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Painting Portals with Melanie Lan

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Friday, July 29, 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST

In this session we will be growing a series of nebulous shapes that represent energy fields and portals to other worlds. Playful and exploratory, participants are encouraged to experiment with colors and fluidity. We'll be diving right into painting without the use of preliminary sketching or making any guide marks beforehand! We'll learn how to build confidence in our ability to make beautiful shapes without plans or expectations.

This exercise will utilize a wet on wet technique and culminate in layering techniques. Using a variety of color combinations, we’ll learn more about the quality of our paints and how the pigments interact with one another. Participants are encouraged to bring a sense of mindfulness to the process - bringing an awareness to their own energy, plus curiosity as to where they’d like these portals to take them. This session is all about push and pull, reflection and direction.

Join zoom 15 minutes early (4:45pm) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 5:05pm PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • All your favorite watercolor paints
  • Watercolor paper (2 sheets)
  • Brushes (a size 4, 6, or 8 for filling in spaces and one smaller 0 - 2 for small details)
  • Mixing palette
  • Cup of water
  • (Optional) white gouache 



Melanie is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. 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