An intermediate oil painting class in Melbourne


An intermediate level oil painting course

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*This course is for students who have already completed our Beginners Level 1 and 2, OR students with previous oil painting experience. 

In this four-week course students will be working on one painting over four weeks, and will be able to bring in an image of their choice to work from. You will need an A4 or A3 high-resolution image in both colour and black and white to work from. 

Working in layers, we will begin with a simple technique to transfer your chosen image to the substrate (supplied), before going on to translate that to a monochromatic under-painting exploring the subtleties of values. In the following weeks we will learn how to add colour and glazing to transform your work without losing or over-working the underpainting, keeping it 'fresh'.

Beginning with a monochromatic foundation helps to keep the painting values uniform before applying colour, and working in layers allows you to use dark and light to maximum effect before adding colour.  

An extension of our beginners courses, the techniques and skills learnt in Level 3 will assist students to work with confidence at home, and further develop skills and subtleties in tonal painting.

Students will learn: 

  • How to identify and translate tonal values from colour to greyscale
  • How to work in layers, and use the underpainting to build a solid foundation
  • Where and how to add colour for maximum effect
  • How to select the right brushes for different areas of the painting
  • Glazing: How to apply and build delicate washes of colour to transform your work

Students should already have a

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, and is a 2022 finalist in the Darling Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Where to purchase your materials:

You can purchase a basic kit from us online at time of booking or order a kit through the art shops listed below.

The following 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

MES, 33A St David, St, Fitzroy 3065 Tel: (03) 9419 5666

We also have an optional hire-kit available.

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What you will learn

  • How to identify and translate tonal values from colour to greyscale.
  • Where and how to add colour for maximum effect.
  • Glazing: How to apply and build delicate washes of colour to transform your work.

What you will get

  • Individual attention and support
  • Step-by-step guidance by professional artists
  • 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

  • Your own materials. A full list of materials is included in the confirmation email.
  • At least two images to work from, a high-res copy of each in both colour and black & white.
  • Your own apron or painting shirt.

What to wear

Your own apron or painting shirt.

Appropriate for

Beginners who have completed Level 1 & 2 or have some previous oil painting experience

Fitzroy Painting

(1232 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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5.0 (14 reviews)
Skyerated it
17 Mar 2024
This was an excellent learning experience; the teacher was extremely knowledgeable and delightful, the content was engaging and the studio space was a pleasure to be in. Thank you! :)
Sarahrated it
15 Mar 2024
Rachel is a great teacher. A great place to come and learn, pick up painting skills in a relaxed environment.
Isabellerated it
03 Mar 2024
Had a great time at this class and learnt a lot.
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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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