In Person Workshops

Please scroll down to see the workshops I have available locally.

Between Roots and Rings: June 1st, 2019

North Vancouver (ParkGate Neighbourhood)


Workshop Description

Between Roots and Rings, mixed media expressive portrait painting class by Melanie Rivers

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. 

Materials included:

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.

Workshop Price: $125 + $15 materials fee

Early Bird (til May 18th): $100 + $15 materials fee

Please contact me with any questions.

I recently had the honour of working one-on-one with Melanie creating my first multi-media portrait. Faces were not my forte, but it was a fun and challenging process diving into a new medium. Melanie guided me through the process step-by-step, without judgment - just gentle support and encouragement - offering me suggestions and options throughout. I experienced a spectrum of emotions in the process, from surprise at how wonderful some of the techniques looked, to strong negative judgment of my own creation. After getting off the emotional roller coaster of self-judgment, I now look at my painting with appreciation and wonder, and love it enough to place it by my meditation altar! Melanie’s calm and playful style helped me to take creative risks and have fun with the process
— Janey Chang

Workshop fee is refundable up to 7 days in advance of the workshop, minus a 10% processing fee.


Create Your Own Raven Piece: June 2nd, 2019

In partnership with the:

Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning Squamish, BC, 1pm - 4pm

Workshop Description

Mixed Media art workshop, Squamish, BC, Cheakamus Centre

Nature will be the inspiration for this mixed media workshop. Using stencils, collage papers, and printed imagery of ferns, ravens, eagles... we will create a layered piece and incorporating textures and words.

Melanie will lead you through step by step in creating your own unique piece that you can hang on your own wall or give as a gift.

This safe and friendly learning environment, gives you the opportunity to explore your own creative expression. 

Materials included:

10 x 10 wood cradle board (ready to hang), collage papers, book pages, paints, brushes, imagery, stencils, acrylic mediums

Workshop Price: $70 including materials

(minimum 8 people to proceed)

Workshop fee is refundable up to 7 days in advance of the workshop, minus a 10% processing fee.

Please contact me with any questions.

Forrest Walk: June 2nd, 2019, 10:30AM

To make a day of it, join Wildlife Educator Meg Toom (as a part of the Friends for Cheakamus events), for a family-friendly talk to discover more about our furry neighbours, and get tips to reduce human-wildlife encounters at home and out on the trails. This 30-minute session is suitable for all ages. Following the session, we will enjoy a gentle forest walk to visit the farm animals. To learn more click here.

Create Your Own Set of Medicine Cards

Museum of Vancouver, July 7th, 2019, 1pm-4pm

Workshop Description

affirmation card creative workshop

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.

Materials included:
10 wooden cards, collage papers, book pages, paints, brushes, felt pens, medicine words, mini-bag for cards

Workshop Price: $60 General Admission, *$50 MOV Members

Registration is through the Vancouver Museam


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