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. We will spend time outside by a cedar tree and write down all that we experience (sounds, colours, textures, smells, emotions). Participants will then create their own 11×14 mixed media painting of a tree person using collage papers, book pages, and acrylic paints. No previous art experience is needed.
Melanie will then lead you through 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 canvas board, collage papers, book pages, paints, brushes
Course Location: Maplewood House, 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver
About the Instructor:
Melanie Rivers, Tiyaltelwet, is an Indigenous mixed media artist who teaches online and in person art classes to students around the world. She helps her students build a joyful and self-compassionate art practice.
Melanie says, “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”.
Melanie is from the Squamish First Nation in Vancouver, Canada. She lives in her community with her wonderful husband of 18 years (and their sweet cat) and she draws from her traditional ancestry and teachings in her art practice. She believes 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.
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