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Melissa Clements

7-Week Intensive Painting Course: Saturday Mornings

7-Week Intensive Painting Course: Saturday Mornings

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Chiaroscuro: 7-Week Intensive Painting Course

Saturday Mornings, March 9 - April 20th, 2024, 9-11:30am

Melissa's Studio, Level 1, PS Art Space, Fremantle

EARLY BIRD OFFER, ENDS JANUARY 10TH, 2024 - An earlybird discount of $100 is available for students who purchase a ticket in full before January 10th, 2024, applied automatically at checkout.

Across 7 weeks, Archibald Finalist, Melissa Clements will guide students through the creation of an outstanding original painting. With a particular focus on a layering method of oil painting used by old masters, characteristic of Melissa's studio method, students will be shown how to emphasise contrast and dynamism in light and movement. With Melissa's guidance, students are invited to select a subject matter of their choice prior to the commencement of the course, portraiture is recommended.

The course has been purpose built following over 2 years of running fine art workshops, including at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. In small groups of 6 students, situated in Melissa's brand new Fremantle studio, there will be ample opportunity for one-on-one guidance and feedback across the 17.5 hours of tuition. This course is Melissa's most specialist art course to date.

Students of all abilities are encouraged to sign up. Due to the small group size and extended length of the course, beginners should be reassured that they can learn techniques step by step, in addition, more advanced painters will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a challenging painting and seek feedback from Melissa's expertise.


Dates: Saturdays 9am-11:30am, March 9th - April 20th 


  • March 9th: Introduction - Preparing the canvas and drawing a sketch using the grid method
  • March 16th: Verdaccio underpainting, light and dark
  • March 23rd: Introduction to colour theory
  • March 30th: Layering colour to develop the painting
  • April 6th: Layering colour to develop the painting
  • April 13th: Resolving the painting
  • April 20th: Glazing finishing touches
  • Late April: Group Exhibition Showcase of artwork at Cleaver Street & Co, West Perth

Location: Melissa's studio, Level 1, PS Art Space, 22 Pakenham Street, Fremantle.

Materials: Provided, see below for more

BYO: Snacks, water bottle, apron, notebook

Getting here: Melissa's studio is a 5 min walk from Fremantle Train/Bus Station. There is street parking available surrounding PS Art Space.


At a conclusion of the course in late April, there will be a showcase exhibition at Cleaver Street & Co of your work. Beverages and nibbles will be provided and students can invite guests to see what they've achieved during the 7 weeks.


All materials are provided. Students will recieve an artist pack valued at over $100, including an Exhibition Tote Bag, assorted brushes, painting palette, palette knife, painting medium charcoal, pencil and printed information pack. Please bring your materials to each session to use throughout the course.

PAYMENT PLAN: Secure your place early and pay the rest later. Send me an email on to secure your spot with a $250 deposit, the remaining $600 will be due by January 31st, 2024.

About Melissa: Melissa Clements is a British-born, 25-year-old fine artist from Perth, Western Australia. Specialising in classical painting, Melissa’s work is informed by her experience as a migrant, using art to interpret memory and identity while making sense of being human in the contemporary world. Melissa has a background in Art History, holding a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Art History, and has recieved classical training at the New York Academy of Art and National Art School, Sydney.

Melissa has been a finalist The Archibald (2023), Darling (2022) and Lester Prize (2021). At the age of 23, she was commissioned by the Supreme Court of Western Australia to paint the official portrait of the Chief Justice, Peter Quinlan.

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