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Colour Workshop
Melaque, Mexico
November 7 – 9, 2018
What to expect

- A challenging and fun painting experience in a beautiful location

- Demonstration paintings for the group

- Individual help

- Group fun

- Adventure!

What does it cost?

$360USD per person for 3 days painting tuition.

Arrange your own accommodation at

How many students?
Limit of 15 students. First in first served.
What you will need to bring

Acrylic or Oil Paints
(I'll be using acrylics).

The brand of paint is not really important so long as they are artist grade paints. You get what you pay for.

Essential colours:
Titanium White
(Bring Alkyd Titanium white if you want your oil paintings to dry faster for travel)
Cadmium Yellow Light (or Lemon Yellow) Cadmium Orange Alizarin Crimson Cadmium Red (or Scarlet)
Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna

At least 6 painting panels ranging in size from 8x10" to 12x16".

Wet panel carrier.

Long flat bristle or synthetic brushes No. 2, 4, 6, 8.
(For instance the Richard Robinson Brush Set )

Liner brush No. 0.

Palette. (The larger the better.)

Palette knife.


Painting medium. In the interests of easy travel I would suggest using a fast drying medium like M. Graham's Walnut Alkyd medium or Liquin if you're using oil paints.

Container for Solvent. (We'll get solvent for you if you need it.)

Indoor painting easel will be provided for you.


For Acrylic Painters

Stay-wet palette

Water sprayer bottle for acrylics

Retarder medium for acrylics (optional)
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Register for the Workshop

Mexican Residents Register HERE

Non-Residents Register HERE

Come join me in beautiful sunny Melaque for 3 days fun and painting.

Back in 2012 I had the pleasure of teaching a workshop in Hawaii where I met the wonderful Nancy Lennie, who has invited me (and family) every year since then to come stay at her beachside resort in Mexico and give a painting workshop.

A few months ago Nancy told me she'd gone ahead and built a top notch art centre next to her resort and invited me once again to come stay. Well I couldn't resist that, and she said just about the nicest thing ever; "If I'd known that all it would take to get you to Mexico was to build an arts centre I would have done it years ago!" :-)

So I hope you'll come join me in Melaque for a fun time staying at the beach and learning everything I know about painting beautiful colour.

The workshop will run for 3 days in the arts centre and you are welcome to stay as long as you like at La Paloma on the beach, so make a wee holiday of it and come join me and my family in wonderful Melaque!

Workshop dinner in Camarillo 2017

“Thank you all for such an amazing workshop! Im looking forward to putting into practice everything I learned. Richard it was such a pleasure to meet you and your wonderful family in person.”

Jess Pakell, Camarillo Workshop 2017.

What will we learn?

I'll be building the workshop for you over the coming months, so I don't have the exact layout yet, but the focus will be on learning more about colour and how to use it more confidently and powerfully in your own work.

You'll learn about building colour harmony, special lighting effects (secret sauce!), using broken colour for paintings that sing, and the subtle gifts of light, form and atmosphere.

You can expect:

  • Demonstration paintings
  • Concept discussions
  • Personal painting critiques
  • Encouragement and support
  • Direction for further improvement

"This was a wonderful workshop!"

Nancy Newton, Camarillo Workshop 2017.


In my experience live-in workshops are the best because everyone makes friends quickly in the shared experience and we all just get on and have a good time painting, learning new things and wining and dining after hours. It's a beautiful way to make fond memories and lasting friendships. No need to be shy - we're all there for a good time. So come and relax and enjoy!

Step 1

Register for the Workshop

Mexican Residents Register HERE

Non-Residents Register HERE


Step 2

Book your accommodation

Call them directly and save 20%


Step 3

Book your travel

Closest airport is Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico (ZLO).
From there it's a one hour drive or taxi to Melaque.
Return taxi to airport can be booked from La Paloma.

Workshop Cancellation policy: If you cancel your workshop place you can have a full refund at any time for the tution fee.
The accommodation at La Paloma has their own cancellation policy here.



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