One day atmospheric landscape oil painting course aboard the narrowboat Peewit with Melanie Max

Atmospheric oil painting "In the Light of Shadows no.16" by Melanie Max


Booking now! Dates available from 16th October.

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 Cam.

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.

I have adapted the day to allow for the current situation so the tuition will take place in an open but sheltered space either on or off the boat depending on the weather and your preference. There are some lovely pretty spaces nearby that we could use for the day.

You will have a unique enjoyable creative day with all the materials you will need on the day supplied. 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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

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


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River side
CB25 9HT

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (11:00am to 4:00pm)

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Alison Ayres - - #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.

Lynn burrow - - #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.

Nicky Perry-Thorne - - #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.

Lesley Ainsworth - - #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.

Cathy McCall - - #17538

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