In Person Workshops
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Oceans Poem: Mini Art Journal Workshop
Arts Speaks, Harmony Arts Festival, August 10th, 2019, 3-5:30pm
Create your own ocean inspired mini art journal. Using the colours of the ocean, Melanie will lead participants in creating a beautiful, watery background using acrylic inks. This background will be transformed into a mini journal that can be used to capture stories and inspiration from the ocean or as a place to write about one’s life. Melanie will lead participants in writing a short ocean inspired poem that can be added to the journal. No art or writing experience is needed. Melanie creates a safe and welcoming learning environment.
art journal paper, collage papers, paints, brushes, felt pens
Cost: $10 for materials
Between Roots and Rings
The cedar tree is strong and grounded, bringing hundreds of years of wisdom. This workshop will center around the qualities and medicines of the cedar tree (sounds, colours, textures, smells, emotions).
Participants will create their own mixed media painting of a tree woman (or man) using collage papers, book pages, and acrylic paints.
No previous art experience is needed. Melanie will walk you through each step, including writing your own short ‘story’ (3-4 lines) to go along with your painting (no writing experience is needed!!).
Melanie creates a safe and friendly learning environment, giving you the opportunity to explore your own creative expression.
11 x 14 wood cradle board, collage papers, book pages, paints, brushes
These tree women are strong, grounded. They connect and communicate through their roots— nourishing each other, expressing their needs and warning each other of danger. Each ring tells a story and situates her present within her life’s history— her periods of growth, times of being stuck, her traumas, when she flourished and where her scars are. Her unique story is found within and between these lines. Their story is intertwined through the spaces between them.
No workshop currently scheduled
Please contact me if you are interested in hosting this workshop.
Workshop fee is refundable up to 7 days in advance of the workshop, minus a 10% processing fee.
Natures’ Medicine: A Mixed Media Creativity Workshop
Museam of Vancouver, Sept 22nd, 2019 12pm-4pm
Create your own nature inspired mixed media piece in this creativity workshop. Using stencils, collage papers, and printed imagery of ferns, ravens, eagles... you will create a layered piece and incorporate textures and words.
Melanie will share teachings from her Squamish ancestry on connecting to the land, animals, and birds. She will guide you through a meditation to connect with the imagery for your piece and lead you step by step in creating it.
By the end of the session, you will leave with your own uniquely expressed piece that you can hang on your own wall or give as a gift. Relax and enjoy yourself in this welcoming workshop held in a safe learning environment. If you are new to art, Melanie welcomes the opportunity to introduce you to it.
10 x 10 wood cradle board (ready to hang), collage papers, book pages, paints, brushes, imagery, stencils, acrylic mediums
Aprons supplied, but wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on (just in case).
Workshop Fee: $90 and $85 for MOV Members
Workshop ticket includes FREE admission to feature exhibitions There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in our Lives, Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition and c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city (reg. $19). Consider arriving early with your event ticket to view exhibits.
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Create Your Own Set of Medicine Cards
This workshop is for those who want to enjoy a creative activity while engaging in conversation about finding more balance in life.
Melanie will lead you through the steps to create your own personalized set of Medicine Cards. You will assemble collage elements with words and acrylic paint on to wooden cards. You do not need any art experience to create a beautiful set of cards.
Relax and enjoy yourself in this welcoming workshop held in a friendly environment.
By the end of the session, you will leave with your very own personal set of Medicine Cards. These cards are a reminder tool to help you bring more of what you want in your every day life.
10 wooden cards, collage papers, book pages, paints, brushes, felt pens, medicine words, mini-bag for cards
No Workshops Currently Scheduled
Please contact me if you would like to host this workshop.