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Landscapes – It’s All About Color

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

Greenville, NY

May 31 – June 4, 2023

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Participant Comments

I’ve been painting more…thank you for the gift of a kickstart.  It’s enriching my life. Molly – Wausau, WI

I really enjoyed your workshop and learned so much. Painting today I have a new found confidence for creating abstract shapes as opposed to trying to only achieve strict realism. Thanks to you! Michele- Spanish Fort, AL

Thank you so much Melanie for your hospitality and amazing teaching! You are gifted in so many ways. This was so entertaining and fun with humor and good laughs! I also finally learned a method for how to paint the way that I love and I can’t wait to paint more. Janine – Frederick, MD

Melanie, you teach as well as you paint! So talented and kind.  I will be back. Luanne – Nashville, TN

I would highly recommend taking a workshop with Melanie whether you are an experienced painter or a beginner.  The color theory exercises alone give you tools you can use no matter your style of art. Trina – Florence, AL

I’m so glad I got to take classes from one of the best. Melanie’s workshops are relaxed, fun and packed with so much knowledge. She walks you through every step of her demos so you have a better understanding of composition, layering and color mixing. Whether you’ve never touched a brush or a seasoned painter, she gives you instructions, encouragement and confidence you can find your inner artist. I absolutely had a blast learning and can’t wait to go back. Marie – McDonough, GA 

Thank you Melanie for being so generous with information and your talent. I learned so much from you and had a great time. You are a wonderful teacher! Sarah – Madison, MS

Awesome workshop and teacher.  Can’t wait to take another class! Darlene- Huntsville, AL

Always a joy to be in your class – lots of laughing, learning, food and sweets too. Julie – Birmingham, AL

Melanie, your workshop helped me so much with organizing my thoughts and color it’s making my art process so much more enjoyable and relaxed. I truly cannot wait to come study with you for your approach to landscape. Pamela- Atlanta, GA

I came to your class with hopes of breaking some bad habits and learning some ways to paint faster.  I came away with much more; including a greater sense of color theory which has been very beneficial to me.  After not selling artwork for many months my paintings are now selling again! Dorothy – Sisters, OR

You made a brand new beginner feel very comfortable and I learned a TON from you. You made the class so fun and have inspired me to begin painting at home!! Joanna – Greenville, SC

Thank you so much for teaching! You make painting more fun, relatable, and easier with your encouraging advice.  I’m very excited to practice what I’ve learned in your class at home.   Francesca- Augusta, GA

Your workshop really got my creative juices flowing again … hoping to make it an annual thing.  Tamara- Farmington, UT

Loved your workshop! I learned a lot and it was exactly what I needed to motivate me and jump start my painting routine. Ginger- Atlanta, GA

I absolutely love to paint now and have so much confidence in doing it thanks to Melanie’s class!  It has opened my eyes to a different style of painting that suits me and makes me extremely happy!  Cathe- Florence, AL

I think Melanie is a wonderful artist and great teacher!  I loved her class and learned so much. I can’t wait to sign up for more of Melanie’s workshops!  Paige- Florence, AL

I loved the workshop. I learned so much!  I particularly benefited from Melanie teaching me how to mix paint. Melanie’s instruction was clear and concise. Thank you for a wonderful two days.  Judy – Florence, AL

This was an awesome workshop!  I learned so much and can’t wait to try things out in my studio.  Melanie is so precious and I am so glad I got to spend those two days with her!  Kristi – Huntsville, AL

I loved Melanie’s class. It forced me out of my comfort zone and made me see the way to approach a painting in a way that is different from my norm. It is different in a positive way. I know that I will apply some of the techniques I picked up in the class to my artistic endeavors. I look forward to the next opportunity I have to join one of Melanie’s workshops.  Kathy- Birmingham, AL

Because we drove 5 hours to attend we decided to stay for an extra day of painting and so glad we did. Melanie is a wonderful encouraging teacher that holds nothing back. I only wish she were closer.  Ava- Brookhaven, MS

Melanie is a wonderful teacher and her workshops are great fun and well worth the money!  I have taken two already and will be back for more!  Dinah –  Madison, AL

Unlike many professional painters, Melanie is also a fabulous instructor. She spends significant time with each student, shares “insider tips and techniques” freely and is full of encouragement. I left her workshop with new tools and a much better understanding of acrylics. Definitely got my money’s worth!  Gail – Birmingham, AL

I’ve taken painting classes with five different instructors in the past 16 months, and Melanie is by far the best (which is why I’ve taken four of her classes so far). She can take a neophyte from blank canvas to finished painting in an afternoon. Her style of teaching is relaxed and nonjudgmental. I will be signing up for more of her classes because I seem to learn something more with each class.  Barbara – Odenville, AL

Melanie makes it look so easy. She knows how to make what you thought was so difficult much simpler.  Pat – Daphne, AL

Melanie is truly an instructor in that she has the ability to work on a demonstration painting and at the same time explain what she is doing and why she is doing it! She has a wonderful sense of color and shares her knowledge to help her students recognize all of the subtle range of hues and values and how they work together. Composition is another area in which Melanie shares her mastery of the subject. Her workshops are well organized and she creates an encouraging atmosphere. What I remember the most is Melanie generously sharing tips with her students that she learned the hard way over the course of her art career.  Colette -Fairhope, AL

Melanie is a most encouraging and nurturing teacher with new ideas to share. Her class was stimulating and fun.  Pauline – Fairhope, AL