4-Week Beginners Painting Course: Level 1 at Fitzroy Painting Studio

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

Appropriate For

  • Complete beginners.

4-Week Beginners Painting Course: Level 1 at Fitzroy Painting Studio

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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 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!


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. 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. Visit our website for more information: fitzroypainting.com

PLEASE NOTE that due to high demand and limited places we are unable to offer 'make-up' classes, transfers or refunds for this special price 4-week course. Please check your diary before booking! Terms and conditions:

Full refunds for cancellations can be given up to 20 days before the course commencement date. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations 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.

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. In 2015 along with artist Storm Gold, Kez opened CAVES, a curated, not for profit gallery located at the Nicholas Building in Melbourne, Australia. 

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. In addition he has had numerous one person exhibitions in Australia and overseas. John has also been Artist in Residence at Tarrawarra Museum of Art, the Bundanon Trust, ARCO- Lisbon, ArtHouse -London and most recently Point B-New York, A-I-M-Berlin and Laughing Waters-Eltham.

Where to purchase your materials:

You can hire or purchase* a basic kit from us online at time of booking or order a kit through the art shops listed below.

*Fitzroy Painting kit  contains 5 tubes artist quality oil paints, painitng medium, palette knife and a brush set. Oil sketch paper provided throughout course.

The following offer our students a 10% discount

Neil Wallace Printmaking Supplies 409 Gore St, Fitzroy Tel: (03) 9419 5949

St Luke, 32 Smith St, Collingwood Tel: (03) 9486 9992

MES, 33A St David, St, Fitzroy 3065 Tel: (03) 9419 5666

Chapman & Bailey, 350 Johnston St, Abbotsford 3067 Tel: (03) 9415 8666

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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! :)

Class was terrific, everything that I was hoping for and more. Have booked in for Beginners 2 course. Highly recommend.

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.

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