The time you spent in art classes at school would have been a fun and creative time, but these drawing, watercolour, painting, and general artistic skills probably didn't stay with you in the years following high school.

A great thing to remember is that we are actually always in step with our creative flow, even when we have forgotten after some time what it felt like to paint when we were kids.

Thankfully, in any location across Brisbane, there is no shortage of workshops for those who still have a lot to work on and consider themselves beginners, or those who feel like they are a true artist.

You will find general art, drawing, resin-based, or acrylic focused workshops; a painting studio, watercolour specialisation, or life drawing session across a range of areas and in many a location in the capital of the sunshine state.

Students of art don't just have to be children either. Whilst this can be a fantastic artistic outlet for your kids, fun adult classes (on a fri, sat, or sun of a given week) can act as a little holiday from the monotony of the day to day.

For those who may be in a more remote location too, there are online courses and many a zoom session you can attend, as well as local events where you can practice your methods. A great addition to your day to day, all you will need to start making is the materials and the practical side will come with time.

Courses at the Brisbane School of Art are a great way for you to refine drawing techniques.
The Brisbane School of Arts has some of the best art and drawing courses in the country. | Source: QueenslandPlaces.com.au

So take a great big sip from the cup of life by nurturing the art and creative flow within you! 

Beginners and established artists alike, in a studio or over Zoom in your own home, find out step by step for classes how to read into what you need to be making and drawing to craft and create!

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Some art history and Brisbane drawing background

This article will focus principally on drawing classes and what you can learn in them in any location in Brisbane, so we will paint a bit of a picture about the art form.

If you are a more established artist and have years of experience, you will already know some of this information, but for beginners who are keen to learn, about art history as much as watercolour, drawing, or painting abilities, artwork predates what we even thought was the earliest known human existence by about 10,000 years!

Humans have been creative for the entirety of our history, with techniques being used to help read and express meaning, both through drawing and painting.

The earliest known drawings were created around 10,000 to 30,000 BC, and were made using primitive means on cave walls in present-day France and Spain. The paint was rudimentary but strong enough to hold for such a long time - a testament to the impact of events and art on our lives today!

In relation to art and drawing in Brisbane, there is a plethora of indigenous art further north in Queensland which is stunning and just as ancient as the works mentioned above. To truly learn about and understand the role that drawing and art have had on our lives and land, this is the perfect first step to take as Aboriginal knowledge of painting, creativity, storytelling, and communication is intrinsic to living in Australia.

When it comes to more contemporary creative practice, and studio-based work, Brisbane has a huge range of galleries that are location specific, but also larger galleries that are a great way to get in contact with art work, for kids and adults alike.

The QAGOMA (combination of Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art) has a wide range of art that spans from drawing, acrylic, and resin sculpture, through to watercolour, oil, paint work, and to workshops for kids, adults, or adults and children to expressive their colourful side and learn and make together.

QAGOMA combines the contemporary modern and more traditional painting and ancient art in Brisbane
The QAGOMA in Brisbane is a fantastic place to get inspiration for your drawing, and art generally. | Source: QAGOMA - James Turrell

There will definitely be a course in Brisbane for you if you are interested in drawing, and we will highlight the sort of styles, workshops, and what sort of studio you might be interested in in the next section.

Kinds of drawing

Obviously, we can only scratch the surface with this, a sip from the proverbial cup if you will, but this will help you know what to search for online and the range of drawing styles you can create, whether for beginners wanting to learn diverse skills in their art or an established practitioner wanting to create and change the path after years in their practice

Still-Life

Even if you didn't learn art or drawing at school, you've probably heard of this style. This uses techniques that you will cover in any beginners drawing workshop and can be used as a base to paint over after some time is spent to create the outline with a pencil or pen.

Still-Life drawing will use simple lines to get the general outline of the shapes and give the viewer an idea of what they're meant to be seeing. It typically focuses on inanimate objects that can be observed for an extended period of time, so students who work on such an art form need to be patient. Think of things like a bowl of fruit that you would have likely been asked to paint or draw during a painting or drawing session at school, or would have seen in art classes that someone else took.

Life Drawing

This is also a very well known style, that compared to Still-Life, will focus on a human. They will pose, typically nude, for an extended period of time and in several different positions so that students can see the different lines and curvatures of their body. This will help the students learn how to trace general lines, as well as more intricate ones, and how to read the shape of the body as much as the intricate details of it.

This can be a step by step process, so patience here is necessary as well. At events like this (and yes, we mean events, as the model has to be available to sit for a long time), you will refine techniques during your classes where you craft definitive lines that show detail yet can convey a lot of meaning with just a few lines.

Line drawing is one of the techniques that looks simple but is not for beginners
Line drawing techniques are really valuable yet are not as simple as they appear | Source: MyModernMet

Line Drawing

This style is even simpler than the previous, at least in terms of line quantity. This should not imply though that it is only for beginners - this style is even harder to master since you really have to be definitive in your pencil strokes. 

What is nice about this step by step process, is that you can focus on more abstract elements, such as not removing your utensil from the page during the whole time you will spending creating your work. Such outlooks are interesting for this style since they are easy to transfer to a tattoo or graphic design, as the message is simple yet elegant.

Hyperrealistic Drawing

As its name suggests, this style is great fun and can also take a long time to develop, since step by step there really is a lot to cover. This kind of drawing can come out looking like a photo, that's how clear and intricate they can be.

This is a great way of capturing the world around in its tracks whilst putting your own techniques into it as an artist. Workshops on this style are really very common, especially since beginners, unless highly talented do not start off while this style. Basics need to be covered first, so a more established artist - watercolour or acrylic paint worker, drawing lover, resin sculpture - would fare better since they understand fundamental principles more clearly.

Types of drawing classes Brisbane to consider

There is a wide range of classes you could look into to nurture your creativity, and drawing is really accessible for a lot of people. Consider some of the following:

  • Private classes in home
  • Group classes in a local community centre
  • TAFE courses to get qualified as a sketch artist
  • Studio run lessons for those who want to really refine their methodology
  • Parent-child creating sessions
  • Professional art school at an institution such as Bienarte, Brisbane Art School, or Redlands Art School.
Learn how to draw hyperrealistically, but be patient as it takes a long time to master.
Hyperrealistic drawing skills are highly revered since you can make you picture look as crisp as a photo. | Source: Bored Panda

Who might want drawing classes

Art applies to our lives in so many ways, so there are benefits for anyone who might want this kind of outlet.

Nevertheless, it would probably appeal to you the most if you were an art student yourself and want some more practice; have ideas but do not have the skills to articulate them on paper yet; are looking to spruce up your professional environment by creating group activities for staff; if you desire a means of capturing the world around you but aren't content with just taking photos or writing about them; or alternatively, you could be looking for a change of career or wanting to do something that is completely different your numbers or words based job.

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