Expressive Painting: Painting with Colour and Light

Have you always wanted to paint but don’t know where to begin? Whether you are a beginner or have experience, this class is designed to develop your individual painting style. Melanie Waugh explains and demonstrates the essential techniques of painting in a logical and simple way. Learn how to choose the composition of a painting, develop your drawing skills, mix colours, the application of paint and how to capture dynamic light and shade. In a relaxed and social environment, develop a variety of skills to build confidence in your own ability as an artist.

Course details: Week 1. Overview of the course including subjects. Preparation of the canvas. Laying down a ground, composition, how to enlarge the subject and draw it on your canvas and under painting. Week 2. How colour, tones, tints and shades work to create dimension and depth in the painting. Week 3. The different brushes and other equipment used to make marks in the painting process, blending, drybrush, glazing, texture and opaque techniques demonstrated. Week 4 until the end of the term. Onwards, individual tuition to support the student bring the painting to a successful conclusion.

Eckersley’s Art & Craft Receive a 10% discount off full-priced items at any Eckersley’s store!* Visit for your nearest store. *Discount applies on presentation of course receipt or materials list. Stores included are Eckersley’s Chatswood & St. Leonards.

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Tutor: Melanie Waugh

Melanie Waugh has completed a Fine Arts Degree from The National Art School, Sydney (2001), a Diploma of Art Therapy from the University Of Western Sydney (2005) and in 2007, completed a Masters Of Art with Distinction from the College Of Fine Arts, UNSW. Melanie's narrative paintings combine a love of the landscape along with drawing and painting the figure. Melanie was the Curwoods Lawyers Artist In Residence in 2012 and has exhibited solo over the years in both Sydney and Melbourne. In 2017 Melanie was a semi finalist in the Doug Moran Portraiture Prize and has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions throughout Sydney at galleries such as Koskela, S.H. Ervin and Barry Stern.