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Youth Atelier for 12–17 year olds w/ MELISSA PARHM

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 25, 2020

For youth 12–17, 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 Sessions: $160, $128 OHCA members, $15 materials

Wednesdays, Jan 8 to Feb 13
4:00– 5:30 p.m.


“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.

Beginners welcome.


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