Acrylic Painting | Impasto with Acrylics | Mellissa Read-Devine Art Est Art School and Gallery

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Acrylic Painting | Impasto with Acrylics | Mellissa Read-Devine

Acrylic Painting | Impasto with Acrylics |  Mellissa Read-Devine

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Luscious and visually delicious. Have you always wanted to have a go at painting in the impasto style but didn’t know where to start?

Learn how to use the different mediums that can give this effect. Find out what tool is best for you – brushes, painting knives or even a spatula.

A simple still life will be used as a demonstration, and then you can choose to paint a second painting of your choice.

What to expect

You will learn:

  • To simplify shapes and keep your colours bold and bright
  • About colour mixing
  • How to build and balance the composition
  • How to approach contemporary paintings

Images: Rose and Daphne by Mellissa Read-Devine

Is this course right for me?

Whether you're a beginner looking to embark on your artistic journey or an experienced artist seeking new inspirations and techniques, this one-day painting workshop is designed to cater to all skill levels. 


Please bring the following:

  • Reference photographs of images you might like to paint. Printed out or on your tablet. Smartphone screens are too small. You may also take a photo of Mellissa’s reference subject.
  • Cradled wooden boards or Canvas on board. Gessoed thin mdf/masonite is also good. A selection of small sizes eg. 10x10cm or a larger approx. 50 x 60cm. It can be quite quick to complete a painting so bring at least 3.
  • 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
  • “Impasto” medium, “Gel” medium or “Viscosity Thickener”
  • A selection of large and small brushes, painting knives, plastic spatulas. Good to try various implements.
  • 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.

Bring whatever colours you have, with the following selection giving you a key palette mix: 

  • Titanium White
  • Magenta or Alizarin Red
  • Cadmium Red
  • Pthalo Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Yellows (cool and warm)
  • Dioxyzine Purple

More short courses with Mellissa in 2023

March: Acrylic Painting | Fabulous Florals — May: Acrylic Painting | Acrylics Inside and Out — June: Acrylic Painting | Impasto with Acrylics — July: Acrylic Painting | Acrylics and Collage — September: Acrylic Painting | Reworking a Failed Painting — December: Acrylic Painting | Birds and Animal Portraits

About studio classes

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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