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One day atmospheric landscape oil painting course aboard the narrowboat Peewit in Ely by Melanie Max

Atmospheric oil painting "Coastal Light no.13" by Melanie Max

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Would you like to be able to paint atmospheric landscapes in oil?

I offer a chance to have 1:1 art tuition aboard my narrowboat Peewit on the River Great Ouse.

You will be shown how to paint atmospheric landscapes by following a series of demonstrations and exercises. You will be using solvent free Artisan oils and at the end of the day you will go away with your own creations as well as my demonstration painting too.

You will have a unique enjoyable creative day aboard my narrowboat Peewit. Peewit has a studio equipped with an easel and all the materials you will need on the day.

All levels of experience are welcome.

This is a course for female students only due to the nature of the arrangements. A moderate level of fitness is needed for balance aboard. Please bring a packed lunch and indoor footwear.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and equipment
Tea, coffee & biscuits
Any paintings I paint on the day
1:1 art tuition


Melanie Max at Melanie Max Contemporary Landscape Paintings
Narrowboat Peewit
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- - #24659

I had a really super day with Melanie, she is an encouraging and supportive teacher. After a little boat trip, Melanie gave me a demonstration that was amazing and then she guided me in my own painting. I learnt so much and then went home with a series of lovely paintings. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone for a unique creative day out.

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- - #24461

As a complete beginner, I spent a fabulous day with Melanie on her beautiful floating studio. After a short boat ride onto the fens with views of kingfisher, egret, coots and moorhens, Melanie gave a good introduction to the day, explaining about paints and how to mix them, even teaching me how to use the palette and various brushes, then demonstrating creating a gradient before cutting in and adding colour to create a wonderful landscape. When it was time for me to have a go she was extraordinarily patient, providing advice about how to create perspective and create light and using tone and colour to create interest. She provided rescue remedies when things went wrong and I was amazed at the artwork I created by the end of the day and delighted to go home with Melanie’s demonstration piece. It was an absolutely amazing experience with a wonderful instructor which I will remember forever. I would highly recommend it.

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- - #24202

Thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic, relaxing, creative day aboard the Peewit with the talented Melanie Max.
Melanie is an excellent tutor who creates a stunning ethereal landscape in front of your eyes and then gives you the opportunity to create two of your own with her help and guidance.
Will definitely return.

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- - #24009

Melanie is an excellent tutor, patient, clear and concise. It was a great environment and enjoyable from start to finish. Her work is inspirational and it was lovely to watch her produce a beautiful piece whilst explaining how colours mix, perspective and light work. The use of a fan brush was a revelation! I learnt so much, was very pleased with my completed pieces and had the bonus of keeping her example. It was so worth the distance I travelled and would highly recommend the day.

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- - #17538

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