Reviews of our Art Classes
Fitzroy Painting has been running studio-based art classes since 2009. We are proud of our classes, our teachers and the courses we offer. We are especially proud of the students who put their trust in us and leave with a sense of achievement and the skills to continue painting at home. Here are some of their testimonies:
What a wonderful class! Everything was in its place and there was a place for everyone. Yvette is as good a teacher as I have seen, supportive and looking for the student to be their best. Adriane kept a steady hand overall, and the day flowed effortlessly. Delicious cake too. Thank you Yvette and Adriane!
As an absolute beginner, I was a little worried about how I’d go but everything is explained very clearly and all the basics are covered. It’s a very warm and welcoming environment. I’ve been raving about these classes to everyone I talk to, I’ve really been enjoying them! The cake is delicious too!
Brilliant experience and would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn in a friend environment with a lovely group of people. Thank you so much for the experience. I will be back again!
A great one day class! Yvette is a wonderful teacher and brings a great vibe to the class. I learnt a lot and it with brilliantly facilitated. Thanks
WOW! Such an amazing session with Kez Hughes on Oil Painting Materials. Kez’ knowledge is boundless when it comes to Oil Painting materials. I loved the hands-on practical elements of the workshop and thoroughly enjoyed learning about mediums, paints, brushes and painting surfaces – all of which I hope to put into practice as I continue my painting journey! Thank you Fitzroy Painting for even more inspiration!!
If you paint in oils you need to do this. Packed full of info telling you mucho about different mediums, solvents, brushes, oil paints, canvases and papers in a relaxed and interactive format. Also there’s coffee and cake 😊 Thanks Kez 🎨
Fabulous tour of the NGV with John. Leading us through each period of painting in the varied sections of the NGV, John progressively explained the development of paint mediums and painting techniques as well as some key insights into specific painters and their impact in changing styles. A truly inspirational Saturday morning!
Great introductory class aimed at people at all levels. Though it probably does hurt if you have picked up a paintbrush before, it’s not entirely necessary 🙂 Yummy nibbles and wine is a bonus!
I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 evenings with Kez at Fitzroy Painting. I had no previous experience of painting and everything was explained clearly and engagingly. I got a real sense of accomplishment even after only a few hours. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone and I’ll miss my Wednesday nights in the studio when I forgot the time for three hours. The wine and snacks were delish too!
Loved attending these classes. They were exactly what I was looking for to understand the basics of using oil paints and learning about colour and shade. Art teacher Kez was an awesome teacher.
I cannot speak highly enough of my experience in the 3 week Beginners Painting Course, Level 1A. Kez is the most talented, kind and patient person, who has a natural talent for teaching and imparting pearls of wisdom and practical, understandable advice. I have not picked up a paint brush since art in high school (over 12 years ago) and this somehow did not impact on my progress in the classes! My sincere thanks to Adriane for creating and sharing such an inspiring, comfortable and special place to grow both artistically and personally. Fitzroy Painting feels like a second home that I always eagerly look forward visiting.
Great beginner course. Highly recommended. Very informative teacher in a relaxed atmosphere.
Terrific teacher and loads of fun. Will be back again!
I thoroughly enjoyed exploring my creative side at the beginners painting classes. The pace was easy to follow and the guidance of Kez was wonderful. She was very patient and encouraging and you could see she wanted the students to get the most out of the classes.
I have been attending Painting classes with Adriane for 4 years now and have loved the opportunity to mix with other students, widen my knowledge of art styles and artists, and of course be tutored by Adriane. She is a master of understanding where I want to go with my art before I do. I have been encouraged to try different techniques with paint and drawing mediums and
I love my time in the studio on Tuesday mornings.
I really enjoyed my art classes, there was a lot of personal instruction given which made it worthwhile and reassuring. The class was relaxed and spacious. The food was delicious and ample. The wine was also wonderful. Thankyou for everything, I had a great 4 weeks.
This painting course is perfect for anyone interested in starting oil painting or rekindling a previous interest in the arts. I had the pleasure of working with both Kez and Adriane over the 4 week course and they were both so welcoming and informative about where to begin with oil painting. It can seem daunting at first but with the atmosphere of their amazing studio and the expertise behind them, this is a wonderful place to start out. I look forward to carrying on with the second course when the time permits. A+++ Highly recommended!
As someone who has never been artistic, I was amazed at how much could be achieved in a few lessons. Our tecacher, Kez, was excellent at guiding us and was also really lovely. The set-up was nice, and being a small class I never felt like I didn’t have help Having some wine and cheese to go along with the class also didn’t hurt! 🙂
I learnt about mixing colours, creating colours and about tone and shade. I also learnt about how to draw the shapes before painting, about backgrounds, shadows and bringing life to the painted objects. The class size of approximately 10 was great so it was wonderful to get to meet people from different walks of life and share our ‘painting’ experiences each week. The class instructor, Kez, was fun and so helpful in giving us clear instructions and the assistance we needed to continue weekly tasks. It was never a bother ( especially with those of us who were less able!!) wine and cheese provided was fabulous too!! Many thanks!!
Awesome class – learnt so much in such a short time and really did more than I had expected I could do given I hadn’t ever painted before. Totally fun atmosphere with genuine people. Highly recommended. Teachers at Fitzroy Painting are brilliant!
Perfect introduction and foundation for learning the art of oil painting. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere with small class sizes. The instructors are very knowledgeable and experienced and able to answer all of our beginner’s questions. The first week focused on the basics of materials (brushes, mediums, solvents) and colour theory (primary, secondary, tertiary) and how to mix pigments (colour wheel, tint, shade). Weeks 2, 3, and 4, focused an applying these skills to practice and working on painting still life depictions of 3D shapes (cubes, spheres, cups, bottles), with a particular emphasis on shadows and gradients to create depth. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking for an entry-level course into Oil Painting.
Class was terrific, everything that I was hoping for and more. Have booked in for Beginners 2 course. Highly recommend.
Great class. Kez made you feel relaxed and proud of your progress. Every single person significantly improved by the final class, thanks to Kez. Would highly recommend this class to beginners. The cheese and wine were great too!
I had a great time in this class. Kez was a wonderful encouraging teacher. We learnt the basics of oil painting such as how to mix paints to create the colour we need and how to use tone to convey light, shade and shape. The studio has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, particularly with the wine and cheese at hand. 😉
Lots of technique and information given, highly productive classes, individual support available throughout, nice little wine and cheese added to ambience. A lot covered and achieved in 4 weeks. A good place for starting to work with oils and still life.
The basics of oil painting in a structured way, with a lovely ambiance.
Loved it again. Last year I did level 1 and this year level 2. No previous painting experience. Learnt new styles and techniques in level 2. Pushed me out of my comfort zone but felt supported. Really appreciate the teachers belief in all of us. We might all have different styles but we can all do it.
Had an excellent 4 weeks with Kez Beginners stage 2. Really enjoyed the classes and Kez’s teaching. She is really hands on, attentive and pushes you without making it uncomfortable. Looking forward to continuing on and learning more from Kez. Would highly recommend the class, whether you just want 4 weeks of something fun and different or your really keen to make painting a life long hobby.
Excellent. Learnt many skills in a very short time. Very relaxed atmosphere.
Really enjoyed the first 4 week beginners class in Oil Painting, with both John and Kez teaching at different times. Stepped us through some real fundamentals, shading, tonal painting, color wheel, shadows and more, and inspired me to book into the next level for beginners.
A great introduction to the basics of painting such as colour, tint and shade. Learning to blend and paint real life pictures. It also included an introduction to composition and how to interpret shapes and shadow from the eye to the canvas.
I learned so much from this class – basic colour theory, composition, seeing light, how to use oil paint (more to it than I thought!), and even how to clean up easily! Adriane and Kez were patient but prepared to challenge you. Thanks! I will be back for the next level!
I really enjoyed this 4 week class. The instructors were skilled and friendly, and I learned a lot about how to paint. It’s given me the confidence to continue painting at home. My friends and family now think I’m a pro! The cheese and wine are a nice addition too. I’d recommend purchasing the kit, it took the stress out of getting the right materials.
The class was awesome!
Great class, with excellent introduction to colour and painting technique/ Lets you go at your own pace with very supportive and constructive feedback.
I thoroughly enjoyed Painting for Beginners. Some of the area’s covered included: mixing colours, shading, medium & glaze techniques. John was a great teacher; he was approachable, friendly & entertaining. The small class size enabled John to give constant feedback on our work, I felt comfortable asking questions. The cheese, wine & tea supplied during the class was delicious. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to use oil paints or to further their skills in the area.
Great supportive class
Absolutely loved it! Good environment, excellent teacher. As an absolute beginner I felt comfortable and supported and I learnt a lot. I was amazed with the level of paintings we all produced.
Money well spent. I learnt more than I thought I possibly could in just 4 weeks. You only need blue, red, yellow and white paint to make any colour, even black!! The studio is situated in a wonderful old building with a lot of character. Our instructor Kez, was welcoming, friendly and very knowledgable (a great artist). I haven’t stopped telling people how much I enjoyed the beginners course. I plan on going back later in the year. Can’t wait!
The class was fantastic! A really great atmosphere to learn in and for someone who has never painted before I felt no expectations or judgment. Lovely group of people, wonderful teacher and a nice relaxed space to learn in.
One of the best things I have done. I went from not having picked up a paint brush since kindergarten to confidently doing paintings that are now hanging on my wall. It is a very relaxed, supportive and fun atmosphere to learn in.
Just the best environment to learn and enjoy the experience.
I’ve learnt so much with Adriane. My painting has really improved and I have a much better awareness of colour, tone, overall composition and various techniques using acrylic and oil paints. I love the informal class structure and the expert advice she provides.