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 and aprons. 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.
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. 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 and Open Studio Painting Class:
Our ongoing classes provide a supportive and friendly studio environment for students to develop their practice with guidance and feedback from their tutor, and are for students who wish to continue after completing our four-week beginners courses, as well as students with prior oil painting experience who wish to join at this level. Students are encouraged to develop their own direction with ongoing support and feedback, and are offered optional exercises to further develop their skills. Four or eight-week blocks are available via our website, subject to availability. This class runs on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings.
In this class students are encouraged to push their painting practice through exercises in a one on one individually tailored program. Students will be encouraged to discuss and critique each others work providing critical feedback. This class has an emphasis on contemporary painting techniques and ideas. Key art history and philosophical movements are discussed to open up discussion and push an innovative approach to painting. Experimentation is encouraged as is all genres of painting. Expanded practice is a space to get outside of your comfort zone and incorporate many new techniques and ideas into your practice. This class is suitable for students who have completed our beginners course or who already have some previous oil painting experience. It is also suitable for artists working in isolation who seek the company of other artists for support and encouragement. Students may join at any time, bookings of 4 and 8-week blocks are available online. This class runs on Wednesday 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 is a four-week program which runs intermittently throughout the year. Drawing projects 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. All materials are supplied.
Open Studio Saturdays provides casual drop-in studio access for artists wanting to develop their practice with guidance and feedback from a tutor, and can be booked as one-off sessions. Come as often as you like, easels are booked each week until sold out. Tutors change according to availability, all tutors are professional practicing artists with teaching experience. Whether you’re looking for a space to paint, some technical support with a particular project, or to join a community of like-minded painters, Open Studio offers casual bookings for painters not wanting to commit to an ongoing class. This class is not suitable for beginners. Easels are booked online, and studio access is from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturdays.
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
4-Week Drawing for Beginners – $240 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.