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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 first floor of a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, 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 snacks, 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 tutors are professional practicing artists exhibiting regularly, and who share a passion for teaching. All of our tutors believe in teaching sound painting and drawing foundations and promote safe studio practice, whilst encouraging students to explore, develop and expand their painting 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 first floor of a Victorian heritage building and access is by stairs only. 

Our classes are not suitable for students under 18 years of age.

Oil Painting for Beginners Level 1:

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 to Level 2 or our ongoing students program. Please note we are unable to offer make-up classes, full terms & conditions are listed on the course description.

Oil Painting for Beginners Level 2:

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.

Life Drawing:

Based on the traditional European Atelier teaching style, this class is for students interested in studying the fundamentals of classical figure drawing, with one long-pose per week. Every second month there will be a two and three-week pose, enabling students to further develop their drawing. Class -passes are available, and tuition is optional.

Classical Atelier:

Ten-week terms studying drawing and painting methodology in the classical Realist tradition with Troy Argyros. Please note this course is by application only. Please email us with relevant examples of your work for more details and a booking link.

Based on the traditional European Atelier teaching style, this program is designed for intermediate and advanced students interested in studying the fundamentals of traditional oil painting, with an emphasis on drawing, value, form and paint application to create a sculptural light effect. Working from life, and exclusively in natural day light where possible, this program covers still life, figure and portrait drawing and painting. Each term covers one subject, composition, drawing, tonal values and palette mixing with practical demonstrations and individual support. It is understood that students may be at different skill levels, and each student will receive appropriate feedback accordingly.

Beginners Open Studio:

Designed as an extension of our Beginners Level 1 & 2 programs, past and current beginners are welcome to join us to begin exploring their own interests and direction, as well as receive constructive feedback, practical advice, technical assistance and peer support. There will be optional exercises available for students who wish to join in. Beginners Open Studio runs on Sunday afternoons and is booked online via our website. Come as often as you like, simply purchase a single or block of class passes and book in whenever you wish.

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.

Contemporary Atelier Class:

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 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 centred around a community of artists. Intermediate and advanced students with prior experience are welcome.  This class runs on Tuesday evenings.

Drawing Studio Level 1 & 2:

Learn to see differently! The Drawing programme is a four-week program which runs throughout the year, Drawing Studio 1 is for complete beginners, and offers a series of drawing projects exploring a range of drawing methods, materials and techniques. Drawing Studio 2 expands and develops drawing and observational skills, and includes an introduction to Life Drawing. All materials are supplied.

Watercolour Classes:

Friday is Watercolour day at Fitzroy Painting. The Natural World Level 1 is our beginners morning class, and The Natural World Level 2  runs on Friday afternoons, and is for students wanting to continue, and for students with some previous experience looking to join a regular painting community. Casual class-passes are available for for the ongoing Level 2 class. We also run one-day workshops regularly throughout the year for both beginners and intermediate students, our intermediate workshops focus on each season’s colour palette.

Art class rates and payment:

All bookings online. Questions? Please email us at [email protected] or call us on 0451 239 716 and leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Prices for classes and workshops are listed on each class description.

Oil painting kit hire ($60) or purchase ($135) available at time of booking.
Watercolour painting kit hire ($60) or purchase ($160) available at time of booking.
Gift vouchers are available online, please go to the ‘book classes’ page for more info.


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. There are some 4-hour spots  between Smith Street & Brunswick Street, near the Fitzroy Town Hall. Please check signs as there are designated permit zones for residents only. All-day parking can be found by the Edinburgh Gardens, a 15-minute walk to the studio, or a short tram ride. Public transport: Tram route no 11, stop 15.

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