Acrylic Painting | Birds and Animal Portraits with Mellissa Read-Devine Art Est Art School and Gallery

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Acrylic Painting | Birds and Animal Portraits with Mellissa Read-Devine

Acrylic Painting | Birds and Animal Portraits with Mellissa Read-Devine

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Course Overview

Join Mellissa for a day of painting feathered or furry friends — a line-up of characters infused with life, humour and personality.

Learn composition skills in a contemporary and impressionistic style + colour mixing, simplification of shapes, observation of the subject and how to choose the best photos and drawings needed for your finished painting.

Images: Galahs by Mellissa Read-Devine

Is this course right for me?

This class is suitable for all levels of experience.


Please bring the following:

  • Reference photographs that you might like to paint. Various pictures of the type of bird or animal you want pictured.
  • Several small canvasses (8” x10” or 12”x12”) for a series or a larger piece eg, 20” x 24” or bigger.
  • Your acrylic paints. Bring what you have, please use good ‘artist’ quality paints. Inferior paints do not produce good results. We recommend Matisse Derivan or Atelier brand paints.
  • Drying retarder (optional).
  • Your brushes. A selection of large and small brushes. You will need a small pointed brush for details.
  • A palette knife for mixing paint.
  • Your painting palette – a large flat surface is best.
  • Large container for water.
  • Rags or paper towel.

Mellissa's preferred colour palette:

  • White
  • 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
  • Water spray

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Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. We have a maximum of 12 students per class.

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Course testimonials:

  • Mellissa is warm and engaging. I learned two important tips about creating using colour in the morning which will make my work more fun to make.