Drawing for Beginners and Intermediate students

Next Available: Thu, 03 Oct 6:30PM (AEST)
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3 hours x 4 Weeks
Over 250 people have attended this class


Drawing Studio 1: Tutor Julian Aubrey Smith

Learn to see differently! Our Drawing Studio 1 programme offers a series of drawing projects exploring a range of drawing methods, materials and techniques suitable for beginners and those wanting a refresher. Each week you will explore particular aspects of drawing and experiment with a variety of techniques and materials including:

  • an introduction to drawing materials and their uses
  • how to see and describe tonal values
  • composition and proportions
  • rendering techniques to accurately describe form
  • line and mark-making
  • formal and exploratory drawing techniques

This class is open to all levels including COMPLETE BEGINNERS. There will be demonstrations and one-on-one guidance throughout the course. 

Students are encouraged to continue to Drawing Studio 2 and 3 after completing this course, each course expands on drawing approaches, skills, developing confidence and drawing competence. We look at a range of artists, explore techniques and work towards developing your own artistic voice.

All materials and refreshments are supplied.

About your tutor:

Julian Aubrey Smith is an artist based in Melbourne. His practice is propelled by mining the conventions of traditional realist painting for new permutations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University in 2003 and completed a Master of Fine Arts (Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014.

He is the recipient of the 2014 Nino Sanciolo Prize, an Australian Postgraduate Award and an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant. He has taught at Latrobe College, RMIT University, The University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts.

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What you will learn

  • Drawing simple shapes and basic perspective
  • Describing pictorial space and rendering of form using line and tone
  • How to use a range of drawing materials and techniques

What you will get

  • Insight into the practical application of art materials and techniques
  • Practical demonstrations and one-on-one guidance
  • Refreshments including wine and refreshments
Parking Info

Parking is ticketed in Brunswick St but there are some 2-4 hour spots in the surrounding streets. The No 11 tram comes down Brunswick St, get off at stop 15. All-day parking on Brunswick St is a flat fee of $12 on Sundays only.

What to bring

  • All drawing materials are supplied.

What to wear

Your own apron

Appropriate for

Complete beginners and students wanting to refresh or develop drawing skills

Fitzroy Painting

(1255 Reviews)

About us: Established in 2009 and based in a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Painting 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 in oil painting, drawing and watercolours are designed for the complete beginner, taking you through a series of exercises and building your skills week by week. Students may choose to continue to our Beginners Courses Level 2 and 3 in both painting and drawing..  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 class-passes for ongoing students at a discounted rate. Some of our students have gone on to Higher Education courses and are now exhibiting professionally!

Evening classes include wine and refreshments, 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, 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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5.0 (73 reviews)
Allisterrated it
28 May 2024
It was a terrific set of classes. Julian is good teacher, always clear and considered in guiding the group and offering constructive help to individual participants when requested. Obviously very experienced in creating a comfortable atmosphere for all.
Hannarated it
26 May 2024
This was a really welcoming enjoyable and well taught drawing class. Julian - the tutor, is excellent - and was really clear in his teaching - He taught us some fundamentals of drawing in a way that is clear and very accessible. I thought suited a range of people from beginners as well as people wanting to get back to drawing after a break. It was a very relaxed and everyone was friendly.
Ritarated it
08 Apr 2024
I loved this drawing class and highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of drawing. You'll get to try a range of different art mediums in a safe and relaxed environment. Julian is a terrific teacher - he's able to take somewhat daunting drawing exercises and break them down into clear, simple steps. I was thrilled with how much I learnt and found the classes to be very relaxing and satisfying, all in a fun, friendly environment.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$50.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Fitzroy Painting is under no obligation to offer any ‘make-up’ classes, courses or workshops missed. 

Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit. By proceeding with your booking you agree to these terms & conditions.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class due to low enrolments, you will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class and will receive a refund, transfer or a credit voucher for a replacement class, course or workshop.

Collection of work and materials left at the studio: Please understand that our storage capacity is extremely limited.  Beginners work and painting kits will only be retained for one month after which they will be disposed of.  

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