Melissa Wishart

NEW**  ZOOM COURSE - get us through February

The JOY of COLOUR    

4 week ‘get us thro’ February’ course

Let’s escape our prisons to create and love colour together.

Tuesdays 11.00 – 12.30
 26th Jan, 2nd Feb, 9th Feb, 16th Feb
Sundays 11.00 - 12.30
31st Jan,7th Feb, 14th Feb, 21st Feb

Open to all.        No assumed prior knowledge or experience.

further details below


Zoom Demos & Workshops can be booked by ART SOCIETIES/ GROUPS
On November 12th 2020 did 'Landscape in Oils' for Ongar Art Society 8.00 p.m - 10 p.m.

'Many thanks for the Zoom demo last night (12/11/2020) for the Ongar Art Society. I thoroughly enjoyed it, loved your work and felt that you kept it very much a ‘live’ event.'    
Beverly, CHAIR, Ongar Art Society
'Firstly, thank you for booking Melissa Wishart to demo to Ongar Art Society. She is absolutely delightful. Her painting in oils is lovely, and our members also liked her talking about her techniques, equipment and palette. It was especially helpful that she started the Zoom session explaining to our members about using the Chat Box for questions, Reactions button etc. A really good demo.'
Letter to Art Profile from the SECRETARY, Ongar Art Society

The JOY of COLOUR     

4 week ‘get us thro’ February’ course

 Let’s escape our prisons to create and love colour together.


Even by just spending some time with colour we are in with a chance to feel a lot better!

Tuesdays 11.00 – 12.30    or     Sundays 11.00 - 12.30

26th Jan, 2nd Feb, 9th Feb, 16th Feb 

or  31st Jan,7th Feb, 14th Feb, 21st Feb

Zoom links will be provided.

Accompanying opt-in Whats App group of other participants throughout the course.

 Open to all.        No assumed prior knowledge or experience.

£40 for the 4 weeks    Booking essential.

As we are all in our homes, we will use that to our advantage in our sessions and be able to access objects that in a normal teaching session we wouldn’t be able to. Playfulness is encouraged in our learning and seeing. Look around you...the oranges, a yellow candle or the vibrant blues and red of a textile? 

 Pen, paper or charcoal and paper necessary each session but otherwise you can work with whatever paints and materials you have to hand/can order off the internet if you wish. 

There will also be instruction on names of colours; how to mix paints to get the colours you want; theories of colour; different methods of applying paint; translucent vs opaque; use of colour within a tone etc. Also we shall seek inspiration and delve into the canon of art history eg Scottish Colourists, Fauves, Hockney, Matisse’s cut outs


Optional tasks will be set for the week.

Wildflower Gelli Printing

Source, identify & learn about plants and nature, then have fun making prints - play with colour with easy to use  gelli printing. It's good fun!    

Numbers limited to 3         £25 all materials provided

This can be made into an exclusive session for you and family or friends.

Please contact with dates that suit you.

Observational drawing and painting   

Through drawing and painting in the studio and outside. Learn different techniques at your own pace.   

Working from still-life and small things that we find curious

Series of 3 sessions.  Tuesday mornings    

Numbers strictly limited to 3

New dates tbc   

£25 a session     Material list will be provided 

The Sea -

Painting Water & Light in Oils and Acrylics

Series of 3 weekly sessions  

 In the first session we will look at colour palettes, - spend time mixing and applying paint using different tools – brushes, rags, palette knife, toothbrush etc. Moving it around and building it up.

In the second session we will explore the effect of light on and through water and ways of putting and moving the paint around to create these.

In the third session, we will play with both techniques.

Material list will be supplied.   Numbers strictly limited to 3

Wednesdays  10.00  - 12.00 for three weeks    £80

‘.... engaging, funny, knowledgeable and a great tutor. 

(Testimonial from January 2020 workshop)


I am planning a 6 week on-line course starting in 2021 in observational drawing and painting (in oils and acrylics). How to mix a palette, apply paint, create energy and movement. The first week we will explore drawing materials and tone; the next three we will dive into sea painting and the last two weeks  we will be  exploring the mediums further, using either the landscape, still-life or body as starting points.

You are welcome to register interest now and be kept informed.