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Acrylic Painting | Impasto with Acrylics | Mellissa Read-Devine

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 students can choose to paint a second painting of their choice.

Is this course right for me?

Beginners to intermediate.


  • Reference photographs of images that you might like to paint. Printed out or on your tablet. Smartphone screens are too small. You may also take a photo of the tutor’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 × 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

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

  • “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

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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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