ancestral land

first months' lesson for the Medicine Circle

We will explore the connection to the ancestral lands we currently reside on or a place that is special to us.

Course curriculum

  1. 01
    • Introduction and Supplies

  2. 02
    • Inspiration for your piece

    • Create your own collage papers

    • Background Collage

  3. 03
    • Draw Portrait

    • First Layer Paint Portrait

    • Final Layers Portrait and Background

  4. 04
    • Journal questions


Instructor Bio:

Hi. I'm Melanie, an Indigenous portrait artist, who teaches online art classes to thousands of women around the world. I help women learn to love their creative time, so they can consistently show up for themselves and experience more joy, relaxation, and energy in their daily lives. I am a trained Expressive Arts Practitioner and experienced educator of 24 years. I am from the Squamish First Nation in Vancouver, Canada and I draw from my traditional ancestry and teachings in my art practice and lessons. I provide gentle guidance and encouragement for women, so they can experience the medicines of art and build their own unique artistic voice. I believe in you.

Melanie Rivers


My courses have been featured in:

  • Let's Face It
  • Kaleidoscope