Thursday, October 29, 2020

MIXED MEDIA MENTORSHIP ONLINE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!

MIXED MEDIA MENTORSHIP ONLINE with Lisa L. Cyr

Class Description:

Throughout the online class, artists will work in the comfort of their own studios on mixed-media painting and drawing projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. The instructor will provide weekly assistance and guidance through live group chats. Discussions regarding artistic growth and development, nurturing the creative spirit, developing personal content, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art will also be included as a way to assist artists on their own creative path. 

In addition, this exciting online workshop will provide private access to the instructor's Mixed Media Masterclass blog, which covers a variety of topics from professional business development and promotional strategies to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques as well as a vast array of inspirational artistic resources. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists. 

​Required: Computer with video and audio, access to the web and a gmail account 

$350 US EARLY BIRD sign up early to get the discount
$400.00 after Dec 31, 2020 midnight EST

​Saturday sessions - 8 weeks
​Jan 16 to March 6, 2021
1:00pm to 2:30pm EST online video conferencing
plus private blog access during the week

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Working in Relief on the Painted Surface Supply List

Note: Many supplies are optional and not required but will be demonstrated by the instructor. Feel free to email lisa@cyrstudio.com, if you have any questions.

PAINT & MEDIUMS:
Heavy Body Acrylic Paints

Black Waterproof Ink

Acrylic Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred

Acrylic Gel Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred

Molding Paste - Golden Brand preferred 


Lava Gel (optional)

Pebo Cerne Relief (optional)

Kroma Crackle (optional)

Gesso: white - prefer Dick Blick Professional gesso (thick) but any gesso will do


TOOLS:
Synthetic Brushes: (at least a small round, flat (large and medium size) and a fan brush - bring more brushes if you have them)

Painting knife: wide flat tip


Offset Pastry Spatula (optional)

Plastic Palette (or several cleaned meat and egg containers)

Brayer

Metal Ruler

Wooden Stick or back of paint brush: sharpened at tip



SURFACES:
Any rigid (non-flexible) surface will do for practicing the techniques


Cotton Cloth or Gauze Cloth, Burlap, Heavy Lace, Cheesecloth, Interfacing, etc. white prefered ...use what you have



MISC:
Two Containers for Water: large yogurt containers or coffee cans work well (nothing too small or shallow)

Sandpaper

Painter’s tape: 1”

Wax Paper

Sand or Saw Dust (optional)

Aluminum Foil: heavy-duty (Do not get non-stick)

Spray Bottle (small mist sprayer)

Plastic Comb: wide-tooth or Plastic Fork

Anything with a low relief embossed surface (wood or metal accents, etc.)

Saturday, September 5, 2020

JUST IMAGINE: Creative Storytelling in Sketchbooks + Journals



Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr

“Stories come to me unbidden, flowing out in a dream-like stream of consciousness. Guided by my intuition, I begin to paint, further straddling the edge between fantasy and reality.”

This exciting online workshop will focus on the development of personal content through the exploration of visual storytelling and creative writing, establishing a portal to the world within. Journalistic writing as well as drawing and painting inside handmade and custom-altered books with engaging layouts and formats, unique bindings, clever folds, intriguing die-cuts and visually stimulating add-ons will be shown and demonstrated. In addition, the online workshop will cover creative writing techniques, sequential storytelling, artistic book design and layout, experimental typography and unconventional approaches to drawing and painting. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques will be explored in interesting combinations to enhance creative exploration, providing an interesting array of possibilities for artists and creative writers.

This online workshop will also provide private access to the instructor's blog JUST IMAGINE: Creative Storytelling in Sketchbooks + Journals, which contains video content as well as a vast array of inspirational artistic resources. This online workshop is for creative writers and artists of all levels.
Required: Computer with video and audio, access to the web and a gmail account

REGISTER HERE:

The Institute of Art & Design at New England College


Fall 2020 Saturday sessions
8 weeks

​Sept 19 to Nov 7, 2020

Live Group Chats: 1:30pm to 4:00pm EST online video conferencing

Saturday, August 29, 2020

MIXED MEDIA MENTORSHIP ONLINE!


Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr

Throughout the online class, artists will work in the comfort of their own studios on mixed-media painting and drawing projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. The instructor will provide weekly assistance and guidance through live group chats. Discussions regarding artistic growth and development, nurturing the creative spirit, developing personal content, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art will also be included as a way to assist artists on their own creative path.

In addition, this exciting online workshop will provide private access to the instructor's Mixed Media Masterclass blog, which covers a variety of topics from professional business development and promotional strategies to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques as well as a vast array of inspirational artistic resources. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists.

​Required: Computer with video and audio, access to the web and a gmail account



​Fall 2020 Saturday sessions
8 weeks

$350 US Pay with PayPal

​Sept 19 to Nov 7, 2020

Live Group Chats: 10:00am to 12:30pm EST online online video conferencing

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

WORKING IN RELIEF ON THE PAINTED SURFACE!


Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr

​This video-driven workshop will explore bas-relief techniques onto the painted surface. Students will have private access to four high-definition videos through online streaming.
Student work in relief

In the first video, the artist demonstrates working in various gel and fluid mediums to build texture onto the painted surface. She also shows how to employ pastes, lava gel, gel pens, matter painting and crackle texture to the dimensional surface in layers.
Student Work in Relief

In the second video, the artist demonstrates the sculptural application of various cloth and trim to the working surface to create a unique topography. In addition, she will show how bas-relief techniques can be used to make a custom collagraph plate for embossing watercolor paper that can later be painted in acrylics.

Student Work in Relief

In the third video, the artist employs assemblage accents, creates flexible accents from molds, incorporates unique sculptural details and applies custom textures onto the surfaces of a unique construct. The final video in the series demonstrates how to create unique faux finishes onto assemblage accents.
Student Work in Relief
​In addition to the unique video access, Live Group Chats with the artist will be conducted every other Saturday to discuss each participant's work that has been created in relief, as a result of the insights and techniques gained from watching the videos!

Required: Computer with video and audio, access to the web and a gmail account

REGISTER HERE:

The Institute of Art & Design at New England College

​Fall 2020 Saturday sessions
8 weeks

Sept 19 to Nov 7, 2020

​Live Group Chats: 10:00am to 12:30 EST online video conferencing, every other Saturday
(4 Videos and 4 Live Chats)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Studio Projects!

Sometimes you can relieve anxiety and stress by creating little projects around the house and studio for yourself to focus on. Slowly but surely, my new studio is starting to come into focus. To date, I was able to paint the walls which are a light teal blue. I also added oak shelving and redesigned the studio closet. I created a custom lighting system over my easel. I added a 36 by 48 inch cradled panel that hangs on the wall with inspiring imagery. 

Lately, I've been creating some studio tools to help with the day-to-day work. I put together a cover for my oil painting palette. This palette will cover my oil paints and protect it from dust and cat hair. I shot a video of my pallette cover in progress. Check it out here:



Thursday, February 13, 2020

New Website + New Works + New Workshops + Lectures!

FIGURE OF THE IMAGINATION: Creating Imaginary Worlds 
with Lisa L. Cyr 

By amassing myself into the midst of other worldly places, I create a portal, transcending me back to a time when the creative spirit reigned in a vast and limitless field of dreams. In my world of the fantastic, supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities coalesce in magical, epic dreamscapes, heavenly realms and timeless places. Adventurous quests to worlds beyond awaken my subconscious, leaving me spellbound and wanting more. 


Figure of the Imagination is an ongoing, labor of love project that I have launched as a new website. I have developed a series of new workshops ! From Mixed Media, Collage + Assemblage, Mixed Media Masterclass and Expressive Painting in Watermedia to The Art of Working on an Epic Scale and Expressive Mixed-Media Drawing Techniques, there is a workshop for you! Checkout the list of venues near you.






I have also developed a series of new lectures! From FIGURE OF THE IMAGINATION: An Artist's Journey and JUST IMAGINE: Creative Storytelling in Journals and Sketchbooks to EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works and ART REVOLUTION: Reinterpret, Reinvent & Redefine, there is an interesting array of thought-provoking lectures to get your creative joices flowing! 




If you are a college professor or a member of an art organization, I can customize a lecture and/or workshop to meet the needs of your students or group. Contact me at lisa@cyrstudio.com to discuss the details.

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I am very excited about my new website...check it out!