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Classical oil painting and drawing

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Throughout the program all students will continue to develop technical and observational skills, including an awareness of the fall of light, the unity of shadow, the characteristics of colour, seeing and describing form, space and atmosphere, concluding with one final major work. 

A materials list can be found here, and is attached to the booking confirmation email. Practical demonstrations will be given regularly and you will be guided every step of the way. Painting class size limited to a maximum of eight students. 

*Please note this class is not suitable for complete beginners. If you are interested in joining this class please send us a few relevant examples of your work, this process helps us ensure that everyone is on the same page, and will get maximum benefit from the course. 

Our email address is studio@fitzroypainting.com, subject line Classical Atelier. 

About your tutor:

Troy Argyros holds a Bachelor of Fine Art Painting, a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts Education from Monash University, and is a recent graduate of The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, having untaken three years of academic training. Troy is a caring and passionate teacher, keen to share his knowledge and training.

Troy has exhibited his work in group shows throughout Australia, including the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award and the AME Bale Traveling Scholarship, has held six solo exhibitions in Melbourne, and is included in several private collections internationally. In 2017, he was awarded 1st Prize in The Graeme Hildebrand Prize for Young and Emerging Artists in the oil painting category, and in 2019 undertook an artist residency at Casa Lu, Parque Hundido, in Mexico City.

The following art shops 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

Chapman & Bailey, 420 Johnston Street
, Abbotsford Tel: (03) 9417 7957

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

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What you will learn

  • How to see and describe form.
  • How to see value and colour relationships and recreate them in your work.
  • Canvas stretching, organisation and control of materials.

What you will get

  • Projects to develop observational skills and apply to a creative work.
  • Practical demonstrations and individual guidance.
  • Drawing materials, oil-primed linen and morning tea.
Parking Info

Parking is ticketed in Brunswick St but there are some 2-4 hour spots in the surrounding streets. 

There is all-day parking around the Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy North, a 15-minute walk down Brunswick St. 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

  • Your own painting materials. Materials list on our website, and sent out with booking confirmation.

What to wear

An apron or painting shirt.

Appropriate for

Students who already have basic drawing and oil painting skills.

Fitzroy Painting

(627 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 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 (6 reviews)
Warrenrated it
07 Jul 2022
This is my third time at Fitzroy Painting, suffice to say that I will be back for more. Troy Argyros, a remarkably sensitive artist, makes an excellent teacher and always managed to coax more from you. Adriane Strampp, the owner of Fitzroy painting is an award winning artist, and has set up a wonderful space and is the heart of a supportive as well as talented community. Thank you both for helping me to be better at this thing which means so much to me.
Johnrated it
29 Apr 2022
The Still Life Atelier course definitely pushes ones boundaries. I also now stretch my own canvas and based on conversations with a fellow student, began the process of grinding pigment to make make my own paint. Troy’s adherence to the method was challenging and whilst I struggled with this on the course days, I now walk into the home studio with a far more disciplined approach. I do a few still life paintings each year but mostly figures in landscapes inspired by Himalayan travel, so not from life and the actual light. Even though my main interest has not been Atelier based ( life and light), I have come away from Troy’s tutelage with a far more educated approach the whole process of painting and planning a piece to paint. The course was an opportunity not to be missed!
Warrenrated it
21 Apr 2022
So very happy with this course! The venue is excellent and the instruction world class. I’ve already booked in for the next course.
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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 7 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$50.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$25.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 7 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Bookings and class cancellations policy: 

Fitzroy Painting is unable to offer any ‘make-up’ classes for our Beginners Oil Painting or Drawing classes.  Please consider taking out the Weteachme insurance policy if you think there a chance you may not be able to attend.

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 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.  


The safety of our students, staff and community is our utmost priority. If you are at all unwell, please get tested and stay at home until you receive your results.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a confirmed case after you make your booking and prior to commencing your course/workshop please contact us and we will convert your booking to a credit note if you are unable to attend on the date booked.

If you develop symptoms after commencing your course please contact us as soon as possible and stop attending classes. We will arrange make-up classes for you.

If you do not comply with protocols, or authorised requests, you will be asked to leave immediately without refund or further recourse.

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