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Naturalist Studies: Northern Lights with Melanie Lan

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Thursday, December 21, 2:00 - 3:30pm PST

The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, is perhaps my most favorite natural phenomenon of all. After spending 10 weeks in Iceland last year, I was extremely fortunate to witness the aurora a dozen times and knew I had to share this incredible natural wonder in a painting class the following winter.

Caused by particles from solar storms interacting with the Earth's magnetic field, the dancing Northern Lights possess a fluidity that is perfect for practicing wet-on-wet watercolor techniques. This subject matter is also a good teacher when it comes to letting go and knowing when to move on.

This workshop is taking place on the day of the Winter Solstice, and I can't wait to celebrate with you!

Join zoom 15 minutes early (1:45pm) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 2:05pm PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • Watercolors, primarily shades of dark blue, bright green, and pink (Indigo, CFM Denim, CFM Emerald, CFM Lime or Fluorescent Green, and Fluorescent Magenta are great ones to use here.)
  • Watercolor paper, roughly 5x7", 100% cotton 140lb cold press preferred.
  • Brushes - one smaller, one larger
  • Mixing palette
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towels
  • Artist's tape or washi tape
  • (Optional) white gouache
  • (Optional) table salt
  • (Optional) pencil + eraser
  • Reference photos will be provided


                      ABOUT MELANIE

                      Melanie is an artist living and working in NYC. She earned her MFA in painting at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and is interested in the intersection of wellness, mental health, and the creative process. In her free time Melanie is a selenophile who loves painting, cooking, hiking, reading, and learning fun animal acts.

                      View more of Melanie’s work at and Instagram: @melanie.lan


                      All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the session.

                      *Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Email if you would like to request a spot. Free spots are first come, first serve.

                      **If you’d like to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open up the spot! We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the session.

                      ***Links to sessions will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the session; please check out using the email to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the session, please check your spam folder first and email


                      Thank you so much for taking our workshops. We do ask if you are planning on teaching in the future by using anything you’ve learned from us, to please credit Case for Making + the individual instructor where applicable.