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Acrylic Painting | Beautiful Birds with Mellissa Read-Devine

Course Overview

Join Mellissa Read-Devine for this bold and vibrant workshop, where you can paint an image of your favourite bird. Bring along images of birds such as fairy wrens, galahs, parrots or cockatoos and infuse your subject with character and personality. Learn to simplify shapes and keep your colours bold and bright, learn about colour mixing, composition and much more. Mellissa is well-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. Mellissa’s workshops are very popular so be sure to enrol early!

Images: Galahs by Mellissa Read-Devine

Is this course right for me

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


Please bring the following:
2-3 stretched canvasses depending on size (you may wish to do several smaller paintings, but no smaller than about A4 size)
Minimum size 20x25cm/8x10", 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

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Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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$180 Limited inc GST
Acrylic Painting | Beautiful Birds with Mellissa Read-Devine

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Some prior painting experience assumed.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Great course for painters with some experience. I learned so much from Melissa and would happily do another of her classes.
  • Melissa has a beautiful nature and guides her students gently into use of color and brushstrokes to paint beautiful birds
  • A wonderful workshop. Watching Mellissa in action was everything that I’d hoped for to learn how her beautiful art is created. She had great advice and was able to give her time to us individually even though it was a large class.