Earth Mother- A Mixed Media Art Class

Create an expressive portrait, vibrant background, and capture her story in a short poem.

(Note: This class is a part of the Art for Earth bundle offered through Willowing Art)

Earth Mother online art class by Melanie Rivers

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supplies for Earth Mother, an online art class by Melanie Rivers

With many expectations on our time in life, it can be challenging to remain grounded and focused on the real priorities of life. Engaging in a creative activity is an effective way to bring balance, feel energized and restored.

Hello creative friends,

I am so very excited to be offering this mini online art class!! Connecting to the earth through art-making is an incredible way to find grounding and honour our beautiful planet.

In this class, I’ll show you step by step how to create your own Earth Mother and capture her story in a short poem. If you are new to faces or to writing, please do not worry, I’d love to introduce you to both. We will focus on enjoying ourselves and being kind to ourselves as we create.

I would love for you to join me and others from around the world, for the live run of this class!



Class Overview:

In this class, you will learn/experience…

  • Teachings on connecting with this earth from Squamish First Nation traditions

  • How to use the supplies

  • Guided writing exercise to capture her story

  • Guided meditation

  • Finding a pleasing design composition

  • Shading her face

Melanie Rivers artist and teacher

This Class includes…

  • 8 videos +

  • Bonus video where I create a second background using different colours

  • 2.5 hours of video 

  • Downloadable step-by-step PDF

  • Private Facebook group for support and encouragement

smudge bowl

She Whispers to Us...

She is steadfast through time
Enduring the cycles
Her heart beats strong
She hosts us with her love
Bringing ancient wisdoms
‘We are all one’ she whispers
Stone, earth, fire, wind
Life connected across oceans, air, and lands
One home- one family

Melanie is such a gentle soul with so much to give. She is very inspiring to a healthy practice involving mind/body/spirit in an artful way.
— Lynn Roberts
Melanie is REAL and amazing. She truly understands the human spirit and the need to become part of nature and life even in this challenging time. I feel so happy to take her Spirit Medicine course, and I look forward to many more of her classes and teachings.
— Mariana

Note: Earth Mother is a part of the Art for Earth package offered by Willowing Arts.


Here are the supplies I used. Please feel free to adapt to what you have already.

  • Mixed media paper 11 x 14 (140lb)

  • Tracing paper 

  • White gesso or white acrylic paint

  • 3-4 Acrylic ink: Daler Rowney Waterfall Green, Encre Sennelier Indigo Blue, Liquitex Ink Muted Turquoise, Golden Gluid Acrylic Green Gold

  • Golden Open Paints Paynes Grey, Red Oxide, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Titan Buff, Titanium White

  • Assorted brushes: filbert sizes 2, 4, 8, and 10, foam brush, mop brush, and flat brush 2-3” wide   

  • Brayer

  • Spray Bottle

  • White charcoal pencil

  • Pencil and eraser

  • Salt

  • White Gel Pen

  • Regular Gel Gloss

  • Grey Palette Paper

About Me


I am an Indigenous mixed media artist who teaches online art classes to women around the world. I help women build a joyful and self-compassionate art practice. 

Creating art brings me into the present moment, into stillness. In this space I am not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. In stillness, I find myself. I find peace, clarity and connection with my real emotions. 

I am from the Squamish First Nation in Vancouver, Canada. I live in my community with my wonderful husband of 19 years (and our sweet cat) and I draw from my traditional ancestry and teachings in my art practice. 

In my art, I depict the strength, realness and vulnerability of women. Art has many medicines to share with us—stillness, joy, connection-- and by building a self- compassionate art practice, we can experience these medicines on a regular basis.

Note: Earth Mother is a part of the Art for Earth package offered by Willowing Arts.