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 solvents as well as artist-quality clean-up materials. We also run workshops and lectures by visiting artists, check our booking page for upcoming classes.
All Fitzroy Painting teachers are professional practicing artists exhibiting regularly, and who share a passion for teaching. All of our tutors believe in teaching sound painting foundations and promote safe studio practice.
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.
Please note that our studio is located on the second floor of a Victorian heritage building and access is by stairs only.
Our classes are not suitable for students under 18 years of age.
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 as a teaching vehicle. 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. Please note we are unable to offer make-up classes, full terms & conditions are listed on the course description.
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 Painting and Drawing Classes:
Our ongoing classes provide a supportive and friendly studio environment for students to build confidence and develop their practice with guidance and feedback from their tutor.
This class is suitable for students wanting to explore their own aesthetic interests and direction, whilst concentrating on developing painting and/or drawing skills, techniques and studio practice to make the best work they can with close tutorial support. Students are encouraged to bring in their own preparatory material to work from, or to set up individual studio-based enquiries from our large supply of props and reference material. Traditional and contemporary painting and drawing techniques are discussed, and optional exercises are available to assist in furthering skills and expanding students practice. Tutors work with each student individually throughout the class. 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. This class runs on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons as part of Open Studio.
The Drawing Studio programme is a four-week program which runs intermittently throughout the year. Learn to see differently! Our new Drawing Studio programme offers a series of drawing projects exploring a range of drawing methods, materials and techniques suitable for complete beginners and those wanting a refresher. All materials are supplied.
We run a variety of watercolour classes and workshops both in the studio and online. The Natural World Level 1 is our beginners class, and The Natural World Level 2 is students wanting to continue, or for students with some previous experience looking to join a regular painting community. Beginners and Intermediate one-day workshops run regularly throughout the year, both in the studio and online: Beginners studio and online and intermediate studio and online.
Open Studio & Atelier Class:
Open Studio Saturdays provides an expansion of our popular Atelier class as well as casual drop-in studio access for ongoing students wanting extra studio time or to make up a missed class, beginners wanting to continue with us after completing our course, students wanting to develop their practice with guidance and feedback from a tutor, or artists who just need a place to paint. Open Studio runs on Saturdays afternoons and can be booked as one-off sessions. Come as often as you like, easels are booked each week until sold out. This class is not suitable for beginners.
Art class rates and payment:
Prices for classes and workshops are listed on each class description.
Oil painting kit hire ($50) or purchase ($100) available at time of booking.
Watercolour painting kit hire ($60) or purchase ($120) available at time of booking.
Gift vouchers for all our classes available online.
Parking is ticketed in Brunswick Street however there is some 2-3 hour street parking available in Greeves Street, St David’s Street and the surrounding streets. Please 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.