History of Art Lecture Series at Fitzroy Painting Studio

Next Available: 03 Mar 2:00PM
2.0 hours


This lecture series looks at the history of art, beginning with Lecture 1: Cave painting to Banksy, an introductory overview into the timeline of painting. Subsequent lectures will take a more in-depth look into specific periods and movements. Each lecture runs for approximately 2 hours, and more lectures will be added throughout the year.

Lecture 1: Cave painting and modern day graffiti. Are they the same thing? Could Modern graffiti be of historic cultural relevance? 
Lecture 2: The Functions of Art. Dealing with the big issues of love, death, celebration and illness.
Lecture 3: Modernism. 1870 - 1976
Lecture 4: Post-Modernism. 1970 - Present day

Run by artist and lecturer Geoff Tolchard, this lecture provides an interesting, lively and insightful look into the history of art from cave painting to present day. 

Geoff has been lecturing in art history for fifteen years. His lectures are an entertaining appreciation of the development of art and its movements, class discussion is encouraged.


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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • How to read an image
  • How to critique an artwork
  • "We stand on the shoulders of giants". How one movement or idea influences another.
What you will get
  • A fun and insightful critical understanding of the history of painting
  • Refreshments on arrival
  • The opportunity to ask questions and discuss images

What to bring
  • Notebook and pen
What to wear


Appropriate for

Students, artists, anyone with an interest in the visual arts


Fitzroy Painting for Beginners

Vendor sincce 2013

Established in 2009 and based on the top floor of a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Painting for Beginners is the original and best of private art classes in Fitzroy!  A working artists studio, the space provides a great environment to develop your painting and drawing skills with the expert support and guidance of highly qualified teachers and full-time professional artists.

Our 4 - Week Beginners Courses are designed for the complete beginner, taking you through a series of exercises and building your skills week by week as you produce paintings to take home. Students may choose to continue to our Beginners Course: Level 2. Ongoing students are supported to help develop their own direction, with optional exercises offered to expand on skills and knowledge, and our Atelier students are assisted in taking it to the next level in professional practice.

Love the class? All students wishing to extend their course may purchase 4 or 8 - week blocks for ongoing students at a discounted rate. Some of our students have gone on to Higher Education courses and are now exhibiting professionally!

Need to miss a class? We understand busy lives and offer flexibility - just let us know in advance and we'll credit you a class. (Maximum of 2 changes per 8 weeks, ongoing and Atelier students only).

Evening classes include wine and cheese, and morning classes include tea, coffee and cakes. Classes run for 3 hours and basic equipment is available for student use at the studio, including easels, aprons, palettes and drawing boards. We believe in safe studio-practice and provide low-toxic, low-odour materials for student use, as well as high-quality clean-up materials for brushes and hands. We also have storage facilities if you wish to keep your materials at the studio.

Each student works at their own pace and receives one-on-one attention, and all 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!

Visit our website for more info and pictures of student work! www.fitzroypainting.com

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Course refund policy:

  • 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.
  • No make-up classes can be offered for our beginners courses.

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Terms & Conditions

Bookings and class cancellations policy:

Due to the high demand for classes and small number of places available, Fitzroy Painting is unable to swap, substitute or offer ‘make-up’ classes. 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.

* Please note that you are welcome to store your materials at the studio however space is limited, so please take them home at the end of your course! Uncollected materials and paintings are disposed of at the end of the year.

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