Visual Arts Workshop
Moon Circle Art Journaling, Series 1
with Melissa Young
Dates: January 17, Monday | February 16, Wednesday
March 18, Friday | April 16, Saturday
May 15, Sunday, (Note: total lunar eclipse at 9:11pst) | June 14, Tuesday, Supermoon
Via Zoom | Zoom link will be sent to participants the day before class
Moon Circle Art Journaling~Series 1
Join a circle of sister creatives in a monthly art journal exploration with Melissa Grace Young.
Tune into the cyclical nature of the moon and your natural rhythms, and begin to experience flow as you grow your art journaling practice.
You’ll gather virtually on Zoom on the day of the full moon for a mindful journaling exercise, sharing stories and inspirations with sisters in a creative spirit. A moon circle is a safe space where women can enjoy being in sacred sisterhood, feeling supported and witnessed. All are welcome, regardless of previous art experience.
Additional homework challenges will encourage a regular journaling routine between moon circles. On-going interactions with the instructor and fellow Moon Circle sisters @Hoff-Online, offering support, encouragement through sharing ideas and journal works.
Basic art supplies you’ll need
Journal with watercolor paper (moleskine 5″ x 8.5″ or similar)
Composition journal, spiral notebook, or similar lined book for note taking
Watercolors & water
Brushes, small to medium
Black waterproof pen or fine-line marker
Pencil & eraser
Spray stains (Tim Holtz or other), optional
Glue or glue stick
Melissa Grace Young is a passionate artist following her creative spirit from the Texas Hill Country to the Pacific Northwest Coast. Growing up in San Antonio, her home was an environment that nurtured artistic and creative pursuits. Melissa studied psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and then went on to earn her MD. She set up her solo Family Practice in the suburbs of Houston, where she and her husband raised their three children.
She supported FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center and their local Women’s Shelter, raising awareness and funds for their programs by holding events, including art shows and sales of her artwork, and was awarded their “Woman of Achievement” in Medicine.
Over the years, Melissa has attended the “Women of Resilience” conference in Sante Fe, gathering health professionals, mental health professionals, and social workers to come together to study women’s unique challenges and coping strategies. Then her own life took a rocky course after her 30-year marriage ended in divorce. She used her art to help find her way back into herself. Then in 2017, Hurricane Harvey flooded and destroyed her family practice.
Melissa was left with a critical decision- to return to rebuild with the stress and financial challenges ahead or restart her life on a new trajectory. She made an instant decision to rebuild her life with art as the primary force. She says she felt a guiding hand every step of the way and gave in to those nudges.
Manzanita has been a haven for ten years now and a place Melissa has enjoyed nurturing her creative spirit along with her sweetheart Charles. The Hoffman Center first attracted her through their ceramic program, and from there, she was encouraged to teach Sketchbook Journaling with their Visual Arts program.
Melissa says “The pandemic has challenged us all in so many ways, but through Hoffman’s virtual teaching options, she and the Hoffman Center learned how to cope and help others by widening teaching options.”
She is looking forward to leading two series of workshops in 2022, Soulful Art- a four-month acrylic painting journey, and Moon Circle Art journaling- meeting monthly on the full moon day beginning