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Online | 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

Recommended Materials List

Please ensure you have the following, or something very similar:

  • 2-3 stretched canvasses depending on size (you may wish to do several smaller paintings, but no smaller than about A4 size)
  • Acrylic Paint – we recommend 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.)
  • Brushes – synthetic preferred, not too soft – filbert, bright/flat or round in assorted sizes eg. 12/10/8/6. Get larger ones if you are working big.
  • Small brush for detail
  • Old round brush approx. size 10/12
  • Larger brushes (e.g 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 – it is recommended to have some small plastic pots/recycled tins to put paint in
  • Rags
  • Apron
  • Image references/photos at least A4.
  • Paper & soft pencil/charcoal for sketches

Note: It is recommended that you already seal your canvas with at least one coat of gesso to save time.

Recommended colours:

  • 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

This class will run online

Due to Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions, our classes have been designed to run online. Click here to see our detailed guide to setting up, and having a smooth online class.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Use Your NSW Discover Voucher

This class is eligible for the NSW Discover Voucher so you can save $25 on your total cost. To book with your Discover Voucher, simply use our online form in the link below or book over the phone. Please ensure you have your voucher in the form of a PDF ready when you book (this would have been emailed to you by Service NSW).

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