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The Norman Rockwell Museum will present the workshop Just Imagine: Creative Storytelling in Journals and Sketchbooks at Norman Rockwell on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lead by award-winning illustrator Lisa L. Cyr, this hands-on workshop will focus on the development of personal content through journaling and sketching in handmade and custom-altered books. Mixed media techniques and creative writing exercises will be explored, providing an array of possibilities for artists and writers.
“Stories come to me unbidden, flowing out in a dream-like stream of consciousness,” notes Cyr. “Guided by my intuition, I begin to paint, further straddling the edge between fantasy and reality.”
Admission to the workshop costs $35, $25 for Museum members. To register, please contact the Museum at 413.931.2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi
On view through May 28, 2018
Known for his successful book series The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony DiTerlizzi is widely celebrated for his images of such fantasy creatures as fairies, trolls, sprites, and goblins. Never Abandon Imagination showcases over 150 original paintings and drawings, from the games Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, to his many fantasy and children’s books, in addition to artworks from his childhood and college years. The exhibition highlights the artist’s influences and artistic process, and includes original art from such award-winning books as The Spiderwick Chronicles; Ted; The Spider and the Fly; The Story of Diva and Flea; and The WondLa Trilogy, which have inspired a new generation of young readers.
The exhibition is sponsored in part by The Keator Group, LLC and The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. Additional support provided by Simon & Schuster, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Gotham Group, The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, and The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Media sponsor: WGBY Public Television.
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BOOKS: Experimental Painting investigates exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the highly visual book, many exciting in-depth demonstrations are featured, documenting cutting-edge mixed -media painting processes from concept to final execution. To offer an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques are covered in a range of subject matter. Conceptual and thematic approaches include using symbolism, metaphor and allegory, incorporating pluralism and non-linear storytelling, utilizing automatism and freeform painting and employing costuming, props and theatrical settings. Developing works both in multiples and in a series is also included. In addition, special sections on creative exploration detail the playful act of experimentation, utilizing alternative tools, materials and techniques. By delving into the myriad applications of mixed-media painting, the creative process is reignited, opening up a gateway for artistic works to grow and flourish.
To assist artists in venturing out on their own creative path with a unique voice and vision, topics on nurturing the creative spirit within, developing personal content through journalism, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art provide insight into the development of an artistic personality. The book closes with a chapter on creative self-promotion, revealing the latest marketing and presentation strategies for the working artist.
Art Revolution is at the forefront in exploring alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the highly visual book, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany stellar, multi-media work. The book also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. In addition, exciting splash spreads featuring demonstrations and behind-the-scene looks at groundbreaking artists at work help 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. Art Revolution reveals how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations. For those wanting to venture outside the norm, the book includes a directory of the manufacturers and suppliers used by the featured artists so that sources for materials, access to health and safety procedures and additional information on unconventional techniques and approaches are easily accessible. For artists that are looking for an edge, wanting to push their work further, this book is a valuable asset and ongoing source for inspiration.
This 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. 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! Watch a preview below!
Figure of the Imagination: An Artist's Journey is an ongoing, labor of love project where I am pursuing my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon.
"It's a time of immense change. What was once familiar is no longer. To make sense of the world collapsing around her, a young artist and writer escapes into the magical realm of her journals: a sacred place where dreams and nightmares come to call."
"A free-spirited mix of the conscious and subconscious, the journey of self-discovery exposes the inner workings of the mind, where imagination and everyday life experience are recast into an entirely new role."
All text, video and images are copyright 2017 Lisa L. Cyr of Cyr Studio LLC all rights reserved.
with Lisa L. Cyr 8, 12 and 16 week formats available (3 hour sessions)
This highly-visual, hands-on workshop will explore drawing and painting the figure in imaginative, magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques. From fantastical dreamscapes and realms to supernatural beings,winged guardians and underworld deities, works created in this workshop will transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. Topics will include the use of costuming, props, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconographyarchitectural detail as well as drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features andbody proportions to create believable fantastical characters. Exploration into mythology, legends, fairy tales andfolklore will also be discussed. Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depthdemonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities.Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches will be shown, including employing alternative working grounds, using 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.
This class is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in adding that magical,transforming element to their work! Sign-up to my mailing list for locations, dates and times!
"Within the artist’s personal narration, poetic visual tales of quests to worlds unknown evoke transcendental experiences for those who are willing to enter into the pictorial drama.
Through the multilayered narrative, we journey to a world beyond, where the awakened subconscious leaves the viewer spellbound and wanting more."
Biography: Lisa L. Cyr is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. Her highly imaginative, fantasy-inspired works use layers of metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr's visually tactile, mixed-media work is composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. The artist's expansive visual vernacular and innovative use of alternative materials and approaches transcends mere technique, creating a dynamic pictorial idiom that is not only multidimensional but also multi-sensual.
A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr's artistic oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities and at industry organizations, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online, including features in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art andIncite: the Best of Mixed Media and just to name a few. In addition, Cyr's art is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration as well as in private collections.
The artist writes for many of the creative industry's leading art publications and has authored seven books on art and design, including the cutting-edge, mixed media best sellers entitledExperimental Paintingand Art Revolution(North Light Books). In addition, Cyr speaks actively about successful promotional strategies, marketing opportunities and entrepreneurial endeavors for the creative industry and gives workshops on creating imaginative figurative art using innovative, mixed media techniques at professional organizations, universities and trade conferences. Her insightful, thought-provoking and highly visual lectures and workshops inform, inspire and motivate. She also teaches in several of the top MFA graduate programs across the country. An artist member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City, Cyr works in partnership with her husband Christopher Short, painter, 3D illustrator and animator.
SPEAKING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
American Institute of Graphic Arts The Society of Illustrators, NYC The Art Students League of NY The National Illustration Conference The Norman Rockwell Museum Columbus Society of Communicating Arts The Hartford Art School MFA Program University of the Arts The Artist Network University The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online
NH Creative Club Pratt Institute Parsons School of Design Savannah College of Art and Design Kendall College of Art and Design Southern Utah University Virginia Commonwealth University Syracuse University Sage College of Albany Marywood University MFA Program Kutztown University New Jersey City University The University of New Hampshire The University of Kansas Keene State College Notre Dame College NH Institute of Art Rochester Institute of Technology Delgado Community College Sharon Arts Center Northampton Community College NYC Final Cut Pro Rivier College Notre Dame College Hesser College East Stroudsburg University
Ohio Tourism Bureau
Mohawk Valley Community College
Shanghai Normal School Cultural Exchange CONFERENCES: WOMEN IN ILLUSTRATION Speaker discussing contemporary issues that face women in illustration. The Norman Rockwell Museum
CONVERSATIONS: Rochester Institute of Technology Speaker on a panel entitled “Inventing New Careers”, 2002
NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM Speaker discussing marketing and promotional strategies for illustrators. Society of Illustrators, 2000
CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATION: 1930 TO PRESENT Speaker and moderator on a panel discussing illustration over the decades. Society of Illustrators, 2001
NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION CONFERENCE , 1999, 2001, 2003 Speaker on a panel entitled Teaching the Industry,1999 Acted as the official writer for the conference, generating several feature articles and reviews. (2001 and 2003)