Melbourne art classes and workshops
Established in 2009, Fitzroy Painting for Beginners art classes 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 Melbourne art 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.
Current art classes:
Monday evening: Ongoing & Advanced
Tuesday morning: Ongoing & Advanced
Tuesday evening: Atelier
Wednesday morning: Beginners Level 1 & Intermediate (Mixed group)
Wednesday evening: Beginners Level 1
(Level 2 periodically)
Thursday evening: Beginners Level 1
Saturday morning: Drawing Studio
Learning by doing, this four-week course is designed for the complete beginner! Fitzroy Painting offers a popular oil painting program that teaches the basics of colour mixing, composition, drawing, paint handling and materials information. Each student will take home three completed oil paintings working from still life. Whether you have painted before or are a complete beginner, the course is designed to inform students as to how to use their art materials correctly, economically and archivally. After the course students will be at a competent level to continue painting at home or continue on in our ongoing students program. Students choose to attend either the Wednesday or Thursday 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 class is an ongoing Wednesday morning mixed-level class for complete beginners, for students with some previous experience who are looking for support and guidance or for students who have completed our Beginners Level 1 course and would like more instruction. Every student works at their own level and pace. Beginners joining our Beginners Level 1 (four-week course) will be introduced to the fundamentals of oil painting, intermediate students will be able to gain a ‘refresher’ in areas they are a little rusty in, as well as develop their own work with technical guidance and support. Class sizes are limited to ensure one-on-one tuition, and students may start at any time if a place is available. Initial bookings are for four consecutive weeks, however upon completion students are welcome to remain as ongoing students.
This four-week course is recommended for students who have completed our Level 1 beginners course and wish to continue learning with us, or students who 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, and takes your painting skills to the next level. This class runs on Wednesday or Thursday evenings several times per year. Check our booking page for latest dates.
Ongoing and Open Studio Painting Class:
Students have the option to continue after completing the four-week beginners courses, 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.
Fitzroy Painting holds advanced atelier classes. In these three-hour weekly classes students are encouraged to develop their painting skills in their chosen field of portraiture, abstraction, still life or landscape painting. Every student receives one on one tuition tailored to their specific needs. The aim of open studio and Atelier painting classes is to maintain a sense of community, support and critical feedback on each artist’s progress. As each artist may be at differing levels of ability and skill, feedback is provided to focus on building strength and getting students to develop their artistic abilities. The Atelier class is an ongoing class centered around a community of artists. Intermediate and advanced students with prior experience are welcome. Please email us to find out if your skill set qualifies entry. This class runs on Tuesday evenings.
The Drawing Studio programme offers weekly drawing projects which include a range of drawing methods and techniques, including an introduction to perspective and the rendering of form with tone using graphic media (including charcoal, pencil and ink) and the application of these skills in the composition of representational drawings and preparatory sketches. The instructors conducting the classes all have experience teaching at Tertiary Level. This course is also suitable for students as Folio preparation for Tertiary Visual Art interviews. Students may join the group at any time (depending on availability), and can purchase a two or four-week class pass online. All materials are supplied. This class runs on Saturday mornings.
Art 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 Studio – $55 per class 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.