A positive and enthusiastic mentor, Melanie has developed a loyal following of students over the past twelve years.  She instills a sense of independence and desire for experimentation, allowing them to discover their artistic voice.  Individuals are encouraged to work on their own material, at their pace and in any medium:  watercolour, acrylic, oils and mixed media. Occasionally, the class will work on an assigned project, experimenting with new methods, materials or techniques. She stretches her students beyond their comfort zones in a fun and supportive atmosphere shaking things up with demonstrations, mini workshops, gallery tours and plein-air adventures.  She ends the season with a group art show. 

Melanie is a certified GOLDEN Artist Educator.


Workshops 2019

Adventures in Mixed Media Workshop
September 27 – 29

Join Melanie in this 2 1/2 day action packed exploration of the beautifully saturated colours of acrylic inks and mixed media. You will be working on a flat surface; dripping, pouring, spraying, brushing and scratching into the surface. We will play with texture by adding acrylic gels, pastes and collage, working on many paintings at once. Subject matter we will explore is: trees, night skies and landscape. You will be working independently on your own subject matter so please bring several references to work from. Come prepared to have fun and work on many paintings.

Friday, September 27, 2019
7 – 9 pm
$5 for FCA members, $10 for non-members
Maximum 30 attendees

Saturday & Sunday,
September 28 and 29, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm each day
$60  for FCA members, $100 for non-members
Maximum 10 attendees

 Location: Kensington Art Supply & Instruction, 6999 11th Street SE, Calgary, AB

Register:  Opens 6 pm August 21st.


Adventures in Colour, Texture & Fluid Acrylics Painting Trees  SOLD OUT

Saturday October 26  10 am – 4 pm
Price:  $120 + GST
Location:  Leighton Art Centre, Calgary Ab


Workshop Description
Join Melanie in this fun one- day exploration of acrylics and textures painting trees. You will be working on a flat surface building texture with GOLDEN pastes and gels then adding GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics. You will gain a working knowledge of the differences between pastes and gels, Fluids vs. Heavy Body Acrylics and how to add dynamic colour to your paintings. Level of experience recommended is Beginner with some painting experience, Intermediate and Advanced. Bring several tree references to work from. Melanie will be demoing trees in various stages of development. Most supplies are included.