About our classes:

Established in 2009, Fitzroy Painting for Beginners began when a need for a 'back to basics' method of teaching was identified. The studio is based on the top floor of a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street in Fitzroy and provides a great environment to develop your painting and drawing with the support and guidance of full-time professional artists.

Our classes are small and informal, and all classes include a mix of levels. Students work at their own pace and receive one-on-one attention. Evening classes include wine and cheese, and morning classes include tea, coffee and cakes.

Classes run for 3 hours and basic equipment and storage facilities are available for student use at the studio. We believe in safe studio-practice and provide students with low-odour/low-toxic mediums and solvents as well as clean-up materials.

All students are invited to exhibit in our annual end of year exhibition, a fun opportunity to show family and friends what you’ve been doing.

About the Teachers:

Adriane StramppAdriane Strampp is a professional artist who has held over 30 solo exhibitions around Australia, as well as participating in numerous group shows and art awards regularly. Her complete CV can be read here.

Adriane holds a Master of Fine Arts (by Research) from Monash University, has been teaching on a sessional basis for the last 15 years at diploma and degree levels and is represented by King St Gallery in Sydney, Gallerysmith in Melbourne, Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide and Jan Manton Art in Brisbane.

KKezHughesez Hughes graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and Music in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) Painting. Kez has gone on to lecture at the Ian Potter Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of Arts and Music. In 2015 along with artist Storm Gold, Kez opened CAVES, a curated, not for profit gallery located at the Nicholas Building in Melbourne, Australia.  
Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.14.45 pmJohn R. Neeson is a well known Melbourne based Artist/Educator. He has extensive teaching experience at a number of schools including the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Polytechnic and Monash University. He has a PhD from Monash University and as a Samstag Scholar a research qualification from The Royal College of Art, London. In addition he has had numerous one person exhibitions in Australia and overseas. John has also been Artist in Residence at Tarrawarra Museum of Art, the Bundanon Trust, ARCO- Lisbon, ArtHouse -London and most recently Point B-New York, A-I-M-Berlin and Laughing Waters-Eltham.

4 week Beginners Course Level 1:

Learning by doing, this course is designed for the complete beginner!  Through a series of exercises and examples the student learns the fundamentals of painting, including selecting the right mediums and materials, preparing to paint, basic colour theory, tonal values, techniques and composition.  All materials can be provided for an additional fee of $50, available online when booking. This class runs on Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Students choose to attend either the Wednesday class or the Thursday class for 4 consecutive weeks.

4 week Beginners Course Level 2:

This course is for students who have completed our Level 1 beginners course, or have some previous experience but are a little 'rusty' and need a refresher before joining our ongoing and advanced level classes. This class expands on traditional and contemporary painting methods and techniques. This class runs on Wednesday or Thursday evenings several times per year. Check link for latest dates.

Ongoing and advanced classes:

Students have the option to continue after completing the 4-week beginners course, whilst those with some prior painting experience may wish to join at this level. Students are encouraged to develop their own direction with ongoing support and are offered optional exercises to further develop their skills. This class runs on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings.

Atelier class:

Painting Atelier is designed to provide support to artists who know the basics but want more education and assistance in the development of their chosen technique. This class will cover the history of painting and provide insight into the practical application of contemporary and traditional art materials and techniques.  Optional class projects will be formulated intermittently to provide further scope and expansion to each students set of skills. This class runs on Tuesday evenings.

Rates and payment:

The beginners  4-week course may be booked online. Questions? 0411 667 527 or email at info@fitzroypainting.com.

4-week beginner’s class price $240 including GST. (From 1 July 2017 the price will increase to $260 inc. GST)

Painting kit hire or purchase available at time of booking.

Ongoing and Atelier classes may be purchased in blocks of 4 or 8 weeks weeks online. The cost of a 4-week block price $220 or $440 for an 8-week block. Prices include GST.


Parking is ticketed in Brunswick Street however there is some street parking available in Greeves St, St David's St and the surrounding streets. Check signs as there are designated permit zones for residents only. Tram route no 11, stop 15.

* Please note that the studio is on the third floor and access is by stairs only. In winter the studio has limited heating and in summer fans only.