Monday, September 10, 2012

Just Imagine Class Registration Opens Tomorrow

Just Imagine Class Beginning for Fall

If you'd like a little help in dealing with creative overwhelm or other creative challenges you face, please consider joining me here in the studio for Just Imagine.

Painting completed during Just Imagine class
This is for you if...
You are still not working on your projects.
Still not creating what is in your heart.
Still answering to someone else’s call rather than your own.
Still not leading the life you imagine.
Still not following the unique call on your life.

Come explore with us...

What is standing in the way?

Why is it so hard?

Let me walk you through a process of creating real change. Let’s uncover the path to a vibrant, passionate and creative life that can be yours.

Let’s take a look deep inside to see what is blocking you from creating the compelling and stimulating work of your dreams.

Together we will explore the building blocks necessary to a healthy creative lifestyle.

We will take some time to look inward to help unleash your passion that is simmering right below the surface.

Start connecting the dots of your emotional, spiritual and creative needs to help you take the next steps in your journey.

And, the best thing…we will use art as the pathway for this discovery process.

Just Imagine Class Schedule

Monday, September 24, 2012  7:00 pm-8:30 pm   Awareness
Monday, October 1, 2012  7:00 pm-8:30 pm   Identity
Monday, October 8, 2012  7:00 pm-8:30 pm   Process
Monday, October 15, 2012  7:00 pm-8:30 pm   Imagination
Monday, October 22, 2012  7:00 pm-8:30 pm   Resistance & Attacks
No class Monday, October 29 Take a Break
Monday, November 5, 2012  7:00 pm-8:30 pm  Authenticity

To reserve your spot,
call the studio at 641-628-9497
or email

Registration begins Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at 8:00 am. Registration is “first come, first serve basis”.
Registration will close on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.
For more class information, see the studio website at

Painting in Just Imagine class at Melynda Van Zee's Studio

A “Just Imagine” study guide containing all lessons & projects will be included.
•This is a 6-week course meeting once a week for 1.5 hours. 
•You will create your own personal art journal-a place to respond and react to your “Just Imagine” journey and several other artistic projects to unleash your creativity.
•Materials for use in class will be included in your registration fee.
•Outside class expectation: Prompts for activities outside of class will be provided each week.  It is your decision to participate as time and desire allows.
•A recommended reading list will be included in your materials.
•Melynda will be available to answer questions over email for the duration of the class. 

Creativity in action at Just Imagine Retreat

Registration Information:     
    Class Fee: $135.00 (includes study guide and all in-class art materials).
    Class Size: Limited to 4 students per session to allow for individual attention.
    Registration begins Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 8:00 am. Registration is “first come, first serve basis”.
    Registration will close on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
    Payment due Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
    Class must meet minimum enrollment to be held.

Sometimes you might get a bit messy!
"I was looking for help in getting over a "rut" I've been in.  Melynda has helped me tap into helpful exercises to overcome my creative block.
  The class is in depth and open, all at the same time.  I highly recommend this class! Fun, too!" Lisa Davis-Kovarik

"Definitely take this! It makes you think about a lot of different areas and have those 'Oh! I get it!' moments!
This is an awesome class. I suggest it to every artsy person!!!! even if you're not, you will love it!!" Jill Edwards

Experimenting with new supplies is just part of the fun
"It’s not just for visual artists. It’s for anyone who longs to express who they are-what God has given them to share.” Heidi Schulte

"It’s so important to surround yourself with other creatives as you pursue your creative journey. Just Imagine provides the content and community helpful for creative growth." Aaron Jones

“It’s so beautiful hearing your stories, looking at how your lies have been affecting you and how you’ve overcome them. I relate to you and being in a room full of creative and spiritual people is a comfort and joy.” Jodie Landt

Quotes from other Just Imagine class members...

“I was looking for help in getting over a ‘rut’ I’ve been in. Melynda has helped me tap into helpful exercises to overcome my creative block. The class is in depth and open all at the same time. I highly recommend this class! Fun, too!“

“Do it!!! You’ll learn a lot about yourself and the beautiful gift we have been given as creatives.”

“Go! Even if you don’t think you’re ‘in the mood’ to be creative”.

“Learn to let go and experience and be “REAL”.

“You’ll love this class-very relaxing and fun!”

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Melynda Van Zee © 2012
Search for hidden beauty everyday-
you never know where it might be hanging out.

Photo taken at my dining room window.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kids Summer Art Camp

Summer is fast approaching and here in the studio we are preparing for some summer fun. Summer is totally a great time of year to get a little messy and play! Here at the studio we are dedicated to nurturing creative hearts and that includes kids. With that in mind, we are hosting a fun kids summer art camp in June. Brenda Huisman (a fabulous friend and fellow art teacher) and I will be gathering  plentiful art supplies and throwing in some inspiration to create a fabulous summer art experience for your kids. Let us know if you'd like to join us here in the studio for some creative play and art experiences!!!

Kids Summer Art Camp
Drawing & Painting for Kids 2012
Qualified Art Instructors:
Melynda Van Zee
Brenda Huisman 

Get ready to experiment! Learn all about brushes and paints, try out unusual painting tools, and even paint your own CANVAS! We will gather the necessary paint and tools. Be prepared to get messy.
Time: 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Dates: June 25-29, 2012
Painting for 5 sessions: $75 includes all supplies
So you think you can’t draw!?! Step-by-step we will demonstrate cool drawing tools, teach the necessary skills of drawing and help you draw better than you ever imagined. We will gather all the supplies and you will get to take the drawing supplies home with you so the drawing can continue.
Time: 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Dates: June 25-29, 2012
Drawing for 5 sessions: $75 includes all supplies

Painting & Drawing (5-8 year olds): FULL
So you want to be an artist. Join Miss Brenda and her friend Melynda for some summer art enrichment. Be prepared to get messy as we learn about brushes and paints. We’ll demonstrate cool drawing tools and help you draw better than you ever imagined. We’ll provide the materials & space-all you need to bring is your creativity! This class is specifically geared towards lower elementary (ages 5-8 only).
Time: 10:00-11:00 Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
Dates: Monday June 25
            Wednesday, June 27
            Friday, June 29
3 Sessions: $30
This class session is currently FULL. To be placed on a waiting list with possibility of adding an additional class, please call Brenda at 641-628-9024.


Art Camp 2012

Student Name:
Student Age:
Parent Name:
Contact phone number:
Session you wish to register for:
Painting  12-1:30                      $75
Drawing 1:30-3:00                    $75
Both sessions  (8 yrs & up)      $150
Painting & Drawing (ages 5-8) $30 FULL

Send the above registration information and payment by June 8 to:
Brenda Huisman
73 Brook Circle
Pella, IA 50219
Additional Registration Information:
Sessions will be limited to 10 students.
Please sign up by June 8.
You may sign up for one or both sessions.

Call Brenda Huisman at 641-628-9024
 or email the studio at

Classes will be held at Melynda’s Studio 
1422 W. 4th St.
Pella, IA

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Authenticity & Creativity

In the last session of Just Imagine we discuss authenticity and how our culture craves the real. It is not easy to do honest and genuine work but people can tell when you do. 

Allowing yourself to create from your heart is hard work. 

It requires allowing yourself to exercise your creative muscles.

It might get a bit messy. 

You might be surprised with what you find. 

 But, if you embrace the process 

 and you do it again and again, 

it might just surprise you what you can create. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hand painted Valentines

Hand painted valentines-I love watching my son create in the studio
Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day.  Spread your love around-hold those you love close to your heart! 

From my creative heart to yours,


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Painted front door

The Fed Ex man just dropped off a box of art supplies. He waved with a smile on the way down the driveway while saying he thought I had the most colorful door in town.  Made my day.
Painted Front Door-acrylic on plexiglass (Sorry about reflections-tricky surface to photograph)

Frosty Iowa morning

The view from my backyard this morning-quiet and stunning.
2012@Melynda Van Zee

2012@Melynda Van Zee
2012@Melynda Van Zee

2012@Melynda Van Zee