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Drawing Atelier for Ages 10–14 w/ Melissa Parhm (NO CLASS TODAY)

April 20, 2017 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm


(Drawing) both the necessary foundation of practice for all and a natural intellectual inclination of the talented. – Cennino Cennini, 14th Century


These workshops and classes are rooted in the classical atelier style of teaching, with a focus on beauty and art as a way of living. We will be establishing our “ground” by preparing surfaces for drawing and painting.  I start with physical “exercises” to help the children integrate body and mind.  The process of creating helps strengthen the child’s inner teacher and natural inclination towards balance and beauty, and to reach into the far corners of their powerful minds.  This creative work, helps to develop focus and build muscles to remain calm in stressful or challenging situations.  We will be working from life.  Out in the “field”, creating and working from still lifes, and eventually taking turns drawing each other.

Materials fee to be paid to the facilitator the first day of class.  Please bring to class a 18” x 24” drawing board, it is a great tool to have at home also. They can be purchased at any art supply store or you can make one out of a lightweight, smooth board.

4-week session for 10 to 14 year olds

Thursdays, January 12 – June 15

(NO CLASSES on: February 23, April 13, April 20)

 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.


$100/ $80 OHCA members $20 materials



Drop in $30 plus $5 materials

Members, please enter coupon code MEMBER upon checkout to receive your membership discount.


About Melissa:

Here are some comments by Melissa’s current figure drawing and painting students.

“Melissa brings with her a great deal of focus and flexibility in working with students of all levels of artistic skill.  I could see her working with diverse populations, or special needs groups as well as students of all ages and levels.  Whoever has Melissa in their work environment will be very lucky!  She is truly a gift.”  Annie Cohn, MFT

“Melissa is a great teacher- inspirational and very supportive.” Naomi Sato, Graphic Designer and Fine Artist

Melissa is an experienced artist who works in oil, watercolor, silver point, bronze, wax and clay, and with nature-sourced grounds, binders and pigments.  She served as artist-in-residence in Sweden, and her work has been exhibited in galleries both nationally and internationally. Recent shows include representation at the Sonoma Museum of Art. She has served as both an instructor and a monitor for figure classes in NYC and Europe. She is presently teaching figure and life drawing at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley and The New Village School High School in Sausalito.  She also hosts  a weekend drawing program at The New Village School.  A selection of her paintings  can be viewed  at revelation gallery, 401f  Miller Avenue,  Mill Valley, CA 94941 and at her old website here: www.melissaparhm.com A new site is currently under construction.


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April 20, 2017
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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(415) 388-4331