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Casual class: Intermediate to advanced level

Next Available: Fri, 17 Mar 2:00PM (AEDT)
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3 hours
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Over 250 people have attended this class


Level: Intermediate to advanced.

This ongoing class has a wonderful community feel, and explores a range of drawing and watercolour techniques  under the guidance of Melbourne artist Judith Van Heeren. Students are welcome to join at any time. 

Students will develop advanced skills in the use of watercolours, using the natural world  as inspiration, and are welcome to bring their own projects to the class for assistance and feedback, or to explore tasks suggested by the tutor.

This class is suitable for students who have completed our Level 1 & 2 courses, or who already have substantial previous experience. Each student will work at their own level with one-on-one guidance.

The class includes practical demonstrations and the opportunity to ask questions. 

Fitzroy Painting has kits for purchase at checkout or at the studio. Kits contain eight  tubes of artist quality watercolours, a porcelain palette,  10 hand-torn sheets of 300GM cold-press watercolour paper and three special brushes.

 Where to purchase your materials: The following offer our students a 10% discount

 St Luke, 32 Smith St, Collingwood Tel: (03) 9486 9992

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

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

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

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What you will learn

  • An understanding of the principles of observational drawing
  • Basic skills in using watercolours
  • Advanced watercolour techniques

What you will get

  • One-on-one guidance from an established artist
  • Insight into the practical application of art materials and techniques
  • Refreshments
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. We also have kits, brushes and paper available for purchase at the studio.

What to wear

Your own apron, art smock or painting shirt.

Appropriate for

Complete beginners and those wanting to develop new skills and techniques

Fitzroy Painting

(822 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. www.fitzroypainting.com

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5.0 (29 reviews)
Amandarated it
26 Feb 2023
Judith improved my watercolour portrait painting hugely in one sitting. Brilliant! Thanks Judith, and thanks to the support from my painting colleagues.
Williamrated it
03 Feb 2023
Welcoming and friendly. Very encouraging and helpful to a beginner. Expert teacher assisting people at different levels very stimulating.
Ysabel rated it
22 Oct 2022
Knowing I was going to vacation in Melbourne for a few months, I signed up for both the Beginners and Level 2 Watercolour classes… and am so happy that I did. I am much more comfortable now with the process and exploring colours… the staff were super helpful and Judith is an excellent and supportive teacher… I look forward to future visits and will definitely sign up for more sessions then.
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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 10 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 classes, courses or workshops.  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.  

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