Melissa Wishart

Awakening of the Garden   

4 week creative art course 

  Starts 21st March

Tuesdays 11.00 – 12.30     
Sundays 11.00 - 12.30     

further details below

Awakening of the Garden

Starts 21st March 4 week art course

(there will be a possible follow on 4 week block running from 18th April)

Sundays 11.00 – 12.30   or     Tuesdays 11.00 – 12.30  

Zoom    £40   Max size of group 10 

This course is a chance to gently reconnect through nature, explore it as an artist alongside other creatively minded people in a supportive environment.  The equinox is an exciting time of year to start our journey outside in our gardens and the natural world.

We will create an ongoing sketchbook/journal/scrapbook for the four weeks where the changes in our gardens can be explored, whether in words, images, colours, seed packets, photos, drawings, doodles, lists etc.  Different techniques will be experimented with and we will get our sketchbook up and running for the summer months ahead. The freshness of a sketchbook can be a wonderful thing to have and look back through as a capsule in a moment of time. 

Each session will start with looking and discussing  images around our theme of gardens. For example we will look at spontaneous pen and wash (Durer to Dufy)  or how artists as diverse as Manet, Anne Redpath and Kurt Jackson have felt drawn to the simple arrangement of flowers in a vase in another. We will keep it simple  and relevant to our own direct  observations, whilst also discussing different creative approaches and explore different techniques and media for stimulus and inspiration.  Hopefully participants will feed in their discoveries from the week. The rest of the session we will be painting/creating alongside each other  using the sketchbook, views from windows, things brought in and if the weather and technology permits, outside.  Feedback and technical advice supplied.

Material list - click here

Sea Painting Courses

1 day Sea painting course in Oils & Acrylics

Thursday 8th April   Zoom   £25

10.30 – 3.30   (hour for lunch)

The day will be figurative based so we will study how to render waves, rocks, sand, sky, light, mixing a palette and working on a ground.

Material list  - click here

The Joy of Colour

4 week ‘get us thro’ February’ course

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

This course has now run.

These are some of the bursts of colour created through the month of February by the participants . Brilliant!

Zoom Demos for Art Societies/Clubs

’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.’  Chair of 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 Secretary Ongar Art Society

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!    

£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.

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

(Testimonial from January 2020 workshop)