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Online | Acrylic Painting for beginners and beyond with Mellissa Read-Devine

This one-day acrylic painting class is for anyone who would like to give painting a try. Mellissa will help you create a bright and contemporary work from your own reference images. Take home a finished painting and a new found confidence to continue. Anyone can learn to paint and in this relaxing, friendly and supportive class, you will be shown practical methods and techniques to paint a simple subject on canvas.

What to expect

Students will learn the basics of

  • planning a composition
  • arranging your work area and painting palette
  • practical colour theory and colour mixing skills to start your experience in learning to paint.

Is this course right for me?

No experience necessary. It’s a great start for absolute beginners and lapsed artists!


Please bring the following:

  • Acrylic Paint – Your tutor recommends 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.)

We will work with what colours you have but the recommended colour palette is:

  • 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
  • Paint Brushes
  • Palette – the flatter the better, white plastic plates are fine.
  • Canvas or canvas paper – choose a size you would like to paint on
  • Some soft rags or paper towels
  • A notebook and pencil
  • Some reference images (A4)
  • An apron (or something to protect your clothes)

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).

Book with your NSW Discover Voucher

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.