Thursday, April 1, 2021

FREE DRAWING NIGHT!

I just wanted to invite you to a free drawing night tonight. I will be a special guest. Lots of demos by some of the best working artists and illustrators will be shown. I will be talking and painting live. I hope you can join us!
Tonight 7:00pm to 9:00pmEST (April 1)

https://visualartspassage.com/illustration-isolation

Hope you can draw along with us!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Workshops in March 2021!



WORKING IN RELIEF ON THE PAINTED SURFACE ONLINE

This exciting online workshop explores texture-building and bas-relief techniques onto the painted surface. Students will have private access to a highly-visual class blog, containing lectures and step-by-step demonstrations with high-definition videos through online streaming. Throughout the workshop, the artist demonstrates working with various gel and fluid mediums as well as pastes, grounds and crackle texture to create a unique topography in layers. Lushly painted passages and rich transitions using acrylic paint in various viscosities are employed onto the painting surface in creative combinations. To further build the relief, the sculptural application of various cloth, trim and other materials as well as matter painting with sand are employed, creating a highly-dimensional painting environment. Incorporating assemblage accents and unique sculptural details using molds onto the surfaces of a unique construct are also demonstrated. Both additive and subtractive processes are shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore! 

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 the class!

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


REGISTER HERE:

CERegistration@nhia.edu
(603) 836- 2564

​Saturday sessions
8 weeks
March 20 to May 8, 2021
​Live Group Chats: 10:00am to 12:30 EST online video conferencing, every other Saturday

 



WITHIN THE LAYERS: Collage Techniques for the Mixed Media Artist


In this video-driven online workshop, learn how to employ mixed-media collage techniques to enhance the painted surface. From gluing, sealing, tearing, scoring, punching, die-cutting and custom inlays to wrinkling, creasing, burning, peeling-back, stitching, weaving, embossing and debossing handmade, custom treated and machine-made papers, foils and ephemera, an exciting array of innovative collage techniques will be explored. Students will have private access to high-definition videos through online streaming.  Live Group Chats will be conducted every other Saturday to discuss each participant's work that has been created using mixed-media collage techniques.
 

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

REGISTER HERE:

CERegistration@nhia.edu
(603) 836- 2564

​Saturday sessions
8 weeks
March 20 to May 8, 2021
​Live Group Chats: 10:00am to 12:30 EST online video conferencing, every other Saturday


MIXED MEDIA MENTORSHIP
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


Saturday sessions - 8 weeks

$400.00

March 20 to May 8, 2021
1:00pm to 3:30pm EST online video conferencing

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Within the Layers: Collage Techniques for the Mixed Media Artist Supply List



In this video-driven online workshop, learn how to employ mixed-media collage techniques to enhance the painted surface. From gluing, sealing, tearing, scoring, punching, die-cutting and custom inlays to wrinkling, creasing, burning, peeling-back, stitching, weaving, embossing and debossing handmade, custom treated and machine-made papers, foils and ephemera, an exciting array of innovative collage techniques will be explored. Students will have private access to high-definition videos through online streaming. Live Group Chats will be conducted every other Saturday to discuss each participant's work that has been created using mixed-media collage techniques.

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

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.  I am looking forward to a great workshop!

REGISTER HERE:

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


​Spring 2021 Saturday sessions 
8 weeks

Jan 16 to March 6, 2021

10:00am to 12:30

Live Chats: Jan 16, Jan 30, Feb 13 and Feb 27

All other dates are video-driven with blog support.


PAINT & MEDIUMS:
Heavy Body Acrylic Paints

Black Waterproof Ink

Acrylic Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred

Acrylic Gel Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred (optional)

Bookbinder’s glue: PH neutral preferred (or regular PVA/Elmers Glue or similar will do for practice studies but not archival)

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

Embossing Stylus (optional)

Plastic Palette (or several cleaned meat and egg containers)

Natural and Synthetic sponges (optional)

Brayer

Sponge Roller (approx 4” long) with handle (optional)

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, Masonite or scrap board if you have it.

Printmaking/Watercolor paper - one sheet (optional)

White Tissue Paper

Tracing Paper (optional)


MISC:
Notebook

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!)

Plastic Grocery Bags

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

Cotton Swabs (cheap brand works better)

Sandpaper

Painter’s tape: 1”

Wax Paper

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

Spray Bottle (small mist spayer)

Plastic Comb: wide-tooth or Plastic Fork

Inkjet Prints (2 - 3) of your color work or sketches (printed in reverse) to use as ink transfers (optional)

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Experimental Painting Lecture!


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.

Date: Saturday December 12th 10:00am - 12:30pm ET

This is a LIVE Lecture on Zoom! Q + A with the speaker is included

Required: Computer, phone, or tablet with video and/or audio, access to the web

REGISTER HERE

Students registered for one or both Spring 2021 courses offered through New England College by Lisa Cyr before the lecture may attend for 50% off or for free. Email ceregistration@nec.edu to learn more.


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