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Playful Faces with Melanie Lan

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Wednesday, February 22, 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST

Did you know that humans are biologically hardwired to see faces everywhere? It's called "face pareidolia" – seeing faces in random objects or patterns of light and shadow. We'll be exploring this tendency to see patterns in randomness, painting a series of playful faces using a limited color palette. To get the creative juices flowing we'll be painting these with a spirit of spontaneity! This exercise will utilize a wet on wet technique and culminate in layering techniques. We'll also learn how to gain confidence in painting without preliminary pencil sketching!

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 2:05pm PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • All your favorite watercolor paints
  • Watercolor paper (2 sheets)

    * optional: 1" grid paper can be fun for this exercise but totally up to you!
  • Brushes (a size 4, 6, or 8 for filling in spaces and one smaller 0 - 2 for small details)
  • Mixing palette
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towel
  • (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