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Acrylic Painting | Fabulous Florals with Mellissa Read-Devine

Course Overview

Join Mellissa Read-Devine for this bold and colourful still life workshop focussing on florals and flowers, immersing yourself in the glorious freedom of colourful bold brushstrokes.

What to expect

Students can either bring in a bundle of their favourite florals to set up a still life, or work from your garden photos. Learn :

  • to simplify shapes and keep your colours bold and bright
  • 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 Mellissa Read-Devine ‘From the Heart’ and 'Orchids'

Is this course right for me

Some prior experience with acrylics is assumed. Students should have attended at least an introductory workshop or class.


Please bring the following:
1-2 stretched Canvasses depending on size -the bigger the better!
Minimum size 24"x24", maximum whatever you can fit in your car – your own choice of shape
I would suggest you already seal your canvas with at least one coat of gesso to save time.
Acrylic Paint – I use mainly 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.)
This is my preferred colour palette:
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
Brushes – synthetic preferred, not too soft – filbert, bright/flat or round in assorted sizes eg. 12/10/8/6 – larger ones if you are working big
Small brush for detail
Old round brush approx size 10/12
Larger brushes – eg 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 – bring some small plastic pots/recycled tins to put paint in

Image references/photos at least A4.
Paper & soft pencil/charcoal for sketches

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

Course testimonials:

  • Thank you so much! It was wonderful!
  • Mellissa was tops. Found skills I had given up on. Really beyond expectations
  • There was a great atmosphere in the class, thanks to Mellissa's positivism, knowledge and her willingness and ability to share what she has learned to the participants. And I left with a piece of artwork of which I am very proud of!