Painting for Beginners Melbourne, VIC


Established in 2009 and based on the top floor of a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Painting for Beginners 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 are designed for the complete beginner, taking you through a series of exercises and building your skills week by week as you produce paintings to take home. Students may choose to continue to our Beginners Course: Level 2. 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 4 or 8 - week blocks for ongoing students at a discounted rate. Some of our students have gone on to Higher Education courses and are now exhibiting professionally!

Need to miss a class? We understand busy lives and offer flexibility - just let us know in advance and we'll credit you a class. (Maximum of 2 changes per 8 weeks, ongoing and Atelier students only).

Evening classes include wine and cheese, 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, aprons, 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!



As someone who has never been artistic, I was amazed at how much could be achieved in a few lessons. Our tecacher, Kez, was excellent at guiding us and was also really lovely. The set-up was nice, and being a small class I never felt like I didn't have help Having some wine and cheese to go along with the class also didn't hurt! :)

I learnt about mixing colours, creating colours and about tone and shade. I also learnt about how to draw the shapes before painting, about backgrounds, shadows and bringing life to the painted objects. The class size of approximately 10 was great so it was wonderful to get to meet people from different walks of life and share our 'painting' experiences each week. The class instructor, Kez, was fun and so helpful in giving us clear instructions and the assistance we needed to continue weekly tasks. It was never a bother ( especially with those of us who were less able!!) wine and cheese provided was fabulous too!! Many thanks!!

Awesome class - learnt so much in such a short time and really did more than I had expected I could do given I hadn't ever painted before. Totally fun atmosphere with genuine people. Highly recommended. Teachers at Fitzroy Painting are brilliant!

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