Course Summary

Develop an understanding of how to approach still-lives and in particular flower painting. 

Learn the step by step process of painting flowers from the initial block-in and gesture to the final level of finish.

In this class we will work from photographs and still lives.  All exercises are designed to provide students with a hands on understanding of the four elements that produce a strong painting (edges, values, shapes and colours).


**Important notice for learners who enrol on the course start date** Please check your confirmation email and ensure you contact Short Courses at to receive a link to attend online sessions.

Course Sessions

Tuesday, 9th March - 2 classes

Session ID HXAW0201C
9 Mar - 16 Mar 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$159 / $151 (conc)
Melanie Caple

Melanie Caple graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art Painting from RMIT, and hold a Masters of Arts Management. Working within the realms of drawing and painting, Melanie work varies between exploring landscape on paper and creating contemporary botanical illustration works with oils. 

Having exhibited widely with both solo and group exhibitions over the last eight years, most recently Melanie was a finalist in the 2019 KAAF Prize, the 2018 Collins Place Art Prize, and won the People’s Choice Award in the 2016 Roi Art Prize. She was also the winner of the 2014 Dick Bishop Memorial Award, resulting in a major solo exhibition at Latrobe Regional Gallery, and was selected this year as a facilitating artist as a part of the Girls Own Space program facilitated by VicHealth and South Gippsland Shire Council. 

Please bring the following materials to each session:

Basic palette (I recommend Winsor and Newton as a good entry level)

  • Titanium white
  • Yellow (cadmium yellow medium or lemon or any other bright yellow)
  • Yellow ochre
  • Red (cadmium, vermillion or any other warm red)
  • Red (alizarin or permanent red or any other cool red)
  • Ultramarine blue
  • burnt umber
  • Ivory black

Brushes:  Combination of filbert, flats or round brushes.  Please ensure you bring a variety of ‘hard’ hair brushes and ‘soft’ hair brushes – at least two hard hair brushes and two soft hair brushes from sizes 1 to 6 depending on the brands.

Canvas or canvas-paper: we will do 2 paintings in total please use supports between A4 and A3 in size. I will use Canson canvas-paper for my demonstrations but you can use a canvas, or boards that are already primed.

Palette: disposable paper palettes are great but you are welcome to use a sturdy glass or wooden palette

Mediums: if you are working in oils please purchase a small bottle of Gamsol

Containers: 1 small glass jars (with lid)

Palette knife for cleaning and mixing colours

Apron or something that you won’t mind getting paint on


Notification of a class cancellation will be advised 48 hours prior to the course commencement date. We advise to purchase your materials once you have received email confirmation that your class is proceeding as scheduled. All efforts are made to ensure that our classes proceed to avoid disappointment.

Last updated: November 27, 2020 04:49pm