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Acrylic Painting | Larger than Life Landscapes | Mellissa Read-Devine

Course overview

Join Mellissa Read-Devine for this big, bold and colourful landscapes workshop. Bring a canvas minimum 24"x24" or as big as will fit in your car and paint an expressive landscape from your own photos in acrylics. Explore ways to simplify shapes and keep your colours bold and bright, learn about colour mixing, composition and much more. Bring along photographs of landscapes/gardens that you might like to paint.

Mellissa is known for her impressionistic style of painting, has been the recipient of many award and prizes and is displayed in many galleries and private collections. She is a regular tutor all over Sydney and we’re pleased to have Mellissa at Art Est for several workshops throughout the year.

Images: I Dream in Colour by Mellissa Read-Devine

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Some prior experience with acrylics is assumed. Students should have attended at least an introductory workshop or class.


Please bring the following:
1-2 stretched Canvasses depending on size -the bigger the better!
Minimum size 24"x24", maximum whatever you can fit in your car – your own choice of shape
I would suggest you already seal your canvas with at least one coat of gesso to save time.
Acrylic Paint – I use mainly Matisse Structure, but you can bring what you have so long as it is artist quality. (Note: cheap paints from a discount store will not work as they do not have the pigment and don’t mix well.)
This is my preferred colour palette:
Naples Yellow
2 different yellows (warm and a cool)
Cadmium red or Equivalent
1 of the following: Alizarin, Magenta, Red Violet or Rose Madder
1 of the following: Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Teal/aqua, Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine or Pthalo Blue
2 of your favourite complementary colours – purple/orange/bright green
Brushes – synthetic preferred, not too soft – filbert, bright/flat or round in assorted sizes eg. 12/10/8/6 – larger ones if you are working big
Small brush for detail
Old round brush approx size 10/12
Larger brushes – eg cheap hake or small painters brushes for backgrounds
Water spray
Palette knife (for mixing paint)
Plastic card eg. old Library card for scraping or scumbling.
Palette – the flatter the better, white plastic plates are good.

  • If painting large – bring some small plastic pots/recycled tins to put paint in

Image references/photos at least A4.
Paper & soft pencil/charcoal for sketches

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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Course testimonials:

  • A fantastic workshop with a very skilled, enthusiastic and interested tutor.
  • Mellissa is an excellent teacher. Her demonstrations were clear and concise and she gave excellent one on one tuition throughout the workshop. She was also very encouraging and her enthusiasm for painting is contagious.
  • Excellent class, thoroughly enjoyed it & came away with lots of new techniques to practice.