1 to14 (preferably synthetic) and I inch flat (synthetic).

        What will be provided?

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

      • 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 workstation 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.

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        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?

        • An old large towel to cover your table
        • 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 paper for painting exercises by a master artist.
        • Digital Certificate of Attendance.
        • PDF booklet, packed with painting tips and tricks.
        • Free professional-quality oil colours
        • 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 Bienarté 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"
        You can also view all items that are included.

        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

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