from AU$60.00


A casual class for mixed levels

Next Available: Sun, 09 Oct 2:00PM (AEDT)
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3 hours
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Over 100 people have attended this class


Open Studio is for  our ongoing students, students who have already completed our beginners course and wish to continue painting with us on a regular or casual basis, and the local community just looking for some studio time with a peer-group of like-minded people.

 If you are looking for extra studio time, and want to further develop your practice with guidance and feedback from a tutor, this is the class for you! 

Past and current beginners are welcome to join us to begin exploring their own interests and direction, as well as receive constructive feedback, practical advice, technical assistance and peer support. There will be optional exercises available for students who wish to join in.

Open Studio runs on Sunday afternoons and is booked online via our website. Come as often as you like, simply purchase a single or block of class passes and book in whenever you wish. Class passes give you a unique code to book in easily without going through checkout each time, and are valid for three years. You can save by buying multiple passes.

About your tutor:

Rachael Robb graduated form RMIT with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1990 and recently returned to Australia (Feb 2020) after 28 years living and working in London. Rachel has had international exhibitions in the USA, England, Czech Republic, Australia, Sweden, France, and Switzerland. Rachael is a 2022 finalist in the Darling Portrait Prize, to be held at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

The following art stores 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

  • Develop and expand skills and techniques
  • Build confidence in working independently
  • Safe studio practice

What you will get

  • Individual attention, feedback and support from a qualified tutor
  • Use of studio facilities and afternoon refreshments
  • Be a part of the Fitzroy Painting community, building connections and peer support
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 materials, any reference material and work in progress if you wish

What to wear

Your own apron, art smock or painting shirt.

Appropriate for

Beginners who have already studied with us and are looking for support and critical feedback, extra painting time, or to be part of a painting community.

Fitzroy Painting

(688 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.

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4.9 (12 reviews)
Chadrated it
30 Aug 2022
A beautiful space! Rachael is always patient, supportive and knowledgeable in guiding and sharing helpful ideas. Highly recommend.
Helenrated it
19 Jun 2022
Fitzroy Painting is a lovely light filled studio, very well set up for students of all levels and abilities. It was my first time attending the studio today to work on a personal project after having taken a break from painting for a very long time. Rachel the instructor who was facilitating another class, was quite helpful and instructive. She allowed me to work on my project at my own pace and offered really good hints, of which I'll work on for next week. I'm planning to make this a regular gig. Thanks for making this space available - for those who don't have the space to work
Rosierated it
15 Jun 2022
Beautiful space to paint in and Rachel is wonderful as usual with advice when I needed it! And always great music playing ❤️❤️❤️
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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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