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Acrylic Painting | Beautiful Birds with Mellissa Read-Devine

Acrylic Painting | Beautiful Birds with Mellissa Read-Devine
$195 Limited inc GST
Acrylic Painting | Beautiful Birds with Mellissa Read-Devine

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<p>Join Mellissa Read-Devine for this bold and vibrant workshop, where you can paint an


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 awards and prizes. Her work 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.


Please bring the following:

  • 2-3 stretched canvases 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.
  • Mellissa would suggest that you seal your canvas with at least one coat of gesso before class to save time.
  • Acrylic paint - Mellissa uses 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:

  • 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


  • 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 painter's brushes for backgrounds

Other items

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

More short courses with Mellissa in 2024

March: Acrylic Painting | Beginners — May: Acrylic Painting | Beautiful Birds — June: Acrylic Painting | Collage and Acrylic — July: Acrylic Painting | Beginners — August: Acrylic Painting | Impressionist Landscapes — September: Acrylic Painting | Miniature Paintings — October: Acrylic Painting | Impasto with Acrylics — December: Acrylic Painting | Fabulous Florals

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Course testimonials:

  • 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.
  • Great course for painters with some experience. I learned so much from Melissa and would happily do another of her classes.