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Design & Wine: Painting Winter Villages with Melanie Z Stanley


Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7-9pm


Come create your own, unique Winter Village! Have you ever taken a quiet walk on a winter twilight, evening through your neighborhood? Or maybe in a quaint little village away from home? Well, try to imagine creating your own little, winter village scene in which you can paint in a snowman, a snowy owl, or whatever captures your winter fancy!


Let’s work together to sketch and paint unique winter villages with simple, albeit delightful houses where one can only imagine what the inhabitants are up to on a cold, winter evening inside.  We will work on an 8 by 10 canvas, mixing lovely blues and lavenders…and who knows what else?


Your winter village will be the perfect setting for your imagination to dwell and wander under a sky filled with dazzling snowflakes, lit by a full moon! 


About the Teacher:  Melanie Stanley

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education (Fine Arts), a Master of Arts in Special Education, and endorsements in Social Studies and K-12 School Administration.  With 40 years of experience teaching children, teenagers, and adults she has loved encouraging the arts throughout her life.  Melanie worked as an assistant principal and enjoyed sharing art experiences with all of her students.  She has taught in both Maryland and Virginia, and in the last five years has taught fine arts (drawing, painting, collage, equestrian art, watercolor, art journaling, and mixed media) in Winchester, Leesburg, and Herndon.  Melanie is a member of the Reston League of Artists and the Shenandoah Council for the Arts. She likes teaching mixed media because it welcomes fresh, unique ideas while encouraging the artist to truly explore the possibilities with a variety of art materials/tools and techniques.  She exhibits in galleries throughout Virginia, has won 5 awards for her artwork (including two Juror’s Choice Awards and a Second Place Award), facilitates ART TALK (Local artists who meet monthly at Art Space), works in her home studio, and continues to enhance her expertise by taking numerous art classes and workshops.  Melanie has written six children’s books that have been published and enjoys writing and creating art…and inspiring others to find their artistic voice!