from AU$65.00


A casual class for mixed levels

Next Available: Sun, 21 Jul 2:00PM (AEST)
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3 hours
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Over 500 people have attended this class


Open Studio is for  our ongoing students, students who have already completed our beginners course and the local community just looking for some studio time with a peer-group of like-minded people.

Open Studio provides a supportive and friendly studio environment for students to build confidence and develop their practice with guidance and feedback from their tutor as required. 

This class is aimed at students wanting to explore their own aesthetic interests and direction, whilst concentrating on developing painting skills, techniques and studio practice to make the best work they can with close tutorial support. 

It is suitable for students who already have some painting experience, and artists working in isolation who seek the company of other artists for support and encouragement. 

 There is a great sense of community in our ongoing classes and many students return year after year. Students may join at any time, class-passes are available online. Materials storage space is available at the studio for ongoing students.  Students are expected to bring their own materials, or may hire or purchase a kit at the studio. This class is not suitable for complete beginners.

About your tutor:

Rachael Robb graduated form RMIT with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1990 and 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.

Where to buy materials:

Art Stretchers offers our students a 15% discount, 309-311 High St, Northcote Tel: (03) 9486 4446

St Luke offers a membership benefit programme, 47 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065 Tel: (03) 9486 9992

The following offer our students a 10% discount Art 

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

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

The Alchemist, 104 Mollison St, Kyneton Tel: (03) 9486 4446

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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. 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

(1285 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.

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4.9 (50 reviews)
Helenarated it
09 Jun 2024
Went to my first open studio today and loved it. Rachael is lovely and taught me some invaluable techniques that I look forward to practicing. Great atmosphere and it's very inspiring seeing the amazing works the other students are working on.
Skyerated it
27 May 2024
Wonderful teaching as always!
Ruvinirated it
21 May 2024
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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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