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 an inspiring environment to develop your painting and drawing with the support and guidance of full-time professional artists.
Our painting classes are small and informal, and we offer a range of classes to suit every level, from complete beginners through to advanced artists looking for mentoring. 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 artist-quality clean-up materials and aprons. We also run occasional workshops and lectures by visiting artists, check our booking page for upcoming classes.
All ongoing 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.
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 materials and mediums, 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 morning & evenings, Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Students choose to attend either the Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday class for 4 consecutive weeks. Please note we are unable to offer make-up classes, full terms & conditions are listed on the course description.
This course is recommended for students who have completed our Level 1 beginners course, or have some previous experience and basic oil painting skills, 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 our booking page for latest dates.
Ongoing and Advanced Painting Studio Classes:
Students have the option to continue after completing the 4-week beginners course, whilst those with 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.
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.
This course is designed for students who already have basic painting skills and want to develop their drawing skills in preparation for painting. The Drawing programme will include an introduction to perspective and the rendering of form with tone using graphic media (including charcoal and pencil) and the application of these skills in the composition of representational drawings and preparatory sketches. In the Painting programme the skills of representation (tone,colour,form, pictorial space) learned in Drawing will be applied to the medium of oil paint.These classes are an ideal extension to our Beginners Level 1 painting course, students with basic oil painting skills or as Folio preparation for Tertiary Visual Art interviews. The instructors conducting the classes all have experience teaching at Tertiary Level.
Painting class rates and payment:
4-Week Beginners Painting Class Level 1 – $280 inc. GST
4-Week Beginners Painting Class Level 2 – $280 inc. GST
Drawing and Painting Level 1 – $280 inc. GST
Workshops and Lectures prices variable, details on our booking page.
Painting kit hire ($50) or purchase ($100) available at time of booking. Gift vouchers for all our classes available online.
Parking is ticketed in Brunswick Street however there is some street parking available in Greeves Street, St David’s Street and the surrounding streets. Check signs as there are designated permit zones for residents only. Public transport: 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. Please dress appropriately.