4-Week Beginners Oil Painting Course: Level 1

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Beginners Level 1

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Established in 2009 and run by professional artists and highly qualified teachers, Fitzroy Painting for Beginners began when a need for a ‘back to basics’ method of teaching was identified. 

This 4 - week course is designed for the complete beginner as an introduction to the fundamentals of oil painting, including how to select the right mediums and materials, preparing to paint, basic colour theory, techniques and composition. Class sizes are limited to ensure one-on-one tuition.

You will learn the basics of oil painting through a series of exercises, making paintings as you go, and should be able to continue painting with confidence at home. Our studio-based classes are fun and informative and include wine, cheese and refreshments to keep you going. Visit our website for more information and to see examples of student work: fitzroypainting.com

* PLEASE NOTE that due to high demand and limited places we are unable to offer 'make-up' classes for this special price 4-week course. Please check your diary before booking and read our T&C below!

About your tutors:

Kez Hughes graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and Music in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) Painting and has gone on to lecture at the Ian Potter Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of Arts and Music. 

John R. Neeson is a well known Melbourne based Artist/Educator. He has extensive teaching experience at a number of schools including the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Polytechnic and Monash University. He has a PhD from Monash University and as a Samstag Scholar a research qualification from The Royal College of Art, London. 

Adriane Strampp graduated from Monash University in 2010 with a Master of Fine Art (by Research). She has had over 30 solo exhibitions, been a finalist for numerous major prizes and is represented in Sydney by King Street Gallery , Gallerysmith in Melbourne, Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide, and Jan Manton Art in Brisbane.

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What you will learn
  • Introduction to oil painting: use of materials, understanding colour, tone and composition
  • How to develop your work and continue painting at home
  • Practical demonstrations and safe studio practice
What you will get
  • Individual attention and support
  • Insight into the practical application of art materials and techniques
  • Step-by-step guidance by professional artists
  • Gourmet refreshments
  • Your own paintings to take home and proudly display
  • The opportunity to learn in a relaxing and supportive environment, and make new friends
  • Use of studio equipment, including low-toxic, low-odour solvents and mediums, safe clean-up materials and many extras!

What to bring
  • Your own materials and oil sketch paper (or hire a kit from us, all materials supplied). Materials list attached to booking confirmation and on our website, www.fitzroypainting.com
What to wear

Casual clothes, aprons provided. Painting can be messy!

Appropriate for

Complete beginners.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to gift this course AND add on kit hire ($50) OR purchase a kit from us ($100) please add that to the total gift amount. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Course refund policy:

  • Full refunds for cancellations can be given up to 30 days before the course commencement date. If available, we are happy to transfer you to another course or workshop at a later date with 30 days notice.
  • A 50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 10 days before the course commencement date.
  • No refund will be given after 10 days before the course commencement date. Under exceptional circumstances a full refund will be given regardless of date of cancellation.
  • No make-up classes can be offered for our beginners courses.
  • Please note there is a $30 fee deducted on all refunds.

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Terms & Conditions

Bookings and class cancellations policy: 

Due to the high demand for classes and small number of places available in our 4-week beginners course, Fitzroy Painting is unable to swap, substitute or offer ‘make-up’ classes. Ongoing students please contact us if you are unable to attend a class. Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class students will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

Uncollected materials and artworks will be disposed of at the end of each year.

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08 January 2019 • 4-Week Beginners Oil Painting Course: Level 1

Fully enjoyed the classes in this course. Adriane's studio space is airy and cosy, and Kez is an amazing teacher who is able to create a relaxed atmosphere yet paces the class effectively so we can get through our paintings within the sessions. Nibbles help too! Highly recommend.


11 December 2018 • 4-Week Beginners Oil Painting Course: Level 1

I’m so glad that I attended the 4-Week Beginners Oil Painting Course, I walked away with so much needed fundamental principals, each week is a block of a clever modular building approach and at the end of the course all comes together in the final painting exercise. I had the privilege to learn from Adrianne and John both are very professional and excellent teachers, John’s watchful aye followed by on the spot advice and demonstration saved me from reinforcing my mistakes, thanks to Adrianne now I think about color harmony and I’m getting better at planning and organising my palette. Highly recommended.

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Thank you Othmaro, it was a pleasure to have you in the studio, and hope that you're inspired with all the new skills you've picked up. Best wishes, Adriane


25 November 2018 • 4-Week Beginners Oil Painting Course: Level 1

I was a total beginner at painting and I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Adriane is a great teacher, giving tips on how to improve, the people in the class were also lovely, got to create some nice paintings, plus it had cheese, wine... what more could you ask for! Would definitely recommend.

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Thanks Maria, glad you enjoyed it and hope you are continuing to draw and paint at home!

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