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Acrylic Painting | Birds in the Landscape | Mellissa Read-Devine

Course Overview

In a contemporary and impressionistic style, join Mellissa in a day of painting birds in their natural landscape, infusing them with life, humour and personality.

Learn composition skills, colour mixing, simplification of shapes, observation of the subject and how to choose the best photos and drawings needed for the finished painting.

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:
Reference photographs that you might like to paint. Various pictures of the type of bird you want pictured – it is useful to find pics that include feet, good a close up of the head. Images of the habitat you would like your bird/s to be in.
Printed out or on your tablet. Smartphone screens are too small

Stretched Canvas/Canvas Board or 300gsm watercolour paper taped to board. Recommended size no smaller than 20"x 24" (55x61cm), or a square format if desired.

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
Optional selection: Titanium White, Magenta or Alizarin red, Cadmium red, Pthalo Blue, Cerulean Blue, Yellows (cool and warm), Dioxyzine Purple

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
Water spray

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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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