On-Line Art and Creativity Classes

Classes I’m Offering

Create Earth’s Mother in an expressive face class and capture her story in a short poem.

Starts July 1st, 2019


Spirit Medicine, a creativity and art journal class by Melanie Rivers

Discover what nourishes your spirit and create your own beautiful set of medicine cards.

Registration Closed

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Collaborative Courses

I am so honoured to collaborate with other artists from around the world. Join us:

Create Make Express

July 6-7 Free Creative Retreat Weekend

and Year Long Adventure

  • a year-long mixed media adventure that starts with a FREE Creative Retreat weekend (open to all)

  • This free weekend event includes 27 teachers sharing different techniques, processes and new ways to express your own unique creativity

  • Or join us for the year long adventure- Make Create Express- the Creative Journey Continues

  • My lessons include ‘Moment of Serenity’ and ‘Journey’. Both are mixed media expressive portrait lessons




21 Secrets Face Time: Art-Journaling and Mixed-Media Workshop

Release Date: April 1st, 2019

$128 US

  • self-guided, online art-journaling and mixed-media workshop

  • downloadable eBook containing 150+ pages of video, full-color photos, templates, and clear written instruction

  • unlimited access to all workshops all at once

  • private FaceBook group



There are 21 inspiring workshops by 21 incredible teachers. The mixed media, art journal lessons with a focus on faces and portraits. It is not limited to realistic likenesses, instead many techniques are explored:

  • classic portraiture

  • contour drawing

  • photography

  • expressionism

  • modern whimsy

  • playful characters

21 Secrets Face Time art journal lesson by Melanie Rivers

Here is a sneak peak of my lesson in 21 Secrets Face Time...

When I was a child I loved creating stories with my friends and acting them out. In this mixed media lesson, we will use our imagination to tell a story about a young girl/woman who goes on a really big adventure. I'll share with you:

  • how to create a story

  • tips for shading the face 

  • bringing eyes alive

  • design composition

  • ways to build texture and layers

You will have the chance to create your own unique story art. 


Life Book 2019: Year Long Mixed Media Art Class

Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Life Book 2019 online mixed media art class

Tam is joined by 31 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Life Book continues its bigger and better format this year by including a variety of fantastic artists and wellness guides who will focus on additional personal development practices and other art disciplines, like art doll making, basket weaving and sacred bowl making! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! You will also be introduced to yoga, aromatherapy, mindfulness and other wellness exercises to help support your personal development journey more holistically.

Life Book is all about making you and the world happier. Through creating art, through creating a deeper understanding of ourselves, through connecting with each other. It's all there, in one big affordable package! It has served thousands of people from all over the world over the past 7 years. It's been wildly popular!

I hope that many of you will join us on this fabulous journey (over 20,000+people have joined Life Book since its inception, amazing!). Imagine a year of weekly art lessons, inspiration, encouragement and a safe group of like minded artsy people and YOU all together making art, growing and developing your skills and soul while being guided by some of the most talented artists and wellness experts out there!

And the best thing about it all is that you get 85+ offerings throughout the one year for ONLY £99GBP (approx $130 USD)! The course/ content is valued at well over $3000+ USD - so you'd join it for only a fraction of the price! Whaaaat? :)

THE LESSON I WILL BE OFFERING:

I am excited to be sharing a mixed media expressive portrait style lesson with you, called Penumbra—where the light comes in to the shadow. I will explore with you how to bring contrast to your piece through lights and darks and we will find a teaching that brings light and meaning to a challenging life experience you may have had.

Registration is open and it is not too late to join. Sign Up to Life Book 2019 & Find out More Here!

“Whoa. This is going to be AMAZING! If you can only take one online class this year, do this one (seriously). Tamara Laporte and Melanie Rivers are light filled soul weavers. Get ready to grow with their heart felt curriculums. Wow”, Denise Braun, Heartworks Studio.

If you have any questions about upcoming workshops, please contact me.