Thursday, June 18, 2020

MIXED MEDIA MENTORSHIP ONLINE!




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
Sept 19 to Nov 7, 2020

Live Group Chats:  10:00am to 12:30pm online (Skype, Google Meets/Hangouts, etc.)
Eastern Standard Time 


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.

Make sure to sign up for my mailing list to get updates on all new offerings!

In addition, you can sign up for my podcast audio blog, where I post audio interviews and insights! You can listen while you work! Don't miss a post and sign up today.

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

LECTURES

FIGURE OF THE IMAGINATION: An Artist's Journey

Speaker: Lisa L. Cyr www.cyrstudio.com

This highly-visual lecture explores the development of imaginative, fantasy-inspired works using a content-driven, mixed-media, multidisciplinary mindset. Within the artist’s 
inner world of the fantastic, visual tales of quests to worlds unknown evoke transcendental experiences for those who are willing to enter into the pictorial drama.

From fantastical dreamscapes and realms to supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities, Cyr's visually-compelling, mixed-media works use symbolism, metaphor and allegory to create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, the artist's multi-layered, visually tactile work transforms the ordinary to the extraordinary. Through Cyr's multilayered visual narrative, you will journey to a world beyond, where the awakened subconscious leaves one spellbound and wanting more. 

Lecture: 2.5 hours with Q+A
AV Req: Digital projector, screen and electronic pointer

Demonstration: a custom step-by-step demonstration can be added to the programming. (1 hour)

Book Signing: Experimental PaintingInspirational Approaches in Mixed Media and Art RevolutionAlternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators  will be available for purchase and signing.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!
Contact: Lisa@cyrstudio.com for available dates and fee.

See a list of Speaking Engagements at Colleges, Universities and Organizations.


JUST IMAGINE: Creative Storytelling in Journals and Sketchbooks 
Speaker: Lisa L. Cyr www.cyrstudio.com

“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 highly-visual lecture 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 and automatistic sketching 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. 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.

Lecture: 2.5 hours with Q+A
AV Req: Digital projector, screen and electronic pointer

Demonstration: a custom step-by-step demonstration can be added to the programming. (1 hour)

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

Contact: Lisa@cyrstudio.com for available dates and fee.

See a list of Speaking Engagements at Colleges, Universities and Organizations.

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works

Speaker: Lisa L. Cyr www.cyrstudio.com

This highly-visual lecture will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the presentation, many exciting in-depth examples and demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques will be covered, including employing alternative working grounds, creating custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects. To assist artists in their own creative path, topics on nurturing the creative spirit, developing personal content through journalism, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art will also be discussed.

Lecture: 2.5 hours with Q+A
AV Req: Digital projector, screen and electronic pointer

Book Signing: Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media and Art RevolutionAlternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators  will be available for purchase and signing.

Demonstration: a custom step-by-step demonstration can be added to the programming. (1 hour)

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

Contact: Lisa@cyrstudio.com for available dates and fee.

See a list of Speaking Engagements at Colleges, Universities and Organizations.


ART REVOLUTION: Reinterpret, Reinvent & Redefine

Speaker: Lisa L. Cyr www.cyrstudio.com

We are currently in the midst of an artistic revolution. No other time has seen such innovation in the way art can be intellectualized, produced and presented into the culture. Artists are breaking from conventional approaches, reexamining the fundamental methodology in which they work. They are becoming much more forward-thinking, almost entrepreneurial, venturing out with a content-driven approach to discover new pathways for their work to flourish and prosper. The traditionally accepted roles of art and the artist are being reinterpreted, reinvented and redefined to embrace a new paradigm, opening the door to a more progressive social consciousness. Throughout the highly visual lecture, stellar, multi-media work by groundbreaking talent will to shed light on signature processes and techniques. There is a rich amalgam of media available to creatives today, offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation.

Lecture: 2.5 hours with Q+A
AV Req: Digital projector, screen and electronic pointer

Book Signing: Experimental PaintingInspirational Approaches in Mixed Media and Art RevolutionAlternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators  will be available for purchase and signing.


Demonstration: a custom step-by-step demonstration can be added to the programming. (1 hour)

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

Contact: Lisa@cyrstudio.com for available dates and fee.

See a list of Speaking Engagements at Colleges, Universities and Organizations.

If you are interested in booking or attending a WORKSHOP, see availability here!


SIGN UP FOR THE MAILING LIST HERE 

WORKSHOPS

MIXED MEDIA, COLLAGE + ASSEMBLAGE 
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

This hands-on workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media, collage and assemblage techniques will be covered, including texturing the working surface with collage, employing additive and subtractive processes to establish an interesting topography, using transparent and opaque painting techniques to create richly painted passages, utilizing alternative and custom tools to produce signature mark-making and so much more.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!
copyright 2019 Lisa L. Cyr, CYR STUDO LLC all rights reserved

Supply List 

REGISTER HERE:
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

617-369-3295
artclasses@mfa.org

April 3 to May 15, 2020 (5 weeks) Friday sessions
10:15am to 3:15 pm

(no classes on April 24 and May 1)


OR


Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

617-369-3295
artclasses@mfa.org

August 15 to 16, 2020  Sat - Sun 
Weekend Workshop 
10:15am to 4:15 pm

EXPRESSIVE PAINTING IN WATERMEDIA
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

Transform the working surface with expressive painting techniques! Throughout the workshop, lushly painted passages and rich transitions using waterbased media (acrylic paint in various viscosities, interactive acrylic, acrylic-ink and acrylic-gouache) will be employed onto the  painting surface in creative combinations. Fluid techniques such as staining, pouring, dripping, marbling, dissolving and resist treatments as well as creative manipulation of heavily-applied paint and mediums with a painting knife, comb and other non-traditional tools will be employed in this exciting, hands-on workshop.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!
copyright 2019 Lisa L. Cyr, CYR STUDO LLC all rights reserved

Supply List

REGISTER HERE:
The Institute of Art & Design at New England College
CERegistration@nhia.edu
(603) 836- 2564
April 18, 25 and May 2, 2020 (3 weeks) Saturday sessions
9 am – 4:00pm  (lunch break)

OR

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
617-369-3295
artclasses@mfa.org

May 22 to June 19, 2020 (5 weeks) Friday sessions
10:15am to 3:15 pm



THE ART OF WORKING ON AN EPIC SCALE
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

This exciting workshop will focus on creating large works of art in water-based media on canvas, utilizing a freeform and fluid process that connects the mind, body and hand. For expressive signature mark-making onto the grand-scaled painted surface, altered, repurposed and custom tools will be employed.

Working in a painterly freeform approach, the class will explore automatism techniques and approaches to ignite spontaneous visceral responses. Through interpretative sound and essential oil stimuli, unique experiences, rhythms and movement create a stream-of-consciousness approach to painting. The interpretive experience transforms the artmaking process into a performance, where the pictorial surface becomes a theatrical stage and the paint, mediums and instruments are the dramatic actors dancing across the surface. Zen-based mindfulness, studio meditation and rituals, yoga ideology and so much more will be included in this unique workshop.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!
copyright 2019 Lisa L. Cyr, CYR STUDO LLC all rights reserved

REGISTER HERE:
The Institute of Art & Design at New England College
CERegistration@nhia.edu
(603) 836- 2564

Fall 2020 Saturday sessions 
9:00am to 4:00 pm (lunch break)

EXPRESSIVE MIXED-MEDIA DRAWING TECHNIQUES: 
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

This workshop will explore alternative, signature mark-making techniques and approaches using altered, repurposed and custom tools in graphite and charcoal. Topics will include turning graphite powder into acrylic paint and applying it to the surface in intriguing ways, employing handmade eraser templates, custom printmaking plates and stencils to create unique textures, using water-soluble graphite to create unexpected results, applying resists and dissolves to activate the drawing surface, uilizing collage techniques and working on a textured ground. Both additive and subtractive processes will be investigated, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!
copyright 2019 Lisa L. Cyr, CYR STUDO LLC all rights reserved

Supply List


REGISTER HERE:

Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
617-369-3295
artclasses@mfa.org
August 22 to 23, 2020 Sat - Sun Weekend Workshop 
10:15am to 4:15 pm



MIXED MEDIA MASTERCLASS: 
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 


Throughout the atelier-style workshop, artists will work on their own self-generated mixed-media projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance and guidance by the instructor, the class will cover a variety of topics such as studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques, working with alternative surfaces and tools and so much more. One-on-one discussions regarding artistic growth and development will also be included. This workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!
copyright 2019 Lisa L. Cyr, CYR STUDO LLC all rights reserved

COMING SOON!

Fall 2020 Saturday sessions 
9:00am to 4:00 pm (lunch break)

WEBINARS



This recorded webinar is highly-visual presentation takes the viewer on a fantastical artistic adventure! Utilizing innovative two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques, the webinar covers how to paint the fantastical figure in an imaginative environment. Topics include character development using props, costumes and models, employing theatrical color schemes, painting skin tones of fantastical beings in dramatic settings, drawing techniques, rendering patterned cloth, using hair to create form and movement and adding bas-relief details and assemblage embellishments. In addition, conceptual development strategies will be discussed, including working in journals and sketchbooks, research techniques and reference gathering to create compelling figurative works that tell imaginative stories. With visually inspiring imagery, insightful tips and innovative approaches, artists will discover a plethora of image making strategies as well as exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques to employ in their own fantastical figurative works. For artists who are looking to push their work to a new level, this webinar will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration! 

Bonus videos and other downloadable materials included! Exciting in-depth demonstrations shown in live action by the artist. Techniques such as building a signature surface with collage, texturing the painting ground in imaginative ways and working in bas-relief to create multidimensional accents provide an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Other bonus materials include downloadable articles, interviews, step-by-step demonstrations and more!




This recorded webinar (90 minutes) covers a striking array of creative approaches in which to alter and transform the mixed-media painting surface. Lushly painted passages and rich transitions employing resist, blotting, lift-off, dissolve, marbling, sponging, distressing, aging and printmaking techniques will be shown in inventive combinations. Utilizing both traditional and unconventional tools and techniques, this webinar will certainly ignite the creative juices!

This recorded webinar (74 minutes) covers creatively customizing found objects, assemblage accents and sculptural creations with unique finishes and patinas. To enliven the mixed-media landscape, a diverse array of techniques and materials from repurposed and custom treated natural and man-made elements will be explored. With the addition of faux finishes and decorative techniques, the everyday object can be transformed into a one-of-a-kind accent, communicating a concept or illuminating a subject in a unique way.

SIGN UP FOR THE MAILING LIST HERE 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

EXPRESSIVE PAINTING IN WATERMEDIA SUPPLY LIST


EXPRESSIVE PAINTING IN WATERMEDIA
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

Transform the working surface with expressive painting techniques! Throughout the workshop, lushly painted passages and rich transitions using waterbased media (acrylic paint in various viscosities, interactive acrylic, acrylic-ink and acrylic-gouache) will be employed onto the  painting surface in creative combinations. Fluid techniques such as staining, pouring, dripping, marbling, dissolving and resist treatments as well as creative manipulation of heavily-applied paint and mediums with a painting knife, comb and other non-traditional tools will be employed in this exciting, hands-on workshop.

Find a Workshop Near You!

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!
copyright 2020 Lisa L. Cyr, CYR STUDO LLC all rights reserved

SUPPLY LIST
Note: Many supplies are optional and not required but will be demonstrated by the instructor. For the first class, bring acrylic paint (heavy body, ink, interactive and acrylic-gouache), matte medium, gesso, brushes, illustration board, tape, metal ruler, pencil, spray bottle, palette and container for water. Feel free to email lisa@cyrstudio.com, if you have any questions.

Looking forward to a great workshop!



PAINT & MEDIUMS:
Heavy Body Acrylic Paints (suggest: cadmium red, cadmium yellow, 
viridian green, phthalo blue, dioxazine purple and unbleached titanium white )

Acrylic Ink: (suggest: black, metalic of your choice and one or two bright colors of your choice)

Interactive Acrylic (suggest: ivory black, paynes gray, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and titanium white)

Acrylic-Gouache (suggest fluorescent or pearlescent color of your choice)

Acrylic Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred

Acrylic Matte Gel Medium - Liquitex preferred

Acrylic Pouring Medium - Liquitex preferred

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

Plastic Palette (or several cleaned meat and egg containers)

Natural and Synthetic sponges (optional)

Sponge Roller (approx 4” long) with handle

Craft Knife: with new blades

Metal Ruler

Wooden Stick or back of paint brush: sharpened at tip

Old Toothbrush

Hair Dryer (there will be one available in class but you would be sharing it/wait times)


SURFACES:
Illustration Board (gesso primed) cut into panels EIGHT 8“ x 10” approx. You can also use cardboard or any hard surface if you just want to experiment (not archival). Bring scrap board if you have it.


Legion Yupo Heavyweight Watercolor Paper Pad - 9'' x 12'', 10 Sheets

MISC:
Graphite Pencil (HB or regular #2 pencil is fine) and Kneaded Eraser

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

Printed Ephemera (newspapers, magazines, ticket stubs, wallpaper scraps, old letters, sewing pattern tissue, doily paper, etc. Bring as much as you can!)


White Tissue Paper


Plastic Grocery Bags

Paper Towels and Soap (suggest for quick clean up, as some facilities can run out)

Cotton Swabs (cheap brand works better)

Painter’s tape: 1”

Spray Bottle (small mist spayer)

Plastic Comb: wide-tooth or Plastic Fork


Small Paper Cups for pouring paint

NOTE: You can put liquid mediums in small travel bottles and gels/pastes in small plastic containers that you can get at the dollar store or drug store.