Introductory Foundation Art Courses

Even if you have never picked up a pencil or a paintbrush before, our Introductory Foundation Art Courses are designed to guide beginner learners through the fundamentals of drawing and painting through quality art education.

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Even if you have never picked up a pencil or a paintbrush before, our Introductory Foundation Art Courses are designed to guide beginner learners through the fundamentals of drawing and painting through quality art education.

At Melbourne Art Class, we want you to leave your course feeling ready to continue your art journey confidently at home, or in a further course with us! Artists with some experience who want to revisit the fundamentals may also find these courses useful.


Take a look at some of our first time artist FAQ’s below, or contact us if you have specific questions!


Q: Help, I’m not sure where to start!

A: These courses are all beginner friendly and you can start anywhere!

If you love the look of all of the courses, we usually recommend starting with the foundation of drawing in either our Introduction to Observational Drawing Short Course or our Drawing Bootcamp Workshop. We believe drawing is a great place to start your artist journey!


Q; “What if I can already draw?” 

A: You might to try expand your drawing techniques with our Introduction to Life Drawing Short Course or our Introduction to Tonal Drawing Short Course. If you are ready to explore painting, we suggest Introduction to Painting Short Course next, or if you like to think outside the box, Introduction to Abstraction Short Course could be for you.


Q; “What should I try if I’m looking for creativity more than technique?”

A: If you are drawn to art for the opportunity to express your creativity and find mindfulness through art, our Creative Art Therapy and Japanese Ink Courses are creative and calming experiences.


Q: “Do I have to bring my own art supplies?”

A: No, we provide these for you! Everything you need for your introductory level courses is supplied for you at no extra cost. Sometimes you may be asked to bring in an item or photo from home, your teacher will advise you of this in class if required.


Q: “Is Studio Art beginner friendly?”

A: Yes, it is! Studio Art is open to all experience levels and is a more ‘student lead’ experience than our introductory courses. If you like a bit less structure or perhaps have specific things you would like to work on, you are welcome to start with Studio Art. You may be surrounded by more experienced artists, which can be very inspiring. Your teacher will work with you one on one as required. 


Q: How often do the introductory courses run?

A: Our Introduction to Observational Drawing Short Course and Introduction to Painting Short Course usually run once or twice a term, over four terms a year (about 8 times a year). The other introductory foundation courses and workshops usually run once every term or two, or 2 to 4 times a year.


Q: Where do I sign up?

A: Click on the courses below to read more about the course including the dates, price, location. When you are ready to enrol, scroll down to the ‘enroll now’ section on your course page and click ‘book’!


Below are all currently available courses:

Watercolour and Gouache Illustration Short Course with Olivia York

22 August - 19 September, 2024  (5 sessions)

Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm - Glenferrie Studio

Students will be introduced to basic gouache and watercolour illustration techniques including colour mixing, laying washes, colour glazing and lifting out, to set the foundation for watercolour painting. Olivia will also discuss the basic materials and equipment of watercolour such as a selection of basic colours in pans or tubes, brushes, watercolour papers, palettes and accessories.



31 May - 28 June, 2024 (5 sessions)
19 July - 16 August, 2024  (5 sessions)
23 August - 20 September, 2024  (5 sessions)
Fridays 9:30am – 12:30 pm (3hrs) - Union Studio

Learn Drawing Fundamentals. Each week David will lead the class through a drawing experience. Participants will work observationally from life in various context and settings; from studio based work to street drawing. Designed as a rolling program, participants will journey with David as their guide, trying a range of drawing techniques and materials.


25 May - 22 June, 2024 (5 sessions)
Saturdays, 1:30pm - 4:00pm - Elgin Studio

Drawing is fundamental to any artistic practice. This short course is designed for people who are looking to learn the fundamentals of observational drawing. Perfect for beginners or those looking for a refresher on drawing techniques.


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28 May - 25 June, 2024 (5 sessions)
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Union Studio

Take a deep dive into the landscape and the classical techniques used by contemporary painter Saffron Newey. She will lead you though the fundamentals of Grisaille, and demonstrate how artists such as Da Vinci, Titian, Vermeer and Rembrandt created such memorable work. A great course for beginners and those that are wanting to improve their painting.


Courtesy of Samara Adamson-Pinczewski and Charles Nodrum Gallery

MAC Elgin Studio, Hawthorn

Melbourne Art Class welcomes leading Australian contemporary abstract artist Samara Adamson-Pinczewski to conduct an introductory course solely dedicated to abstract art practice. This course introduces the key elements and techniques of abstraction and will help beginner students, and artists who would like to revisit the fundamentals.


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